22 Apr 2014

“Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes from Venus” by Simon Okill

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Today I am proud to be part of a blog tour to celebrate the new release by my dear friend, talented author and relentless promoter of others.  

Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes from Venus
By Simon Okill

Welcome to Big Beaver, home of Duane Dexter aka Phantom Bigfoot. Teen superhero, Duane, must get Sheriff Lou and Agent Virgil hitched on orders of the alien Elders. Simple enough! But not for Phantom Bigfoot and Guardian of the forest, who manages to screw things up just when he least expects it.

And when he least expects it, Duane is rendered helpless as a new menace invades Big Beaver in the shape of a punk band – The Vampettes from Venus. It soon transpires these Vampettes are not your ordinary gals from outa town. Duane and his close friend, MB, know space vampires when they see them.

So Phantom Bigfoot with his trusty sidekick, MB, fight these insidious vampires head on in a free-for-all, no-holds-barred struggle. Will Duane save the day yet again or will these sexy Vampettes drink Big Beaver dry?


Paranormal author Simon Okill lives in a South Wales coastal town with his wife where he is currently writing about the crazy adventures of Phantom Bigfoot and his tribe of Bigfoot Babes. Phantom Bigfoot & The Vampettes from Venus is book #2 of his YA adventure series, Phantom Bigfoot Series, to be followed by Phantom Bigfoot & The Haunted House. Book #1 is already out there – Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again. Simon has also written two other books, all available on Amazon – Luna Sanguis and Luna Aeturnus, dark Gothic romance set in France 1925 as well as several screenplays.

 

 
 
Moments later Duane and MB tried the front door of the Bruger house. Of course it was locked. They hammered at the door.
Duane turned around sensing trouble and wished he hadn’t. Hovering a few feet above MB like a giant red bat was that raven-haired Vampette with the freaky hairdo, mouth open wide, tongue licking large fangs.
“I am Vampirella. I care not for neither of you fellas,” the Vampette sang her words like that punk rocker Sid Vicious, screeching out the syllables with a high-pitched hiss.
What did she mean she cared not for neither of them? His sixth sense told him she didn’t want their blood because they weren’t virgins. Did that mean they were safe from the Vampette’s fangs? Yeah it would seem so, Duane hoped.
“From somewhere within the deep, you cannot resist the need to sleep,” Vampirella screeched her song.
Duane cautioned himself to be wary. Her singing had made him feel a little hazy. The Vampette was obviously using some kind of insidious mind control on them with her lyrics.
The Vampette drifted towards Duane on her red cape wings and stopped less than a few inches from him, her fangs just a millimeter from his bare neck. Duane’s stomach gurgled with fear but strangely enough he didn’t feel like barfing. He stood his ground.
“Chosen by The Elders you have been. The Guardian of the forest I have seen,” Vampirella sang harshly.
“Go to hell!” Duane said, glancing at MB cowering behind him for protection.
“What does she mean by The Guardian of the forest?” MB asked as if those might be his last words.
Vampirella didn’t reply. She cocked her head then sang, “Vermillia … Venusa … Vixenella … come join me.”
The other three punk Vampettes floated down from the roof under their red cape wings and landed silently before Duane and MB.
“Beau is pure, Beau is sweet, he is our lure, he is our treat,” Vampirella and the other three Vampettes sang like demented sirens.
Duane and MB backed up to the front door and hammered to be let in, both shouting, “Let us in for fuck’s sake. Let us in!”

 

 

Duane Dexter –  Ross Lynch

 

Sheriff Louise Harper –  Juno Temple

 

 
Agent Virgil Tuckerwood –  Lucas Till

 

  

 

Agent Candice Merlot –  Tiffany Hines


 

Learn how to cook – and I mean cook – not French fries and steak – any dufus can do that. There’s nothing that says you love your mate than cooking a romantic meal. Say Spinach Souffle for instance. Ha-ha! There’s always one wisenheimer who says, “Spinach Souffle for instance.” The reason I mention this meal is it is too delicious for words to describe, and not only that, but when those pesky bits of spinach stick to your mate’s teeth you can lick them off which leads to you-know-what. Now we come to dessert. Yoghurt. Any flavour will do and don’t eat it all as it comes in handy for after dessert you-know-what. Great fun to lick off your mate’s you-know-whatsits.

 

 
 
 

 

02 Feb 2014

M. Joseph Murphy: Groundhog day Author Interview, “A Fallen Hero Rises (Sword of Kassandra)” and “Council of Peacocks (Activation)”

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“A Fallen Hero Rises (Sword of Kassandra) by M. Joseph Murphy is an accomplished piece of fantasy / science fiction writing and a very enjoyable read. 1614427_10152145734570546_1830065818_o
Set on the distant planet of Maghe Sihre seers have ominous premonitions when an earthling crashes down through the void and onto their planet. The damage to the void is seen as a threat to the planet but there is also the mystery to resolve as to why the boy has landed on their planet. A separate narrative tells us about earthling Tadgh Dooley’s background as he gradually regains his memory.
From the first dialogue it was clear to me that the author has created some memorable and colourful characters that go beyond the often found fantasy stereotypes. With the – to my ears sometimes – obscure names and parameters of the new world it took me a little to get the hang of the story but the narrative that deals with Tadgh’s past hooked me into insisting and I am very glad I did. What follows is classic fantasy and science fiction fare with action and outworldly technology and fighting tools. However, I found much of the dialogue and the presented concepts of human and supernatural powers quite deep and meaningful. Tadgh has such powers and needs to control them. With wise men but also some villain figures around him the story has some truly great suspense that kept my interest on several levels.
As this is the first book in a series it does not come to a complete conclusion but leaves us craving for book 2.
I don’t often read fantasy and when I do I frequently feel it has been done before. “A Fallen Hero Rises” has some unusual and profound components that made me enjoy the read very much.
Recommended for fans of the genre and those who are curious and for those who like myself like gay characters in stories without it becoming a gay story.

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To celebrate Ground Hog’s Day, A Fallen Hero Rises, will be free for one day only on Feb 02 2014.  myBook.to/AFallenHeroRises 

Please consider getting it and “like” the book on Amazon. You’d be amazed at the power of a “like” on potential readers. If you like what you read, the author would naturally appreciate a review but it’s not required.

Maybe if the book gets enough downloads it’s a sign that winter’s almost over.

Interview with M. Joseph Murphy:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

Not much to tell. I’m a man. I write stuff. I have cats. Oh and I was abducted by aliens as a child but we won’t talk about that.

What made you become a writer? Have you always written?

I wrote my first novella at 13. It was a horror story about a abandoned one-room school house. The idea still creeps me out. As for what made me become a writer, I’ll credit my high school teacher Ms. Elizabeth Christie. She pulled me aside one day after class and told me that, of all her students, only me and one other person could actually make a career out of it. Having someone show that much faith in me changed my life. It also made me want to be a teacher.

When did you decided to write your chosen genres? Do you have a favourite genre?

It was never a conscious decision. When Stephen King was asked why he wrote horror he gave the perfect analogy. He talked about people fishing on a lake and each person has a unique net. They’re all going into the same area, the unconscious dream world, but each person catches different things because they have different nets. Fantasy is just watch catches in my net.

How long does it take you to write and publish a book?

I write 5 pages a day, normally. That means I can get the first draft done in 2-3 months. That’s when play times over and I get to work. When the first draft is finish, I normally spend 5-10 hours a day revising. After that it’s off to beta readers followed by another round of revisions. Then it’s off to the proofreader and another round of revisions. All in all, it takes about 6 months to write and publish a book. That means I can put out about 2 a year at my current pace.

What is the easiest about writing and what is the hardest?

There are few things in life as much fun as writing a first drafts. It’s like dreaming with my eyes open. Editing for grammar and punctuation sucks monkey butt. However, the hardest part is cutting out the cool scenes that are messing with the pacing. For A Fallen Hero Rises, I removed over 80 pages focused on Eiodeesh and Gnocko. They became minor characters because it helped the pacing.

Would you say there is a message in the book beyond the story?

I have a love/hate relationship with subtext. I majored in English so I could talk about how Council of Peacocks is about fate and whether or not you have control over it. But honestly, I hope people read it and say “Woah. That was cool.”

For A Fallen Hero Rises, it was really important for me to have a gay character, something that is almost non-existent in the fantasy genre. There are, of course, a few examples, but I had to go searching for them. I also wanted to make sure it wasn’t a “gay story”. It’s just a story in which one of the characters happens to be gay.

Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?

I’m overwhelmed by how well it’s been received. Even from people that don’t generally read my genre. The only negative reviews I’ve had were on grammar and spelling errors in Council of Peacocks when it first came out. I sent it off for another round of proofreading to fix that. I can’t believe how well A Fallen Hero Rises is selling. I’ve barely done any marketing but it’s already outselling Council of Peacocks.

What do you like most about your characters? Which one is your favourite? Who would play the characters in a film?

It’s weird. I’ve read articles where writers say their characters are like children and you can’t ask them to pick a favorite. But most parents know they actually DO have a favorite child. We’re just not supposed to admit that because we don’t want to hurt the other children’s feelings.

I love Wisdom. He’s in my head. I think about him even when I’m not writing. His relationship with Echo is complex to say the least. I feel the same way about them that I do the characters in the Notebook. I also have a soft spot for Jessica. She’s hilarious and brutal. Totally kick ass. I think the character that will surprise people the most is Elaine. She has an incredible journey ahead of her. I can’t wait to show everyone where she goes.

As for who would play them in a movie? For Council of Peacocks,  I did a blog post about this. Lucas Till as Josh, Peter Mensah as Wisdom, Emilia Clarke as Echo.

http://councilofpeacocks.blogspot.ca/p/works-by-m-joseph-murphy.html

For A Fallen Hero Rises, I picture a young Landon Liboiron from his days on Degrassi. Not the dirty version we see on Hemlock Grove.  I picture Liam Hemsworth as Menphis and Garrett Hedlund as Shonn.

One of the things I like most about your books is the unexpected depth. You write fantasy but the characters have bite. Do you find that fantasy reader appreciate this?

I hope so. I know I do. I can’t stand one-dimensional characters. One thing I admire about George R.R. Martin is he’s able to convince the reader that even the most despicable villain could be seen as a hero by someone. I especially want to make sure my female characters are strong. I’m a fanboy for Joss Whedon and I call myself a feminist. It’s important to me the women in my stories are real. I know that doesn’t often happen in fantasy.

What are your next projects? Tell us about your other books.

Well, I am a planner. There will be five books in the Activation Series and 5 books in the Sword of Kassandra series. I’ve already got them all plotted out because I’m a bit crazy like that. I plan on releasing one book from each series a year. That means I need to write and publish two books a year which is doable.

I also have five books I wrote over the last twenty years that aren’t related to either series. At some point I’ll take them out, revise them and help them see the light of day.  

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

My life is amazing. I’m recently married. I teach at a local college. I have the best job in the world. Every day I have a current or former student tell me “Thank you for helping me change my life.” It doesn’t get any better than that.

When I’m not writing I’m an obsessive video game player. I’m currently addicted to Puzzle Quest and I’ve recently started playing Final Fantasy XIV.

Who are your literary influences?

The books I read a s kid made me want to be a writer. For fantasy that was Robert Asprin’s Myth series. Lloyd Alexander’s the Chronicles of Prydain. I’m also a massive horror fan. I’ve always proclaimed Stephen King is one of the greatest writers of our life time. I got lots of slack for that in university but Stephen King got an entire generation of people interested in horror and reading in general. Who the heck cares if you win a Booker Prize if no more than 10 people read your book?

Also Chris  Clairmont’s run on the X-men pretty much defined what I think cool is.

What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

Perhaps my all time favorite book is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It changed the way I looked at fantasy as a genre and also affected the way I looked at the world. I also love the Wheel of Time series. I’d pick Robert Jordan over George R.R. Martin any day.

Favorite movie: The Color Purple if I want to cry or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World if I’m just looking for a good time.

Favorite album: I’m a massive music fan so this is nearly impossible. I could write a book on all the great albums out there. Best albums ever would include The Beatles White Album and Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails.

What are your views on independent publishing?

For good or bad it’s the future. Recently Amazon revealed that 25% of their ebook sales are for self-published books. The good news is it’s easier to get published than ever. The bad news is that too many people publish books that aren’t ready to get published. And don’t even get me started on the junk that some people put as their cover art. The tricky thing for those of us that are truly serious about our writing is distinguishing ourselves from lazy writers. But I guess that’s always been the case.

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

So many good writers. I love Travis Luedke. His Nightlife series is amazing and his books the Shepherd is so much fun. He writes like Richard Laymon. The fact that Travis treats me like a peer helps me realize I really am a writer. It also shows that he’s an amazing guy.

Also, if you like Douglas Adams, I’d recommend Canterbury Tales by Luke Bellmason. It’s beautifully written. I kind of hate the guy because it’s so perfectly written.

Helen Boswell’s Mythology series is perfect if you’re looking for YA.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

They’d say my best quality is my ability to stand up for what I think is right. I’m a confronter.  I’m willing to have the hard conversations but I’m not willing to throw chairs like on Jerry Springer. My oddest quality is my OCD traits. I have to have all the cans in the kitchen facing outwards. I occasionally refold all the towels and sheets in the linen closet and color-coordinate the clothes in my closet. All of these make total sense to me but apparently is a sign of mental illness.

What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?

Animal is an otter. Seriously they are like swimming cats. How can you not love an otter. Favorite color is blue. As for outdoor activity, I love camping. For a few days the whole world slows down.

What would you take to a remote island?

My first thought is a shotgun. I would go a little bit mental on a remote island. I’m not the type to sit and relax on a beach. I like to keep super busy. But if I was stuck on a deserted island and decided not to kill myself I’d probably take my tablet and a solar powered recharger. That might finally give me time to catch up on all the books I’d like to read. 

Who would you like to invited for dinner and why?

Right now, you to thank you for the interview. Aside from that I’d love to have Jane Epsenson over. If you don’t know the name, she’s a big-time writer and producer. She’s worked on Once Upon a Time as well as little shows like Battlestar Gallactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s my hero and also one of the nicest people on twitter.

What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your next projects?

I’m about 180 pages into the sequel to Council of Peacocks, Beyond the Black Sea. Yesterday I wrote about Josh and Wisdom traveling into the Axeinus. Today I’m writing a scene in which we learn the history of the Orpheans and how they were imprisoned in the Axeinus. As soon as it’s off to beta readers, in March, I start work on the sequel to A Fallen Hero Rises. That will be called  Rise of the Graunskyegs. I can’t wait to write that one. It will be super fun. Imagine Jet Li fighting a zombie invasion.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?

I don’t know. I think you know more about me know than the NSA. I will say this. I ain’t going anywhere. I take my writing very seriously and I’m not leaving this planet until all my books are done. I think about what happened to Robert Jordan. He passed away before he was able to finish his monster series, The Wheel of Time. It’s being handled now very well by Brandon Sanderson but I don’t want the same thing to happen to me. It was the final kick in the butt I needed to get my story out there.

I humbled beyond anything that so many people enjoy those stories. Me and my characters thank you.

Social Media Links

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Blog http://councilofpeacocks.blogspot.ca

Website http://mjosephmurphy.info

Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories. After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at Everest College. He also lectures to other businesses on outside-the-box marketing. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost.

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“Council of Peacocks (Activation)” by M. Joseph Murphy is a highly entertaining and clever paranormal thriller. 
It is a fun read with some unexpected depth. Set between Canada and Greece it involves amongst other great ingredients time travel, djinns and wizzards. 

While out camping a group of six youngsters get attacked and run from what appears clearly not human creatures.
As they are on the run we learn more about how they link to a much bigger picture.

The Council of Peacocks, a group of ruthless wizards under the leadership of Propates are taking on the world while Wisdom, an immortal scorcerer and his team of ‘gifted’ youth, the Anomolies, fight back.

It is the classic battle of good versus evil, but not in as simple a way at all. The plot is highly evolved and complex, cleverly constructed and very engaging. Human kind is evolving and threatened, different groups of beings fight each other and battle for the ultimate tool to wipe the other out, time and events are muddled up by repetitive time travel to alter history, so there is a lot going on.

The book is written with great suspense and action that cleverly involves the hero and the anti-hero. The characters top me are clearly one of the biggest strengths of the book; they are not your average and boring stereotypes, they have issues, contradictions, a past and they make for some excellent entertainment. They even add some serious thoughts and a philosophical dimension to the story at times.

The paranormal or fantasy part of this thriller is very engaging with lots of great ideas and imaginative creations. You dive into this world and feel for once someone has not re-told the same story with just a different colouring.

There are surprises in the plot that save us from predictability, the language is superb and the humour in the novel was just right for an epic fantasy like this to ‘keep it real’.

I don’t often read fantasy books but this one pressed all the right buttons. .

Well done and highly recommended.

13 Sep 2013

“Nobody Loves a Bigfoot like a Bigfoot Babe” by Phantom Bigfoot (a.k.a. Simon Okill)

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The Northern California town of Big Beaver has become a haven for Bigfoot, alien sightings and is home to The Phantom Bigfoot Bather. One particularly weird Beaverite, Duane, has kept the Bigfoot a secret, but to his utter dismay, a female Bigfoot abducts a teenager. Duane must use all his guile to stop his secret from getting out, especially now that MB, his close friend and crypto-zoologist, is on the trail, along with Sheriff Lou and the FBI. Can Duane keep his Bigfoot friends a secret? And what does MB discover deep in the forest?

“Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe” by Simon Okill is simply a wonderful book.
Set in a sleepy town in Northern California called Big Beaver it centres around sightings of a Bigfoot, who may or may not be real, according to the people in Big Beaver. Much fun is poked at these sightings with pranks and jokes by the locals.
When a teenager is abducted Sheriff Lou gets assistance from FBI Agent Merlot. But the Bigfoot is real and while the investigation is under way, one citizen tries to keep this a secret for his own reasons.

What strikes me most about this book is the great sense of humour and the tongue-in-cheek style that runs through the entire story. There is a reference to Twin Peaks and there are some stylistic parallels or similarities, only this book is funnier and not quite as dark as David Lynch’s work.

There are great one-liners and excellently drawn characters to make this book a delight to read. I finished the book in almost one sitting, drawn in by the great story telling and addicted to the community of Big Beaver. Simon Okill is an author to watch.

A very entertaining novel, highly recommended.

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Hi Simon, please tell us a little about yourself as a person and as author. –

Howdy Christoph, and before we get into it, a beer would be helpful. Thanks. That’s better. I am Phantom Bigfoot, author of that which leaves my brain as a jumbled mess and somehow gets put in some semblance of order when the lights are all on. My lights were left dim by an accident and only my writing seems to replenish the power. The more I write the brighter the light. So it’s best not to be around me when I’m not writing. Hehehehe!

How long have you been writing, and how did you start?

At least 15 years, but not since the accident have I become a full-time author. It all began one night long, long ago when I had too much to drink watching Twin Peaks and The Broken Lizards’ Super Troopers – well let’s be honest you need a few to watch those shows. That night it struck me like a right cross from Rocky – Bigfoot! Combine those shows into a town obsessed with Bigfoot!

The Bigfoot theme is such fun. When did you decide to go with it and write a whole book? –

That very night.

How did you manage to make it your own story when the Bigfoot theme has been kind of monopolised by the Hollywood films? –

Hollywood has declared Bigfoot a monster. Not me. My Bigfoot are peaceful creatures who bonk at the drop of a hat. There’s more but that will be revealed in my new Bigfoot novels.

Was the humour planned or was the idea initially more serious? –

I don’t like serious novels. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a serious message in Bigfoot but it’s relayed tongue in cheek. After all, I am Phantom Bigfoot purveyor of the practical joke.

Did you ever think of writing it just for children or young adults? –

Wouldn’t work, Christoph. The search for Bigfoot is not the realm of teenagers.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you? –

Actually all my novels started out as screenplays and from there I fleshed them out into novels.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

Duane is my favourite as he is what most guys would like to be – a bum with loads of money.

What would your character(s) say about you? –

Nothing good, probably – hehehehe – except a big thanks for giving them life.

Are you (or your children) like any of your characters? –

There is a pinch of me in Duane and MB, but I prefer going over the top so no one could identify with them.

Would you say your books have a message and could you hint at it – for the confused? –

Bigfoot’s message is clear – save our environment and stop hunting for pleasure.

What do you like best about writing? –

Leaving my world and entering a fantasy world of my own design where I can do and be anything I want.

What’s your least favourite thing? –

Marketing the little monsters – they take over your life and that’s not much fun.

How do you balance writing with family life? –

I get up before I go to bed and slave away until dawn then market for several hours and with a stroke of luck find time to write until the early hours. Family life has suffered somewhat, but I am hoping the pressure will ease with more books published.

How do you edit and quality control? –

First I type in key words that should be used sparingly – suddenly, became, felt, seem etc and use next mode to correct. I do same with repetitive words. After that I send the book to an editor.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? –

Daunting at first. Formatting for Kindle and Smashwords drove me mad. By downloading reviewers for both, I have cut the time right down and now I can format both in under 20 minutes.

What were your highs and lows? –

Lows were getting formatted indents right – highs was getting into Smashwords Premium and seeing Luna Sanguis, my vampire romance on sale at WH Smiths UK.

What is your advice to new writers?

Never ever give up. Even Stephen King had 100s of rejections before Carrie was a hit. Oh and get a good pro editor.

Who are your favourite authors?

Stephen King, Graham Masterton, Dean Koontz and too numerous to mention Indies from ASMSG.

I know you are very supportive of other writers, but who are your favourite independent writers?

– That’s such a loaded question, Christoph, there are so many I love for different reasons, I’ll just say they are all my dear friends on ASMSG and I love them all. They know who they are.

 What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?  –

ebook – Fantacia: Voxian Series by Ruth Watson Morris of ASMSG

What three books have you read recently and would recommend? –

Once Upon Another Time by Rosary McQuestion –

The Nightlife Paris by Travis Luedke –

Capital D by Natasha Johnstone.

Travis would appreciate the sandwich I have going for him there. Hehehehehe!

Who would you say are the biggest influences?

ASMSG as a whole. So many great posts on writing have shown me my faults.

 What books have you read more than once or want to read again?

None as far as I can remember, but I have watched my faves on the box several times – Where Eagles Dare, Guns of Navarone, True Grit, The Shining, Salem’s Lot, The Stand, To Kill A Mockingbird and the list goes on.

Tell us about your other books?

Okay, Christoph –

Luna Sanguis and Luna Aeturnus follow a young woman on the verge of vampire superiority, but she witnesses a brutal murder and is hunted by her evil lover. She wakes up in a prison-like room with total amnesia. She is defenceless and must depend on a young doctor to save her from The Count, help her recall her past and escape into the night as vampire lovers.

SS-Steppenwolf retells WWII through the eyes of a werewolf created by Himmler to destroy the Allies at The Battle of the Bulge. Not many people know that the Waffen SS were addicted to a mind-altering drug which drove them to kill without mercy, but when the drug ran out, so Germany’s fate was sealed by Stalingrad. Facts are twisted to fit the new order of the wolf. Rainbow’s End is a YA fantasy which explains what happened to Errol Flynn’s family heirloom that went missing from his birth 1910. The heirloom is Captain Bligh’s sword.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Bigfoot has its own song – Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe. But “Addicted to Love” sums up the entire book.

What are you working on now?

Luna Aeturnus is being edited for release in September.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

What you read is basically me, so read my books to find out what I’m like.

Thanks Christoph for this chance to air my laundry.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/author/simondokillwriter

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Buy Links:

US Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Nobody-Loves-Bigfoot-Like-ebook/dp/B00AAL9UB4

UK Kindle

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobody-Loves-Bigfoot-Like-ebook/dp/B00AAL9UB4

US Paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Nobody-Loves-Bigfoot-Like-Babe/dp/1938985036/

UK Paperback

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobody-Loves-Bigfoot-Like-Babe/dp/1938985036/

 

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I live with my wife and Shirlee Anne, in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. We both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to our love of books, my wife and I dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. We were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series. We struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. Then after an accident at work, I was forced into early retirement due to disability. I used my newfound skills as a writer to help with my depression. We decided to use our TV series episodes as templates for film scripts and novels. My writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in my scripts and my debut novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by Christopher Matthews Publishing after so many British publishers turned it down.

 

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Also by the author:

“Luna Sanguis” by Simon Okill attracted me because of its setting in Paris around 1925. I enjoy only the occasional Vampire story and with the setting in mind I had different expectations to the intense but thoroughly enjoyable reading experience I got.

Luna Sanguis has some exquisite historical feel to the story but it is mostly an intense and gory read with some detailed descriptions of killings, sexual scenes and psychological power games. It took me by surprise and thanks to the surprise effect I was totally engulfed in it.

At the heart of our story is Delicate Rose, or Eternal, who becomes amnesiac after being witness to a dreadful killing and she only escapes by the skin of her teeth. Brought into a lunatic asylum she continues to have nightmares and horrific visions.
Count Lucien and his two sidekicks are after her and she knows a certain fate awaits her at the next full moon. 
The book is written in a very powerful prose and with very appropriate language to the historic setting. The story infiltrates your mind as you read it and the build up of suspense, the sense of helplessness and fear oozes from every page.
Scary, clever, superbly written and at times disturbing this is not for the light hearted but seems a must for all fans of the Vampire genre who like it ‘rough’.
Quite unforgettable.

 

Coming soon:

“Luna Aeturnus” by Simon Okill is the long awaited sequel to Luna Sanguis. I was lucky enough to get an early copy by the author for review.
Rose, or Eternal, is still trapped in the lunatic asylum and the romantic sparks between her and her Doctor Eduard are blossoming, but Rose is afraid of Count Lucien, who will be coming after her at the next full moon. The possibility of two lovers eternally ‘reincarnated’ and meeting over the centuries is beautiful and adds romance of great quality to a story that is also often chilling and intense. The theme of eternity, eternal life and love runs through the novel and adds some reflective notes to the fast paced story with its many action packed scenes of fighting and violence. 
The characters are wonderful creations, be it the vile Demon Bonbon, the evil Count or his colourful sidekicks.
The writing in this piece is amazing, and that goes not only for the skilful use of language. While the doctors wonder about Rose’s Amnesia, deem her possibly schizophrenic or ‘just’ traumatized it makes us often wonder ourselves if Rose is really losing her mind and we with her. Or are we? Much remains ambiguous but in a very fascinating and rewarding way.
Like the first book this is a must read for Vampire fans

 

 

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