Support my sons’ school by bidding for a copy of The Seventh Equinox. The minimum bid for the hardback they’re auctioning is $15 — 50% off the retail price. And it’s signed, so whadda deal, eh?
Here is a specimen of one of my more brain-dead performances, as I gave a red-carpet interview at the 2014 Clifton Film Fest a couple weeks ago. They were showing my trailer for THE SEVENTH EQUINOX. Not only did I blank on all but one of my actor names, I couldn’t even remember the word DSL! (You know, that slow-but-faster-than-dial-up type of Internet connection. Yeah.) Luckily, my auxiliary brain cued me from the wings. I must have been overtired; check out those shadows under my eyes.
If you want to see what they were showing at the film festival, that more articulate effort can be viewed here:
If you haven’t read THE SEVENTH EQUINOX yet, now’s your chance to get a free copy. Yes, from me this time, so that means an autograph, too. Hoo-rah. It ends May 27, so put your name in the hat at Goodreads.
Until April 4, you can bid on a signed hardcover copy of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX. The auction is to benefit my son’s preschool, so please check it out.
My publisher is running a special for the Kindle edition of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX. For the next day, you can get it for just 99 cents. The price will continue to go up by a dollar a day until it returns to its normal price of $4.99. Now’s your chance!
I got to practice my strong-arm sales tactics at Ukazoo:
Smiled nice at the camera in between harassing customers:
Discovered the printer wrapped a dustjacket for THE SEVENTH EQUINOX around a famous account of the fad dietary practices of WWII German soldiers:
The next morning, I did cold readings of the short stories composed that weekend by the Borderlands grunts. Notice the looks of horror and concern on the faces of the instructors behind me — but that was nothing compared to when I began my striptease.
The best part of the weekend was to get some non-child time with Deena. Where should we go next?
Interesting strange name for a bookstore. I must get to the bottom of the word “Ukazoo” when I’m there tomorrow. Here are the details:
Where & When:
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 1–3 p.m.
730 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
Meet Matthew Warner and Deena Warner, author and illustrator respectively of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX, the new urban fantasy novel from Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Wait a minute. They have the same last name. That can’t be a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy, but . . . no, this isn’t that kind of book. It’s set in the Shenandoah Valley, and it’s about a young divorcee who moves into a Victorian house, and she finds a demigod living in the caverns connected to her root cellar, and —
What’s that you say? Towson, MD, isn’t anywhere near the Shenandoah Valley, VA? Then what are these people doing so far from home? Conspiracy! It’s . . .
A chance to eat chocolate chip cookies and buy a book. Yep.
Yes, I wrote that myself, as you can probably tell. Let me know if you’re coming by joining the Facebook event page about it.
After the signing, Deena and I will amble over to the ninth annual Borderlands Boot Camp for Writers, where we hope to visit with Tom Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, and this year’s grunts. I attended the first boot camp in 2005 and had a great time. (Feel free to read my Hellnotes Newsletter article about it.) On Sunday morning, I’ll be the guest performer of the short stories the grunts will have written that weekend — meaning that I’ll be doing anonymous, cold reads of the manuscripts (aloud) to facilitate a critiquing free-for-all. Hearing someone interpret your story in a dramatic reading is a great way to develop your writing; does my words’ inflection come through properly on paper? Always a lot of fun.
I hope my voice will be back at full strength by then. Last weekend, I drilled the “throat crusher” choke too many times in jiu-jitsu class and developed a wicked case of laryngitis as a result. I never would have guessed that being choked could do that to you. Good reference for a future story.
Last night, I was the guest of a private book club, which met at a cozy house here in Staunton. We spent a lot of time discussing the writing process — but it was strange at one point to hear the ladies discussing The Seventh Equinox as if I wasn’t there, making conjectures about character histories and talking about whether they liked a particular character. It was a bit like being at the Borderlands Boot Camp, in a way. Strange, sure, but a rare privilege.
Horror World is giving away a copy of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX. Offer ends Feb. 15. Follow the link for more info.
TT Zuma of Horror World writes, “Warner’s imagination is once again in high gear delivering to fans of urban fantasy and horror a smorgasbord of the fantastic. The Seventh Equinox has it all: great characterization, exciting action, and an ending that will have you sitting up straight and wide eyed. The Seventh Equinox is highly recommended.”
Is THE SEVENTH EQUINOX the next subject (or victim) of your reading group? Download a Reading & Resource Guide, full of discussion questions and trivia. It even talks about sex, so you can’t go wrong.