Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life The Universe and Everything for the Weekend

Its that time of year again, Life The Universe and Everything the annual science fiction/ fantasy writers convention.

This is one of the best, mostly because there are so many writers and other creatives to rub shoulders with. You'd be hard pressed to come up with any con where you could hang with more. I have been to some other big writer conventions, but this one is full of my people - everything Spec-Fic!

And of course I'm a guest once again, so I'll be on panels, lounging in the green room and trying to even get a little more writing done to fulfill my "pulp speed" expectations.

Here is my schedule - its a little Thursday heavy.

Thursday, February 16
Novel vs. Short Story
Arches (Provo Marriott), 9am - 9:50am
Tags: Writing
David Boop, Christopher Husberg (M), Terra Luft, Eric James Stone, Scott R. Parkin, David J. West
The novel vs. the short story. How can they benefit from each other? How are the skill-sets different? How do you know which to choose?

I Can't Believe You Haven't Read This . . .
Juniper (Provo Marriott), 11am - 11:50am
Tags: Books
Kenna Blaylock, C.H Lindsay (M), David J. West, Jessica Day George,
Not-to-be-missed middle grade and young adult books from writers of the genre and those who know it best.

So You Want to Write Horror...
Arches (Provo Marriott), 12pm - 12:50pm
Tags: Writing
Courtney Alameda, Larry Correia, Steve Diamond, Terra Luft, David J. West (M)
Get tips for writing horror. How do you know if horror is for you? Tips for beginners.

Making a Living on the Macabre
Bryce (Provo Marriott), 4pm - 4:50pm
Tags: Books
Courtney Alameda, Cheree Alsop (M), David J. West
Fantasy horror writers and how they create their works. Let's look at the works that hit a homerun and the writers that created them.

The Art of the Hook
Arches (Provo Marriott), 5pm - 5:50pm
Tags: Writing
Larry Correia, James Ganiere, Scott R. Parkin, J. Scott Savage, Andrea Pearson (M), David J. West
First lines and first chapters matter. How do you get readers interested in your story? In your characters?

Friday, February 17
Hottest Women in Science Fiction
Bryce (Provo Marriott), 10am - 10:50am
Tags: Books
Jana S. Brown, Adam McLain (M), David J. West
It's not your sexy cover babe. We're talking women writers and their works, but you knew that already, right?

6pm - 8pm
Book Signing
Zion, Bryce and Arches

I'll have print copies of Scavengers, Six-Gun Serenade and others - but this is the first time I'll have those to sign.

So for all my long-distance friends - this would be the one to someday make it too.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Frank

Its no surprise my all time favorite artist is the Frank Frazetta.

I've heard of ungodly amounts of money paid for his work (not that he didn't earn that and not that I wouldn't pay it myself if I could) but the closest I've been able to manage myself to own in my personal collection aside from several calendars, books and of course prints is an actual signed poster! One that was meant to be part of some exclusive collection of Robert E. Howard's work - probably with Wandering Star but I'm not sure.

It is one of my favorite pieces and of course I have the fill print hanging in a place of honor in my study, but the signed print is right behind me, looking over my shoulder.

Today would have been Frank's 89th birthday and I'm just saying my Thanks and how grateful I am for the amazing works of art he put into the world, we are surely all the better for his unique vision.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


I've got enough writer friends out there that this post is kind of a perfect storm of encouragement and moving forward with doing what we love = writing.

I first saw this article by Dean Wesley Smith about Pulp Speed thanks to Jay Barnson and it was one of those posts that kind of makes you go, "Yeah! I need to be doing that!"

I had already meant to make 2017 my year! Producing more and gaining commercial success as well. So far that has been a BIG GO with releasing the novelette Six-Gun Serenade and novel Scavengers which gained a couple different #1 categories and made it to the Top 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 in a dozen categories too! It has done very well its first week out. So pleased with that.

Anyway I was also listening to either the  The Sell More Books Show or the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Marketing Podcast, and one of them last week mentioned someone who said they have a daily word goal of only 50 words a day.

What does that have to do with Pulp Speed and my own work ethic? The whole point was only that at 50 words a day - anybody could find the time to do that and accomplish something - no stress. If you can do more great. But don't get overwhelmed, stressed and therefore accomplish nothing - Do Something!

So I decided that I wouldn't slack off any more and gave myself the modest goal of 500 words a day no matter what - if I could do more than that = great = but no stress. I have beat myself up when I haven't accomplished what I felt I should = usually an unreasonable amount of words but that didn't stop me from still getting depressed about it.

Since then I have accomplished it, doing at least 500 words a day if not more, yesterday was 3,700.
I did do 40K from about December 20th to January 20th and I fully intend to beat that by a good stretch in the next month. I'll let you know.

So in short, I've got a basic relatively easy goal to meet every day (and hopefully beat) to get myself into at least the bottom rung of what Dean Wesley Smith calls Pulp Speed. Pretty sure I can do it, I've got lots of plans for the new year, novels and novelettes are coming in a literal barrage of pulp fiction goodness.

Until next time!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Scavengers" Chapter One on Audio!

Hey guys and gals!
Not only has Scavengers hit #1 bestseller, my good friends Jason King and  Zach Bjorge even went and surprised me with an audio reading of chapter one! Check it put!

and if your so inclined Scavengers is still on sale for .99 cents for the next 48 hours.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Scavengers is ALIVE!!!

My latest novel Scavengers: A Porter Rockwell Adventure is out now and only .99 cents this week only!

This is the beginning of what I'm calling the Dark Trails Saga - a trilogy at least of Porter Rockwell western adventures. These won't have quite the same weird west flavor of Cold Slither - no monsters, but will still be a lot of pulpy fun.

here is the description I'm pretty proud of:

An untouchable gunslinger. A lost hoard of gold. A host of brutal adversaries. What could possibly go wrong? 

Deputy Marshall Porter Rockwell can't be harmed by a bullet or a blade. As long as he never cuts his hair, Rockwell is free to right wrongs and chase criminals without worrying about the consequences. But when he learns about a map to a mysterious cache of gold, he's embroiled in a battle for the treasure with enemies lining up on every side.

As outlaws, villains, and a surprisingly formidable Ute chieftain stand between the Deputy Marshall and the gold, bullet and blade might not be what finally take Rockwell down. It could be plain old bad luck...

Scavengers is a Western with colorful characters and wit straight out of a Tarantino flick. If you like mixing horror with your pulp, strong and admirable heroes, and weird Westerns, then you'll love the first book in David J. West's Porter Rockwell series.

Buy Scavengers to join the hunt for gold today!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Getting Out the Word!

I just had my novelette Six-Gun Serenade released a week plus ago - I'm very pleased with the reviews so far (I even had an Amazon Top 500 reviewer give it some glowing praise!) and it was all part of my plan to help drum up buzz for the sake of the bigger novel Scavengers: A Porter Rockwell Adventure which is out Tuesday! And its only .99 cents from Tuesday the 24th thru Sunday the 29th then it goes up to 2.99. (which come on ~ for an ebook is still a deal)

So in that light I've done a few podcasts and such to spread my gospel of pulpy action adventure and just to save these for posterity here are the links!

I was on Dungeon Crawlers Radio on January 11th

I was on The New Utah Podcast on Janurary 17th

Oh and one more thing, I'm especially proud of, my friend Dave Butler - who I am sure is going to go big soon with his March release of Witchy Eye, had this to say about Scavengers:

"From its hallucinatory opening to its savage climactic exorcism, SCAVENGERS brews up a heady mix of Peckinpah-like western surrealism, genuine folklore, and non-stop action. More fun than losing your pineal gland to an Apache medicine man!"

-- D.J. Butler, author of WITCHY EYE

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Six-Gun Serenade Rides Out!

And Six Gun Serenade is out of the gate HERE!  

This is an expanded tale that was originally 4 and half K in Hangmen and Bullets, I've more than doubled it, and also have a veritable deleted scene The Money Light - which was cut from Whispers Out of the Dust and then the first chapter of Scavengers which comes out in two weeks.

Here's the description:

The song of the wild west, is played with hot lead notes and some folks gotta learn the hard way.
Schoolteacher Amasa Davison, is invited to join a prospecting outfit and assay gold for them. Turns out it's really a bunch of desperadoes led by a conniving spiritualist who follows the whims of a ghostly Indian princess (so he says) but when the rest of the bandit's start to turn on each other deep in hostile Ute territory, who can a harmless schoolteacher trust? The greenhorn cook, the untested youthful quick draw or the quiet long-haired gunslinger with a killers cold eyes?

Live the excitement and mystery of the old west as you read this novelette plus another great little yarn and an excerpt from the forthcoming Scavengers novel. Treat yourself and delve into a wild treasure hunting adventure!

Download now to enjoy the ride.

(BUT Hey You regular blog readers - It is going to be free right before I do the Scavengers Launch - so even though it is a paltry .99 cents - it will be free on 1/22 -1/23 - 1/24)

I'm trying to get some marketing movement behind Scavengers which comes out on the 24th. So I'll see how this works out.

On top of that I am part of a Marketing promo this week with a slew of other authors. 

Check out this link to see the full list with a massive amount of .99 cent books out today by speculative authors.