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September was a bit crazy with our move and dealing with Bell Aliant in the great internet and phone capers, but I’m back online (yay!) and catching up in various areas. We’re so happy to be living in Moncton! While I love the country, I admit I missed the convenience of life in a small city. That and there’s a lot of maintenance (which means more money spent) involved in rural life. At least, this was our experience. Sure the people above us sound like a small herd of elephants somedays, but I still love our little apartment and am happy to be here.
Anyway, enough babbling. On to the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 4: Witch Twins Rebellion. I will have this released by the end of September.
And don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Thanks for making it #5 in Fantasy / Coming of Age, #7 in Sword & Sorcery, and #19 in Fairy Tales! It’s appreciated.
Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets and Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed are now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.
We’ve got a return guest in the forest today, who sat down with me and the satyrs and nymphs for three questions about Chuggie, Brent Michael Kelley’s muse and drought personified. So pull up a stump and settle in for a quick Q & A that’s sure to entertain!
Brent Michael Kelley’s debut novel Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater was released in December of 2011 from Omnium Gatherum. His short story “Ride” was included in Detritus, a collection of stories about collections (also by Omnium Gatherum). His story-poem “Gnoem” was published in A Pocketful of Moondust, a children’s anthology from Rebel Books (UK). He recently finished Chuggie’s next adventure: Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways of Glughu, which is available now. His regular column “5 Keys” can be read in the pages of CadreZine, where every issue BMK offers five tips or insights for aspiring writers (or, at least he tries to until he gets derailed by his own logic). Visit him at: http://www.catbat.com/bmk/
Three Questions with Brent Michael Kelley
1. So who is this Chuggie anyway? A master of mischief and mayhem? A father of drought? Tell us more.
Chuggie is Drought personified on a world called Mag Mell. He’s the kind of guy who can drain a lake overnight, even rip the moisture from living creatures. He has vast destructive power inside that constantly begs to be unleashed. He has wiped out cities, turned forests into wastelands, and caused lots of misery the world over. Chuggie doesn’t like that aspect of himself. He found that when he got good and drunk, the thirst quieted. Naturally, he got all boozed up and put a curse of permanence on himself. He’s got an elongated skull with five horns growing from it, which combined with his drunkenness, makes it hard for him to fit in anywhere. He drifts about, getting in trouble and having adventures. His world is full of monsters and madmen, so there’s plenty of trouble to be found wherever he goes.
2. Chuggie already raised merry hell in a place called Stagwater. Now he’s back messing with the Bleeding Gateways. Can you tell us a bit about his latest adventures there, and what’s next for Chuggie?
Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater was the first book. Chuggie stumbles upon the remote city of Stagwater, where he finds himself caught in the middle of various forces battling for control of the city. In Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways, we pick up with Chuggie a few days after the Desecration of Stagwater. There’s work to do, there are people to find, and there are monsters to fight. Chuggie’s new dagger, the Bleeding Jaws of Glughu, has been doing strange things. Like the first book, we follow some other characters, too. A lot of people like Fey Voletta, the young blade cultist who works with the Steel Jacks. Covered from head to toe in the ceremonial scars of her order, she’s exotic, sexy, and as deadly as the day is long. The Steel Jacks themselves are lots of fun. They’re creatures of pure energy who live inside 8’ metal suits. They’re masters of technology in a world of magic and mysticism.
Next up for Chuggie… I can tell you the next book has a working title of Chuggie and the Prisoner Gods. I can say nothing more than that. No, wait. I can say a little more. It’ll be filled with horrors, funny drunken ramblings, and plenty of colorful profanity. There’s a good chance this will Chuggie’s most horrific adventure yet. Should be some grins in there, too.
3. How did Chuggie come to claw his way inside your brain?
Back in college, an instructor of mine told us about her muse. This ghostly woman in a brown dress stood behind her while she painted. I demanded the Cosmos send me a muse of my own. I’d hoped for a pretty lady in a bikini or a tight leather dress. Instead, I was sent a gravel-voiced drunk who always had a story about everything. Imagine a very drunk and surly Tom Waits dropped in the middle of Monsterland. Now give him a chain linked directly to his ribcage and an anchor on the end shaped like a lady. There are no vampires, werewolves, elves, fairies, dwarves, dragons, orcs, or trolls. It’s so much fun to write about Chuggie and his friends, I plan to do so for a long time.
You can pick up Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways now at:
Hope August is being good to you. We’re in the middle of a move, so we’re up to our armpits in boxes and newspaper. It’s amazing what you find when you move, and it’s amazing how much junk you throw out that you forgot you had. Moving also accomplished something else: it reminded us how little we dust, which isn’t good considering hub’s allergies. But we both hate dusting, so it’s a job we draw straws over.
Anyway, on to more book news. Here’s the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed. Feast your eyeballs below.
This will be released in late August, and don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.
“Louise Bohmer is clearly an author who has taken the time to plan out the details of the fantasy world in the Witch Twins Saga in her mind. While the author is an expert of her world, the reader may not immediately be. While the book does not just throw the reader in the middle of the action without some sort of explanation of the magical world Claire and Anna live in, it does not detail every aspect of the society. I got a vague idea of some sorts of going-ons, but to really get an idea of what was happening, I had to continue reading. The world slowly opened up to me and it became easier to learn individual’s roles and homelands and histories as the book went on, but they were not the clearest things to understand, especially in the beginning. I feel like more would be explained by reading the second book as well and maybe also rereading the first book.
That being said, the characters are great, especially Claire and Anna, twin sisters. They interact just how sisters do, fighting and arguing, wanting their privacy from one another, but caring for each other at the same time. Their relationship is very believable and realistic. The bond between them is strong and the reader can attach to it and relate to it instantly.”
Thanks again, Shaya! You can read the full review here.
And you can grab Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords. Plus Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets is now available for under a dollar. Just click the links here, visit The Black Act page, or click the book covers below to grab your copies.
Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed will be released sometime in August, and I’ll be posting a cover reveal soon!
Now you can grab part two of my fantasy serial, The Black Act: Witch Twins Secrets. Cover art, blurb, and buy links below. Don’t forget, you can also pick up part one, The Black Act: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon, Kobo, on The Black Act page, and at Smashwords. Cover art for that one and download links below too.
This is a serial fantasy novel that will be released in regular installments. Watch for Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed coming soon.
The history of a curse is filled with bloody battles, bitter hatred, and dark secrets.
Through five generations, ghosts of war haunt the wise women. When the rebellion of Glenna ends, their curse sleeps bound in the Tunnels of the Dead, waiting for its chance to re-awaken the war between the wood people and Dalthwein clans. Claire, a wise woman born in the valley of the fae, unwittingly helps it escape imprisonment, while her twin sister Anna receives psychic glimpses of ancient secrets she must unravel. With her scribe teacher Rosalind, she also struggles to uncover the reasons behind Claire’s strange behavior, ever escalating since the death of their guild mother, Grianne.
The Age of the Wise Women will cease if the curse does not end with Anna and Claire. Perhaps inheriting the mistakes of their ancestors and learning the truths of their identities will bring great suffering for these witch twins.
In Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets Anna begins having visions of the witch guild’s creation history, and Claire reveals the devastating secret their guild mother told her before she died.