Things have been a little busy since this time last week. Hurricane Irma was bearing down on our state. And with the images of Hurricane Harvey fresh in everyone's mind, people were panicked. Lucky for us here in Florida the storm began to die before it made land fall. The damage could have been a lot worse.
I thought I would quickly share with you my experience during hurricane Irma. I live in the Tampa Bay area so it was only a Category 2 when it finally reached us. The Florida Keys and Miami got hit pretty hard but overall the damage was not as bad as expected.
I took my family over to my parents house for shelter. We played games and watched the news while waiting for the storm to pick up. Eventually, it did. We had wind gusts of about 100 mph. It sounded like a jet engine revving up every time the wind kicked in. After a few hours, my family and I watched the storm from under their screened in back porch. The winds were high but there wasn't much for debris in the air so we knew we'd be alright.
At some point, a large tree in the backyard gave way and toppled over, taking part of the fence with it. It was an impressive cracking sound as the roots snapped out of the ground. That was mostly it for the excitement around the house that night. Eventually, the power cut out and we all went to bed.
The next day we assessed the damage and started on clean up. I took a quick journey home to make sure everything was still in tact. It was, but the power was out there as well. While on the roads, there were several downed power lines, trees on top of house, and a couple flooded roads. But otherwise, not too bad.
Many of the traffic signals were out which made driving a bit dangerous. When that happens, the intersections should be treated like a 4 way stop. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this and we were almost hit several times.
All in all, Florida got lucky and things should be back to normal for everyone a lot sooner than expected. I hope everyone stayed safe during the storm!
Everyone loves music, right? Well, I know I do. In fact, I like to listen to music while I write. Plenty of authors do this. Hell, people doing their jobs or even school work do this. For most, it helps them concentrate. Other times, it helps while doing a mundane and boring task. Today, I thought I would share with you all what I like to listen to while I write.
Recently, I discovered the wonder that is Amazon Music Unlimited. It's an amazing service with tens of millions of songs in a digital library. Naturally, I signed up and went about creating a writing playlist. First, let me tell you I have over 1,500 songs in this playlist. That's over 82 hours of music! That's about two average work weeks! I probably won't hear the same song twice very often.
But what type of music is in this library? I'm glad you asked. When I was younger I would listen to rock music while I wrote and would occasionally listen to orchestral music. A little over a year ago, I was only listening to 50's rock and roll. Don't judge me. That's good music! Now, I like to listen to orchestral music almost exclusively. But not just any orchestral music. Movie soundtracks, television scores, and even OST from video games. I have many different things from scores from James Bond movies to the entire score of Assassins Creed games. Can you even imagine 82 hours of that? It's pretty ridiculous.
What about you? What do you listen to while you write or work or whatever you do? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading!
Wow, I am blown away by some of the reviews I've received on my book Death Can Wait. They have been amazing. I can't say thank you enough to the people who have left such glowing recommendations for my book. It means so much to me and helps me out more than you really know. Seeing these reviews renews my vigor and gets me back to the computer and writing. Thank you so very much for the kind words!
If you have read my books, please consider leaving me a review on Amazon or Goodreads or your favorite retailer. It really helps out a lot and even makes my day! Thanks for reading everyone!
Did you miss me? I missed all of you! It's been several weeks since I've updated my blog, newsletter, and even my social media feeds. With the birth of my son, life has been a little busy. But, things are starting to settle into a sort of routine and I am getting back to what I love. Writing and talking with you guys! With that said, here's a few updates from the past month.
First, if you want to know, my son was born on May 15th, 2017. That's actually only a day before my birthday. Now, we have something to celebrate together! Desmond Connor Bond was a healthy 8lbs. 9oz. I love him very much already. Here's hoping he grows up to be an author like his father. Or, at the very least, he loves books as much as I do.
Next, you may or may not be aware of my upcoming horror novella, Getaway. I have exciting news about the release date. You can look for Getaway this October! Which brings me to another point. I plan to write a new horror novella every year in time for Halloween. Pretty cool, right? AND, if you want to receive every one of them when they release, head over to Patreon. By becoming a patron, you can unlock cool rewards like getting my horror novellas as soon as they release or getting exclusive access to unpublished short stories. You'll be helping me out more than you know as well! Please, check it out.
Last, I wanted to give a quick update about the podcast that I co-host with my buddy Shawn. [The] Writers' Block is on it's third episode and it's doing pretty well. We are on a short break at the moment while I get a schedule going with my new family. But new episodes will be out soon. Please check us out on Podbean or head over to itunes. I promise, you'll like what you hear.
That about wraps it up. I'm going to get back into a more normal routine with my blogs again. You can look forward to about two every week. I might even try and mix it up and throw some flash fiction stories up as well. Thanks for reading everyone!
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!
This year I will be reading as many independently published books as I possibly can. My Nook (yes I have a Nook and not a Kindle. Don't hate) is now filled with dozens of indie books and I've started one already. I will post my thoughts on several of my favorite ones throughout the year as well. My question for you is, do you have a favorite indie author that you would recommend? I would love to read them! Let me know in the comments below who your favorite indie author is and I might pick up their book and give them a read! I will be using #YearofIndieBooks on my social media. Feel free to post it alongside the indie books you read as well! Let's get some indie authors recognized this year! As always, thanks for reading!
Now that I've settled nicely into 2017, I thought I would take a look back at 2016 and think on some of the books I read last year, maybe talk about my favorites. I will admit, I didn't read nearly as many books as I should have last year. I set my goal on Goodreads to only 12, which I surpased by 1. I would like to do a lot more reading than that, of course. Any way, here are my favorite books from last year, in no particular order mind you.
1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Remember, these are not in any particular order. Having said that, I would say this was the best non-fiction book I read last year. It was fun an entertaining with just enough factual information to make you feel as if you learned something at the end. If you're not familiar with the book, it's a man's journey across the Appalachain Trail, which is a trail leading from Georgia to Maine and over 2,000 miles long. It's quite the accomplishment to hike its entirety. Bryson is accompanied by his buddy Katz who is overweight and a recovering alcholic. Despite some of the set backs, the two have a great time and enjoy their time on the trail. It's a great book for nature lovers and a great book for anyone interested in non-fiction.
2. Last Call by Sean Costello
I discovered a new favorite author last year. Sean Costello doesn't always follow the convential genres and writes either thriller novels or supernatural stories. It's nice to see an author break the known molds and give us more than one genre in their writing. His book Last Call was fantastic. It was a close race between this and his other book Squall. This ended up winning becuase the memorable characters. The killer was a psychotic and disgusting man whom you hated from the very start. The main character grows on you very quickly and you like her well before she gets caught up in anything. All you can do is sit there and beg the author not to hurt her while he takes you on a thrilling journey with an action packed ending. It was amazing to say the least. A book I will probably read again in the future.
3. The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
One of my all time favorite authors is Stephen King. I've been reading him since I was a young kid. I've always wanted to start his Dark Tower series and decided that last year was as good a time as any. The first didn't spark my interest as much as I had hoped but the second I just couldn't put down. It introduced more characters with plenty of depth and showed real suspense. I posted a blog with a full review if you're interested to read it there.
4. Compendium: A Horror Novelette by Roxie Prince
I "met" Roxie Prince through social media and decided to pick up her horror novelette. It was a short book, as the name suggests, and the reviews promised it was good. Let me tell you, they were right on! I enjoyed every single page. Even though the stories were short, you felt like you got to know several of the characters in them. You actually felt for them, you actually liked them. It's not easy for an author to make you love their characters in such a short amount of time. Then there were the stories themselves. They were different from anything else I had ever read before. In an age where zombies are everywhere (and I'm not complaining about that, really. I'm a big Walking Dead fan) you would think the monsters in this book would be dull and boring, being zombie like themselves. But that's not the case. These monsters are something more and very interesting and terrifying. You know what, you should just go read it for yourself.
5. The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher
This book had such an interesting concept. Basically, what would it have been like if the Nazis had won WWII? The Darkest Hour follows a police officer named Rossett who now works for the SS in the newly appointed "office of Jewish affairs". His job is to relocate Jews from their homes and board them on the trains. Rossett fought against the Germans in the war but when the Nazis won, he fell back in line and took orders. Since they were in charge, he took orders from them without question. Everything changes when he meets a young Jewish boy who was hidden in one of the houses he raided. Against his better judgement, he decides to rescue the boy and try to get him out of the country. I couldn't put this book down. The setting was amazing and the story was fantastic. Rossett was a character you hated from the beginning, knowing he was doing evil work for the Nazis. But as you learn his story and follow his journey you understand him and grow to love him. It was an exciting story and such a great historical twist!
Those were my top picks from last year. Did you read any of them? Have any thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading.
Well, here we are in 2017, a brand new year with new adventures in front of us all. I hope your New Year's Eve was filled with fun and celebration. Also, I hope this new year is kind to you and provides you all with much opportunity and success.
What are your new year's resolutions? I'd love to hear what everyone plans to do this year. Did you not make a resolution? Let me know why! I don't set personal resolutions for myself but I do for my writing. Last year I was a little short of my goals but this year will hopefully be different. I plan to stick to a regular writing schedule every week. I'm also planning, as I talked about in a previous post, to stick to a more structured blog and newsletter schedule. About two blogs a week and a monthly newsletter. The latter being issued on the second Wednesday of every month.
So those are my goals. I hope you stick to yours like I hope I stick to mine! Happy New Year everyone! Make it a great one and, as always, thanks for reading!
Recently, I asked you guys to ask me some questions on Social Media. The twist was they did not have to be book related. I got some pretty interesting questions. Here are the best ones!
Let's start with a book related question. It read, If you could collaborate on a book with anyone who would you choose? This one is tough. There are so many fantastic authors out there that I would be honered to collaborate with. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, J.K. Rowling has had amazing success, J.R.R. Tolkien created wonderful worlds we still celebrate today, and Arthur Conan Doyle created the best detective of all time. But I think I would have to say Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels. No, not because of my last name but becasue of the character he created (and maybe a little bit because of my last name). Mr. Fleming wrote those novels in the late 1950's and today James Bond is still one of the biggest characters of all time. Mr. Fleming seemed like an interesting individual and would have been a lot of fun to collaborate with. He turned what he thought of as the most boring name in the world and turned it into a house hold name. And his novels are still full of suspense and intrigue to this day. Sure, they've aged, but they have not lost their allure!
Next question, What are your 1-2 top items on your bucket list? Wow, there are so many things I would love to do in this lifetime! Travel the world, see the northern lights, go skydiving. But those are all pretty cliche. The top two things on my list would have to be a bit different. First, I would absolutely love to travel into space. Now, I know this one might not be very realistic but it's still something I think would be awesome. I'm not talking about those planes that give you the feeling of weightlessness either. I'm talking about taking a capsule into orbit and seeing our planet from the darkness of space! I should have grown up to be an astronaut! If commercial space travel is invented in my lifetime you better believe I'm going to do it! As for the other thing, I would love to have a role in a major motion picture. It doesn't need to be a major part but rather an extra, or more specifically a cameo of some kind. I think it would be a lot of fun. I've always loved movies and thought I'd grow up to be an action star one day. Then I decided to write the books instead. If I ever strike up a movie deal I'm going to make sure they let me cameo in it!
Last questions was, If you could only do one action, aside from breathing, what would it be? Why? I love this question! Such a creative one and pretty difficult. Assuming it means I would be unable to move, except for whatever action I chose and breathing, I'd have to say walking. There's a lot of places I want to see and a lot of things I would love to do. It would be impossible if I couldn't even walk! I love to hike, camp, and travel. Those things would be difficult to do without the ability to walk! But does that mean I wouldn't be able to see or hear? Ugh, impossible choice!
I really enjoyed this, I hope you did too! If you did, let me know. Maybe I'll do it again in the future. I would love to see what creative questions you guys come up with. Let me know in the comments if you want another one! Thanks for reading!
This past weekend I attended my first book signing as a featured author. I thought it would be interesting to tell you how it went and what I might do better next time. Also, if you have experience with book signings, feel free to give me advice in the comments below!
I arrived at Book Swap of Carrollwood just after eleven in the morning. The event started at noon. I wanted to make sure I had enough time to set up and get ready. My books were neatly packed in a box and I had all my business cards and bookmarks in a neat gathering in my bag. Leaving the box and bag under the table, I set up for the event. The other authors there had posters with their names and books on it. I would have done this as well, but I did not have the time before this event.
Before too long, I had my books set up on the table in a pile in front of me. Only about six at a time, though. I had read advice to keep the number of books on the table to a minimum.
Finally, it was noon and everything was ready to go, save for one author who would not arrive until one. The first hour was a little slow, not many people showed up. The lady running the event frequently came out to talk to us and was very nice. She posted several pictures to the store's social media pages and shared them with all of us.
Shortly after one, a few people started to trickle in. One lady in particular stopped by and asked all of us about our books, one at a time. She grabbed several, including mine, and purchased the paperbacks. When she came out of the store, I was able to do my first book signing in an official manner. It was pretty fun, I must say. It's the first time a stranger has asked me to sign anything.
The rest of the day was rather slow. A few people showed up occassionally and browsed the books but most left empty handed. It was too bad for all of us authors that it was as slow as it was, but that's the nature of these events. Sometimes, the traffic just isn't there.
All in all, it was a great experience and I'm glad I did it. I will be doing another in January and hopefully the event is larger. I learned a lot of what to do next time and what to bring.
Another unfortunate thing, I was unable to get copies of my first book, To the Wolves, in time for the event. I had business cards with coupon codes on the back for the paperback but due to the slow event, only ended up giving one out. That being said, I do have quite a few of those business cards left. If you would like one, or rather a picture of one so you can use the promo code, leave a comment below and I will send that to you! It's good for 15% off the paperback.
So that was my first book signing. It wasn't as "exciting" or busy as I would have liked but it was a fun experience either way. I learned a lot and I was able to network with other authors, a few readers, and a really cool bookstore. I will be keeping my eye on that place and jumping on any other opportunities they might have. Let me know in the comments below if you have any advice for my next event. I look forward to hearing from you. As always, 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.