24
Aug
11

Book Review: ‘A Life on Fire’ by Chris Bowsman

Today I review

 A Life on Fire by Chris Bowsman.

The thing that stands out from the beginning of the book is Gerald is like a lot of us out here in real world land. He’s an everyday guy with everyday struggles. In general,  his life hasn’t turned out the way he thought it would, something I think we can all relate to. His job has become a mindless exercise in futility. He is confronted daily with the true imbeciles of the world. Add to that, the death of his fiancee. Finally as his attempt to stop drinking and smoking fails cataclysmically, we find ourselves looking at a man depressed beyond all measure and struggling to find his place in the world. 

As the line between his dreams, nightmares and reality begins to fade, Bowsman pulls the reader through an ever more frightening, bizzare, yet somehow believable series of events that force Gerald to find his way through the nitemares or burn forever in his depression fueled hell. Will he succeed? There’s only one way to find out.  Pick up this Debut novel by Chris Bowsman for $.99 today and find out why I gave this one 5 stars. It truly is a very impressive debut, one you can’t afford to overlook.

30
Jul
11

ShadowCast 042 SNM Horror July

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ShadowCast Audio Presents:

Story of the Month

Control’ by J. C. Hemphill

read by

Derek Manuel

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The Contrarian

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01
Jul
11

ShadowCast 041 SNM June

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ShadowCast Audio Presents:

Story of the Month

Coming into Power by Jeff Parsons

read by

Jim Bronyaur

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The Contrarian

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Christopher Carlson

Kind Words and Lies

Other Sounds courtesy of the Free Sound Project



01
Jul
11

Jim Bronyaur’s ‘In The Corner’ Blog Tour Rolls On

 
Okay, here we are, the last stop of my tour… the end.  Well, in many ways, it’s the beginning for me.
 
I started this journey of writing many years ago, in grade school, when I was forced to learn how to write.  And that journey continued into a poetry class where I had my first piece of writing published.  I was in fifth grade.  And from there, the age of computer came, and I wrote my first “book”.  And another.  And another.  I still have the originals of those books from when I was, maybe, ten or eleven.  Then came high school… and guitars and girls were the only two things that mattered.  As luck would have it, I was tossed into a creative writing class to fill my schedule.  There I was told to take an empty notebook and fill it.  I was told to write what’s on my mind and never hold back.
 
And I’ve been writing what’s on my mind and I’ve never held back.
 
For this tour, I’ve been promoting my book, In the Corner.  It’s my first release and captures the essence of Jim.  It’s three stories that explore the mind and horror, but yet each story is different.  It has 9 five star reviews as of this post and I can’t begin to thank everyone who bought the book.
 
Now… for those who haven’t read the book… http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1100 
 
When the Stars Fade - A geeky computer technician finds himself on the receiving end of a brutal beating when the stars, one by one, begin to disappear as something moves in from the woods. Is the dark movement here to save him? Or end his suffering?

The Second That Burns – Meet Trevor, an unlikely survivor of a horrific car accident that found him on the wrong end of a police chase. Now he carries the guilt and scars of living, desperate for death. His only chance at surviving is Dr. Philips. The question is – can Dr. Philips save Trevor before it’s too late?

The Wrong Side of the Tracks – Taking a road trip before his band, Butler, goes into the studio, Evan and his girlfriend, Barbara, hit the road. But the road they’re on is changing, literally. They soon find themselves in a small town where nothing feels or looks right… because everything keeps changing. Now they only have one thing in mind – getting out…
 
 
The story word counts increase with each story and I will say that I am damn proud of this book.  I wrote it as my introduction to the world.  To say, “HEY! It’s Jim! I’m here. And I’m not leaving!”
 
Best part is that it’s only $0.99 for the ebook.  That’s less than a cup of coffee and I can promise you it’ll keep your heart pumping faster then caffeine will!
 
The book’s for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AND via Smashwords.  If you have a computer, you can read the book.  For those who prefer paperbacks, no worries, you’re covered.  It’s on Amazon in paperback.
 
I’ve recorded a guest post for Jason today and the ShadowCast Audio Anthology… hope you enjoy the story as much as I did recording it!
 
And when you’re done, be sure to check out ‘In the Corner’! http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1100
 
 
But, wait, what about the future?
 
I’ve got it covered.
 
I have a horror poetry project going called the Poetry StoryTelling Series where I take a horror story and write it as an epic poem.  I call it a mix between Stephen King and Dr. Seuss. http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1108
 
Back in December, my short story, Pulsate, won Best Horror Short Story 2010.  Then it was picked up for serialization on Flashes in the Dark.  And now, it’s in ebook and paperback form.  It’s the first season of Pulsate, complete with the original 13 episodes plus 5 bonus episodes and a novelette. http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1677
 
If that weren’t enough, my first stand alone novel, The Devil’s Weekend, is due the end of July.  And for those who can’t wait, I have a free excerpt for download via Smashwords. http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1452
 
 

Jim Bronyaur
 
Books:
In the Corner – http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1100
The Killer & She – http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1108
The Devil’s Weekend – http://jimbronyaur.info/?page_id=1452
 
My site:  www.jimbronyaur.com
 
Follow me:  www.twitter.com/jimbronyaur

27
Jun
11

The State of the Podcast (It’s Not Good)

Dear listener,

You’ll notice I’m not recording this, I can’t, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

For the last 21 months I’ve tried to bring you the most haunting stories I could find, read to you by  the best, most sought after voices. I’ve done both because I love dark fiction, and I felt there was room for one more voice in the podcast world. I also thought maybe, just maybe, I could learn something about writing, how it works when it is done well, and why it doesn’t when it’s not. The measure of my success can be debated, but I’m one hell of a lot closer to where I want to be as a writer than I was when I started. Some of you have been with me the entire time. You’ve listened and supported my various ventures outside of  short fiction, listened or read when I mentioned a fellow writer who had something new available, stuck with me when I uploaded a bad file or two, and let me know when I muffed a sentence here and there. All of those things are important, critical even, to the success of this endeavor, and up until now, it’s been enough. Things have gone well, at least from my perspective, but eventually problems always arise, and a question must be answered.

1. Can the audience support another paying market podcast?

Until recently, I never really thought much about it. We weren’t a paying market so other than the expense of the domain name and hosting, donations weren’t much of a concern. Also, I waited until I had enough in donations to purchase both. It took awhile, and that’s fine, but authors aren’t going to wait to be paid. Also, I’ve had a bad turn of luck this last month as my primary recording computer’s motherboard went belly up. I don’t really need the thing, except that it has all the software, and most of my files for the podcast on it. My question isn’t rhetorical. Until this last weekend when Carrie Clevenger made a donation, the podcast had 11000 downloads so far this year, but had brought in exactly ZERO donations.  I’m at a point where I can’t even buy the stories I want to buy because in order to do so I have to either use the money I’ve made writing (which isn’t much) or take from my own personal account. Doing either, to me, is out of the question. Not because I don’t believe in the product or the stories, it’s more a sense of taking a realistic look at the situation, and asking the question: Will the audience support it? If not, I’m willing to accept that and move on to other things. If so, that’s great, but we have alot of work to do in order to save it.

There are several ways you can help, the best and maybe easiest way is donating to the podcast. It isn’t cheap to run even when I don’t have computer issues. Like I said, I’m going to need to replace the mother board in my machine if I am to continue, for that I’m looking at a minimum of $120. Also, my domain registration and hosting is due (7/25) once again. Then there are the stories. If I continue I’d really like to get back to doing more than one story a month if possible. 

There are also other needs to be addressed. I’d really like to have a semi-regular host to help out for times like now. I’m currently working 60 hours a week and have been since February. This person would be capable of reading or deligating a story to a reader, then producing the episode in it’s entirety, uploading to the server and posting. I’ve thought about possibly taking on a slush reader as well, but it would have to be just the right person, someone with similar interests, likes and dislikes.

This is possibly, even probably, to much to ask, but it is what it is. This is my last ditch effort at keeping the podcast afloat. The thing is, even if YOU DO decide it’s worth the effort, it’s not just a one time request, and you should consider that before agreeing to do anything. This, like any other podcast or print publication requires hours and hours of work and $$. I only ask that you consider what I’m saying and ask yourself if it is worth it to you as a listener. If not, I understand, if so, We really could use your help. There are several donation options available on the right hand side of the page, or you can always e-mail me at the address ShadowCastAudio(at)Gmail(Dot)com.

All the best,

Jason Warden – Editor and Host

23
Jun
11

ShadowCast Ep 40 Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams

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ShadowCast Audio Episode 40

‘Caretaker in the Garden Of Dreams’

by David Tallerman

read by Danny Davies

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01
Jun
11

ShadowCast EP 39 SNM Horror May

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ShadowCast Audio Presents:

Story of the Month

Call of the Crows by John Barnes

read by

Jason Warden

 

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Music featured on this episode is courtesy of

The Contrarian

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Other Sounds courtesy of the Free Sound Project






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