Friday, September 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Brick Marlin Featured Book Release: Shadow Out of the Sky

I am so excited to have Brick Marlin on my blog today. He is on the blog doing a guest post. He is a great author and a must read for horror fans.  Enjoy and be sure to check out the link at the end for more blog tour awesomeness and links to check out the book. - Robin B.

Writing Slump- Brick Marlin

Things could be rolling right along as you type your tale (or free-hand old school, maybe do it the Kurt Vonnugut way, writing your entire book on tiny pieces of paper. Cool, huh?) and you've been working hard at this odd craft entitled Writing for a good while. Characters are acting up to your standards. Behaving. Being a hero. Being a villain. Killing here. Murdering there. The story blossoms, much like Audrey II, the plant from “Little Shop of Horrors”. The plot is thickening. The teeth in the cogs are greased up, linking together nicely.

Then, when you least expect it, if you don’t get blindsided by the Literary Gremlins, Local Union 171, and achieve Writer’s Block, you endure something worse: A Writing Slump. The liquid servo bugs have oozed together, forming a plump, horrid creature with a ginormous maw and green in color and an addiction to beef liver-flavored Fruit Roll-Ups, as well as the ability to steer you into a Crash and Burn.

You’re burnt out.

You wish not to see or type another word.

You wish not to have to click on Microsoft Office for anything.

You don’t even wish to read a book.

You sure as hell don’t want to pursue eating beef liver-flavored Roll-Ups.

See, if you’re like me, I get obsessed with both crafts: music and writing. Writing Slumps force you into a certain point where you are overwhelmed. Writing five hundred to a thousand words a day is a lot. And sometimes you crash and you need to snap the chain and pull away from the desk. Or slam you head on it. Repeatedly.

Anyway, if you're burnt to a hellish crisp take time off. Do something else. Workout. It clears the head. Ride your bike and log in 15 to 30 miles, that’ll do the trick. Go for a walk. Go to a movie. Read if you feel the need. Because never fear, your characters and their story aren't going anywhere. They'll be there when you get back. They could be a bit pissed if you’ve left them dangling from a noose, not quite dead yet or in the middle of baking cinnamon drops laced with caffeine. Probably be mad at you for allowing them to leave the Nuke Zapper on so long, running their electric bill sky high.

And, you might have to kick over a few stones or kick-start your brain, rotating the knob to Writer from Out to Lunch and you may have other issues, such as Where The Hell Is That Particular Writing Style I Had Been Trying To Craft?

Be sure to keep close watch for the servo Gummi Bear Literary Gremlins. New designs from the vats.

Same Local 171 union.

About the author: Brick Marlin has been writing since he was a child. From an early age he was exposed to older horror movies. The great ones making their mark in history. He also tackled reading the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, etc. Thus, he decided to engage himself and write horror, dark fantasy and dark sci-fi, scaring readers such as his parents, his friends, neighbors, and even leaving a few school teachers scratching their heads wondering if the boy should be committed or not with his gruesome tales of terror. Short story ideas continued to visit. A book idea or two sometimes stopped by for a sit. In 2007 he decided to take a more professional approach with his work. Hence, as a member of the Horror Writers Association, already having nine books published by small presses – this you hold in your hand, constant reader, makes his tenth –  nearly thirty short stories published, adding to the few anthologies and collaborations with other authors, Brick Marlin trudges onward, hoping to achieve more creations, wallowing in the brain pans of his characters, giving them the choice whether to twist the knob and enter through the Red Door, or enter through the Blue Door where a group of servo monkey badgers are consuming packages of cinnamon-flavored Pop Rock Candy with a Kung Fu Punch of caffeine.

Book Synopsis for Shadow Out of the Sky: A scarecrow crucified on a wooden cross made from a pair of two-by-fours sits in a field of corn, placed there to frighten away birds and protect the crops. Under its straw hat large buttons pose as its eyes, placed there by child’s fingers, view something sinister in the grave sky, appearing in front of the full moon.

Twisting, it forms into a sleek black mass, peering down upon the town of Woodbury. Four demons called The Reckoning has pulled this shadow, this urban legend from the past, out of an unmarked grave to bring terror across the planet, shoving it toward an apocalypse.

Now it cuts through the air, as if it were opening wounds in flesh, peering down at the first house that it hovers over...

Shadow Out of the Sky is Book One of the Transitional Delusions Series


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Tour Schedule and Activities
9/21 Erin Fanning Review
Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
Wag the Fox Guest Post
Novel-ties Review
Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post
Deal Sharing Aunt Interview
fuonlyknew Review
L. Andrew Cooper's Horrific Scribblings Review
Bee's Knees Reviews Guest Post
Azure Dwarf Guest Post
Sapphyria's Book Reviews Top-Tens List

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Amazon Links for Shadow out of the Sky
Print Version
Kindle Version
Barnes and Noble


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