No Myth: The Mythology of The Corridors of the Dead Part 2

Picking up on from yesterday’s post, let’s finish the discussion of the mythology behind this book.

I want to clarify again that I don’t actually believe that a magician or magick allow a person to enter other worlds or dimensions, or anything like that. I think that the magician is simply tapping into some level of collective unconscious, or their own psyche. Just wanted to put that out there.

So, why would someone choose to be a magician and move in slow, plodding movements through the Aethyr when they could be a tunneler and just rip through them all at more or less their own speed? This made me realize that a tunneler had to be something extraordinarily special. A once-in-a-millenium fluke. Perhaps even rarer – perhaps there has only ever been one tunneler who has existed in different times due to the bending of space and time within the Aethyrs. This was the germ of the entire series, not just the first book. Matty, of course, would be that tunneler.

In the Bible, Noah‘s Flood ultimately wiped out the Watchers and the Nephilim. I like the idea; there’s something primal about the great deluge myths. I’ve always been fascinated with crazy theories about a high civiliation that existed before the flood, even if it left no evidence. No evidence – that was the next issue. Obviously this flood couldn’t just be water that wiped everything out. There had to be a reason that they left no evidence. So I came up with my concept of The Flood in Corridors, more of a scourging, or a cleansing by fire by the angels of the Watchtowers, with the intention of completely wiping out any trace of the Watchers’ twisted civilization. Obviously, there were human survivors, and Noah does play into the story, just not until the third book. Continue reading

With a Little Help…: The Characters of the Corridors of the Dead Part 2

Before I get started, a few things. First is that with the support of a lot of readers, I cracked the Top 100 in the Westerns genre (#83 when I woke up, now down a bit). While overall I feel it more shows just how weak sales of Westerns are overall, I can’t help but be a bit proud, given that this my first release and it’s not even a full-length book. I’m also immensely grateful to the people who bought a copy and my partners on our current tour. It’s also great to be able to give that money to a worthy cause.

Speaking of which, just a reminder that today is the second and final day of our Four Bloggers, Four Books, Two Days promotion. I’ve contributed The Kayson Cycle, and all proceeds from sales of my short story will go to Doctors Without Borders. From Sunday’s post:

Here’s how it works: on November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward each of your purchase receipts that Amazon emails you, to : motionsrider@yahoo.ca and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $80 Amazon gift card.  That way we have your name and email to let you know when you win!

On top of that, two random commenters picked from two of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, our authors, our works, even just say hi, we’re not too proud to beg. You’d be helping us out and you’d be helping out your favorite blogger, as the blogger with the most comments also wins a prize. 

With the release of The Corridors of the Dead tomorrow will come another contest – opening tomorrow morning. I wrote about this Sunday, but will of course put the details up again tomorrow.  Continue reading

Getting to Know You: The Characters of The Corridors of the Dead, Part 1

Before I get started, just a reminder that today is the first day of our Four Bloggers, Four Books, Two Days promotion. I’ve contributed The Kayson Cycle, and all proceeds from sales of my short story will go to Doctors Without Borders. From yesterday’s post:

Here’s how it works: on November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward each of your purchase receipts that Amazon emails you, to : motionsrider@yahoo.ca and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $80 Amazon gift card.  That way we have your name and email to let you know when you win!

On top of that, two random commenters picked from two of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, our authors, our works, even just say hi, we’re not too proud to beg. You’d be helping us out and you’d be helping out your favorite blogger, as the blogger with the most comments also wins a prize. 

Now, on with today’s show: introducing you, the reader, to the characters of The Corridors of the Dead. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive listing; I’m not going to talk about Guard #2, but I think it’s a good idea to get these out there as part of my release week specials. I view these as the equivalent of bonus features on a DVD or Blu-Ray, offering not only information to inform your purchase, but something to deepen your understanding of the story once it’s finished. These will eventually sit up top as part of the Corridors official page. So come with me and learn more about these characters after the jump. Continue reading

Checking the Tally: Announcement and Lessons Learned

Morning, one and all. It’s time to chase the rabbit down the rest of the rabbit hole and get this book finished for release next week. I’ve incorporated the edits from my editor and have a few minor issues that I want to polish one more time; I think this thing may be finished by the end of the day tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m working my marketing plan. I’ve banded together with a few other writers next week to make one last push on the Kayson Cycle, between Monday and Tuesday. Promotion details should be forthcoming, and you writers can expect a follow-up once the dust has settled – I know we’re all trying to figure out what works best.

I’m also happy to announce the Corridors of the Dead promotional launch and giveaway. I’m still working out the details – it will be a system where you can earn a certain number of entries by performing certain tasks, but I have to figure out how many entries to each task. Tasks will include items such as writing about the book on your blog or tweeting about the book – also still under review. The prizes, however? Those I’ve figured out:

  1. First Place will be a $50 Amazon Gift Card (one winner).
  2. Second Place will be a $20 Amazon Gift Card (two winners).
  3. Third Place will be a signed copy of The Corridors of the Dead (three winners).
I’m expecting to have all this figured out tomorrow, so keep your eyes open. In the meantime, I think now is the perfect time to examine the lessons I’ve learned from writing The Corridors of the Dead, from inception to today. There are still a lot more to come from the promotional push, but today I really want to dig into things with a timeline of what has happened and the lessons I’ve learned. Continue reading