Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 27

Just a quick post today, with no tour stops until Monday and a couple of needed days off to recharge for the final push. Seventeen Skulls is still forging ahead and holding strong, and there’s actually been a bit of an uptick in interest in Terror in High Water, too.

In other news, Crafting the Short Story and Writing Horror: The Dark Side are both set to kick off for the fall semester. Hope to see some of you there.

The Nixies of McGillivray Lake, the debut novel from Sheryl Doiron-Powers, is available on Amazon and many other quality outlets. It’s also up on Booksprout, for any of you who have a membership and might be interested in checking out a high quality YA dark fantasy novel. As an aside, Seventeen Skulls is available there as well.

Enjoy your Saturday, thanks for dropping by to visit . It’s appreciated as always. Don’t forget to head on over to my contact page and subscribe to have these posts sent directly to your inbox. Until next time, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 24

The countdown is on now. We’re into the last nine days of the book tour – just eight more after today’s post. As an interesting coincidence, the last day of the tour falls on the two-year anniversary of the release of my first novel, Terror in High Water. I’m as proud of it now as I was that day, just as I am of Seventeen Skulls. This is a big one for me for another reason, because this year – one day after the tour ends, in fact – I roll my personal odometer over to fifty. I’ll talk more about that in a later post, but suffice it to say it’s a not insignificant milestone.

On to more pressing stuff. Today we’re visiting Craving Lovely Books, where the counter tells us we’re over 2,300 entrants in the giveaway of an Amazon gift card and a free copy of my first novel, Terror in High Water. Big thanks to our gracious hosts for the day for the featured spot and the write-up, appreciated as always.

Speaking of plugs, Sheryl’s new novel, The Nixies of McGillivray Lake, is climbing the ranks and going strong. It’s reached the top 200 on Amazon’s Dark Fantasy Horror Fiction best seller list; a few nice reviews, on Amazon or Goodreads or both, would help push it further up that list into the upper echelon. She, like myself and all authors, relies on reviews and word of mouth to spread the word about our work.

On a somewhat related note, Seventeen Skulls is also holding its own, sitting just outside the top 100 Occult Horror Fiction best sellers. I’m thrilled to say the least, and grateful to everyone who’s purchased a copy, and I hope we can keep going and push it up that list even further.

A big thanks to all who keep checking back here and follow along, it means a lot. Feel free to pass my name along to anyone you know who might enjoy what I do, and tell them if they visit and subscribe to my contact page they – like you – can receive all the latest news and updates delivered directly to their – and your – inbox.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of the week, feel free to pop in here tomorrow for another tour update. Until then, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 18

Welcome once again, newcomer and regular reader alike, to the Seventeen Skulls official book tour. We’re eighteen days in now, chugging along toward our final date on the 23rd. We’ve got a whopping fifteen more stops to make in that time, so let’s get to it!

Today we’re off to Sylv.net, a Facebook page dedicated to book trailers, social media teasers, and various other book services. They’ve given Seventeen Skulls a nice feature today, so a tip of the hat to them for that. As I’ve done earlier in the tour with Facebook pages, I checked out their website and encountered difficulties in doing so. But their Facebook page looks and works just fine!

I don’t always remember to say so, but if you’ve read Seventeen Skulls (or Terror in High Water, or any of my work) I would greatly appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes and write a quick review. Whether on Amazon, or over at Goodreads, or even a copy & paste and do both, it means a lot. Other potential readers have a better chance of discovering and, subsequently, reading one or more of my books. Word of mouth has always been the best method of advertising for authors, and leaving reviews is essentially the digital version of that. So, thanks in advance (and a huge thank you to those who have already done so)!

As I’ve done once or twice during the tour, I wanted to pass on a little plug for Sheryl’s new release, The Nixies of McGillivray Lake. It’s an excellent young adult dark fantasy novel, the first of many we’ll see from her in the coming months and years.

That’s a wrap for today. Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and visit. Feel free to wander around the site and check things out, and if you’re so inclined – as quite a few of you appear to be lately – you can go to my contact page and subscribe to have all the latest new and updates delivered right to your inbox. Until tomorrow, when we’re right back here with another tour update, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

Seventeen Skulls Virtual Book Tour, Day 14

It’s long-weekend Sunday, and we’re rapidly approaching the halfway point of this wild and crazy book tour. Hard to believe, I know – for those who have been following along this entire time, or have jumped aboard at some point during the process and have stuck around, let me just say how much I appreciate it. And as someone who really doesn’t like self-promotion or bothering people with what could be construed as repetitive noise, let me assure you it’s been difficult to keep posting these tour updates day in and day out.

With all of that said, I have determined that I will write a post a day throughout the duration of this book tour, and to the best of my ability I will continue to do so. And on that note, today is day 14, and here we go with today’s guest host, Introspective Press. Thanks to them for the opportunity to appear in their space and be seen by all of their readers.

A quick reminder, for those who may have missed it: last Thursday Sheryl’s debut novel, The Nixies of McGillivray Lake, was released through World Castle Publishing. If you or someone you know enjoys young adult fiction, ‘Nixies’ is a chilling dark fantasy tale that’s worth a look.

As the long weekend rolls onward into Monday, let me leave you with a quick reminder to pop into my contact page and subscribe to my website for news and updates delivered right to your inbox. We’re back tomorrow with a double whammy of tour stops, so come on back and see what we have in store! Until then, stay safe, talk soon!

-JP

The Year That Was

The year is winding down rapidly – time for one last post before we roll over into the 2020s. As a sort of recap I thought I’d take a look back at 2019 as it unfolded from my perspective. As it turns out there’s quite a lot to review!

The biggest news, for me at least, was the release of Terror in High Water. I can’t say enough how pleased I am with how it turned out, and the kind words and support I’ve received. It’s widely available on numerous platforms in paperback and ebook.

My story, The Grand Finale, appeared in the Deadly Bargain anthology. It too was well received, and I’m proud of my inclusion in its pages.

The Canadian Dreadful anthology was next. This was a learning experience that contains a version of my story, The Sound of Passing Traffic.

Speaking of learning experiences, this fall saw the debut of my new course, An Introduction to Publishing. It’s a one-day seminar that’s a sort of companion piece to my Crafting the Short Story course. Both are offered through UNB’s College of Extended Learning and will continue into 2020 and beyond.

High Water has drawn interest locally in a few ways. A signed copy was included as part of a prize package offered by Fred-E-Scene, which is a showcase of local news, business, arts and leisure, and more. It’s a great resource that I highly recommend for anyone in or around the area.

I recently did an interview with Allan Hudson, founder and driving force behind the South Branch Scribbler. It was a cool experience in which we discussed a variety of topics. You’ll be able to check out in the coming weeks – I’ll keep you posted there.

Another “I’ll keep you posted” item is my first foray into children’s horror. Mother Ghost’s Grimm is a multi-part series focused on horror (age appropriate, obviously) for young children. Volume One, which includes a number of my friends, released earlier this month. I’ve got a story called The Little Ones in the forthcoming Volume Two, in which I’ll share pages with many other friends and my better half, Sheryl. She’s got a new release as well, an all-Canadian anthology called Creatures in Canada. It’s got a great author list and lots of cool stories. Worth a look!

Lastly, even though it won’t see the light of day until well into the new year: I’ve sent my second novel, Seventeen Skulls, to my publisher just before Christmas. It’s far too early in the process to divulge any more than that, but as with everything else on the horizon, I’ll keep you posted.

Have a safe and Happy New Year. Thank you for your support and all the cool experiences. See you on the other side!

-JP