‘Book of Shadows’ Saga Available on Sept. 6, 2016

The acclaimed Book of Shadows Saga, including the novels Book of ShadowsPrince of Darkness, and Blood To Drink are scheduled to be released on September 6, 2016 from Evil Toad Press.

The trilogy by bestselling author P.J. Fox, is being released as a set in both paperback and ebook (Kindle) versions through Amazon.

The story of Sepha Jones and the strange, dark gentleman who quickly changes her life—a man with secrets she never could have imagined—Book of Shadows and its sequels form a three-part saga of desire, need, love, and death set against the eldritch beauty of New England.

All three volumes of The Book of Shadows Saga are available for pre-order on Amazon now, and will be in full release starting September 6, 2016.

Blurb for Book of Shadows:

High school senior Sepha Jones knows that vampires don’t exist.

That is, until the night she’s dumped by her manipulative piece of shit boyfriend. Literally and figuratively, broken-hearted and stranded in the middle of a monsoon. And is rescued by her mysterious neighbor, a man she’s never spoken to before this night. One who’s never seen in daylight hours and about whom rumors abound. Strange rumors. Bad rumors. Even as she finds herself drawn to him, and into his web of intrigues, she has to wonder: who-and what-he really is.

And whether, in allowing him into her life, she’s made the greatest mistake of it so far.

Blurb for Prince of Darkness:

The SEQUEL to Book of Shadows!

A new love…and a new threat.

Sepha is engaged, to the love of her life. Jason Barnes, her family’s tormentor, is behind bars. She has every reason to believe that, as a new day dawns on the sleepy town of Hamilton, her problems are finally behind her. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know is that someone new is coming to town. Someone who has some unfinished business with Alex. And that, despite everything they’ve been through together, she doesn’t know as much about him as she thinks.

Blurb for Blood To Drink:

The SEQUEL to Prince of Darkness!

Something is wrong in Hamilton.

As Boston’s North Shore is ravaged by a string of unsolved murders, Sepha is left to ask: who-or what-is responsible? And why does danger keep creeping closer to home, even in broad daylight? And what, if anything, can she do to protect herself and her loved ones? Digging deeper into the mysteries surrounding her, she is forced to choose between her love for Alex and the world she inhabits.

‘The White Queen’ Audiobook Is Out!

The sequel to the bestselling fantasy The Demon of Darkling ReachThe White Queen is now available as an audiobook through Audible.com.

This second installment in The Black Prince Trilogy is again narrated by the talented Shiromi Arserio, whose inimitable voice brings your favorite characters to life.

Download it now at any of the following links:

Audible

Amazon

iTunes

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‘The Demon of Darkling Reach’ Now Available in Audiobook!

We’re excited to announce that P.J. Fox’s bestselling novel The Demon of Darkling Reach, Book One of The Black Prince Trilogy, is now available in audiobook format!

Narrated beautifully by Shiromi Arserio, the audio version of this fan favorite brings the characters and the setting to life in a whole new way.

You can download a copy of The Demon of Darkling Reach at the following stores:

Amazon.com

Audible.com

iTunes

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‘The Prince’s Slave’ Free through Sunday, August 2

The newly released omnibus edition of The Prince’s Slave, the captivating erotic romance by P.J. Fox, will be free to download for Amazon Kindle from Friday, July 31, 2015 until Sunday, August 2, 2015.  Get all three parts of Belle and Ash’s story in one exciting volume!

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Blog-off Entry Commentary: Point of View

Elitist Book Reviews

Point of view (PoV) is how a story is narrated, usually through the eyes of a main character.  If writers are doing PoV right, it shouldn’t even be noticeable, it fades into the background. But when it’s done wrong, it’s a slap in the face. First-time authors don’t give PoV the attention it deserves. They treat it like the short kid when picking basketball teams during P.E. because there are better athletes of storytelling: setting, character, and plot. But we need the short kid to have a full team, and ignoring PoV is like not having a full team. Viewpoint is important because it affects how the story is told and the connections readers feel with the characters.

Let’s define a few terms:

  • First-person–Uses “I” to tell the story. Not used as often as third-person because it isn’t as flexible, but when done right is fun to read (prevalent in thrillers, YA, Urban Fantasy, and the ramblings…

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Blog-off Entry Commentary: Internet Presence

Excellent advice from Elitist Book Reviews for self-published authors: have an internet presence. Seems simple, right? Apparently it’s not for a lot of writers. #SPFBO

Elitist Book Reviews

Like all of the other reviewers here at EBR, I have a day job. It’s not one that I tout all that much as it’s a fall-back job that I kind of transitioned into after not being able to find a job in my field (rocket science). I’m a web programmer. So, I kind of feel obligated to say a thing or two about this relatively important part of the self-published author’s job.

My thoughts on the topic can be boiled down to something that is pretty simple (TL;DR):

Have an internet presence.

Ask yourself a question: what’s the first thing you do when you find a new author that you like? I don’t know about you, but I don’t pass go, I don’t collect $200, I go directly to Mr. Google. In that search, I look for a website, a blog, a Facebook page – something that will give…

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Write a Letter.

James Cormier

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Blog-off Entry Commentary: On Beginnings

Some excellent thoughts on novel beginnings from Elitist Book Reviews. #SPFBO

Elitist Book Reviews

Beginnings. Always been a heavy topic of discussion here at EBR. A good beginning can make a book awesome. A bad beginning can absolutely ruin a novel. Think about it. How many novels have you put down because the opening was horrendous? We’re talking about books you pick off the shelves at your local bookstore. At EBR, we’ll admit to triple digits. You?

With the The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off, the importance of beginnings has become a major focus for us. Many of the authors who submitted their novels have questions. Why isn’t my book selling? Why am I getting poor reviews? What can I do to improve it? Etc, etc. A huge part of the issues these self-pubbed authors are facing stems directly from the writing, but even mediocre writing can be dealt with if the story is good and the hook is set. There are so many…

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‘The Demon of Darkling Reach’ is Free for Kindle This Week

The bestselling debut novel by P.J. Fox, The Demon of Darkling Reach, is free to download for Amazon Kindle through May 17, 2015.  Get your copy of the opening volume in the celebrated Black Prince trilogy today!

The Demon of Darkling Reach by P.J. FoxPeregrine Cavendish, 12th Earl of Enzie, has made a devil’s bargain: he’s going to sell Rowena, Isla’s beautiful and innocent younger sister, to a known murderer in exchange for forgiveness of his debts. Tristan Mountbatten, the infamous Duke of Darkling Reach, has a habit of marrying such women and then disposing of them…horribly. For this and other reasons, there are rumors. That he practices the dark arts; that he’s a necromancer; that he is, in fact a demon. And studying him, this notorious politician and realm builder across the table, Isla can believe it. Believe it all. Because she knows, even from that first introduction, that Tristan Mountbatten isn’t human. No one else seems to have noticed the obvious, but Isla has…and is terrified. For herself, but more so for the sister she loves. The sister who’s been more of a daughter, the sister for whom she’d sacrifice anything.

So Isla makes a devil’s bargain of her own.

‘None of Us Know What We’re Doing’

Chuck Wendig is known for his best-selling books as well as his comedic, pragmatic advice for aspiring writers.  When a fan emailed him recently to confess bewilderment and a lack of confidence in her ability to make it as a writer, Mr. Wendig had this to say:

None of us know what the fuck we’re doing.

I know we don’t because the deeper we go down this career, the less we seem to know. Oh, we have ideas. We’ll literally explode your ears with our self-important author talk, but at the end of the day, all the shit we say can probably be disproven by talking to five other writers, and mostly that look in the black of our eyes is one of utter bewilderment. Our greatest and most honest answer to you regarding all the questions you want to ask us would be a vigorous, exasperated shrug.

That’s not to say we’re entirely clueless, mind you. It’s like this — you’re at the bottom of the mountain looking up. We’re on the side of the mountain or even at its peak looking down. You have the climb ahead of you. We have the climb — or some of it, at least — behind us. We have a view of the valley. You have a view of only the mountain. We know a little bit about climbing. We know some of the gear. We have our limited perspective on getting up to where we are, at present. We can only tell you what we know and what we did — and that’s not entirely helpful.

See, up at the peak, we’ve just achieved a new level of cluelessness.

“What’s that body of water over there?”

“Fuck if I know.”

“How’d we survive crossing that SNOWY CREVASSE where the ICE WEASELS were nesting?”

“Luck, I guess.”

“How do we get back down?”

“I think we die up here.”

“Oh.”

There exists no well-marked, well-lit path up the mountain. You will find no handy map. No crafty app for your smartphone. The terrain shifts after everyone walks upon it. New chasms. Different caves. The ice weasels become hell-bears. The sacred texts we find in the grottos along our journey are sacred to us but heresy to someone else.

The whole post is worth reading.  And the message serves as a reminder that to a certain extent, all confidence is feigned.  Don’t waste your time worrying about not knowing what to do or how to do it.  If you want to be a writer, write.  The rest will be a series of turns on an ever-shifting path up the mountain.

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