I’ll let you in on a secret, your reviews matter. Right now, we decide what we’re going to buy on our need and social proof. If you want to read superhero sci-fi, I’m your go to guy. But I can always use more social proof. I mean, who wouldn’t want fans to inform the world know about awesome books they’ve discovered. They don’t need to be lengthy. Some of the best reviews are short, to the point and rant and rave in a few sentences. So if you want to help, take a minute or two and leave a review for the above books. You’ll be doing me a solid!
Category: Behind the Writing
Have you been following the Children of Nostradamus or Suburban Zombie High? Are you a fan of my writing and want access to behind the scenes content, exclusive stories and newly made swag? Then this is your chance. I’ve finally decided to start my street team, a group of fans willing to help promote, review, and spread the word about current and future writing projects. I’ll be providing advance reader copies for upcoming releases and reaching out to ask for feedback and input in upcoming writing projects. I like to think of it as the group of fans who get put on the Christmas list!
To follow this link to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/streetteamheroes/
I’m not really a video game geek. I bought a Playstation 3 so I could play Infamous, which of course is even making my video game geekery comic related. I fell in love with the cell shading of Borderlands and played that over and over despite it scaring the crap out of me when I played at night. I ultimately bought a Playstation 4 so I could play Destiny with some friends. I’ll probably play the same handful of games until I die. But when a friend invited me to my second PAX, I thought, why the hell not?
Maybe it’s because it’s my second time, or perhaps the displays weren’t as snazzy, but I walked away a bit lackluster this year. Don’t get me wrong, it was great, and I even stopped to play a few video games, but I found myself mostly confused by the games. I’ll admit, I want flashy graphics coupled with compelling stories. Retro gaming just leaves me bored. If I wanted games with 8bit graphics, I’d go back to my old Nintendo and break out Secret of Mana and Mega Man. Even Bethesda’s display didn’t leave me feeling warm and fuzzy. I will admit, they do put on a good show with their booths though. I may even buy Prey, which means I’ll just be scared all the time thinking weird goopy bug things are going to kill me.
I bumped into plenty of comic geeks and got to see a lot of great costumes. My favorite part is watching the people interact. It’s a friendly lot and similar to comic conventions in that regard. I was also delighted that there were fewer people. Perhaps the cold scared them away, it was frigid outside and sweltering inside. I’m still recovering. However, I did walk out of there rejuvenated and ready to do some work, so I’m back at writing and plotting out stories. Never enough down time!
I had the opportunity to work at Boskone 54 as both a vendor and a panelist. I sat on some amazing panels and met some pretty spiffy folks. The event, overall, it was amazing. The people in attendance were voracious readers looking for new material to consume. I talked more about science fiction than I had in my entire life. I recommended books, sold some of my own, and had a chance to make some new friends with both readers and other vendors.
I was so incredibly nervous attending, but familiar faces through the New England Horror Writer’s made it bearable. I have to give a special shout out to Cat & Barry for making sure I had food and bathroom breaks. Trisha was kind enough to cover my table while I spoke on a panel and Suzanne talked geek with me while bringing me chocolate. I’m still constantly amazed with how wonderful this tribe of writers in the Northeast can be. I’m thrilled to have met them.
While at Boskone I also got interviewed by Max Bowen and Matt Zappa from Citywide Blackout of WEMF Radio. They were a riot to talk to and did a great job loosening me up while we shot the shit. We talked superheroes, zombies and where they intersect. If you want to check it out, you can listen over on Citywide’s Blog.
In other good news, Nighthawks is currently in the process of being turned into an audio book. I’m thrilled and a slight be terrified. While that is being done behind the scenes I’m still in the middle of writing Morning Sun and on track to have it available come May. I’ll have even more good news coming in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share what I could now. Thanks for the support everybody, this wild and crazy ride is still going strong!
DO YOU LOVE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY?
Join me at Boskone, the longest-running science fiction convention in New England! Join more than 1,000 fans and professions for a weekend filled with panels, readings, kids activities, demonstrations, small-group discussions, filksinging, videos, games and more. I’ll be there selling books in the vendor area along with David Price. This will be the first time people can get Night Shadows signed! I’ll also be participating in a bunch of panels! Stop by and say hi!
Author Jeremy Flagg’s Boskone Schedule
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Marina 2 (Westin)
If print is dead, then printed magazines are. But, at least in our genres, they’re going strong as online magazine and perhaps we should include blogs and both audio and video podcasts. What is the future of the magazine online and in any mutation or combination? And what does this mean for the journalist/writer?
Panel: Jeremy Flagg (M), Robert B. Finegold M.D., Julie C. Day, Ken Altabef, Neil Clarke
The Perfect Teenage Hero
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Harbor III (Westin)
Teenage heroes are not just relatively younger adults. They are people who step up to save the world — perhaps because of their youthful enthusiasm, not-yet-dimmed idealism, and unique perspectives. What does it take for a young Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Katniss Everdeen to emerge? What experiences change them? To what extent are they just pieces in older players’ games? Can they really do it on their own?
Panel: Ken Altabef (M), Jeremy Flagg, Tamora Pierce, Lauren Roy, Erin M. Hartshorn
Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, Galleria (Westin)
Jeremy Flagg, James Patrick Kelly, Jo Walton, C. S. E. Cooney
New England: The Legend, The Lore, The Mystery
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
New England is often a setting in speculative fiction. What is it about this place that makes it so full of wonder … and dread? It’s a magical location beyond the page or screen. Let’s talk about the real mysteries, legends, lore, and supernatural goings-on here in New England.
Panel: Peter Muise (M), Theodora Goss, John Langan, Jeremy Flagg, F. Brett Cox
Boskone Book Party
Saturday 18:30 – 19:30, Galleria – Stage (Westin)
Join us for Boskone’s Book Party! See what’s just out from authors you love, and discover new favorites. The book party will include E. C. Ambrose ( Elaine Isaak ), Kristin Janz, Milton Davis, Ian Randal Strock, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Jeremy Flagg, LJ Cohen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Brenda Noiseux (M), Erin Underwood (M), E. C. Ambrose, Kristin Janz, Milton Davis, Ian Randal Strock, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Jeremy Flagg, LJ Cohen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Neil Clarke, Carlos Hernandez, Hillary Monahan, Grady Hendrix and more!
Reading by Jeremy Flagg
Sunday 10:00 – 10:30, Independence (Westin)
The _Sense8_ Sensation
Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
It’s shot on locations worldwide and produced by the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5, yet this Netflix TV original has largely flown under the radar. (Still, season 2 starts in March.) Panelists examine the intricate storytelling and dizzyingly diverse connections of this sens8tionally groundbreaking SF show. From gender, race, and religion to the struggle of coming to terms with one’s identity, Sense8 treats its subjects in ways network television would never touch. SPOILERS ABOUND for nonviewers, but why not sneak a peek anyway?
Darlene Marshall (M), Lauren Roy, Gillian Daniels, Rob Greene, Jeremy Flagg