Friday, January 23, 2015

Kevin James Breaux's DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE is back!

This is a  novelette... basically a really long short story. :)

Hi all,

My award-winning supernatural-horror-thriller DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE is once again available. Here is the link: http://amzn.com/B00S8P94WY

The publisher went out of business a year or so ago. Which was sad. This novelette was one of my favorite works. It even reached the Bram Stoker Prelim Ballot in 2011 for Long Fiction. See reading list here: http://www.horror.org/awards/2011readinglist.htm .

I decided to polish it up some and self publish it on Amazon as a Kindle Book. But at the moment, I am not sure what to do next. How do I promote this? It's basically a short story for .99. Not something to worry myself to death with. But as I said before, it won an award and reached the prelims in another award. It was even read/acted out on a internet radio show.

Here is the audio page: http://thedramapod.com/component/muscol/H/2-tim-heffernan/2-halloween-camp-fire-stories/8-halloween-stories-episode-2?Itemid=101

So this story may be one of the works I am most noted for... but with its absence from publication...

I could use some help spreading the word that it's back. So please tweet and Facebook about it. Any help or suggestions on how to promote it would be great. Thanks!

Write Makes Might!

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kevin James Breaux 2014 Year in Writing



Writing Life

2014 was a different kind of year for me. In the beginning of the year, I had one goal. Just one. Get an agent. I had spent all of 2013 editing, learning, increasing my skill level--I was ready.  At the end of April, when I was just starting to doubt myself, it happened. I signed with an agent. A REALLY GOOD AGENT: Marisa A. Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

http://www.corvisieroagency.com/Marisa_A_Corvisiero.html

Marisa Corvisiero
 After signing with her I had to re-plan my year. I did not need to spend any more time sending queries. No more time waiting for replies… So I decided it was time to write another book.  I started writing the sequel to ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL, which was now represented and being read by Marisa.

Just a little hint.

This was a tough year for writing and it was filled with many family distractions. My wife was not feeling well most of the Summer and it was a real struggle for me at times. But we got through it all.

I was communicating with Marisa off and on. And she gave me lots of very encouraging feedback. All the while, I was climbing and holding the top ranks at Publishers Marketplace. I was doing something right. lol. Check back a few posts to read all about that.

I like to stay organized and I set a goal for myself to finish my new book at around 120K words, before X-Mas. I managed to met both. The book ended up just shy of 120K words and I was done before the New Year. 

Many of you know how I write. I write like an painter paints with oils. Layer over layer over layer. So when I finished this book it was not in first draft. It was more like fifth draft. With the exception of the last three chapters. So I read and re-read them. Totally scrapped the end and re-wrote it. :)

After the New Year, I edited the entire book in one week. And as of a few days ago, the book is in the hands of Gretchen, my kick ass editor. Why? Because she is a great source of advise. She knows how I write. Knows what I want. And she knows how to keep my writing flowing when, at times, I add too much info.

So yes… my year of writing was comprised of two things. Get and agent. Write a new book. And if you have read this blog you know I am capable of SOOOO much more. That one year… I wrote an insane amount of words (like four three books worth). And in 2013 I edited three books three times!!!  So what took so long this year?

I decided to write this new book, a sequel, very carefully. I keep saying “mindful”, it’s the word of the year. I was very mindful when I wrote this book. I kept the first book close, and took lots of notes for both books. I made sure the two tied together… and then I saw it. My skill level increased. And man… did I go full-tilt erotic in this one. I mean, I often flirt with the line but don’t totally cross it. I kinda crossed it this time, and when I looked back... that line was so far away it was a blur.  And not just because my eyes are strained from staring at the computer so much….

Do I feel like I accomplished enough this year? Yes and no. I got my agent. I mean, I FINALLY got my agent. Something I have been trying to do since 1998-1999. That goal alone should make me feel like I won the year, but I am a perfectionist and I wanted more. Agent and book written? Closer. But I still wanted to end 2014 with more. Another goal completed. 

I had to accept and move on. 

BUT 2015…. OH my goals are huge. I want to write the sequel to THE LIFEBLOOD OF ILL-FATED WOMEN and have at least one, preferably two, book deals underway. I really want a book out so I can attend the book shows and signings that I get invited to every year. I also want to make some movement on my one comic book script. Should it be a comic or a graphic novel or another book? It reads funny as a book…. but it would look hilarious as a comic.  

Creativity has never been about the money for me, but yes, I need some writer income this year.  OH MAN do I ever. 

**It just occurred to me that in the beginning of the year I re-edited SOUL BORN too. While waiting on queries, I re-read and re-edited that thing the best I could while resisting the urge to entirely re-write it. If I re-wrote it, it would not have been SOUL BORN any more. YES, it would have been at my current skill level, but it would have read entirely different. So I fixed it up as best I could. It feels more like a YA Fantasy now, since I write much harder core now. It is my first book… And now that it’s fixed up and has been read by test readers, it will be reborn in Kindle format. Soon. Very soon.  

So in conclusion, I am very grateful that I signed with an excellent agent who I gel with amazingly. I am also very pleased with the book I wrote this year. I just want to bring home the big win. And in 2015 I will. 

Write Makes Might!

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com





Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Kevin James Breaux

Happy Holidays!




Happy Holidays to all!

Sorry I have not updated in a while. Been super busy... and holidays... yeah... them. You all know how they take tons of time.

So... YES, I finally went to the new generation video game systems.

It's kinda funny. Right in the middle of debating it, one of my friends, who I have not had a chance to game with in a lifetime, bought a Xbox One. I wanted to drag my feet longer. I really wanted to wait another six months to a year, but when he got the system it lit a fire under me and... I jumped.

On Cyber Monday, I found a great deal and now I have the Xbox One. I am just barely getting used to it and only playing DESTINY at the moment. The graphics are great. Smooth gameplay. Good game.

But more importantly... Dragon Age: Inquisition. Yep, I'm playing that on Xbox 360. I love that series and I pre-ordered that game long ago. Sure, the 360 version has some glitchy graphics at times, but I played all the other Dragon Age games on 360 and wanted to keep the streak.

Do I like it? Oh, I love it! It took about 5 hours to get invested into the game--and now--at about hour 25, I am totally addicted. I'm gonna post a picture of my character below (just like I did with SKYRIM).

My Mage. Right after sealing the breach.

It's fantastic how you can import your storyline from the first two games to this one. It has allowed me to have a few plot specific things happen. Very cool.

Anyway, I have not been gaming all this time. I have been writing like crazy. I am almost done my current #WIP which is my seventh book. It is the sequel to my urban fantasy, ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL, which my agent will be shopping around soon. (Maybe already is). This sequel has been tons of fun to write, but I have also been very mindful of everything I am doing. I have had to go back and forth with the previous book, fact check, tie things together just right, etc.

I should finish writing the book this month. When done, I will re-read and edit some. Next month, I will send it to my editor. She knows my writing and my style. I have made some notes for her; things I am questioning and ideas I have for the book and series. I am excited to have her read the story and can't want to hear her thoughts.

At the moment, I'm thinking this book will end up around 118K words, but then edit down to about 105K. Not too shabby.

Other news... I recently re-edited and re-published the first of the SOUL BORN SAGA origin stories. SOUL BORN ORIGINS: OPAL. Click the link below for the .PDF.

 


The new REBORN edition of SOUL BORN is also ready to go.  I will work on putting it up for sale on Amazon in the new year. Soul Born has been out of print way too long! I want to get it back out as an e-book for all the fans. :)

2015 stands to see a lot of movement and news here: book deals, book releases, book signings. I can't wait. Good bye 2014! Hello future.



Hope you all have a nice holiday and new year.

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com
 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kevin debates the new generation systems. Still enjoys his Xbox 360

To New Generation System or Not to New Generation System? That IS the question.

The brain of a gamer.



It’s been almost a year since the Xbox One and PS4 were released. And I have not made my move to the new generation systems.

I know. That’s madness! Especially for a serious gamer.

Yep. I’m one of those nutsos who stood out in the cold all night to get a Xbox 360 on release day back in November 2005. And in PA, that was a COLD night!

I’m a lifelong gamer. There is no other way to describe my history with video games.

I was in the arcade on Long Beach Island when I was four and five years old. My first system was the Atari 2600. My dad bought for me back in 1981 when it was seven years old. That day was the ignition of one of my deepest passions… console video game systems. 

Since then, I’ve prided myself with being on the cutting edge, buying systems when they are released. Well, as a kid, within months of their release. I will never forget seeing the NES for the first time in Woolworths in Montgomery Mall.  My mom ended up buying it for me, probably within a month of its release. 

Same with the Sega Genesis. When that was released, I think it was near a holiday, but I bugged my parents into giving it to me early so I could play it more with my best friend during the week off from school. :)

This brings me to adulthood. In college, I took a day off to go to Toys R Us on the day of the Sega CD release. I thought there would be lines, panic, desperation. There was none. I strolled in and pulled one of the first tickets! Remember… in back in the day, you had to pull a ticket at Toys R Us, pay for the game, and THEN get the game from the backroom. 

How was school today? My mom asked.

My one friend at college thought I was crazy for skipping school. BUT at the same time he thought it was cool that I did. Priorities right? I had them! ;)  

(side note kids - during all but my last year of college I RARELY played video games during the school week. Only on weekends. I conditioned myself like this back in middle school and it stuck)

Moving forward, I bought a Sega Saturn on the month of its release and a 3DO pretty much right away. BTW- I traded that Sega Saturn in for a Playstation which was called a PSX back then. I had made the wrong choice of systems in that generation. So when I corrected my mistake it was maybe two-three months after the PSX came out. :)

OH…but from this moment on, I was on point.

When the PS2 came out I was ready. I had pre-ordered it. But those pre-orders took a few weeks because of supply and demand. My friend, who worked at a game store, got extras and sold them on ebay for 2x and 3x their value. I was shocked. And I made a mental note. Next system released, I buy two and sell one.

When the Xbox came out. I was stuck at work, but I sent my dad out 7am to the stores. He scored me one at Walmart. I think they did not set up the Xbox with pre-orders… or I would have pre-ordered one. So, yeah, I only got the one. No ebaying for me.  

Which brings us to 2005… when the 360 was coming out. I had a plan. Pre-order one at Gamestop, order one online, and then head out and get one at some store like Target… But that last part was harder than I imagined.

I live in the suburbs. But I saw fights outside of Walmart and Target. I saw campers. I saw lines that were 100 or more long. I say a mob scene turn bad at Sam’s Club. Where I ended up, was outside of a BJ Wholesale store at 4am. There was one person waiting there. So I joined it. He said he knew they were going to have 10+ systems. So I waited there until they opened. Funny story, the line grew to maybe twenty people. One of them was the Gamestop manager, from the store I pre-ordered my system. So I got my Xbox 360 and I was pretty darn happy with myself. BUT I still had to get to work. And magically, I did. About 15 minutes late… sure… but I got there and no one knew any better. SCORE!

The Xbox 360 has been my primary system for years now. In fact, I would have preferred to keep it that way for another five years.

Still… when the PS4 was announced, I felt like I had to jump. So, I set up a pre-order at Amazon. There was no way I was heading out to stand in a line again. I’m too old for this 4am in the cold crap. :)

A few months passed and I cancelled that pre-order. I just wasn’t feeling it. And I was kinda broke. Then the Xbox One was announced and I never bothered to pre-order it. Part of me said I was making a mistake. The hype! The hype! It was sucking me in.

I guess I matured… I guess I got smart. See, I remembered all the warnings from the previous generation. Buggy systems. Overheating systems. Price drops. No good games… etc.

Then I started thinking back to those early Xbox 360 days. Yeah, me and the Xbox 360 didn’t really gel until about 2008 when FABLE came out. But it really wasn’t until 2009 when I fully embraced the system. In my opinion, it took a few years for the “good” games to come out. I was playing WoW, and nothing on Xbox 360 stole my attention from it.

Now… Now, I play a ton of 360…. and can’t imagine moving to a new system. Even if its Xbox to Xbox. Especially with no backwards compatibility. Yeah, I one of those guys who bitches about that with every system.

But the biggest thing for me is this… Microsoft is releasing its best games for both 360 and Xbox One… so why bother moving to the new system?

I mean, I can’t deny the pull. I can’t not think of how I was normally going crazy waiting for the new systems to arrive. Just like that South Park Ep. where Cartman is waiting for the Wii. lol

Poor guy. He just wants the new system to come out.
My gamer brain.. (Mother Brain seen above) says… You should buy that new system. You always buy them right away. What are you waiting for? You need to get that new system!

But then I think. Okay what games would I play on it. One of maybe a couple that are out? Then I look back at the 30-40 games I have for Xbox 360 and think… Oh look, SKYRIM and Dragon Age: Origins. I can still play them. I’m fine waiting.

So when will I move to the newest generation systems? No plans as of yet. Had Dragon Age: Inquisition came out ONLY on the new systems, that would have forced my hand. But nope, it’s out for 360 and that will keep me busy for a good six months. Sorry Sony and Microsoft. Maybe Black Friday 2015.
Oh look, my Skyrim character...

 Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com