Another Author Review of Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below

Today, I received a second 5 star Amazon review by another author:

A Unique Action/Adventure Story (5 Stars)

By DMReader on August 25, 2016 (Original Amazon Review)

Hell Holes: What Lurks Below is a quick, enjoyable read. Full of action and fraught with danger, the story moves at a steady pace throughout. Action scenes are well done, keeping you on the edge of your seat. The array of demons the author has created are well developed, scary, and unique. The demons (and the hell holes) provide an interesting and original premise. I won’t divulge any spoilers, but one character has very different and unexpected talents. If you enjoy action/adventure stories but are tired of the same old threats, this is a book you should pick up.

Dave Robertson, Author of Strange Hunting, Strange Hunting II, and The Brave and The Dead

Urban Fantasy? Science Fantasy? (5 Stars)

By AngryGnome on February 27, 2016 (Original Amazon Review)

A big surprise. Even though the premise is spelled out during the Prologue, what followed was consistently surprising, and constantly gripping. Furthermore, the underlying science that is described here is very well presented. Not overly didactic, but adding an interesting and useful dimension which helps add credibility to the story as a whole.

The book is short, which is probably my only gripe. I got ‘into’ it quickly, and I enjoyed my time in Firesmith’s world. I did not want to leave. Given that there appears to be more to follow, I have something to look forward to and will certainly keep an eye out for a sequel.

Urban Fantasy? Science Fantasy? I’m not sure how to label it. But whatever it is, I really got a kick out of it, and would happily come back for more. Recommended.

MJ Kobernus, Author of The Guardian: Blood in the Sand

Hell Holes 3 Backstory and Flashback

I just finished writing some more backstory for Aileen O’Shannon, the main character from whose point of view I am writing Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back.

[WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!] I love the fact that beautiful, young Aileen is actually some seventeen hundred years old. That provides so many opportunities and locations for providing backstory via flashbacks. It also allows me to research interesting locales, such as the very top of the Paramount Building in the wee hours of December 3rd, 1926.

Polite Spam

I logged in after about a week and decided to check on my comments. I had over 70 waiting for me, maybe three-fourths of them supposedly from the same person but all with different starting URLs and email addresses. They were all really nice, full of complements and praise, although also very generic, not always matching my webpage, and clearly written by someone for whom English is a second language. Sadly, my site has apparently been the target of a very polite botnet. I am clearly going to have to add Captcha to my comment fields so that I can differentiate humans from bots trying to praise their way past my defenses.

So if you are an actual human who happened to like my website, said something nice, and then never saw your comment posted, I apologize. You just happened to be overlooked in the flood.

Thank You, Readers!

I just received two more 5 star Amazon reviews today, one for Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below and one for Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton! I can’t tell you just how much your reviews mean to me. They really make my day, and every one is important to me, getting me just that much closer to the magic number of 50 positive Amazon reviews that are needed to get to where significant book advertisers will consider advertising your book. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And remember, everyone who writes an honest review of Hell Holes 1 will receive a coupon code for a free download of Hell Holes 2! And a review of Hell Holes 2 will get you a free download of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back, just as soon as I finish it. And your reviews definitely incentivize me to keep writing.

Characters of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back

The third book in the Hell Holes series introduces a lot of new military characters and heavily involves the new characters introduced in the last chapter of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton. I finally got around to fleshing out the back story of the new members of the Order. Over the next week, I plan to do the same for the new military characters. This will finally enable me to properly write their dialogues and mannerisms. The lack of this information has been part of my recent writer’s block, and I look forward to getting back to writing, especially because I recently worked out the background action of two of the chapters with Steve Beck, one of my military advisers.

Marketing to Libraries

I’m trying something new, marketing my hell hole books to libraries as well as individuals. I’m starting with Alaskan libraries, which seems reasonable given that the books take place in Alaska. I will be interested to see how it turns out. If successful, I plan to branch out to libraries in other states. Ah, the joys of being an indie author and responsible for marketing as well as writing.

New Preface to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below

I spent this morning writing a new preface to my first Hell Holes book covering the initial formation of the hell holes from the viewpoint of an arctic fox. This gets the reader into the action earlier. I also made a few updates to the first 15 pages addressing some issues raised by the book’s second copy editor. I’m feeling good about the changes.