I just finished a long teleconference with the producer, Mike Chamoy, and scriptwriter, Leland Anderson, to go over my inputs on Leland’s draft movie script based on my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. I am pleased to announce that all of my concerns were addressed. Mike also made some good changes, and we did some good brainstorming. I am much happier now with the pacing of the plot, the characters, and some of the events. Leland will now have a little over a month to rewrite the script before Mike reviews it and provides final input. I hope to see the final script by the end of November. After that, Mike will have shopping rights for one year in which to find a studio and/or investors to purchase the script. I think the odds are looking better than they did yesterday.
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Just received my first batch of copies of my second Hell Holes book with the new cover. Nice to have books 1 and 2 match with both paperback and ebooks.
My book, Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below, is nominated for the Reader’s Choice Award in the Science Fiction category. PLEASE support me by going to the following website and vote for my book:
The easiest way to navigate to the science fiction category is to click twice on the left arrow to go to page 15/16. Once there, all you have do is click on my book to cast your vote. Every vote will be greatly appreciated.
I’ve added a lot of information that is background for Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.
Here is the brand new cover for Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.
The Online Book Club has a program they call “The First Ten” in which they ask approximately 20 of their top reviewers to read at least the first 10 pages of the books they pick as their “Book of the Day”. These reviewers look at the cover, blurb, official Online Book Club review, and read at least the first 10 pages. Then, they write up a short review and state whether or not they plan to read the rest of the book. The percentage that say they will read the rest of the book represent the percentage of people who upon perusing the book are likely to buy it. According to the Online Book Club, “any score above 0% is acceptable” and “any score over 10% is considered very good.” Hell Holes: What Lurks Below just scored 47%. I’m naturally very pleased with the score and also with what the reviewers had to say about the cover (thank you Ellie), the blurb I wrote, the editing (thank you Heidi), and naturally the book content itself. I was also glad to see that I had already fixed one of the complaints. Now all I have to do is get a ton of potential readers to look at the book’s cover, read the blurb on the back cover, and skim the first few pages.
Here are the actual reviews if you’re interested:
Last night, I finally received my review copy of the first draft of the movie script for Hell Holes: What Lurks Below from the scriptwriter. It’s cool to see how he expanded the movie outline into an actual script. It’s progressing nicely, but there is still a lot to do, especially with regard to the character Aileen O’Shannon. I sent off my initial observations and recommendations based off of my initial quick read. I’m planning on spending a lot of this weekend going over it with a fine toothed comb in preparation for a conference call with the producer and scriptwriter Monday. According to the schedule for the script, we are getting pretty close to the end. It should be finalized in about a month and a half. Then, the producer will have a year of shopping rights to find a studio and investors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and am cautiously hopeful. I think the script will make an exciting fun movie, but few scripts ever make it all the way to a film.
The 7th edition of my newsletter went out on September 1st to 2,092 subscribers, approximately three times as many as last month (692). I hope to reach 10,000 within the next 5-6 months. If I do, I’m going to celebrate by posting short stories only available to subscribers.
In Too Wyrd, the first book in her Runespells series, Sarah Buhrman has crafted an exciting story with an inventive plot, good characters (especially the main protagonist, Nicola, and her good friend, Joseph), memorable dialog, and lots of exciting action. I generally enjoyed the religious backdrop in which all pantheons of gods, demigods, and demons exist, and it was interesting to see the Norse god Odin and the Valkyries as the good ones opposing the Jewish/Christian ones, who were the bad ones.
On the other hand, I found the motivation of Nicola’s ex-husband, Keith, to be jarringly inconsistent with his behavior (especially with regard to his daughter). I also found some of the descriptions of the magic to be excessively long, which created too much of an unnecessary pause in the action.
That said, if you are like unusual modern urban paranormal fantasies, you should definitely give Too Wyrd a try.