a new look for “lost dogs”

A while back, I talked about changing the cover of my previous novel, Lost Dogs, to align more with other titles in the young-adult post-apocalypse genre.  It’s not that the original cover is bad: it’s a spectacular piece done by my friend and pro artist James Arnold.  It’s just that I didn’t tell James exactly what was needed, because I didn’t know any better 5 years ago, when I was publishing it.

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The original cover

James has moved on to bigger and better things, living the dream as a designer at a major gaming company, so I turned to Suzie O’Connell at Sunset Rose Books for a new look.   I’d say she delivered:

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local legend brent lewis comes to bto

If you live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you may recently have caught this article in one of the local newspapers:

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twl playlist, track 7: “plush”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of vintage hard rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a rock “track.”  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

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twl playlist, track 6: “in the dark”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

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twl playlist, track 5: “no one like you”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

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want to be a writer? bto 2020 can help

If  you’ve always wanted to write, or if you’re already a writer, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference will help you develop and improve your skills, no matter your genre.

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know your monsters! 14 terrors, and what they mean

It’s Halloween, so let’s talk monsters, a staple of horror films and fiction.  As a kid, I spent many a Saturday morning in front of the TV, slurping down cereal and watching such cerebral fare as Rodan, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (the latter of which, despite the goofy title, creeped 7-year old me right out). 

I got older, but I never outgrew my enjoyment of horror movies and monsters: they just got scarier.  You can imagine how tickled I was to go to college and read honest-to-goodness, highbrow “Literature” with monsters, and to study scholarly texts on them. 

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And what did I learn?  That there can be more–much more–to monsters than just them jumping out of the dark for a cheap scare.  Used properly, monsters can mean something, communicating dark fears to the viewers and readers, and allowing them to safely grapple with those fears.

Come along, and I think you’ll see what I mean.

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twl playlist, track 4: “sign of the gypsy queen”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

It’s Halloween, so let’s get spooky, shall we?

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to the girl who can’t sit still

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I think know what’s going on with you.  I could tell just at a glance. You were sitting there—I won’t say where or when, so no one can guess who you are—and I saw what you were doing.  You were twitching your leg.

That sounds innocuous: “twitching your leg.”  No big deal.  Except it was more like you were bouncing your leg up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as you possibly could. I saw you doing that, and then I noticed how thin your leg—and the rest of you—is.

You have an eating disorder, don’t you?

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twl playlist, track 3: “ladies room”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

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