Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays from Kevin James Breaux!


Happy Holidays all!

I always like to give back to my fans and friends, new and old, so this year I will be gifting out copies of my horror novelette DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE. It's currently listed on the Horror Writers Association recommended reading list. I am very proud of this one.

Check it out:

Sarah should have left Montgomery County when she had the chance, but now it's too late. She is trapped on the rooftop of her family home which is almost completely submerged by dark flood waters. The air smells of a mixture of sewage and mold and it’s still raining. Alone with only her thoughts Sarah is mad she did not leave town years ago when she was right out of high school, before she became the one things she dreaded most; her mother.

Haunted by the reoccurrence of an eerie thumping sound, Sarah is startled when she discovers a large hairy animal, almost the size of a cow, brushing against the corner of her house. What is it? Where did it come from? What other horrors are hiding in the dark water?





So how do you get a copy for free this holiday? Well, next week I will pick two days and go on Twitter (@kevinbreaux) or Facebook (look me up) and I will announce that I'm giving away copies. Just be ready and send me a direct message when I make the announcement. I will gift out (5) Kindle copies each time I make the announcement. So the first people to respond will win.

I really appreciate everyone who has taken time to email, facebook and twitter with me in 2011. Thank you all.

Check back in late January.  I will have a contest for print copies of BLOOD DIVIDED, book two in the Soul Born Saga then.

Thank you,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Short Story Accepted for New Anthology to be released at WHC!

From Dark Moon Books - Slices of Flesh

A couple of months ago I was invited to submit a piece of flash fiction to a new anthology. I submitted two and today I found out which one was accepted. The story is called SHE. HER. YOU. And it is new to the world. It is actually the intro to a horror novel I was writing, but never finished. Funny how that works.

Here is more information: the anthology is called Slices of Flesh and will be released at World Horror Con (WHC) in late March by Dark Moon Books.



I am always happy when publishers ask me to submit things for anthologies. This is a great honor, and I am very excited to be part of a book with so many other great authors inside. I will post more information as more is released.

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux

Friday, December 2, 2011

Blood Divided is out on Kindle. Ready to read!

Book 2 in the Soul Born Saga; Blood Divided.


Are you curious what happened after Soul Born? Well get ready to find out by reading the events of the next generation.


There exists an ancient elven proverb, dating before the time of man. Life and death, like day and night, meet at a point where they blend into one. It is that brief moment when anything is possible.

There was a time when four sparks of life burned brighter than the sun itself. Megan was born with power, Lucien born with station. Autumn was born full of life, while Nathan was entwined with death.

Peace has come and gone… The conflicts of old have returned-rejuvenated and driven. This is the beginning of the end. The children of Karn have come of age, and now they will take part in shaping the fate of Illyia.

Will they join forces, or with blood will they be divided?


Click here to order: http://amzn.com/B006FDHTF0



NEWS: My publisher released Blood Divided early on Kindle. The print version of the book (which was delayed) should be ready mid-late December.

Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rewatching Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Wait how old is Sisko?


Star Trek Deep Space Nine has to be my favorite show of the 1990s. It aired from 1993-1999. Yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on in the 90s, but late. So I mean a show that ran entirely in the 1990s, and during a time where I had just finished high school and was in college. Deep Space Nine is also my favorite of the Star Trek television shows. I loved that it was serialized, in fact, this was the first show that I watched that I realized was serialized and it’s where I learned the term. Now I prefer all my shows to be formatted as such.


I was a loyal follower of the show, saw every episode, and then saw them all again and again in repeats. I have said in interviews that I used to watch repeats Deep Space Nine on some local PA-NJ channel on a small B+W TV in my office when writing early drafts of SOUL BORN. I loved the show that much!

It has been a few years since the show has been on the air. So when Netflix offered up all 176 episodes I was thrilled and started right up watching them. At the moment I am finished season 1 and 2 and I am excited to begin season 3, as it starts one of the biggest story-arcs.

You know, its funny, when I was younger I never really thought about the ages of the actors playing my favorite characters on shows, but now, at 37, I find myself obsessed with it. Like while watching Hercules this summer, I realized Kevin Sorbo and I were the same age… well… now we are… kinda. See, when I watched Hercules I was in my early twenties and he was in his late 30s. I had no idea how old he was then, but now when I watch it he and I are the same age. So I kinda relate more to him now.

My obsession with finding out the ages of the actors carried right over into Deep Space Nine, when during the first episode I was like… Hey, I wonder how old Kira is?

When Grandma comes to dinner you have a Nana Visitor? Get it... yeah I didn't either.

 (funny story, I meet her at a Star Trek Convention in Valley Forge, PA when I was probably 20 years old. She teased my friend Chris... I wonder how old I thought she was then. Actually, I don’t think I cared)


Anyway I started my research.

Let's pick Star Trek Deep Space Nine season two as the place to start. The year was 1994. I was 20.

Ben Sisko- played by Avery Brooks would have been 48 years old during season two.

--There is no way I would have imagined he was 48 back then, or even now as I watch it. He looks so young!

Dax- played by Terry Farrell would have been 31 years old during season two.

--I guess this makes sense, as back then I think I assumed everyone on the show was in their 30s for some reason.

O’Brien – played by Colm Meaney would have been 41 years old during season two.

--Re-watching it now, I think there is a conversation early in season two where Dax and the Doctor guess that O’Brien is not 40 yet. That's funny now that I know he was actually 41. I am watching Hell on Wheels, which Colm is in, and this guy does not age.

Kira – played by Nana Visitor would have been 37 during season two.

---That shocked me. I would have imagined she was the same age as Terry Farrell. I am 37 now, and watching season 2 I have a hard time imagining Nana and I are the same age, she looks much younger. And since when was she a red head? I remembered her with brown hair... so strange.

Bashir – Played by Alexander Siddig would have been 29 years old.

Other than Jake and Nog, he would have been the closest to my age. This I find hard to believe too, as I would have figured he was older than 29. At least he acted older.

Why does this matter to me now more than before? I guess because I am getting older and find it easier to relate to older characters? I do remember a time, in high school, when I found out all the original 90210 actors where in their mid twenties, except that one guy who was in his thirties. I was really disturbed that such older actors were all playing teenagers.


ah, the sweet comfort of the 80s...

I mean, Magnum P.I. felt like a show about a guy in his mid thirties and well... Tom Selleck was in his mid thirties. That worked for me as a kid. Now Paul Wesley, on the Vampire Diaries plays a 17 year old vampire. He is currently 29 years old. Hmm… in about six years the guy will be old enough to be his own father.

Now that is weird.


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Alert: Do not buy current Kindle copy of Blood Divided. Publisher uploaded wrong file.

ALERT: If you see Blood Divided on Kindle this week. DO NOT BUY IT.


MY publisher uploaded an old file and it is full of bad formatting and does not have the map or the acknowledgments.

HUGE MISTAKE! But it's getting fixed ASAP.

Please wait until next week to purchase it. I will let everyone know when its fixed.

FYI- the printed version of the book should be available mid December.




Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OK, I was a little starstruck at my first big multi-author signing event.

In this picture: Kevin James Breaux, Brent Weeks and Peter Orullian.

It's funny how one week can be so different than the last. Last weekend I was sitting next to Brent Weeks at the fifth annual Powell's Authorfest. Yes, that Brent Weeks! (http://www.brentweeks.com/) And now? Now, I am sitting in my darkened home office listening to Overkill, wondering how much more editing I will get done today and when I can get back to playing Skyrim.

How was the Authorfest? It was very exciting. Tons of people showed up... for Brent. :)  Man, that guy rocked it. He killed it. He dominated. I watched... in awe. At times I was like, dude, I want to be you. Well, that was before I met Peter, who I really want to be like. LOL.

Brent was super-friendly and had a line of fans that kept him busy the entire event. One girl looked like she was going to pass out from the overdose of glee she felt when meeting Brent. I swear it was a sight to see. It was not until the end that I got a chance to talk to Brent a few minutes, and guess what we talked about? Skyrim! Good guess!


I'm not just an author at home, I play one in the real world.
 On the other side of me, another legend... Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (not pictured). I know what some of you are thinking, why would you want to sit between two such popular authors? Well, I requested sitting next to Brent and between the two I learned a lot. It helped me prepare for the next signing I have.

I must say, the Powell's staff handled the event professionally and did an amazing job keeping books stocked, checking up on us authors, and keeping the masses moving. I would 100% suggest to anyone who has not attended an Authorfest before to hit next years. I hope to be there.

So I said this on Facebook earlier, but I need to repeat it. Ever since leaving PA, I have not had a chance to connect with other like-minded authors, and being at this event I was able to feel some of the camaraderie I have not felt since sitting in a room with Jonathan Maberry, Don Lafferty and Al Sirois. When the show was over I had a chance to finally met Peter Orullian, who I connected with instantly by picking on Brent's lack of fantasy author recommended hair style (hint: ponytail).

So I knew of Peter's work before the event, but had not had a chance to read any of it. (http://www.orullian.com/) See, I did my homework and read the bios of all the other authors in attendance, and well... Peter is the MAN!  This guy is everything I want to be:

Heavy Metal Rocker...check.
XBOX employee...check.
Tor Author... oh, hell-yeah-check!

Three very dangerous minds in Dark Fantasy.

I hope to someday get a chance to hang with these guys again. Had my head been in the game, I might have asked them and theirs to join me and mine for dinner, but as I say in my title of this entry, I was a little starstruck and being the "new guy" there I did not want to push it. Next time. Next time.

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Monday, November 7, 2011

SOUL BORN Signing at - Powells Books Events: Sci-Fi Authorfest V


Powells Books Events: Sci-Fi Authorfest V

Sunday, November 13th @ 4:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. (800) 878-7323

Sci-Fi Authorfest V

A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include: Camille Alexa, Brent Weeks, David Levine, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Peter Orullian, Mark Ferrari, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Kevin James Breaux, Meljean Brooks, Devon Monk, Lilith Saintcrow, J. A. Pitts, Timothy Zahn, Irene Radford, Ru Emerson, Adrian Phoenix, Andrew Mayer, Mary Robinette Kowal, Shannon Page, Claude Lalumiere, M. K. Hobson, Brenda Cooper, Vonda McIntyre, Louise Marley, and Ursula K. Le Guin. And in attendance will be the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion with the Kashyyk Base of the Rebel Legion.




Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dark Water: Beaming Smile Read and Acted Out? YES!

Go listen to my scary horror story acted out like the old days of radio!

Hi all,

I am so honored to tell you about this one. My short story (novelette) Dark Water: Beaming Smile was chosen to be acted out / read on The Drama Pod for one of its Halloween shows. You can go to the site here: http://thedramapod.com/drupal/node/326  and listen to it. It's about 1 hour long, but you can save it in MP3 format and take it with you. 

My story was acted out by Nicole Villacres, who really captures the lead character, a woman stuck on the roof of her house during a flood. I am impressed with this actress on so many levels.

Dark Water: Beaming Smile is my first real attempt for a Bram Stoker Award, so I am hoping it is read, listened to and enjoyed by many.  Please feel free to comment here, or send me emails about this story.

Seriously, when I listened to it I was so excited and freaked out. I mean it's surreal hearing your work read like this... in an old radio "War of the Worlds" or "The Shadow Knows" style. So cool!


Side note, thanks to all who entered the Soul Born Kindle give-away. I emailed the winners today.

Thanks again,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SOUL BORN e-book contest! For Kindle users!


New SOUL BORN Contest!



Thanks for entering! Good luck to all!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dark Water: Beaming Smile is out! New Horror Novelette!


New Horror Novelette by Kevin James Breaux

Hi all,

My horror/thriller DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE is now out at Smashwords and Amazon. This is a novelette, around 8,100K words, so it's basically a long short story. I am thinking of making this one a series, and write several sequels to it. Why? Because I like the characters and I am very proud of it.


Check out this great press release from the publisher Hellfire Publishing.


Synopsis of Dark Water: Beaming Smile


Sarah should have left Montgomery County when she had the chance, but now it's too late. She is trapped on the rooftop of her family home which is almost completely submerged by dark flood waters. The air smells of a mixture of sewage and mold and it’s still raining. Alone with only her thoughts Sarah is mad she did not leave town years ago when she was right out of high school, before she became the one things she dreaded most; her mother.

Haunted by the reoccurrence of an eerie thumping sound, Sarah is startled when she discovers a large hairy animal, almost the size of a cow, brushing against the corner of her house. What is it? Where did it come from? What other horrors are hiding in the dark water?

Hope you read and enjoy it. Feel free to leave reviews on Amazon or Good Reads and email me.
 
Thanks!
 
Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Friday, September 23, 2011

Awesome letter from a SOUL BORN reader.


So, I was having a bad day yesterday until I found this in my email box. Letters like this one... they are what make all the hours and hours of writing worth it. I just wanted to share this with you all.

***

I just finished Soul Born the other night and I wanted to thank you for a wonderfully entertaining novel. It kept me up way too late several nights because I just didn't want to stop reading. I love how the motives for each character slowly become clearer through the book. The shades of gray each character is colored with adds a depth beyond the trite good/evil duality found so often in fantasy. I found the part describing Karn's revelation of his past and the fate of his family to be especially poignant. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.

I want to write a good review on Amazon for your book, but I'm exhausted just trying to figure out how to word it right...considering that simple task and how it makes me feel, I really don't know how you manage to write a whole f*&cking novel! Hell, I think I've rewritten just this email three times! Anyway, I'll try to come up with something worthy.

Wishing you the best,

Dave
 
***
 
Thanks so much Dave! I really appreciate the time you took our of your day to write me this.
 
 
Kevin James Breaux







Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Suspense Magazine Articles

This year I was asked to submit a few articles to Suspense Magazine.


So far I have submitted two and both were recently printed. I am very excited, and to be honest, surprised they were chosen with the competition out there. I feel both lucky and honored.

Here is a sample of my article in the July 2011 issue.


Here is a sample of my article in the August 2011 issue.

Thank you, John Raab. I look forward to writing more articles for you very soon. :)


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/




Thursday, July 21, 2011

Check out how Dan Dos Santos painted the cover of BLOOD DIVIDED.

BLOOD DIVIDED cover painted by Dan Dos Santos
I love the cover of my next book. I really do. It has the most amazing reds, and Dan really captured the character of Megan, Opal's daughter. The other day someone said this looked like a female "Beast Master", I think that's a cool comparison. :)

If you visit Dan's blog, http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2011/07/blood-divided.html , you can read about his process in creating the cover for BLOOD DIVIDED, the next book in the Soul Born Saga. Reading his post really added to the experience I had working with him. Dan is amazing.

I will be releasing more information about this book soon on my Soul Born Saga site http://www.soulborn.net/. Please keep watch. 

Thanks so much,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Thanks to 1249 people! New Cover soon! New Review!

Hi all,

I wanted to thank the 1249 people who entered the 3rd SOUL BORN Goodreads.com giveaway. I am amazed so many people entered. It's very cool, and I appreciate each and every person who did. Makes a writer feel good; seeing those numbers! Also this means I will keep having giveaways since there are people who are still interested. 

BIG NEWS. Monday I will be posting the new cover art painting Dan Dos Santos did for me for the sequel to Soul Born. Curious what the book is called? I will post the title and a small teaser too. Check Soul Born's site for the news. http://www.soulborn.net/ After Monday expect to see the full, finished cover in the next two-three weeks. I am doing layouts now, and might be close to finishing it, but I am waiting on some cover quotes. Hell, I might show to cover without the quotes!

A new review came in for Soul Born at Midwest Book Review this week. I am very excited about this one. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/jul_11.htm

Soul Born
Kevin James Breaux
Dark Quest Books

For success, some can be driven to topple empires. "Soul Born" tells the story of rising magician Opal, driven to be recognized for her arcane talents. When a warlord seeks to destroy her land, Opal doesn't despair and instead embraces the opportunity. But no road to recognition is easy, as she finds allies in elves and hardened war veterans to claim her place. "Soul Born" is a fast paced and fun world of fantasy, highly recommended reading.



Thanks again!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.soulborn.net/
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Soul Born Giveaway!

Starting 6/10/11!


Goodreads Book Giveaway





Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux



Soul Born


by Kevin James Breaux



Giveaway ends July 01, 2011.
See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.



Enter to win



Good luck to all,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/ 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Give-aways and Quick Update.

Last week there was some surprise give-aways for both SOUL BORN on Kindle and A Way To A Man's Heart... on e-book.  It was very random and sudden. Some might say shocking!  A few of the freebies went to Facebook friends, others to Twitter followers. There might be some more gifts at the end of Soul Born Excerpt Month. So keep a watch on places like Goodreads and the Soul Born site http://www.soulborn.net/.

I have been surprised by the kindness of some of my fellow authors lately. There are some really good people out there. I am always amazed by generosity, especially in this day and time. If you are an author and you need me to "Tag" your books on Amazon.com, retweet something or just "like" something... please feel free to contact me.

Dan Dos Santos is busy creating the cover to the next book in the Soul Born Saga, and I cannot wait to show you what we came up with.  I am very happy to announce that book two will also have a top notch editor. Last year I ran into some real problems with the editor for Soul Born being sick for an extended amount of time and then running up against the deadline. Always fun when you get your final edits to work on weeks before its due. This year, my book is already in the hands of the new editor and she is working on it during June. The text is going to be so much cleaner! In the meantime, I am writing book three and another novel.

I am also trying to find a Kindle book club that would read Soul Born for their monthly novel. If anyone knows of one that might be interested, let me know.

Lastly, here is a new interview I did with the Kindle Authors site: http://kindle-author.blogspot.com/2011/05/kindle-author-interview-kevin-james.html




Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Friday, May 6, 2011

Is there a SOUL BORN Play Mat? Yes there is!


Soul Born Play Mat!
 
 A couple of months ago I happened onto a site selling something odd with my novel's cover art. I was like, what is going on? What is this? Then I realized, my buddy Dan Dos Santos had hooked me up, and done me a great favor. CCGStuff.com asked Dan if they could use some of his art for one of their new Magic the Gathering card game mats in a series that features art from leading Magic the Gathering artists.

Dan picked the cover of SOUL BORN to represent him. What an honor!

Now card game players and art lovers can order the Play Mat here;


Later I might sign a few of them for giveaways. So keep a watch here and my soulborn.net site for news.


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
@kevinbreaux

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Horror Short Story E-Book at HELLFIRE PUBLISHING!

http://www.hellfirepublishing.com/welcome.html
Hi all,


It's been a big month for me. Two short stories I sold last year were finally released into printed anthologies, and just yesterday a short story I wrote went up for sale as an e-book on the brand new, wickedly evil, Hellfire Publishing website.

Total, 2011 will see three short stories and one novel release. Yep, the second book in the Soul Born Saga is due out by Dark Quest Books this winter. Maybe October, but probably November. Can't wait? Well, next month will be the big unveiling of the title and the cover art... so keep watching the novel's site http://www.soulborn.net/ .

Beware... it's a Horror!

If you have not heard of Hellfire yet, it's because they are a new e-book publisher. April 30th was their Grand Opening and my short story is one of the their first releases.

A WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH is a dark ride through a mysteriously failing marriage. Brenda realizes something is up from various clues, but arrives at a shockingly wrong conclusion. When she finally discovers exactly why things between them are falling apart, she decides that the time has come for her husband Tony to get a taste of what she is going through…just a taste.

Order the e-book/short story here for $1.99.



Thanks for your support! Keep sending those emails!


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Two NEW Anthologies out with my Short Stories inside!

April is turning out to be an exciting month for me. So far I have two big releases, both printed anthologies.


Anthology of Ichor III - ISBN:978-1460938010

Anthology of Ichor III: Gears of Damnation is published by UnEarthed Press. They accepted my short story A BATTLE OF EGO, which is in the steampunk and horror genres. A BATTLE OF EGO pits Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla. It’s a patent war and Tesla has steam-powered zombies! Oh no! Well let’s give Edison some credit; he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves too.

I really hope to get some reviews on this story. First, it was a ton of fun to write. I did hours of research and learned some interesting facts about history that I was unaware of. Also, it’s my first steampunk story, so I am curious how I did.

Anthology of Ichor III is a massive anthology, at over 560 pages! That’s huge! I'm waiting for my author copy to arrive, so I have not read any of the other stories. I can’t wait to see what my peers have done. It is out in both KINDLE and Print versions. Here is an amazon.com link. http://amzn.com/1460938011


Too Much Boogie - ISBN: 978-1905091898

Last year I was commissioned to write a horror/erotic short story for a new anthology called Too Much Boogie: Erotic Remixes of the Dirty Blues, edited by Cole Riley. The theme was Blues Music, something I knew nothing about. Well, an old mentor of mine once said, if you are asked to write something you always say “yes”. This was a first for me, and a true honor, but let me tell you... it feels so good to be asked to write and submit a story.

Well, I knew I could write a kick-ass short story so I jumped at the opportunity. I created a horror story with an erotic edge to it called, MOTHER’S MILK. I actually wrote it twice, the first draft was almost all horror, and way too long. The second draft felt right, much smoother and to the point.

MOTHER’S MILK is about a blues musician living in a rundown abandoned motel with other Katrina survivors. Blessed with a golden voice the man slowly rises up, but not without a little help from a neighbor. “Mother” has cast a blood-magic spell on him. Read the story and find out what happens… but be aware its rated R.

Again, I will be getting my author copy soon, so I don't know how naughty the other authors get in their stories. I heard from the editor some are NC17 (lol), so fair warning. It can be found on bookseller sites, but here is the amazon.com link. http://amzn.com/1905091893

By the end of the month there should be one more short story coming out. I will post something with it does. Thanks so much for all the support online, on twitter, and all the great emails. I truly appreciate it.


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Friday, April 8, 2011

TV shows of 2001. It's been a long road… getting from there to 2011.

Hi all,

One of my shows is ending this year and it makes me sad. Not entirely because I will miss this show that I have been watching for 10 years, but it’s sort of the end of a TV era for me. Let me explain.


Smallville Season 1

Back in 2001 when Smallville premiered, I was living in my first home, a townhouse in a town called Jamison, PA. It was a brand new development and a brand new home. The place was small but cool, with three levels, the basement being the best man cave I have ever dwelled in.

2001 was a great year for Television, and my three VCRs were recording shows constantly. I became a master of VCR programming at this point in my life. There was NO way I was gonna miss one of my shows… and there were a lot of them.

Buffy Season 5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on in 2001, it was the fifth season, which is a great one although not my favorite. I like the fourth season most because of  the Initiative...I know people don't always agree with that statement... sorry.  Anyway, the season ending in 2001 gave us the penultimate episode as we witnessed the death of Buffy.
Angel Season 2

Angel was in its second season, again not my favorite of this series either, but a good one. I mean we did get to see Angel and Darla get it on... hey now! I like the last season of Angel the best... to many good things happen to name. (Angel was turned into a Muppet for God Sake.)

Alias Season 1
Alias began its first season in 2001 and so did Star Trek Enterprise. I watched both and enjoyed them both. I also remember breaking my foot in karate while sparring and then going to a neighbor's house and watching Alias while icing my foot.  Ah, the good old days. Well, not all good, I mean I was still deeply missing Star Trek Deep Space 9, my favorite of all the Star Trek series ever… I remember crying during the last episode. Yes, I said crying. Sniff…Sniff. DS9 (1993-1999) I miss you!
Star Trek Enterprise

Would you believe Xena was in its last season during 2001? Yeah, I loved the Hercules and Xena shows, but for some reason I missed the last seasons of both. Sure a bunch of months separated the end of Xena and the beginning of those other shows, but it was still the same year.
Xena Season 6
I think the most important premiere in 2001, for me, was a show that became a huge cult favorite of mine. I mean I love this show so much, the music, the actors, the plot, the episodes… I still watch and re-watch them… Mutant-X.

Here is the season 1 into: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMpEc_Lan1w

AND you can watch part 1 of the first episode here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHcIra242ao
 
Mutant-X Season 1
In 2001 we were blessed with Smallville, Buffy, Angel, Alias, Xena, Star Trek Enterprise and Mutant-X. All of those shows have come to an end… the last standing being Smallville. See now why it ending makes me sad? It IS the end of an era. Watching that show reminds me of an easier time in my life. A time where I had a bunch of friends who came over and played video games, role playing and board games in my basement. Letting go of this one show is like severing a connection to my past.

With Smallville ending, so will those days where SO many great shows were on TV at once.

I mean BSG has come and gone, so has LOST. ROME only had two seasons… What do I watch now? I watch Vampire Diaries and True Blood. I very much enjoy the STARZ Spartacus series, but how long can that last? They killed everyone off! I watch some reality shows like the Amazing Race, but I need good scripted programs and I prefer they be serialized. I was a fan of the X-Files, like most people, but it was "monster of the week"…. wait… when did X-Files end?

2002? Really? Wow…. HOLY SHIT! Then add that to my list above. I was watching X-Files in 2001 too, but I cannot remember it. It was season 8 of 9... Oh yeah, a Dogget Season... meh...

X-Files Season 8
I wonder what we have to look forward to as TV watchers? Something Sci-Fi or Fantasy that will last more than 5 or 6 seasons?

Poor Legend of the Seeker….You were fun while you lasted.

Well back to writing. I have 3 books to finish this year, and not a whole lot of TV shows to distract me.


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
@kevinbreaux

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SOUL BORN on KINDLE! and for SALE!


Hi all,

I promised a lot of people that I would make this announcement months ago, but here it is.... SOUL BORN is now out on KINDLE! And my publisher has it listed at an introductory price of $0.99. 

Several hundred people have e-mailed me asking for a Soul Born e-book, and they have waited patiently for it to be released, so I hope they and everyone else take advantage of this amazing deal.

Thanks so much for all the support!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

Free e-story! SOUL BORN Origins : Opal


Opal by Kevin West

In anticipation of the SOUL BORN ebook release on Kindle (soon I hope) I want to give all the fans of my New Epic Fantasy Series a freebie! Yes, a free origins e-story featuring Soul Born's main protagonist Opal.



Want to learn a little more about Opal and what she was doing prior to Soul Born? Here is your chance. This e-story takes place a few years before Soul Born and will give you a glimpse into the history of this powerful mage, before she became a student.

Remember it's free, so please enjoy and share with your friends, but not for resale!

Thanks to all my supporters new and old,


Kevin James Breaux

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quick Update and Something Cool From 1981!

Hi all,

Sorry I have been absent. Working super hard on a bunch of projects. I just submitted my new post/article at Fantasy-Faction.com. It goes live March 21st. Here is a hint...


July 26th, 1981. I've kept this for over 30 years.
 I hope to have some big announcements soon. So please keep checking back.


Thanks!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/
@kevinbreaux

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kevin James Breaux Updates in the Top Ten

Publishers Marketplace Top Ten Writers. Week of Feb 21st.
If you are not already familiar with Publishers Marketplace its a great site for authors, agents and publishers. I visit it everyday and look at the most current book deals. I like to see what agents are selling and what author are having great luck. Publishers Marketplace is the old finger on the pulse of the literary market. Well, if you look closely at the screen-shot above I cropped it down to a small section which sits on the right side of the site's homepage.

Look at me Mom, I'm in the top ten! 

The middle of last week my name popped up at number ten and rose up to the sixth place position where it rested for two days! How in the world did that happen? Well, my guess is that it was a result of my current round of submissions. I'm actively searching for an agent to represent my new series of Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Thriller books. The first book is done and ready to go, so I've been pitching it to agents. I guess some of those agents looked me up on Publishers Marketplace, which is great! I have had an author page there since 2007.

March begins another very busy month for me. While working on submissions I will be attempting to finish a new book over the next three months. I'm also planning on pitching some ideas to a few comic book companies. I just figure, I have been reading comics since the 80's and back in the 90's tried to break into the business as an inker; so it makes sense that I would turn one of my many creative concepts into a comic series.

Wish me luck!


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fantasy-Faction.com Staff Writer Kevin James Breaux

Big News! I'm now a staff writer at Fantasy-Faction.com! Cool, right? Now you can read an article from me once a month around the third week. Fantasy-Faction is a fun site, and I'm really happy to have his opportunity. Great people in the forums there, and I love the discussions. Marc has a real gem in his hands. You can follow the site on twitter here. @FantasyFaction

My first article is a look back at one of the building blocks that has made me a big fantasy fan, and fantasy author. Check out my post on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.


On a side note this past week saw the appearance of a 4/5 and a 5/5 review of SOUL BORN. You can read them on my Soul Born blog site http://www.soulborn.net/. Or search for my novels on goodreads.com Next fall I plan to open a full site devoted to the Soul Born Saga. I will keep everyone posted.

Otherwise I'm busy with novel submissions and I'm trying to decide which anthologies to submit to, so if you are an editor and would like a story from me, please contact me soon.

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
@KevinBreaux

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Soul Born and Writing Updates with a 5 star review!

First, I want to thank everyone who entered my give-away at Goodreads.com. When it ended, over 1,300 people had entered to win a copy of SOUL BORN. Not bad for a debut author at a small press publisher, right?
1,317 people

This week SOUL BORN should be popping up as an e-book at Amazon.com. I will announce it on twitter and facebook when I see it. Also, over the past few days two new reviews arrived at Goodreads.com. A 4/5 appeared over the weekend, which the reviewer plans to post on their blog soon and a 5/5 from The Caffeinated Diva Reads...which can be read here. http://thecaffeinateddivareads.multifacetedmama.com/?p=1738

Lastly, I would like to announce that I will be writing a monthly article for Fantasy-Faction.com soon. Lets see how it goes with my schedule. I hope it works out!


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/
@KevinBreaux

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Quick List of Articles, Posts and Interviews

Hi all,

I just wanted to post a quick and easy reference of places I have had interviews, guest posts, and articles published in the past few exciting months. FYI - I love you all for taking the time to connect with me and let me write something for your blog/site/internet home.

Soon I will be writing monthly articles for Fantasy Faction! http://fantasy-faction.com/

Guest Posts, Articles and Interviews as of 2/01/11

09/29/2010 – Guest Post at Darlyn & Books

10/24/2010 – Short story for YA Spooktacular at A Tale of Many Reviews

10/28/2010 – Zombie Attack Q+A at Paperback Dolls

11/3/2010 – Interview at Night Owl Reviews

11/11/2010 – Article at Paperback Dolls

11/27/2010 – Interview as Opal from Soul Born at A Tale of Many Reviews

11/28/2010 – Interview as Tala from Soul Born at A Tale of Many Reviews

11/29/2010 – Interview at A Tale of Many Reviews

12/06/2010 – Short story for Zombiethon - BEER VS. ZOMBIES

12/16/2010 – Guest Post at Debuts and Reviews

12/17/2010 – Live Radio Interview with Suspense Radio

12/30/2010 – Guest Post at Dark Faerie Tales

01/05/2011 – Interview at My Vamp Fiction

01/06/2011 – Interview at E.J. Stevens blog From the Shadows

01/11/2011 – Guest Post at Literary Escapism

01/31/2011 – Interview with Number One Novels

02/01/2011 – Interview with Troll in the Corner


Visit these sites and show them some love! Thank you one and all! 



Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/
@KevinBreaux

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Awards - Tis the Season! Thanks All!


Growing up I always wanted to win a trophy. Who didn't?  It wasn't until I was 29 years old that I was rewarded with two trophies at a martial arts tournament, one for a 2nd and another for a 3rd place win.  Couple years later as my buddies and I were having XBox LAN party tournaments, I went and had custom trophies made for the winners. It's always nice to be rewarded for your hard work.  Even if it's slamming your friends in the face with rockets. Or in my case, having Chris gun me down over and over and over again.

This week I received two awards from entries in the Preditors and Editors (P&E) Reader's Poll

My novel SOUL BORN won best SF/F novel for 2010.


And my short story ENDING SUMMER NIGHTS came in Top Ten (9th place) in the horror short story category.

Again, I want to thank everyone who voted for me. I am especially proud of the Bram Stoker Award recommendation I received this year too. Maybe next year I will get a nomination! 

Thanks all,


Kevin James Breaux

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fun New Interview at Number One Novels

Hi all,

Thanks for all the B-Day wishes last week! I got tons! Very cool!

So, I had fun with this new interview, and even mentioned The Beer Pope! (high-five brother) I also posted a bit of the query that found my debut novel a publisher. Check it out. Also, with this one, there is a signed copy of SOUL BORN. So don't miss the give-away! Sign up.

http://numberonenovels.blogspot.com/2011/01/kevin-james-breaux-soul-born.html


Thanks!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fantasy Faction's Awesome New Review of SOUL BORN!

Hi all,

It always feels great when someone reads and understands your work. Here is a review from someone who seems to really get me as an author. I hope for the continued support of Fantasy Faction for many-many years and novels to come.



Kevin James Breaux
@kevinbreaux



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Yes, I still own all my Pen and Paper RPG Games.

Look what I still have...

Dungeons and Dragons modules from my collection
 Packed away safely, years ago, I must have 50 or more D&D modules all in great condition.  Someday I would love to read all of my old D&D books, manuals and modules again. From time to time I pick up my the old Monster Manual or Deities and Demigods books just to page through. 

Hard bound D&D books, hell yeah!
 When I was a kid I was totally in love with all the artwork on and inside these books, and to date I am still a fan. I look at these books and get all inspired... I mean look at the cover for Beyond the Crystal Cave (first pic above), I could write a whole story based on that painting alone.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well I will give you a three thousand word short story easily!  Maybe the D&D folks should have a writing contest from my idea right here... hmmm...

I also managed to save a few other items between house to house moves. Check out these two Dungeons and Dragons Endless Quest Books (choose your own adventure).

Circus of Fear http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/878974.Circus_of_Fear
 
Mountain of Mirrors http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/878976.Mountain_of_Mirrors


I remember these sets being so hard to find, always sold out.
I even have a small collection of lead D&D figurines. Yep, the lead ones from the original batches made in the 1980s.  If I had a dollar for everytime my Mom complained that they were made of lead... What did she think I was doing with these figures? Chewing on them? No that was Chris!

For some reason, I just cannot bring myself to sell or throw out any of my old RPG games. I still have all my Top Secret, Star Frontiers and Car Wars books.  Okay, to be honest, I have a ton of Car War stuff.  Car War remains the RPG game that I had the most fun playing growing up, and by growing up I mean I was still playing Car Wars with my friends: Andy, Chris, Bob, and Sean way into our mid 20s. Holla!

Kevin James Breaux
@kevinbreaux

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2 New Interviews and 1 New Published Short Story

Thanks to From the Shadows

On January 6th, 2011 I had a new interview go live at From the Shadows. E.J. Stevens conducted this fun little interview, that you can Read Here.

Thanks to My Vampire Fiction


A couple days before that an extensive interview I did with My Vampire Fiction went live along with an original piece of fiction.  They asked me to submit some writing, so I thought it would be cool to do something new. Apparently this is the first original short story they have published on their site, which normally caters to fan fiction. I am honored to be given this chance to lead a new trend.

Check out the My Vampire Fiction Interview Here and then read:
A WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH, my 3100+ word Short Story Here.

Just a fair warning, the short story is in the Horror genre, but has erotic and tones, and is just plain brutal.


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/