New Books for May

Be sure to check out The Author’s Cave eZines for new May reading material, including my own new novel, Memories of a Ghost, in the fantasy version!

Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal eZine

Science Fiction eZine

Romance eZine

 

 

 

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Memories of a Ghost Facebook Book Release Party and Giveaway

We’re having a Facebook Memories of a Ghost release party and giveaway on May 26th to celebrate the international release of my newest novel, Memories of a Ghost!

Here are the prizes:

  1. $25 Amazon giftcard
  2. $10 Amazon giftcard3d-moag3-trans
  3. Autographed copy of Memories of a Ghost
  4. 3 copies of Memories of a Ghost eBook
  5. 3 copies of Small Things eBook
  6. 3 copies of Threads ebook
  7. 5 sets of Memories of Ghost, Small Things and Threads bookmarks
  8. 2 Kindle copies of Finding Nina, by Robin Raven

Here are the ways to get entries into the giveaway:

  1. Join the Facebook event – 1 entry
  2. Invite friends to join the event – 1 entry each for every friend who joins
  3. Sign up for my newsletter – 2 entries
  4. Visit my Facebook page – 1 entry (you don’t have to “Like” it, but it’s appreciated!)
  5. Pre-order Memories of a Ghost autographed from me – 5 entries
  6. Pre-order Memories of a Ghost eBook from Amazon – 3 entries
  7. Review Small Things on Amazon – 2 entries
  8. Review Threads on Amazon – 2 entries
  9. Support my Thunderclap campaign – 2 entries
  10. Support my Head Talker campaign – 2 entries

I will also come up with fun ways for you to earn extra points, so keep an eye on the Facebook event page!

I’ll be able to tell when most of these are done, and record your points accordingly. However, please drop me a quick note or PM me on Facebook for #4, #6, #7, and #8. Thanks!

On May 26th, I’ll use www.random.org to randomly determine the winners!

 

 

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My Top 5 Literary Influences

People are always asking me who my literary influences are, so I thought I’d write a bit about that. Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone (and, to a lesser extent, Night Gallery) probably influenced me just as much if not more than the five gentlemen listed below. But as far as novelists go, these are my top five. I’ve enjoyed them as a reader and learned from them as a writer, and recommend each of their works highly.  Here we go!

  1. Ken Grimwood. I first read Grimwood’s Replay when I was eighteen or nineteen. replayReplay tells the story of 43-year-old radio journalist Jeff Winston, who dies of a heart attack while talking on the phone with his wife in 1988. He wakes up in 1963 as an 18-year-old at Emory University in Atlanta. He has all his memories, and his entire adult life to live over again. 25 years later, despite his best efforts, he dies of another heart attack and then the cycle starts all over again. He goes through many lives, all the while trying to find out why this is happening to him. It’s a wonderful novel, and I’ve read it at least a dozen times since then, and fallen in love with it more and more with each reading.
  2. Jonathan Carroll. His early works were creepy as hell, and magic wasn’t always a good thing. I’ve read every one of Carroll’s novels, and The Ghost in Love is probably my ghostinlovefavorite. It was his earlier books like The Land of Laughs and From the Teeth of Angels, however, that really got me hooked. And gave me nightmares. And, yes, I wouldn’t really classify Carroll as a horror writer. In fact, I think the reason I like him so much is that his work is really indescribable. Magic realism, stark raving mad horror, romance… it’s all in there. The Ghost in Love showcases a man who suffers an injury that should have killed him, but he refuses to die. Which befuddles his ghost, and makes things really inconvenient for everyone involved.
  3. Tim Powers. I’ve been a Powers fan since his Last Call trilogy, which consists of the three loosely-related novels: Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather. Powers takes “magical realism” to another level. Set in early 1990’s Las Vegas, the threedaystonevernovels show a view of the city through the skewed lens of magic rituals and spirits. My favorite Powers novel, however, is Three Days to Never, a story that combines magical realism, time travel, and alternate history into the an exciting, captivating tale that is both epic and personal. Frank Marrity, a college professor, and his daughter Daphne becomes involved in an intricate tale that involves Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, time travel, ghosts, psychic links, astral projection, Israeli spies and a secret evil organization. Read it, you’ll be happy that you did.
  4. James P. Blaylock. Blaylock and Tim Powers are good friends and tend to get lumped in together in the Steampunk genre, though I really have enjoyed the non-Steampunk works better, and have found Blaylock’s work to be slightly more accessible. The Lastlastcoin Coin, published in 1988, is probably my favorite Blaylock tale. In the story, Andrew Vanbergen is struggling to start a bed and breakfast with his wife Rose when Jules Pennyman comes along to rent a room. Pennyman is attempting to collect the 30 silver coins that were paid to Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus, and Vanbergen becomes involved in the struggle to keep the last coin out of Pennyman’s hands. More magical realism here, and Blaylock does it just as well as Powers. The tale takes many twists and turns, and is an incredible read, as are all of Blaylock’s books.
  5. Charles de Lint. I first read Moonheart when I was 16, and fell in love with it. de Lint is, perhaps, the grandfather of urban fantasy, and Moonheart is the cornerstone of that moonheart genre. Filled with Celtic and Native American mythology, but in a contemporary setting, Moonheart is a tour de force of magic. A magical house that seems to change and grow whenever needed doesn’t hurt, either. de Lint has since produced a long list of novels, each weaved in magic and suspense. Trader, however, which tells the story of two men who switch bodies, eventually superseded Moonheart as my favorite de Lint novel.

 

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Memories of a Ghost Cover Revealed!

Here is the awesome cover for Memories of a Ghost, designed by Renée Barratt from The Cover Counts!

Abstract blue background with smoke and stars.

Memories of a Ghost by Joe DeRouen

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