Dr. Nekros: Bloodied Pistons Contest!

The latest installment of my Dr. Nekros series has just been released exclusively to the Amazon Kindle.

Dr. Nekros meets a beautiful stranger in the middle of nowhere after she saves his life, but he never could have guessed her connection to the Packard, nor her insatiable thirst for blood. Find out how the 1936 Packard came to be haunted in “Dr. Nekros: Bloodied Pistons!”

And, as an added bonus, I’m holding a contest to celebrate this release.  Here are the guidelines:

  • At the end of the story, the title for Episode IV is revealed.  Email me that title at scottwilliamfoley@gmail.com before August 10, 2011
  • Once you’ve sent me this title, I’ll enter your name into a hat for a random drawing

I can’t wait to hear from you, and enjoy “Dr. Nekros: Bloodied Pistons!”

“Dr. Nekros: Bloodied Pistons” Preview Cover

Episode III of my Dr. Nekros serial will be out soon through the Amazon Kindle.  It’s entitled “Bloodied Pistons” and offers some revelations as to how Nekros’ Packard came to be haunted.  In the meantime, here’s a preview of the cover!

Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton – A Book Review

I recently discovered Steve Hamilton and read his work entitled The Lock Artist, a book I thoroughly enjoyed.  So when the opportunity arose to procure an advance copy of his latest, a thriller called Misery Bay, I jumped at the chance.

Misery Bay stars a character called Alex McKnight.  McKnight has, apparently, appeared before in previous Hamilton works, but my unfamiliarity with McKnight proved inconsequential.  Hamilton eased me into McKnight’s world by utilizing an organic, smooth narrative style that subtly revealed the character’s history.  In fact, so seamless was Hamilton’s introduction of McKnight that I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if this was the character’s first appearance!

McKnight is a former Detroit cop who now resides in Paradise, a frigid little town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  McKnight has a long history of tragedy, one I won’t spoil here, but the man keeps a good sense of sardonic humor about him and is, by all accounts, a capable protagonist.  He doesn’t particularly want to be a hero, however, and is very much at ease hanging out at his favorite bar and drinking his favorite beer.

Through a series of gruesome events, though, McKnight finds himself ensnared in a case involving multiple suicides and murders, all involving state police officers and their children.  Honor and duty binds him to the case, and while he doesn’t necessarily want to take on the role of “detective,” he can’t turn his back on those in need of help.  In the end, it’s a grisly affair, one that will shock you and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Hamilton’s writing style is fluid and conversational with a special emphasis on realistic, dynamic dialogue.  Though there’s a mystery in Misery Bay, I’m not sure I would classify it as such.  I would be more comfortable calling it a thriller.  There’s plenty of action, humor, gore, and even a touch of drama which all come together to form a true page-turner.  Michael Connelly and James Patterson offer favorable quotes in regards to Hamilton and his McKnight, and after reading Misery Bay I can understand why!

Andropia Vs. The Dark Knight Rises

* This post is taken from Jude Landry’s blog: http://judeinitaly.blogspot.com/2011/07/andropia-vs-dark-knight.html .  Jude is the incredibly gifted artist who designed my Andropia cover.  He brings up an interesting argument …

“The new Dark Knight film released a poster yesterday that is very similar to my book cover for Foley’s ANDROPIA, which I designed in 2008/2009. My cover features a sideview of a human head with the sun located in the brain area. The Dark Knight poster uses the same concept but with some slightly more photorealistic graphics and the sky in the shape of the Batman symbol. They probably didn’t rip me off; the chances they saw my cover are very small. Pretty interesting, though!”

So what do you say, readers?  An amazing coincidence, or does Jude have a fan in pretty high places?