Xmas Elf Only 99 Cents

XMAS ELFGet Xmas Elf: Secret Agent for 99 cents from now till 12/1/18 (US and UK only). That’s not all, Time Burrito will also only be 99 cents too! Why fight the holiday crowds when you can buy everyone you know a kooky Christmas caper for a buck? Amazon has a buy for others button. All you need is their email address. Here’s the description:

As one of Santa’s Elite Fixers, Jing spends most of his time waterboarding greedy toy manufacturers or responding to terrorists holding Rudolph for ransom. While not on the job, he relaxes in the North Pole, a paradise where he can forget all the killing and bloodshed and curl up to some Christmas music and hot cocoa.

Until a rogue group of elves betrays Santa and threatens what should have been a pleasant Christmas.

Every time a bell rings, an elf gets his Glock.

Note: Use discretion for children under 13. There is a bit of violence in the book (no worse then what you can read in the first chapter).

Watch out for the sounds of sleigh bells in the distance this holiday season,

Atmospheric Pressure 2 – 99 Cents

Atmospheric Pressure 2 Audiobook

Grab your audiobook copy for free on Audible!

That’s right. You’re reading that correctly. The Kindle edition of Atmospheric Pressure 2 is 99 cents from now till September 14th. But that’s not all, it’s now on audiobook, and if you sign up for a free trial of Audible for one month, you get the audiobook for free! You don’t even have to stay a member, but if you do remain a member, I have many of my books on audio and you can get them for free too with your membership. Make sure you use this link to snag your copy, it helps me out. You can get the first book here. I’m also part of two group giveaways this month, one for Dystopian and Post Apocalypse and the other for general Science Fiction & Fantasy so go grab some free copies of various books while you can!

Thank you all for your support.

One last favor, if you like my books tell a friend and leave a review. The small stuff helps in a big way.

Check out my new show

Hi everyone! I wanted to drop you all a line to let you know that I’m currently hosting a horror themed podcast called Aaron’s Horror Show. I’ll be reading a never published book called Tuners on the show as well as talking about horror movies. I got into podcast hosting because I auditioned on a whim and got the gig. It’s been a whirlwind getting the show out, and those of you who’ve been with me since Spiral may recognize some of the music. The first episode dropped today, so check it out!

In writing news, there will be some new material coming out pretty soon. In the meantime, Othello and Zombies will be on sale for 99 cents Nov. 16-21, 2017 and Customer Service Scientist is free right now until the 10th of November.

Thank you all for your support, and I’ll be announcing a new book soon.

Author Spotlight – Me!

I’m assuming that if you’re on my blog you probably wanted to see how I answered the questions too. If you missed the other authors please go back and check them out!

Bio: Aaron Frale co-wrote a no-budget comedy flick called Hamlet the Vampire Slayer. His first novel is Playlist of the Ancient Dead. The University of New Mexico gave him a MFA in Dramatic Writing. He also screams and plays guitar for the prog/metal band Spiral. He lives with his wife Felicia, two cats, and a small dog who thinks he’s a large dog in Columbia Heights, MN.

Questions:

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?

Aaron: Patience. It takes time to write a good story and takes time to build an audience.

How do you approach your stories; do you plan everything out before starting, or are you more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of a person?

Aaron: I rarely plan. I just write and see what happens.

Of all your characters, do you have a favorite?

Aaron: I have a soft some for wierdos with irreverent humor.

How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)?

Aaron: It takes about six months to a year depending on my life outside of writing.

What motivated you to write your novel?

Aaron: I used to write screenplays and I realized that a lot of things had to fall into place to get a movie I wrote on the screen. Whereas books, I could do it myself.

Name three favorite authors and why they impress you.

Aaron: Douglas Adams – For pioneering comedy science fiction

Joss Whedon – For pioneering horror comedy

Neil Gaimen – For being an awesome human being

Would you rather set your story in a place and time you are familiar with, or would you rather research a totally different setting?

Aaron: I like making up my own settings.

Do you have any little writing rituals or quirks? E.g. an object you have to have on your desk, a particular drink or snack.

Aaron: Not really. I wish I had more time to do it.

How do you own experiences influence what you write?

Aaron: Some of the humorous stories in the character’s backgrounds have really happened. My first book had a talking dog character that was an ongoing anthropomorphizing joke my and I have about our dog.

If you were a ninja with a vendetta to whom would it be? OR If you had to throw something into mount Doom to save the world, what would it be? OR If you had a group of celebrities to plan the perfect heist who would they be and what would you be after? (If you couldn’t already tell, these were the questions I added to the pot 🙂 )

Aaron: As a ninja, I would strike at the heart of climate change deniers. I would through income inequality into Mount Doom and now that the world is fixed, I would round up the cast of Star Trek Voyager to raid the prop room of Star Trek Discovery.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Aaron: I work on something different. It helps to have several going at once.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Aaron: First draft. It’s always the most fun.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be? (Ominbuses,  complete works, and how to books are forbidden!) (Laura)

Aaron: Hitchhiker’s Guide (because you’ll need the towel).

Links: At the top of this page. Books. Go ahead click there. They won’t bite.

 

Author Spotlight – KAY L. LING

Bio: Kay L. Ling began writing fiction at an early age. In grade school, her stories evidenced a sense of wonder and love of adventure. In one, mythical creatures lived and traveled inside a rainbow, and in another, a bored sixth-grader turned her teacher into a maroon sofa and then teleported herself to London. As she grew up, Kay never lost her ability to imagine strange and wondrous peoples and places, and now she would like to share her unique fantasy adventures with others.

Questions:

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone wanting to write?

Kay: Become a more observant reader. Study your favorite authors and note the writing skills that set their books apart. See if you need improvement in those areas.

How do you approach your stories; do you plan everything out before starting, or are you more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of a person?

Kay: When I begin a novel I know the opening, the overall plot, and the resolution. From there, each chapter builds organically upon the last. As the story progresses, plot points often fit together in surprising ways. I’m motivated to keep writing to see what happens!

Of all your characters, do you have a favorite?

Kay: Lana, the lead character in Beyond the Forest is my favorite, but I enjoy some of my non-human characters almost as much.

How long did it take you to write your most recent book(s)? (Joy)

I spent at least two years rewriting and polishing Beyond the Forest, a novel I wrote and then abandoned in the 1980s due to my time-consuming career. So, I suppose I could say it took me three decades to write it!

What motivated you to write your novel?

Kay: The setting of my novel is loosely based on a local forest preserve. While hiking the trails and enjoying the solitude, I imagined strange beings hiding among the trees, watching me. Those beings became the woodland gnomes in my story, and I created a plot that involved our world and theirs.

Name three favorite authors and why they impress you.

Kay: 1: J. R. R. Tolkien. He created entire races with diverse cultures, and placed them in Middle Earth–a world that felt as real as our own.

2: J. K. Rowling. While reading the Harry Potter series I asked myself countless times, where does she come up with this stuff?!! Writing courses can’t give you a great imagination. Either you have one or you don’t.

3: Brandon Sanderson. His magic systems are always unique, and he provides enough details to make it all seem completely plausible.

Would you rather set your story in a place and time you are familiar with, or would you rather research a totally different setting?

Kay: Neither, actually. I like to take readers on an adventure and give them experiences they’d never have in real life. Fantasy novels allow me to do that. Creating a unique world has its own challenges, but minimal research is required.

Do you have any little writing rituals or quirks? E.g. an object you have to have on your desk, a particular drink or snack.

Kay: Generally, a cup of good, strong coffee is all I need, since I usually begin writing in the morning.

How do your own experiences influence what you write?

Kay: I’ve always loved to travel, so I like to invent new worlds to explore. Other interests, such as gems and their folklore, worked their way into my book as well. Writing that includes personal experiences or themes that touch the author can be very powerful.

If you had to throw something into Mount Doom to save the world, what would it be?

Kay: I wish an object could be thrown into Mount Doom to save the world. The ring, which was consumed by fire and destroyed, is a focal part of the story, but the ring bearer’s unwillingness to give up the ring and cast it into the fire teaches us an important lesson. It’s not easy to break evil’s hold on us.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Kay: I rarely experience writer’s block. It helps to stop writing in the middle of a scene, or at a point where you know what happens next and you’re anxious to finish it. That makes it easy to pick up next time where you left off.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Kay: I enjoy writing the first draft and living the adventure as I write it. If I’m totally caught up in the story myself, there’s little chance the reader will be bored.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be?

Kay: The Bible! Not only would I need God’s help to survive, the Bible is full of fascinating stories.

Novel Link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6AIPYX

Web link:

https://www.facebook.com/KayLLing.author