Friday, May 09, 2014

David J West

As promised, I am spotlighting a small press or indie writer each Friday. Occasionally, I'll even tip a hat to some of the folks picked up by the large press. Today, let's turn our attention to the dashing Mr. David West. 

This well-traveled author hails from Salt Lake City. He has demonstrated a passion for self-expression and professes a strong spiritual nature. With a playful good nature, and a wit which entertains but rarely skewers, Mr. West is the sort who through casual conversation, even online, makes one feel they've known him for some time.

This award winning author's best writing occurs when he gives rein to his love for sword and sorcery. He enjoys two-fisted pulp in the tradition of Robert E. Howard and his novel Heroes of the Fallen, influenced by both his Mormon upbringing and passion for fantasy, is a fast-moving adventure.

His newest work Bless The Child, ,another fantasy, is dedicated to children with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN). All proceeds will go the Hannah's Hope Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at research and supporting families dealing with the disease.

Bless The Child is a novel whose central character is a Spartan seeking redemption for a life of violence. In his wanderings through the Holy Land he becomes embroiled in a war and emerges as something he never imagined for himself, an instrument of peace.

If you are interested in learning more about Mr. West or contacting him, check out his blog and Goodreads pages. He can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Sephera Giron

With eighty percent of all media under the control of six corporations, the world of fiction is reduced to the lowest common denominator, with the victim being originality and opportunity for writers. Publishers want the next big thing, and if they don't have the next big thing, they'll strive to manufacture it. Thank God for the internet, thank good for small press and self publishing.

This Friday I am beginning a new tradition. At the end of each week I will promote one author across all my social media. It might be someone from small press, or someone who is striking out on their own. Some of these authors may be well known, some may be brand new to the scene. Giving them the attention they deserve is part of my commitment to support the writing community and to encourage authors to network with one another.

Sephera Giron is a dark fiction writer whose work sometimes flirts with erotica and apparently sometimes runs screaming at it. Her appreciation for the dark and the dramatic probably comes from her background in performance arts, or perhaps from her embrace of the metaphysical. Want a tarot reading? She's happy to oblige. Paranormal investigation? She's immersed herself in the world of ghost hunting.

Her most recent book, Flesh Failure will be coming out courtesy of Samhain Publishing. More information about Ms. Giron can be found at the blog,  Musing of the Monster Librarian and on the blog of fellow author Joan De La Haye. If you want to show Ms. Giron some love, check out her patreon site. She is currently looking to the internet to fund current and future projects. You can also follow her blog, Sephera's World or check out some of her video activity on her Youtube Channel.

The newest book from Samhain Publishing available this July