Winter All-Purpose Post

Today’s post is a bit of a catch-all, as I bring you up to speed on some of the things going on in my chilly little piece of the world.

First, Terror in High Water is rolling along and getting some positive feedback. I’m grateful for the kind words and all the attention it’s been getting. Watch for reviews, spotlights and interviews, and more in the New Year.

As an aside, books make great Christmas gifts. For those unable to flee south and escape Old Man Winter, well… it’s always hot in the little Texas town of High Water.

Speaking of Terror in High Water, it recently received its first five-star review. You can read it here. I’ve also added a page on my site dedicated solely to High Water, which you can check out here.

The Fred-E-Scene holiday wishbook was released right on schedule and received with much enthusiasm. Thanks to the management and staff for being so cool to work with.

Also – and I’m sorry I didn’t know about this earlier – 13 Horror Street made High Water their Scream of the Day on release day.

Another first for me: I get to share a table of contents with my better half! I mentioned this briefly before, but I figure it bears repeating as we creep closer to the launch date. To recap:  it’s a slight departure for me, but we’ve delved into the world of children’s literature: horror edition. Presenting the Mother Ghost’s Grimm anthology. Here’s a little peek at the cover art. Sheryl and I will appear in volume 2.

Little Ones

Fun stuff. Looking forward to this cool project.

More to come later. Stay warm, stay safe. Talk to you soon!

– JP

 

Shop Local!

As I alluded to yesterday, the Fred-E-Scene Holiday Wish Book is live and running as of today. In case you missed my post, this is a showcase of small and local businesses, artists, musicians, restaurants, and more.

Beyond the wish book the site – which counts its views in the missions, I might add – is a wonderful place to keep up on what’s going on in and around the greater Fredericton area. There’s even a section that features such things as literature, where they reviewed Terror in High Water in October. When they asked me to participate in this, I was more than happy to do so.

Here’s the link to the Wish Book. And here’s the link to the authors’ section. Happy browsing!

-JP

Holiday Spotlight

Fred-E-Scene is an excellent showcase for, as they put it, “everything Fredericton”. They’ve got all kinds of stuff regarding the greater Fredericton area, with their fingers on the pulse of the arts, music, shopping, and other pursuits. It’s a pretty great site that boasted over 1.5 million views this year. Go have a look, you never know what might interest you over there.

One of the cool things they do on this site is their annual Holiday Wishbook. It’s a great way to showcase local vendors and businesses, and get seen by an awful lot of eyes. They put a lot of emphasis on supporting local business – which I fully endorse and agree with – and this year, I’m thrilled to say that I will be included!

It goes live tomorrow, I’m told. I’ve skimmed through, and am pleased to report an impressive list of things to browse. My little corner will feature my latest novel, as well as the writing courses I offer through the College of Extended Learning at UNB. I’ll update with a link and pics and such when it goes live. But for now…

…Here’s an early, sneak-peek look at the wishbook. I encourage you to visit early and often. Hopefully you’ll find something in there that jumps off the page at you. I must say, there’s a pretty nice list of contributors this year. Hat’s off to the good folks at Fred-E-Scene for putting this together and helping to shine a well-deserved light on the local business community!

-JP

Buy a Book, Leave a Review

It’s been a week since Terror in High Water hit the market, and the buzz is growing slowly but steadily as word gets around. The idea that my book is out there being read by friends and strangers alike is amazingly cool. I’d love to hear what everyone thinks about it. An inexpensive and effective way to do that is to write a review.

Reviews sell books, there’s no doubt about it. Word of mouth is, far and away, the best advertising a book can receive. It doesn’t cost anything, only takes a few minutes, and goes a long way toward exposing good books to potential readers. Here are a couple of readers’ comments:

“…takes the reader on a dusty ride that shows you the path to redemption can be something you would never expect in such vivid colours of suspense and conflict.”

 

“As the reader is taken on the suspenseful journey you can picture the town, its citizens and the anxiety.”

If you’ve read Terror in High Water and enjoyed the journey, it would be wonderful if you could pop over to Amazon (or Smashwords, or wherever you purchased your copy) and leave a nice review. Let others know it’s worth stepping into 19th century Texas for a glimpse at that little town of High Water. I would certainly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

-JP

The Day After

I woke up this morning to my social media feeds letting me know that a ton of people wanted to wish me a happy birthday. It’s always a pleasant surprise, and I appreciate it very much. Thank you.

This year it’s an extra special celebration, as it comes just one day after the release of my first novel. I know I’ve spoken a lot about this in the last little while, and I’m doing my best not to overload you. I just have a few new points to make this morning and then I’ll leave you in peace for the day.

As of last night there is now a dedicated page to High Water, where I’ll add related cool things such as videos and reviews. Feel free to take a look, it’ll be updated periodically.

You can get posts and updates emailed directly to you by adding your email address here.

In addition to Amazon – where it’s doing rather nicely, I might add – my novel is also available directly from World Castle’s ebook store. You can find all of the World Castle titles here, often at lower prices than other platforms.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge FNAC which, for those who don’t know, is a retailer based in France that happens to sell books, including mine.

By far the best advertising is happy readers. There’s no substitute for a personal endorsement, whether through word of mouth, Amazon reviews, or just telling others you think would enjoy something you’ve read. If you’ve read and enjoyed Terror in High Water, thank you. Please consider giving it a nice review. Or tell a friend. Or both.

-JP

 

High Water

Welcome to High Water, Texas. Here in the 1830s, it’s a tiny hub for cattle ranchers in the middle of the vast, arid south Texas landscape. Things are usually pretty quiet in High Water. But not today.

Today, there’s a new sheriff in town. He’s known as The Man. He’s brought some of his friends with him. And things are about to get very interesting.

Introducing my novel, Terror in High Water. The reviews are already starting to creep in. Here’s a very nice one from JJ Carrier:

Terror In High Water is not your grandfather’s Louis L’Amour western, but a chilling 1830s period tale of a living hell, derived from the creative mind of acclaimed horror author Joe Powers. He takes a fresh look at the genre so prevalent, and popular, in the industry in 2019 in this page-turner and takes the reader on a dusty ride that shows you the path to redemption can be something you would never expect in such vivid colours of suspense and conflict. The book will remind the reader of such previous classics as DC’s Jonah Hex and Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter, but it spins that familiar scenario on its head via the various twists he puts his characters, and the reader, through. But be warned, as you delve deeper in the novel you may have to go back to it time and time again once you finish it to remind yourself that if you believe in legends on both sides of the coin of good and evil, and hate and love, this tome might prove it 10 times over.

Terror in High Water is available in paperback and kindle on several platforms, including Amazon , with more to come.

-JP

New Territory

It’s a delicate balance, this writing thing.

Writing is, pretty generally, an intimate thing; a solitary act of creation the artist agonizes over for days, weeks, months, or even longer. All to create something (hopefully) amazing, which they must then reveal to the world. This is where it gets interesting. The writer emerges from their den, blinking at the sudden brightness, and approaches the world holding their new creation aloft.

All of this to say it’s been a busy couple of weeks, and a lot of you have probably noticed my increased social media presence. One of the ways I do that is by posting more frequent updates here, a process that makes me slightly uncomfortable. “People have already heard all of this before,” I say. “How many times do they want to hear about this stuff before they just tune out?” Keep it fresh by talking about new stuff, I answer myself. Fair enough.

So with Terror in High Water‘s release just over a week away I’ve been doing my best to get the word out. Pre-orders can be made through Amazon, but just today I also discovered that it’s available on Smashwords and, to my surprise, FNAC.

What the heck is FNAC? you may ask. Fair question. I asked that very thing myself earlier. Turns out, FNAC stands for Federation Nationale d’Achats des Cadres, and is a retail chain, a sort of Amazon-like thing founded and based in France. So having learned that I thought to myself, well, that’s pretty damn cool. And it is.

So that’s just a quick update on some cool new stuff in the days leading up to the official release. As always, thanks for reading and following along. If you want these updates sent right to your inbox, enter your email address and click the “follow” button.

Until next time!

-JP

All the New Things

It’s been a very good couple of days here, and I wanted to share some of what’s been going on with you.

A quick update, hot on the heels of the excitement of my novel’s debut: Terror in High Water is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Only in Kindle for now, but it will be available in paperback.

In the spirit of back to school week, the fall session of Crafting the Short Story kicks off on September 23rd – coincidentally, launch day for Terror in High Water. A busy day ahead!

In addition, beginning this fall we’re test-driving a new course. It’s sort of a companion piece to the short story class but can also stand alone. It’s called An Introduction to Publishing, and the name says it all – this is a crash course on some of the basics involved with the publishing industry. This is largely being offered due to feedback and suggestions from those who have taken the short story classes. It’s a single session course where we’ll get together on a Saturday afternoon and have a discussion about publishing.

Last but not least, this week I spread my wings a little bit and expanded into… children’s books? Yes, as unlikely as it sounds, I’ve written a story that will appear in an anthology for kids. Details to follow, but for now (and for the second time this week) here’s a sneak peek at the cover art:

 

Mother Ghost's Grimm

Fun stuff! I’m pretty happy about the idea of writing for kids, even if it turns out to be just a one-off event. The coolest part, at least for me, is the fact that I will be joined in this collection by my wife, Sheryl. For those who don’t know, Sheryl is my de facto in-house editor, and quite a talented writer to boot. Sharing pages with her is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. This winter (hopefully in time for Christmas!), we’ll get to do that.

I know, a lot to process and take in for one day. I’ll leave it there for now, and bombard you with more interesting tidbits as they unfold.

– JP

Terror in High Water

The Man is coming.

At long last, the time has arrived.

There have been whispers and rumblings for a while, but the time is finally upon us.

Introducing my novel, Terror in High Water, which releases on September 23rd. Here’s the world’s first look at the cover:

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Brought to life by the folks at World Castle Publishing, Terror in High Water brings the western and horror genres together in terrifying fashion.

While the official release date isn’t until September 23 – three weeks from today! – it will be available for pre-order very soon, as early as tomorrow.

Stay tuned to this space for updates and teasers. In the meantime, spread the word… and be afraid!

– JP

 

Midsummer Notes

Here it is, the middle of a hellishly hot July here in eastern Canada, and I’m running behind on updates here. This week I was invited to a writers’ collective, which encompasses New Brunswick authors, journalists, cover designers, and all manner of ne’er-do-well types. I was happy to accept, and take the opportunity to network with other like-minded folk. More on that in future posts.

Speaking of hot, since my last post the Canadian Dreadful anthology has gotten off to a smoking hot start – it’s drifted up and down the rankings list, peaking at #1 and hanging around near the upper end of the scale (it’s currently sitting at 13th). But this was a pretty cool thing to see:

CDN Dreadful #1

I’ve now read most of it, and I have to say it’s pretty good. Admittedly, reading Canadian Dreadful has prodded me to work my way through the dry spell I’ve been in, and actually create something new. Sure, I’ve puttered with a few works in progress. But I’m overdue for that accomplished sensation of putting the finishing touches on a piece and firing it off to my editor for the inevitable soul-crushing critique.

One final note: If you’ve read Canadian Dreadful (or any of the other books my work has appeared in, for that matter), feel free to give it a rating on Amazon. Ratings drive traffic to book sites and help increase exposure for eternally grateful authors. And speaking of exposure, you can get updates and new blog posts sent right to your email inbox by scrolling to the top of the page and typing your email address in the little box there.

Ok, I guess that was two final notes. And on that note, enjoy your weekend!

– JP