Sunday, September 30, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

Not Final Cover.
I had a publishing deal fall through yesterday. It happens from time to time. Just the nature of any business, not just publishing. I don't plan to go into any details (so please don't ask), but the publisher and I remain friendly and on good terms so that's a big positive. It was a very professional experience all around and I have an even greater respect for the publisher as a result. I have certainly had experiences that were not handled professionally so I am also thrilled to work with professionals. In fact, I am doing a short story for an anthology for the publisher (more on that later) so there is still a relationship there, one I hope continues to grow.

Not Final Cover.
The Evil Ways re-release will be delayed a bit as a result, but hopefully not long as I've already started looking into alternatives. I just have to regroup and plan my next move. I just wanted to let everyone know that Evil Ways and Evil Intent are still coming along and I'm doing everything I can to get them in the hands of readers sooner-ish rather than later-ish.

Speaking of which, I really should get back to work.


Bobby

TO TUNE IN OR TUNE OUT. THAT IS THE QUESTION.

The new fall TV season has kicked into gear and I've checked out a few of the new shows. Here's how they stacked up for me. Your mileage may vary.

Last Resort has been my favorite new show of the season. Absolutely riveting. The show started strong and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire episode. I'll tune in again next week.

Vegas has a really interesting cast and I wanted to like it, but I was rather underwhelmed by the episode and the premise. I think I'll be giving this one a pass.

Elementary was the definite wild card of the week. I enjoyed the episode, but it felt more like another version of Monk or The Mentalist to me rather than Sherlock Holmes. I'll give this one a few more episodes to really wow me, a none too easy feat when comparing Elementary to the BBC's supremely well done Sherlock series.

Revolution was another show I really wanted to like. As a sci fi fan I want to see good sci fi on TV. Sadly, this show wasn't it for me. To me it was very much by-the-numbers with no surprises and little drama. Not only is this the cleanest post-apocalyptic Earth I've ever seen, but no one on this Earth apparently ever heard of steam or wind power. Sad. I really wanted to like this one.

Arrow, based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow hasn't premiered yet, but I plan to give that one a shot.

Those are the only new shows I've checked out so far. Of the returning shows, the standouts for me of the week were Castle, Person of Interest, Doctor Who, Sons of Anarchy, Grimm, Warehouse 13, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green lantern, Young Justice, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Two and A Half Men. I also watched and enjoyed this week's episodes of NCIS, NCIS: LA, Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, and Law & Order: SVU. My biggest disappointment of the week was Hawaii 5-O, which was pretty bad. I am excited for the returns of Once Upon A Time tomorrow (Sunday) and The Walking Dead in a couple weeks.

Geez, I watch a lot of TV.

The Earth station One crew talked about the shows we were most excited to see a couple weeks ago. Check out Earth Station One Episode 129: ESO 2012 Fall TV Preview

Bobby

Friday, September 28, 2012

THIS MADE MY DAY!

Seeing this type of message brightens my day. It is always gratifying to hear good things about the stories I write. I'm so glad this reader enjoyed the book.

"I finished reading Deadly Games! this last weekend. After I got about a quarter through, I had trouble putting it down!"

Thanks to Dave for reading and taking the time to write. Much appreciated, sir.
Now I really need to get to work on book two, "Deadlier Games!" Just kidding. I wouldn't call it that. :)

Bobby

TO THE MURDER BOARDS, ROBIN!

Suspects, victims, and evidence. Can you solve the mystery before they do?
I can't recall if I've shared these photos here before or not. The accompanying photos are my interpretation of the police murder boards as they would appear in the novels Evil Ways (re-releasing soon-ish) and Deadly Games! (still available). As always, click on photo for a larger view.

Murder Boards were assembled in my parent's garage.
I created these to display at convention appearances this year. It was a fun little experiment, but didn't quite meet my expectations. Sadly, the expense of transporting a full-sized magnetic dry erase board on rollers from convention to convention is too high for just a backdrop. I will probably have these smaller versions at shows in 2013 as well. Note, they are now separated into two separate pieces as seen in the photo below.

Murder Boards premiered at Alabama Phoenix Festival 2012
I also wanted to say a special thanks to those who let me use their likenesses on the murder boards. Many thanks. A couple of the characters are stock photos I found on the internet, but most are great folks that I know. One of them is even me. He looks like this.
Bobby as Warden Chalmers

I guess I really should get back to work now. That Evil Ways sequel won't write itself.

Bobby

Earth Station Who Episode 17: The Power of Three

Live from the Phantom’s Lair! Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, and Bobby Nash are taken blindfolded to a secret location to watch the fourth episode of series seven, along with Friends of the Station Keith Castelan and Rebecca Perry. The penultimate chapter of The Doctor’s “Pond Period” polarizes the ESW players! Much thanks to our co-host with the most (toys) – it was a great evening!

Earth Station Who Episode 17: The Power of Three is now available at www.esopodcast.com
Direct link: http://erthstationone.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/earth-station-who-episode-17-the-power-of-three/

If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESW feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ eswpodcast@gmail.com. Also, follow Earth Station Who on Facebook and Twitter.

Next on Earth Station Who... Angels in Manhattan.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

IPULP FICTION BURNS BRIGHT ON KINDLE FIRE!

Bite-Sized Pulp at iPulp Fiction
Here’s some interesting news I heard from iPulp Fiction:

GREAT NEWS! Short Story lovers can now access iPulpFiction.com on Kindle Fire HD tablets. Good work Amazon.

I have a Lance Star: Sky Ranger story and a Domino Lady story available at iPulp Fiction. You should check them out at www.ipulpfiction.com.

Bobby

Earth Station One Espisode 130: Traveling back to Neutral Territory to Babylon 5

Once again, Bobby Nash takes command and leads us through the jumpgate to revisit Babylon 5. Mike Faber and Howdy Mike Gordon are joined by Van Allen Plexico and Josh Wilson for the second part of our discussion on the groundbreaking series. We also turn the tables on author/interrogator Paul Bishop by strapping him to The Geek Seat! Plus, Marc Ballard joins us to promote the next convention where you’ll find the ESO crew, the Nashville Comic and Horror Show! All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Traveling back to Neutral Territory to Babylon 5 at www.esopodcast.com.
Direct link: http://erthstationone.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/earth-station-one-espisode-130-traveling-back-to-neutral-territory-to-babylon-5/

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:06:22 Rants & Raves
0:26:18 Interview & Geek Seat w/ Paul Bishop
0:47:44 Babylon 5
1:40:40 Khan Report w/ Marc Ballard
2:07:40 ESO Shout Outs
2:13:50 Show Close

If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESO feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ esopodcast@gmail.com.

Next on Earth Station One...

Next week on the Earth Station One it’s... Hammer Time! That’s right, the ESO crew kicks off their annual Countdown To Halloween with a look back at the Hammer Horror Films with special guests Anthony Taylor and award winning artist of the year, Mark Maddox. What more could you ask for? Well, we also talk with author Van Jensen about the next exciting chapter in the Pinocchio Vampire Slayer graphic novel series. It’s going to be a spooky time on the ol’ space station on the next Earth Station One.

ESO wants to hear from you. What are your favorite Hammer Horror films and why? Share your thoughts with us at www.esopodcast.com, at the ESO Facebook Group, @EarthStationOne on Twitter, email us at esopodcast@gmail.com, or call us at 404-963-9057. We might just read yours on the show. Plus, join us for the usual rants, raves, shout outs, and Mike’s Khan Report! It’s going to be an action-packed episode next week at Earth Station One.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A TASTE OF EVIL INTENT



Working on Evil Intent outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather we're having today.
Here's a taste of today's work:

The newspaper reporter was cautious, but given his profession that was an admirable trait. If he thought that Donnie was anyone other than who he claimed, he hid it well.

Harold answered on the third ring. “Not a great time, Ray,” he heard his brother say on the other end. “Can I call you back?”

“Actually, I think this might be important,” Franklin said.


“Is something wrong?” Harold asked.

“Yeah,” Franklin said. “I’m flying solo here today. Myers and Dooley aren’t here and I really could use them.”

“What’s going on, Ray?” Harold asked, sounding more nervous than he’d heard him in some time. “Who’s there with you?”

“I’ve got an Agent Rogers from the ATF here in my office. He said he needed to get in touch with you.”

“Rogers? Brian Rogers?”

“Yeah. That’s him,” Franklin said.

“Is he listening in?”

“No. He’s in my office.”

“Okay. Stay calm. That’s not Brian Rogers."

#####

Okay, back to work.

Bobby

UPDATE:

A little more Evil Intent from today's writing session:
“My God,” Harold said.

“Yeah. It’s bad,” Carter said. He watched as the medical examiner’s techs loaded the body of a young woman into a body bag. “Biggs was first on the scene. He’s taking it hard.”

“I bet. Who’s the girl?” Harold asked.

“No idea. You know, Brian. He rarely had a shortage of trim lying around. She was lying facedown on the bed. The ME puts T.O.D. for both at around five or six this morning.”

“But the 911 text…” He didn’t have to finish his thought. They both knew what it meant. The medical examiner’s time of death didn’t line up exactly with the emergency signal they had received. Whoever had killed the ATF agent had sent the text message after Brian and his lady friend were dead.

“Suspects?”
“The usual,” Carter said and blew out a breath. “Could be anyone at this point. I just don’t know.”

#####

Okay, just a little more writing before getting ready to record tonight's Earth Station Who "The Power of Three" episode. It's been a fun-filled day of action, intrigue and adventure.

Bobby

Monday, September 24, 2012

A DAY IN THE LIFE. OR-- WHAT I’M DOING WHEN YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!

I’ve been doing some non-writing, yet writing related work today. Might be time to switch over and write some fiction though. Plus, we record this week's Earth Station One podcast tonight. We're talking Babylon 5, which is one of my favorites. You’ll be able to hear that later this week.

As I did with Deadly Games! last week, I created some pre-promotion banner ads for the upcoming re-release of my first published novel, Evil Ways. Click for a larger view.
















What do you think? Which ones work best for you?

Original Cover
Evil Ways is currently out of print, but there may be some copies of the original print run floating around out there somewhere. While we await the new version, here’s a little about Evil Ways:

Proposed re-release cover
A string of brutal murders.

A small-town sheriff in way over his head.

An FBI agent on the mend, seeking nothing more than to reconnect with his brother.

A reporter on the trail of a killer, something he thought he’d left behind when he left
Atlanta, Georgia for the small town of Sommersville, Georgia.

A town preparing for an annual celebration.

Old friends coming together to celebrate their high school reunion.

FBI Agent Harold Palmer needed a relaxing vacation. All he wanted was to travel to Sommersville, Georgia to visit his brother, newspaper publisher and reporter, Franklin Palmer. He should have known better. 

The discovery of a brutally murdered young lady with a connection to the local police, coupled with a rowdy high school reunion and the annual Autumn Festival has Sommersville Sheriff Tom Myers and his deputies overwhelmed.

FBI Agent Harold Palmer, in town on a family matter, finds himself on the trail of a killer who preys on the fears of his victims. His next targets are the unsuspecting members of the reunited class of ’95.

They should fear his EVIL WAYS.


I like the sound of this.
Oh, yeah, I’m also proud to announce that after the re-release of Evil Ways, FBI Agent Harold Palmer will return in 2013 in Evil Intent. Oh yeah. At long last, book two is moving forward. Afterward, I'm already cultivating some ideas for book three.

While you’re out surfing the ‘net, I posted several items over the past weeks at www.esopodcast.com and http://allpulp.blogspot.com. You should swing by and take a peek. There’s been some cool news posted recently.

Well, I’d best get back to work.

We’ll talk later.

Bobby

KILLING OR KISSING THE MUSE -- WRITERS ON FINDING INSPIRATION


This is my desktop wallpaper. A constant reminder of what I should be doing.

Is this your muse?
I joined the latest writers roundtable on Sean Taylor's Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action blog: Killing or Kissing the Muse -- Writers on Finding Inspiration. It’s a writing who’s who on a subject we’re all passionate about. Read all about it at http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2012/09/killing-or-kissing-muse-writers-on.html?spref=tw

The muse.

Is this your muse?
As our ongoing metaphor for inspiration, she's been the subject of many songs and stories, best portrayed I think in Neil Gaiman's amazing comic Sandman. But I digress. Calliope (the muse of epic poetry) and her sisters have been
made a virtue by some, a vice by others, and by others merely ignored as an urban legend for creators.

To find out how today's hard-working writers feel about the muse and finding inspiration, particularly in today's busy lifestyles where one is most likely a "writer and" -- not merely having the luxury of just being a writer -- we asked.

And some very cool writers answered at http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2012/09/killing-or-kissing-muse-writers-on.html
Is this your muse?
What's your muse?

Bobby

Sunday, September 23, 2012

SECRET AGENT X BATTLES THE MOUNTAIN MEN OF THE LOST VALLEY!

Back Cover art/design by Rob Davis. Click for larger view.
Airship 27 Productions has shared the back cover of the upcoming fourth volume of its popular SECRET AGENT X pulp anthology series. Secret Agent X Vol. 4 contains my story, Mountain Men of the Lost Valley and pits X against a deadly beast man with a special agenda. It’s far-flung adventure in the icy plains you won’t want to miss.

Edited by Ron Fortier, this volume also features stories by Jarrod Courtemanche, Kevin Noel Olsen, and Frank Schildiner. Back cover art and design by Rob Davis. This might just be my favorite image of Secret Agent X ever.

I’ll post more details here as they become available.

Bobby

DEADLY GAMES! GETS BANNERED!

Here are some new Deadly Games! banner ads I've been playing around with today. What do you think? Which ones work best? Click on each banner to see a larger version.













Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that you can purchase DEADLY GAMES! in paperback and/or ebook at the following booksellers or wherever you buy your favorite books.

BEN Books (paperback)
Amazon (paperback)
Barnes & Noble (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle ebook)
Smashwords (ebook)
Barnes & Noble (Nook ebook)
KOBO (ebook)
Drive Thru Fiction (ebook)

BEN Books is proud to present Deadly Games! a thriller by Bobby Nash.

They played the most dangerous game of all and death was only the beginning...

Six years ago, Police Detective John Bartlett and journalist Benjamin West were instrumental in the capture of notorious master criminal Darrin Morehouse. Their story played out in the media, rocketing both Bartlett and West into local celebrity status.

Today, Morehouse, still a master game player and manipulator, commits suicide while in prison. His death initiates one final game of survival for the people Morehouse felt wronged him the most. At that top of the list are Bartlett and West, who must set aside their differences to save the lives of Morehouse's other victims and solve one last game before a dead man’s hired killers catch them and his other enemies.

Deadly Games! is a fast-paced action/thriller featuring action, suspense, murder, and the occasional gunfire from Author Bobby Nash, the writer of Evil Ways, Domino Lady, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, and more.

John Bartlett and Benjamin West return in an all-new thriller in 2013.

Bobby


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