So here we are on Christmas Eve and instead of shopping or having dinner with your family or opening presents, you’re reading my blog post? Well, good on you. Or perhaps it’s after Christmas and you’re reading it. Well good on you again. Thanks for taking the time.
But let’s assume it’s Christmas Eve. My book, A Whisper of Death, came out two days ago. It would make a great Christmas present for yourself or another reader in your life. So go to your favorite on-line retailer and pick up a copy or six. I’ll wait.
Okay, you’re back. In the spirit of Christmas and giving, I thought I might offer my thoughts on a few other odd things that would make great gifts. These are some of the things I’ve enjoyed throughout the year and thought I would share them with you. Feel free to go buy them too.
TICKETS TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Sure, you’ve already seen it seven times, but why not make it eight?
FALLOUT 4 – It’s a great post-apocalyptic video game with a good main story, loads of things to do, a cool crafting system, and a chance to rebuild the radiation savaged wasteland and make it a better place. Or you can be a sarcastic jerk who just kills anything that annoys him. Your choice really, but it all adds up to a great deal of fun.
PANDEMIC LEGACY – This is one of my favorite board games this year, and I play a lot of board games. Yeah, you can only play through it once, but that once is at least 12 plays, and possibly up to 24. If you’re not familiar, Pandemic is a game that puts you in the role of a team member of a force trying to prevent the world from succumbing to deadly viruses by traveling to various cities and finding cures to the diseases so you can then eradicate them. Pandemic Legacy takes it one step further and turns it into a story-based adventure that takes place over 12 months. As the game progresses, the game board, rules, and your characters actually change. I’m not going to give away any of the surprises, but I totally look forward to the next time we can play (we’ve made it to May so far). If you enjoy any sort of board gaming, you should definitely give this one a try.
A NOVEL BY CHUCK WENDIG OR DELILAH DAWSON – These are two of my favorite new writers. (Full disclosure, they have also become friends). For Chuck, I suggest Blackbirds or Zeroes, depending on if urban fantasy or technothriller is your thing. Blackbirds is about a woman who can touch people and tell how they are going to die, which has sort of warped her worldview. Zeroes is about a group of hackers who are coerced into fighting against a psychotic super program. Both really good and told in Chuck’s sharp, tight, profanity laden prose. For Delilah, go with either Wicked as They Come or Hit. Wicked is a fantasy romance about a woman in our world who ends up on another world where there is a group of creatures (and people) that drink blood and a group that doesn’t. She has an adventure with, and begins to fall in love with, the mysterious Criminy Stain. It’s a great novel with just the right amount of steam (sexy steam, not punky steam). Hit is a near future thriller about a bank buying the United States and recruiting teenagers as debt collectors/assassins. The book moves along at full speed and I’m ready to see the movie now.
TREVOR MOORE: HIGH IN CHURCH – Pick up this DVD or buy it from a streaming service. Trevor is a singer/comedian and his songs cover the range of genres from metal to country, but they are all hysterical as he sings about such topics as gay marriage, substitutes for alcohol, and our planet’s history told entirely with kittens. It’s funny, funny stuff and the songs are all incredibly catchy.
RICK AND MORTY SEASON ONE – I think this is available now. If it’s not, find out when it is and bookmark it. This series is one of the most original I’ve seen in some time. It’s the story of insane, nihilistic scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty as they span the galaxy getting into trouble and, through genius and occasionally sheer luck, getting out of it. Many of the stories are Hugo worthy, and there’s burping and penis jokes. Sheer anarchic fun.
So there you are, a few things that may have not been on your radar for gifts. And if it’s too late to pick them up for Christmas, maybe it’s time to start the tradition of New Year’s Eve gift-giving.
A Whisper of Death
The Necromancer Series
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: December 22, 2015
Cover Artist: Jess Small
Born with the power of ultimate evil, he is the world’s only chance at survival.
Erick Darvaul is a Necromancer, a descendant of the original sorcerers who turned against their dark masters and exiled them. Now these beings have returned, it falls upon Erick and a cadre of newfound allies to rally against these powerful entities and defeat them again.
Through fire, ambush, and betrayal, Erick and his companions claw their way to Broken Mountain to reunite with others who share his ability. There, Erick battles the mortal foe of his ancestors pushing the limits of his Necromantic magic, a force that seeks to corrupt him every time he summons it.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/-Bl3pr4javI
About the Author:
Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.
Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.
This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010
Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.