Pre-Orders Set for the Booking in Biloxi Author Event

Are you attending the Booking in Biloxi Author Event on 3/19/16? Be sure to pre-order your book! Cut off date is 2/6/16. I will have a very limited supply of books to sale at the actual event so if you want to ensure you receive an autographed copy of a book of your choice, pre-order now.

 

 

Books, Prizes, and Swag, Oh My!!

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Looking for a new book boyfriend? Love paranormal fantasy, sexy rock stars, and looking to have a good laugh? Then come join us on the page!

This month, I will be posting dramatic reading videos (yes, I know I have a really bad southern drawl, you guys know you love it!) as well as excerpts from The Taming of Andy Savage throughout the month of December. At the end of the month, I will be hosting a contest where you will have to answer trivia questions taken from the videos and excerpts. There will be 3 winners chosen at random who answer the questions correctly.

One grand prize winner will receive an autographed copy of The Taming of Andy Savage and a swag pack filled with postcards, bookmarks, and other goodies.

Two additional winners will be chosen to receive a swag pack.

To enter, be sure to like my Author FaceBook Page and check back as the excerpts and videos are posted this month.

Happy December all my beautiful book divas!

Peace, Love, & Books Y’all!

Interview: Underground Musician Detour169

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Today The Alternative Underground sat down with Russell Pluss, the mastermind behind the underground cult sensation, musical artist Detour169. For those who have not heard of D169, you are missing out of some of the most unique, cutting-edge music in the industry today.

Russell handles absolutely everything for his projects, the original “one-man show” if you will, from conception to completion. All of the photos included in this piece were taken and created by Russell. He is his own makeup artist and graphic artist. He creates, writes, records, and mixes his own music, markets and promotes, and even performs live shows.

In addition to being his own marketing manager, he founded Dead Nation Records, an independent label dedicated to helping market and promote other underground artists. It’s amazing everything he has learned to do over the years, and we are very lucky to have him carve out a few minutes in his tight schedule to speak with us.

Russell, I’d like to thank you for taking a few moments to discuss your career and your new release. Sore Thumb is scheduled to be released soon. How many albums have you released to date?

Sore Thumb is still to be announced for the release date. I have (technically) four albums available currently. “Vizionz” is my first. It was my debut in the horrorcore rap scene. “Book Of The Dead, Vol.1” is my second. It’s about the time I first started to experiment with different styles, and genres. The Third/fourth is “Mind of a monster.” It is a double disc album that featured a cd of all rap, and the other being all rock. These albums are going to be released separately, and the double album is only available at live shows. I am also part of a horrorcore rap group called “Tha Jokaz”, and have been for 8 years.

How would you describe your music? Is there any specific genre you feel your music fits into more than others?

I describe my music as “dark rap meets synth rock”.

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Who are/were your musical influences?

My influences range from Marilyn Manson in his mechanical animals era, to Orgy, Power Man 5000, Nine Inch Nails, to Wu Tang.

What all types of instruments do you play?

I play guitar on stage sometimes, and I produce my own music, so I play everything from keyboards, guitars, to drums and more.

How long have you been writing and producing music?

I have been producing my own music from the start, which started 15 years ago, tho I was known back home in Connecticut as a guitar prodigy.

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Dead Nation Records is your own label. What is the story behind its creation?

Dead Nation is a label I started because I had to find a place where I actually belonged musically, and my story has been a tough one, and I want the label to be a place where others who have a unique sound and look can fit in, a place where the dark beauty of music goes unjudged, and appreciated!

Do you have any plans to sign with a more traditional record label?

 I would love to sign with a major label, but Dead Nation Records will always be there, and will grow.

What motivates you to keep going in the industry?

What motivates me into continuing what I do is that I love the beauty of the art. Music is emotional, and can be created to tell any and every thing! I am a story teller, so in a way, I view my songs as an “audiobook”, because I can give the listener a mental image of what I am singing about.

Most people wonder why I look and sound the way I do. My answer is is: I am Detour. I go in different directions all the time. I don’t listen to the radio. If I want to hear a song, I just make it. There is a beauty in writing all different types of styles. I am versatile.

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Catch Detour169 at THE JAM SPOT on October 30th.

For all things Detour169, check out Russell on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, & catch some cool tunes on Reverbnation and Soundcloud.

www.facebook.com/detour169
www.facebook.com/deadnationrecords
soundcloud.com/detour169

reverbnation.com/detour169
Twitter/Instagram-Detour169

Indie Author Explosion! Author Chat Hour Event

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X-Isle Promotions in association with X-Isle United Press is proud to announce the first ever

INDIE AUTHOR EXPLOSION! AUTHOR CHAT HOUR EVENT

This hour long on-line event features some of today’s hottest authors, up-and-comers, and Amazon bestselling authors. The open platform Q&A is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7 pm central standard time and is being held on the X-Isle Promotions LiveStream Channel. This is your opportunity to hang with some of the best new authors in the business, ask questions, and get to know the artists behind the pen.

The lineup for this event includes:

Nicola C. Matthews (hostess)

Michele Wolfe

Isabella Tredway

Purple Barbi

M.L. Steinbrunn

Shirleen Davies

Melody Dempsey

Jolie Mae Miller

Elle Vaughn

R.L. Moatz

D.M. Earl

Fallen Kittie

Dave Riese

We look forward to chatting with everyone and hope to see you there!!

X-Isle United Press Daily News

Today X-Isle United Press (www.facebook.com/xisleunitedpress) announced the release of its daily news publication dedicated to book reviews, new releases, cover reveals, author interviews, writing tips, and the publication industry as a whole. You can view and subscribe to this daily newsfeed by going to https://paper.li/f-1407014854#

If you are an author with a new release, a cover reveal, or an interview/review on a blog and would the article to be featured in the next edition of the X-ISLE UNITED PRESS NEWS, please visit the X-Isle United Press FB page or the paper for details on submitting the article.

Bret Michaels, THE RED FANG, and a Totally Rockin’ Gift

Bret Michaels with his autographed copy of THE RED FANG.

Bret Michaels with his autographed copy of THE RED FANG.

 

Dedication page of THE RED FANG - dedicated to Bret Michaels

Dedication page of THE RED FANG – dedicated to Bret Michaels

 

Before I start this, I want to make it clear that this article isn’t really about Bret Michaels having a copy of my book. Bret does not endorse me, he is not affiliated with me, and I can’t say he’s a reader of mine, although it is possible he might become one, if I’m super lucky.

 

I suppose I should start from the beginning, but to do that would be to go back approximately twenty-seven years, back to when a gawky thirteen year old was living in hell on earth in an abusive home, back when she heard salvation on the radio, a voice, his voice, the voice of the man who would forever change the outlook a scared, abused thirteen year old girl would have on life.

 

I don’t want to rehash the past because it’s too painful, and I have come too far and wrestled with too many personal demons to start dredging up old pains. So instead, let’s just leave it with saying my home life growing up left a lot to be desired. But no matter how hard things got, my saving grace through it all had been Bret Michaels.

 

I have often posted about why Bret means so much to me, why he is my mentor. I see in him a kindred spirit, someone who won’t take “no” for an answer and is unphased by rejection. I see my love of music and the creative process mirrored in his eyes, the expression on his face. Because of him, because of his ability and willingness to look adversity straight in the face and say, “I will make it regardless of what you say or do to me,” I too have felt inspired to never waiver in my dreams of becoming a published author. It is through Bret’s courage that I have found my own courage to not only keep writing over the past three decades, but to take that step into the publishing world by creating my own publishing house and becoming a 100% independently published author.

 

So I know you are all wondering what any of this has to do with this blog article. Let’s fast-forward to January of this year when I came across the Bret Michaels FaceBook Fan Club community. I was already a member of so many groups and communities, but after looking through this one I wanted to be a part of it. So many smiling faces sharing photos of themselves and Bret over the years. It was awesome to behold, so many people who had been touched by Bret much the way that he has touched me over the years.

 

If anyone has actually read The Red Fang, you know that the book was dedicated to Bret. That’s a photo of the dedication page above. More than anything else, I wanted Bret to know just what he means to me, not only the ‘me’ that has grown up over the years, but the ‘me’ that is a writer, that part of me that can’t stop doing what I love no matter how many rejection letters I get and no matter how many bad reviews I get.

 

So I took a chance. I posted this photo in the fan club and pretty much confessed my desperation to get my book into Bret’s hands. I work full time, I have 3 kids and a husband, and I write whenever I get a few spare moments. The chances of me actually ever getting to meet Bret, much less be able to give him my book in person, just isn’t likely to happen. So I asked if someone was going to a meet and greet and would be willing to give Bret an autographed copy of my latest novel, the novel I dedicated to him. Would there be anyone out there who would be willing to take a book written by some independently published author, from Mississippi no less, to an uber famous rock star and say, “This book is dedicated to you and the crazy self-published author insists you have a copy”?

 

That is when I met super cool, totally awesome, I-am-forever-in-her-debt Bret Michaels fan, Connie Saucier-Peck.

 

Connie, the luckily lady that she is, has been to more meet and greets than I can count. She’s like a Bret Michaels connoisseur. And oh-so-lucky and over-the-moon-happy me, she was willing to use her meet and greet pass, her one shot to speak with Bret, her one time to interact with this man, to actually hand him MY book and tell him he has another crazy author-fan out there who dedicated a book to him. That in itself is absolutely phenomenal. It’s humbling to know that Connie was willing to share her precious seconds with Bret to speak about a no-name author who she met in an online fan club and hand him his autographed copy.

 

The real kicker is that she not only managed to talk him into taking a photograph holding the book, but that Bret Michaels is the kind of person who was willing to pose for such a photo. She didn’t have to ask, and he didn’t have to agree to it, but damn, when she sent me this photo I started crying, and I was shaking so bad that I had to sit down. There simply are not words to describe how excited, and humbled, and totally awe-struck I was at that moment. I still can hardly believe it. And when she told me that Bret handed over his own personal cellphone to one of the event staff members so he could get a photo of him holding the book as well…I am not ashamed to admit that I might have wee-wee’d myself a bit.

 

As I said, this article isn’t about the fact that Bret Michaels now has a copy of my book, which Bret Michaels might actually, accidently read it, maybe, hopefully, if I’m really, really lucky. What this article is about is the human spirit, those people who come into our lives and help out strangers out of the kindness of their heart. Connie did not have to waste her time taking that book to him, and she certainly didn’t have to get him to pose with it for a photo, and she didn’t have to send me that photo, and Bret didn’t have to agree to take the photo, but out of the kindness of their hearts, they both agreed to help this unknown, struggling author see part of her dream come true.

 

And from where I’m sitting, those dreams don’t seem so far out of reach.

 

XOXO

Nicola

 

 

 

 

I have to Wonder …

For the better part the past two years I have thought very seriously about ‘coming out’ as an underground novelist. As many may know, I have an Evil Day Job. That is to say, my writing ‘career’ is what I do on the side because I love to write and I love to share my creations with others. But it doesn’t pay, and I don’t do it for the money any way. Needless to say, I must have some way of making money, so I have an official ‘Evil Day Job’ that keeps me away from my home for about 11 hours a day. No one outside of my immediately family knows that I am a published author on the side. I fear that I might lose my job if I told my employer, considering the nature of what I write about and where it all has been posted over the years.

Recently, however, I have pretty much stopped posting on the XN forum and decided that any new material I decide to post will be posted either on my website or my blog. I’m sick of the trolls over on XN and at this point, since I am trying to build my name up more, I think it is best if I move away from the stigmata associated with XN and try to get my name recognition to stand on its own feet. I’m working with a small internet cafe and bookstore in my home town to get some of my novels sold there, and there may be some book signings in the future as well. For this reason, my status as an ‘underground’ author will soon be out the window.

This has gotten me to thinking and wondering if I should bother to start putting my face out there to go with my name. I somehow doubt it would make any difference. Let’s face it, authors are not exactly known for being ‘famous.’ Sure, I know what Stephanie Meyer and Anne Rice and Laurel K. Hamilton look like, but I wouldn’t give them a second glance if I passed them on the street. Authors don’t really get their faces out there like the other arts, so while I would instantly know Johnny Depp when I set eyes on him, chances are I wouldn’t give Stephen King the time of day if I saw him sitting at a diner.

So the question remains: should I begin to post photographs of myself on my Facebook, blog, website, and on my novels? Should I just reserve photo sessions for the rare times I might accidentally get to do a book signing? Should I even bother? More importantly, would it even make a difference?

Meet the Author Chat Hour with Erotic Novelists Nicola C. Matthews and Michael C. Laney

I am so excited to announce that erotic novelist Michael C. Laney will be joining me to help host “Meet the Author” chat hour scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 6 pm central time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael aka “Master Vyle” (of Literotica and Lushstories) on Lush Stories several months back.  His torrid tales of lust and love not only had me hot and bothered but coming back for more.  Our mutual love of the written erotic word and admiration of each other’s talent soon had us tweeting (follow Michael on Twitter @ Master_Vyle) and exchanging messages a few times a week.

Michael recently released his first erotic novel Heather’s Journey:  The Sound of Her MASTER’S VOICE available for Kindle through Amazon.  He has since released “Bunny Holes,” an Easter BDSM short story and “St. Patrick’s Day Scrumpin'” an erotic short story.  Details regarding these and more wonderfully erotic tales from Michael C. Laney can be discovered on his weblog.   I encourage anyone who loves a good erotic story to check out Michael’s work for themselves.  I do not think you will regret it.

Everyone is invited to login to the Chatter Box located on my personal website and spend an hour getting to know me and Michael better, our works, upcoming releases, etc.  This is our readers’ chance to get to know the authors behind the pen.

Hope to see everyone there!

Michael C. Laney speaks about the upcoming event: