Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays from Kevin James Breaux

Happy Holidays to all,

Thanks so much for all your support and friendship in 2012. Writing has been a true gift to my life, and with it I have met some great fans and made some cool friends. Each week, when I get emails from people reading my work, I know just how lucky I am.

2013 will be a big year with huge new projects! Can't wait to see you all then!


Thanks!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where have I been? Oh yeah... editing.

Hi all,

Sorry I have not posted in a while. I was reading, reviewing, editing, re-reading and re-editing like a mad man. Write Makes Might! And right now I am on R&R after a long year.

WOW. It has been one hell of a couple months. Since this summer I finished writing a huge novel and edited it. Then I re-edited two other novels. So yes, in the span of Oct.-Dec. I edited three novels. Any of my writer buddies reading this knows exactly what kind of stress plus mental and physical pain that can bring. And it was broughten. LOL. *cry* My poor back, it's seriously ruined.

Flashback! This summer a very kind agent explained to me an issue with my writing that I was unaware of. To top it off, this issue is probably the reason I have not found an agent in my 10+ years of searching. Once she pointed the problem out it was like a giant slap in the face wake up call. I saw it. I was blind before, but I saw it. I realized at that point that all my books had the same issue, even the ones in print.

After a small panic and some punch dancing in my office. I made a plan to fix my two unpublished novels and then resubmit them to the two agents who were waiting to read them. I also made a plan to fix up the last book in the Soul Born Saga... yet only slightly.

Yep, since this summer I finished FLESH ENDED, which was 180,000 words long and then edited the entire novel. I did all that work while keeping in mind that I wanted to still match up with Soul Born and Blood Divided. So I tried to keep the style similar, regardless of having grown as an author. Before sending it to my two test readers, I applied the fixes the agent told me about.... but only slightly. In this case I felt I needed to keep some of the mistakes so the book would blend in with the previous two, which I know have lots of mistakes. It's a sad state of affairs... sigh. Think of it like painting your living room a light shade of (pick a color). You are down to the last wall and run out. But then you find out the paint you were using was cheap and will not last very long. So do you buy the cheap paint and finish your project or buy the new better paint that will not entirely match right? It's a hard decision. I tried to find a happy middle and do a little of both.

So where did I start?

Well, you can go back in this blog and see how much I was writing this summer. I tracked some of it here. You can see the crazy word counts I was reaching... and then...

There was a crazy, mind-numbing two weeks back in Oct... I think Oct... its all a blur and my memory of the past couple months is spotty... I spent two weeks, editing my Urban Fantasy novel like the end of the world was coming. I fixed it up. I sent it to my editor. She suggested fixes to the main issue the agent pointed out, and she also did a whole new line edit. Then I went for a sprint to the finish and edited the entire book again. Working 10-12 hours a day... It was insane! I can't remember exactly how many days it took, but I did it. With the book done (in better shape than ever) I handed it over to the agent waiting for it and finally took a breath. FYI- I have not heard back yet. That agent has been SUPER busy. I respect that. I can wait.

At this point I finished my work on Flesh Ended... and found out that another agent wanted to see my Norse Myth-Horror-Dark Fantasy-Thriller-Alternative History-Horror book. Wait, did I say horror twice? :) I am very proud of this book.

This agent, like the other one, was super nice. She requested the full, but told me where it was in line with her other requests. This gave me a month to fix it up, and whammo I was off to the races again. I spent much of Nov. reading and editing. Again, I edited the book and sent it off to my editor up in Portland. She was kind enough to review all my fixes to the main problem and suggest more line edits to streamline the book, actually dropping it down about 3,000 words to 114,000.  So after her review, I was back to editing. I spent 10 days. From 8-12 hours a day editing it and was able to hand it into the agent on the exact day I promised. That was last week....

All and all I can say this (breathe)... I have never worked this hard in my life. The last six months, wow. Especially the last three months, crazy. ESPECIALLY the month of Nov. Total insanity!

But I proved my point. I can flip a switch when needed. Become the bionic author-man, work at my craft until my eyes blur and my spine hurts so bad I am in tears. I have true dedication and a new mastery of my craft and it feels good.

To put things into perspective: Two books written. Three books, nearly 400,000 words edited. One short story written, edited and placed. 2012 is almost done and I am chasing an award.

After I was done last week I decided to just stop. I needed a break. I spent the last seven days in a sorta zombie-like state. This week I have been getting back to normal. Working on some house projects. Remembering its Christmas...

I say this all the time on FB and Twitter. Hard work must pay off, or dreams will die. I Google hard work quotes all the time. I see/KNOW that through history the people who have worked the hardest have reached their goals. So I keep telling myself 2013 will be my year. I have learned so much in 2012. I have made strides and advances in my career. I can see the steps I have made forward. I am closer to reaching my goal of landing an agent.

So what are my plans for now. Rest. I can't remember a time in the last year that I took a week off from writing and editing. Yes, I type that after just taking a week off, but I plan to finish out Dec. resting.

2013 goals: Agent. Two books written and edited. Two short stories written, edited and placed.

I know I can do it. I already proved it in 2012. All I need now is an agent to back me up. Join Team BREAUX. Go for the Gold together.


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Short Story by Kevin James Breaux Published in Alternative History Horror Anthology

Zombie Jesus and other True Stories is out!

 
Hi all,

Just wanted to announce that the alternative history horror anthology I mentioned a while back is now out. It's called ZOMBIE JESUS and OTHER TRUE STORIES and was released by Dark Moon Books. My short story, a WWII tale is printed inside. It is called: The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou”.

I know, long title, right? But it really fits the story. 

I am very proud of this one. I did a lot of research and I challenged myself to some new things, so it is formatted in a journal style.

Here is my quick blurb for the story.


The sinking of the Indianapolis. 900 men went into the water. 317 survived. 1 saw something he could only describe as a shark woman--and it has haunted him ever since.

Here is the blog site for the book. https://zombiejesusblog.wordpress.com/
 
You can also find a fun little interview I did with the editor and publishers of this book. It's located here:
 
 
DARK MOON BOOKS is an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing. Largo, Florida.
 
I hope you all give this one a chance. Thanks!
 
 
Kevin James Breaux
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Signing at Powell's! Nov. 4th.

 

Sci-Fi Authorfest VI

A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include:
    Alma Alexander
    Kevin James Breaux
    Alyx Dellamonica
    Ru Emerson
    Mark Ferrari
    Barb & J C Hendee
    M K Hobson
    Louise Marley
    Michael Martin
    Todd McCaffrey
    Devon Monk
    Peter Orullian
    Shannon Page
    J A Pitts
    Phyllis Irene Radford
    Deborah Ross
    Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    Ken Scholes
    Mike Shepherd/Moscoe
    Dave Smeds
    Brent Weeks
    Daniel Wilson Matt Youngmark
 
Sunday, November 4th @ 4:30pmPowell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. (800) 878-7323
 
Come check it out. Last year was fun!
 
 
Kevin James Breaux

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hard Work.

Hey all,

So, after ten days of editing between 10-14 hours a day, ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL is back in the hands of an agent who liked it.

Thanks to my kick-ass editor, Gretchen, who not only helped identify a problem in the novel, but she taught me how to find and fix said problem for the future. She also did a third edit pass while she had the book.

Without getting into all the gory details, I just wanted to say this.

Never in my life have I worked so hard on anything.

I was fully focused on my goal and spent nearly zero time concerned with anything else. My friends did not see my on XBox, I pretty much ignored social media, and I don't even remember what I had for dinner most of those nights. I woke up. Worked all day until my eyes blurred. Went to sleep and then woke up to work again...

...and it was all worth it.

One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail has never read as good as it does now. It looks and feels like a finished novel should. It's ready.

Yes, I might have walked around the house for a few days with glassy eyes and a glazed look, my brain melted... but I would do it all again if I had to. Writing is my passion. I need an agent. My time is now.



Write Makes Might!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kvinbreaux.com




*I did take a break to watch the Hell on Wheels season finale. (damn you, AMC)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Call Buffy, I think Jonathan is using his magic again...



Dude, is it me or is that episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where Jonathan is a cool, jet-setting playboy, hero with his own calendar coming true?

Danny Strong won and emmy and is writing the future Hunger Game movies now? If my wife moans, "Jonathan" while we are making out... I will SO know something is up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstar_(Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer)

Just a warning to everyone out there. :)

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbraux.com

Friday, September 21, 2012

Excerpt from SHE. HER. YOU.

http://amzn.com/0985029099
 

Below is an excerpt from my short story SHE. HER. YOU. It can be read in Slices of Flesh. http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Slices_of_Flesh.htm





     Driving home, I could not erase the image of you lying on the kitchen floor. Your long, black hair was fanned out and glistening like a peacock’s feathers. Each strand painted upon the floor with the precision of an artistic master. Your back was arched up, greatly pronouncing the suppleness of your breasts through the fallen open dress shirt which had yet to be fastened. Nestled in my favorite shiny, satin, crimson bra, they sat upon your chest flawless in their symmetry. The tiny, black pleated skirt I bought you for Christmas last year had flipped up, most likely while you writhed about on the floor. Peaking beneath its shadow was the soft curve of your buttocks. A hint of color could still be seen from underneath your eyelids where those beautiful, emerald eyes hid. It was a scene I imagined I would never forget. Shaking my head, I thought how odd that in the end as ugly as death was, you still were beautiful.

Again, my mind rewound the day to the moment I found you.  Thick, pink foam had formed at your mouth, and spilled out to the black and white checkered linoleum where it pooled into a puddle the size of one of our large serving plate, you know, the one we used last Thanksgiving. Tears had streaked your normally thick eye makeup, which had been a sparkling shade of purple. Your left hand sat up next to your face, most likely, as I imagined, reaching to your mouth when realized you were choking to death.
 
Kevin James Breaux
 
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Star Trek Voyager re-watch time...


 
I recently finished my Star Trek Voyager re-watch. I was a little iffy going into this one. Basically, I was so sad to see DS9 end (during my re-watch) that I needed more Trek. Being kinda desperate I went for it.

Funny thing is, I remembered some eps from the early seasons, but could not recall the last two seasons at all… well, with the exception of remembering the last 5 mins of the finale. I have a good reason; I was in Karate 3 nights of the week back then and Voyager was on one of those nights and I just didn't care enough to tape it. (Back in the VHS days).

While watching Voyager I decided to do that same things I did with DS9. I checked the ages of all the actors during the early seasons. I was honestly surprised by how close the ages of all the actors on the VOY cast in comparison to the DSP cast. For example: Chakotay -- played by Robert Beltran. In season 4, which was filmed from 1997 to 1998, Robert would have been about 44-45 since he was born 1953. This was kinda a big shock to me, I thought he was younger… I REALLY thought he was younger than Janeway… Wow, I was wrong.

In DS9 you had the characters of Jake and Nog who were played by young actors, but the rest of the cast was born in the 40s, 50s and 60s. With VOY the cast is all born within 10 years of one another… okay, not counting Kes… but she did not last long… (note: Kes and I are the same age!)
Again, I entered this re-watch wanting to know if I would relate to the characters differently now that I was older and closer to their ages. I remember one of the reasons I never lovedVoyager in the past was that I never clicked with any of the characters. None of them. I did not root for anyone like I did Sisko… or Dax. I guess you could safely say, back in the day, I did not really like any of the Voyager crew. I was kinda ambivalent.

So re-watching it now, like 11 years from when it ended (18 years from when it started... whoa...) I thought, hey maybe I will finally relate to Chakotay… or maybe Paris…
Nope. BIG NOPE.

Sadly, I did not relate to the characters I felt were focused toward me. Chakotay? Nope. Paris? Nope. Kim? Nope. I did not even enjoy the Kim-Paris friendship like I did the Bashir-O'Brien one.
But here is something odd… I actually found the best eps. were those centered on the holographic doctor. I really liked his character this time around. I found his stories funny, smart and well written. I don't think I was especially fond of him before. So maybe my feelings towards the series had changed.

OK. Now for the elephant in the room.

She had me at resistance is futile...

 
When I was younger and Voyager premiered the season with 7 of 9… I recalled thinking… oh, they must be hurting for ratings cause they brought in a big boobie girl in a cat suit. I remember thinking her body was nice and that was that. I guess their ploy worked on me a little, because I did keep watching.

True story, I was attending a Star Trek convention alone, I normally went with my buddies: Chris and/or Sean. I remember this one con very well, because it was dead--almost empty. Super low attendance. Very creepy.

I remember standing next to a 7 of 9 life-size card board standee. I was staring at some movie posters on the wall behind her. As I stood there for maybe 15 mins…. At least two dozen women walked by complaining about 7 of 9. Comments like, "she's ruined the show" rang in my ears. These women at the convention hated her. They made all sorts of mean remarks. I will never forget that moment because I was like… I just don't get it.
I was young and stupid. I get it now. I very much get it now.

Please forgive me... HOLY CRAP BALLZ Jerry Ryan has a flawless body. I guess in my 20s I was too immature to truly see or appreciate her, but that woman is a goddess. She's incredible from head to toe; borg and non-borg implants and all.

Now I get why women hated her back then. Sure, the anger might had been misdirected a little, but you can't ignore how she was clearly being over-sexualized and used to bring in more ratings on the show. No one else wore a cat suit that hid nothing… not a damn thing. No one else wore high heels (did they?).

Moving on. Sorry, I get confused when I think too hard on the subject...
So was I more engaged by Voyager after 7 of 9 appeared this time around? Hell yeah. I recalled loving an ep where the Horigen took the ship and were using the holodeck to hunt the crew. When I got to that two-part episode during my re-watch I was excited. And guess what? It was just as great as I remembered.



As a fan of American history, you know I loved the Q Civil War eps. too. The cool setting mirrored the American Civil War and had some funny moments. A few of the time travel episodes were good, but it does get to the point where that plot gets overused. It's against the temporal prime directive… and Janeway don't give a shit! Oh, did I mention how God awful horrible the two-part episodes with Ed Begley Jr. and Sara Silverman are? Oh, they are bad. Very, very bad.Thank the heavens for other good cameos, like King Abdullah Of Jordan, Tom Morello of the band Rage Against the Machine and The Rock. ;)


 


Most of the doctor eps were great. I enjoyed him mentoring 7 of 9 and really enjoyed her learning how to interact with people…or go on dates… etc. One gem I never saw before was the episode where 7 of 9 was romancing a holographic Chakotay. Fascinating. If I had to pick a favorite episode it would be based on a single moment. The moment the EMH engaged the new Emergency Command Hologram protocol and his costume changed color and get got additional pips. Freaking hilarious! The episode centers on the Doctor having day dreams, all of which are great. It's called "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy. "



Emergency Command Holograms are the coolest!

 
  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker,_Tenor,_Doctor,_Spy

 
Overall, I'm glad I re-watched Voyager, even if they did entirely discredit the Borg. Geeze, it used to be a scary, one way trip, getting assimilated. Now? Meh, you might just end up in sick bay a few days... no problem. But-yeah it was fun to watch the show regardless. There is just something very calming about sitting back, taking a break and watching some Star Trek episodes. It's been almost a year that I have spent re-watching DS9 and now VOY. So do I move on to another Trek show? I'm not sure. I don't think I could deal with Next Generation… I watched all those so many times in syndication and never connected to that show like I did DS9. That leaves Enterprise…. um, yeah…

*side note* I'm re-watching Magnum P.I . and I just finished season one.

Kevin James Breaux

Monday, August 27, 2012

Full Manuscript Request!

Hi all,

Today I followed up with a query I sent in the beginning of the month to an agent who was looking for horror. I queried my dark fantasy - horror novel which is set in the Viking Age. It's a little bit of a historical fiction mixed with the lore of the Viking gods. I wrote it last year over five-six months, and this summer is my first time really sending it out to people.

So you can imagine I was excited when, based on a query with a 3 page synopsis and 5 sample pages, I managed to get a full request. That's impressive these days. Very.

Something about this request has me extra hopeful. I am really at an important crux in my life, so finding an agent right now would be huge and life-changing. I have worked very hard the past three years... and I would like to see my hard validated.

In other news, I am editing FLESH ENDED for publication with Dark Quest Books. My editor, Gretchen, worked hard on it and has made some great suggestions. It will probably take me until Oct. to finish fixing it up. I expect a 2013 release. (maybe March?)

I am also working on editing my urban fantasy novel for another agent who wanted to see it have another editing pass. She really liked the characters and plot.

To be totally honest, I'm feeling very close to landing an agent. Wish me luck.

The time is now. Write Makes Might!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Flesh Ended Update


Hi all,

Today begins the final edit of FLESH ENDED, book three in the Soul Born Saga. I received the edits back from the editor yesterday. I may re-write the ending, and make some small changes to a scene or two. I expect the final word count will end up near 170K.

I will keep everyone posted on my progress. I will be taking my time with this one. I want it perfect.


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the post-production Re-Edit

There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison


Anyone who has talked to me about my first novel, SOUL BORN, knows I was not happy with the edit job.

Without giving all the gruesome details, the edit for Soul Born was late because the editor went "missing". So as the deadline for printing approached, a wave of panic spread from publisher to author and back. Justing thinking back to that mess stresses me out. It was a disaster. Nothing went as planned.

For the past two plus years I have felt, IMO, the edit was rushed and done by someone whose skill level was subpar for the publishing industry; albeit small press. (Sorry if you are reading this.) (Please understand, I have my flaws too.)

Let's be honest. Soul Born was my first book and written many years ago... and I will be the first to admit that the book was full of mistakes. BUT what are mistakes if you can't learn from them, right??? And I learned a lot from writing and having Soul Born published by small press.

In fact, I learn a ton of things from story to story and book to book.

One thing I have learned is to take control of my destiny instead of falling into black holes. So, when BLOOD DIVIDED was finished, I found my own editor to fix it up, and pitched her to the publisher. No, I was not using the Soul Born editor again. OH HELL NO.

So what happened? Well, Blood Divided's edit job was completed promptly and it was clear, concise and smart. I was so happy with the job done on Blood Divided, that I decided I should ask my new editor to re-read and re-edit Soul Born... at my cost. That was a few months ago. Since, and over the past two months, I have been going through the work slowly. I sit with it once or twice a week and make the corrections for maybe twenty pages tops. Just going slow. No rush...

I have to believe the publisher will re-release the new fixed up Soul Born as a 2nd printing (at least in e-book format) after FLESH ENDED is released in 2013... if not... well... I'll think of something. ;)

I'm glad I am doing this. I'm glad I am doing this. I tell myself.

Of course, having it re-edited meant having to face the facts. I always figured Soul Born had a few dozen mistakes, but no... no, no, no... I was wrong. There is several hundred mistakes that made it past the final editing to print. The unfortunate result of working with a small press publisher who does not proofread. (I found that out a few months ago, after Blood Divided was released) (Crazy! I know, right?)

I have had a lot of big time pros tell me it is okay if a book is released with a few mistakes. It happens, they say. Don't worry so much about it, let it go, they tell me. I try, but it's hard. I am a bit of a perfectionist and while many of those flubs in Soul Born are punctuation, which the average reader may not see, there are enough errors of the spelling and dropped word nature that I have, at times, become enraged. I'm an artist and sometimes artists gets so close to their work that they don't see the big glaring mistake on the page.

Breathe deep. Remind yourself of all the great reviews Soul Born has received. The awards it has won.

Looking at the old edits, I realized a lot of mistakes were made. The publisher's editor missed things. I missed things. Most importantly, I should have questioned the changes I was making, double checked them, and not so blindly followed. I was a rookie. I was a noob. I did not know better.

Granted, just about everything that could go wrong at one point has gone wrong with Soul Born, but I have fought to overcome it all and well... paid my dues.

I am trying my hardest to mark this down as another hard lesson learned.That was 2009. It's 2012 now. I have written four books since Soul Born and with each one I have grown as an author.

Is it healthy to go back to my first book, as I write my sixth? I'm not sure, but I want to polish it up and make it what it was always intended to be: a fun, epic fantasy novel with compelling characters that should delight lovers of the genre. I want the best for myself and the fans of my books.

...or maybe I'm just being too hard on myself.


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blood Divided - Book two in the Soul Born Saga Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Blood Divided by Kevin James Breaux

Blood Divided

by Kevin James Breaux

Giveaway ends July 21, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Friday, July 6, 2012

FLESH ENDED is done.

Hi all,

Well, first off, let me announce that FLESH ENDED is done and handed into the editor. I finished writing it at the end of June and then spent the past week re-reading it. The final word count is just under 180,000 words.  That marks the longest book I have written to date AND my fifth completed adult lenght novel.

So let me tell you about my last couple months. In the beginning of April 2012, Flesh Ended was at 110,000 words, which is where BLOOD DIVIDED and SOUL BORN were when completed. BUT I wanted to add more, much more. I set a schedule to finish the book by the beginning of June and set a word count goal of 140-150K. So began the battle! At the end of April, the book was sitting around 125K words... I wanted to write more, but I severely sprained my ankle and could hardly walk or sit at my desk to write. I had to keep it elevated and iced for weeks. Eventually I managed to work through the pain, but it was slow going.

In May I started having some really bad back issues. I normally have "kinda bad" back issues. So I went and got a back x-ray and guess what, I have a disc down at the bottom of my spine that has slid WAY forward. It was preventing me from sitting at my desk extended durations, exactly what we authors do. So I started rehab and was sitting for an hour, then stretching... then kneeling at my keyboard for an hour, then stretching... and on and on... but by the end of May I reached 140K words. Slow going...

So there I was... June and my original schedule to finish the book was passing me. So I set a new goal: finish Flesh Ended by the last week in June... re-read it and have it in the editor's hands on July 5th.

June was my Thunderdome.

June 1st -- 150K.  June 10th -- 156K.  June 19th -- 167K.  June 26th -- 180K. Done.

Yep, I wrote 40K words in less than one month. This is when I would use my motto:

"Write makes Might!"

All and all I'm happy with how this book turned out. I wanted to give my fans and readers a longer book, originally thinking 30-40K more words, and I ended up over twice that. I'm sure it will get edited down some. My editor likes to make things concise, and I love that. So my bet is the book ends up around 167K. 

So what's next while I wait for the edited file? I will be taking a few days break first. Then I will go to work on the MG book I started. Update all my sites, and hopefully edit some short stories that were sold this year. I will also return to my agent search....


Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Story: New Anthology.

Hi all,

Sorry I have not updated in a while. I'm working tons of hours these past two months with the goal of finishing FLESH ENDED by the end of June. I originally thought the book would make it to a word count around 140K. To my surprise I'm at 160K and still have a while to go... Seriously, I'm writing the final battle and it's just begun. :)

So, I wanted to announce some great news!

My short story, The journal of USS Indianapolis survivor: Stefanos "Stevie" Georgiou, was accepted into a new alternative history horror anthology by Dark Moon Books. I wrote this story for this anthology, so I'm glad it got in. This was one of those moments where I decided to try something new and difficult, way out of my comfort range... it required lots of research and... it turned out great! I was very pleased with what I created, so I;m double-pleased it sold and will be printed this Fall 2012.

Hey, maybe this will be my Bram Stoker Award story this year... hint hint...


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Go to 'From the Shadows' May 23rd for an excerpt from Blood Divided and a Soul Born Saga giveaway!


Photo by Kevin. Design by E.J.

Visit E.J. Steven's blog, 'From the Shadows' on May 23rd for a new never before seen excerpt from BLOOD DIVIDED and a big Soul Born Saga Giveaway!!!


I am happy to say that this is my biggest giveaway to date. And I would do more if I could, trust me.. Inside the gift box you will find:
(1) Soul Born signed


(1) Blood Divided signed

(1) Soul Born cover print

(1) Blood Divided post card signed

(3) plastic knight toys (which I like to send out to reviewers, it's kinda my thing.)  :)

(1) $25.00 gift card to Amazon.com

Here is E.J.'s Goodreads.com announcement to the giveaway.
http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/335422-blood-divided-excerpt-soul-born-saga-giveaway
Please check it out, and enter to win. Thanks so much!

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


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch Done


Season 7 cast photo

Hi all,

Well... I finished re-watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine at the end of April. It took me six months to re-watch the entire series of 176 episodes. First off let me say this. I really enjoyed it. See, for me this show holds a lot of meaning. I watched its original air. Those were some of the best years of my life: 1993-1999.

I remember wanting the show to never end... it was my favorite... But the final season came and it seemed to be continuously preempted by basketball games (darn you, Sixers!).  My one friend pretty much quit watching it, it became that hard to follow. This was back in the VHS days, so I did not have Comcast digital cable with a DVR. Yeah, the show would be pushed to late hours at night, sometimes airing different days.  I basically had to turn my VCR on and tape all night long with hopes of catching the show. Turns out I missed at least 3 episodes, because I clearly did not remember them. For example, the one where Nog is recuperating in the casino Holodeck program. Or the one where they had to rob the Casino Holodeck program. Missed those.

Anyway it was a struggle back then, but I remember the show ending and being very sad. Sadder than when Buffy ended.

**cry**

When I finished college and was unemployed for two years, I would spend my days looking for jobs and writing. I took my dog, Amelia to my parents house for doggie day care every day since they had a huge yard for her to play in. When I got back to my house I sat in my office all day... Back then, Deep Space Nine aired on this local PA/NJ channel that you could only pick up on rabbit ears (antena... looked it up online, kids).  My tiny b+w TV delivered that channel as clear as possible, so many days I spent re-watching old eps. For some reason, maybe licensing, that channel only aired seasons 1-3. Over and over again. So when I was just re-watching the show now I remembered the older eps more than the newer ones.

To this day favorite episode of the series is the one where Sisko tells a story of how they tricked the Romulans into the war. For 1/2 of the ep. he is standing facing the viewer and speaking directly to them. That is what really makes it stand out to me. I love the writing and acting. The episode is called "In the Pale Moonlight".



Here is the Wikipedia link for it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Pale_Moonlight


A lot has changed in my life since the show aired. I remember a day when I would have listed my favorite shows as Knight Rider and MacGyver. Now I can not stand watching them. Later I would have said Buffy and DS9.... oddly enough I still love those shows and enjoy them. My tastes have changed some, but to my lasting shock I found myself no longer in love with Dax, who I had a major crush on back in the day. Now, as I re-watched DS9, I found my focus shift to Kira. Not those first few seasons version of her (too tough), but seasons 4 on.  If I told my younger self I would have fallen out of love with Dax and in love with Kira I think he would have thought I was insane-crazy in the head-mad. 

Fun fact, I met both ladies back when the show aired at Star Trek conventions in Valley Forge. :) 

So after just finishing DS9 I felt empty. I wanted to move to another show. Last summer I re-watched Hercules. Before that Buffy and Angel.  What would I watch now??? I started with Voyager... and I quickly realized why I never connected with it. Unlike DS9, Voyager was not serialized and did not have a giant story arc to get swept into. So I am not sure I will continue re-watching it.

I still have to DVD sets I want to revisit. Matt Houston and StarBlazers to start. Yes, I said Matt Houston. OK, stop laughing at me.




Growing up Matt Houston was my favorite show. Granted, I have not seen it since the 80s and I understand that it may be as unwatchable as Knight Rider is now, I still want to give it a shot. Stop laughing...



Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Slices of Flesh is out! Find one of my short stories inside!
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Slices_of_Flesh.htm

Hi all,

Been a while, I know. I have been super busy. I am still working on FLESH ENDED, the third book in the Soul Born Saga. It's at over 122,000 words now, longer than its predecessors. I am at the final battle, which will cross several chapters and bring me to about 140,000 words before it's done. I am very excited to finish it.

Also, following the advice of my mentor, Jonathan Maberry, I began a new secret project. It will not be done for at least two-three months. BUT once again I am challenging myself to writing something new and out of my comfort level. I like to do this once a year, so I gladly accepted this new one.

Also very happy to announce that SLICES OF FLESH came out end of March, beginning of April. You can read about it on the publisher's site here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Slices_of_Flesh.htm and order it at BN or Amazon.com. Here is the Amazon link: http://amzn.com/0985029099 .

Inside SLICES OF FLESH is my short story (flash fiction) called SHE. HER. YOU.  It originally was the first few pages of a horror book I was writing, but then that book got lost in the mix of projects. So I re-edited those first pages into a story that would work in this antho.  This was one of those times where I was invited to submit something, I love that, and I am happy with the results.

So what else have I been doing? Well, I finished SKYRIM, and hit something like 150 hours of gameplay in that game. No lie, 150 hours. I can still play it longer too, although the two main quest lines are done, I want to control the thieves guild. But I am taking a break and moving on to ME3. 

UG! Just the other week, I rolled my ankle really bad. Sprained it, I guess would be the term. It was really bad for a few days, but has gotten about 75% better. Now it's just slightly swollen, stiff and sore. This is not the first time I have hurt my foot, so I know it takes forever to heal. I am trying to rest as best as I can... but yeah...

So what's coming up? Soon I will release two Soul Born Saga short stories. Free!  I would like to get another piece of art done too. We shall see. I am querying two novels still, my Urban Fantasy and my Dark Fantasy/Horror.  I would really like to see an agent pick one of them up before the end of the summer. I think both are good for the market right now, and the Urban Fantasy one is being read by a movie production company right now... which only furthers my case--it's time to get that one sold to TOR or DAW. :)

Oh, FYI - I just got on Pinterest too.  http://pinterest.com/kevinbreaux/

Thanks all,

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Reviews and Interviews and well... News!

Hi all,

Been a busy month. Had another Goodreads.com giveaway. I gave out 5 signed copies of SOUL BORN and a bunch of swag. I decided to randomly add in BLOOD DIVIDED to 3 of the winners. I love Goodreads. People are nice there. I received messages from some of the winners of this contest already, thanking me for the goodies. That's cool! My previous giveaway, in Feb, produced two AMAZING reviews for Blood Divided.

One by Van, who runs a site called Short & Sweet Reviews.

"The world that Breaux created is full of political intrigue, betrayal, love and loss. If you’re looking for a well established world and a cast of amazing characters, then I highly recommend the Soul Born Saga." -- Van. Short & Sweet Reviews.

See her full review here at Goodreads.com:

and at her site:


Without Goodreads I may never have met Van. She gave such a great, detailed review. I am a fan of hers for life now. :) Another review that came in this week was from Aaron, who read and reviewed Soul Born last year.

"Blood Divided is a solid, well-written, fantasy novel that will draw you in and hold on tight from beginning to end. Bring on part three Mr. Breaux!" --Aaron


You can read his whole review here:


One more 5/5 star rating popped up and when I messaged the reviewer, a winner of Blood Divided, to say thanks, she told me this.

"I didn't just enjoy it, I loved it. I had trouble putting it down. I look forward to reading "Flesh Ended". I am now an eternal fan!" --Leigh. 


 
Not bad for a small press published author, right? Time for the big leagues I say!

Lastly, I had a fun interview go live last week. It can be found on the Dreamer's Perch Blog. The owner of which interviewed me last year too. She wanted to know all about me and Blood Divided, so I gave her a good excerpt of the book, and not one I have shared before, so its new, new, new!

Please take the time to read the interview, it has some funny moments.


 

On the writing front. I just finished a 6,300 word short story for an anthology. I also have two short stories releasing in a few days. Will update when they are out. In the meantime I am going back to sending out queries to agents and finishing FLESH ENDED.
 
 
Thanks all,
 
Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Sunday, March 4, 2012

THIS is my SKYRIM character... and she rocks.

Hi all,

So, I recently had some people ask me about my SKYRIM character. Being that I am still playing the game I thought it would be a great time to take a moment to talk about her. OK… OK, I admit, could talk about my character and this game for days…


TALA – named after one of the leads in the SOUL BORN SAGA—is a Wood Elf Thief class. She specializes in Archery, Stealth and Light Armor, so most of the time I am armed with a bow sneaking around. At level 40 now I am just starting to put more points in Speech and One Hand Weapons. I had, from time to time, added points to speech to raise the amount of money I made selling things, but now I am getting to the end of that line where I can invest money to make more.

Funny thing, I did not intend to make her look like any actresses, but the other day I realized she kinda reminded me of someone and I just figured it out. My Skyrim version of Tala looks like Lake Bell. See;



It's not just me, right? I mean Lake Bell is prettier but...

So I am currently 100 hours into the game and I just finished the Civil War Quest. I sided with Ulfric Stormcloak and the rebels. We just took Solitude a couple nights ago. It turned out to be a little harder than I expected. All the other fortresses were easy picking. Something about the city attack had me… a skilled archer… stuck full of arrows. I kept moving to high ground, but I was targeted more than Ulfric himself. So I was not getting off as many shots as I wanted. I had to shout away a lot of Imperials that rushed me too. Not complaining there. I love a good shout.

When we finally cornered the General and Legate it was a three on two fight and the Legate dropped fast. Fearing I might not have a chance to properly loot her, I quickly grabbed her armor before the General and Ulfric started talking. When given the option, I let the big boss kill the general, which ended with a funny little moment. Ulfric chopped him in the back and he stumbled forward, tripped over the Legates corpse and his knees buckled… (LOVE that Skyrim physics engine). When he dropped it was right on top of the other body. I had to take a cell phone photo and I swear to the Nord Gods, this is how it was. I did not move the bodies.

That is how they landed. Which was a great WTF moment for me.


So after staring a moment, I joined Ulfric outside for his speech. See me there below;


This is what Tala normally looks like with the Nightingale armor on and her ebony bow.

You know, my character did not always look so bad. I swear the game ages you and you get more war torn. Well off to finish the rest of the main quest. I guess another 50+ hours of game play at least! What is this I hear about Mass Effect 3 coming out this week?


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

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dark Water: Beaming Smile on sale this weekend!


Bram Stoker Award recommended reading


Dark Water: Beaming Smile is on sale this weekend on Amazon.com.


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?


If you read it, please leave a review. Thanks!!! 

BTW- updated my author site with more information.


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

Monday, February 6, 2012

Updates: New Guest Posts and Interview! Queries and Submissions!


Hi all,

First up, the celebration of book release giveaway for BLOOD DIVIDED ended this weekend and Goodreads sent me the list of lucky winners. I will be sending out those books at the end of this week. I also have a few more review copies I need to mail... Time to start packing books!

I'm happy to say I had two things go live last week. One guest post and one interview.

The interview I did was with Literary Escapism. I added some nice excerpts in it. You can read it here;

The guest post, which is in my series of goofy ramblings about stuff (all for fun), is at Dark Faerie Tales site and can be read here;



In other news, I started submitting two books to agents in January. One Urban Fantasy-Action Adventure which I want to turn into a 5-7 book series. The other a brand new Viking Age Dark Fantasy Horror in a Alternate History genre. That book is some of my finest work and I'm very proud of it. I would like that book to start a series too. At least 3 books, maybe 5. 

And.... Starting the first round of queries in the new year! Yay ( /sigh)

Right off the bat, January started with a really interesting email. I was contacted by Unique Features Films, a production company created by the New Line Cinema guys. They saw one of my postings on Publishers Marketplace and asked to read the full manuscript of my Urban Fantasy novel that I am submitting. (good thing its copyrighted) So I sent it to them in mid Jan. Shortly afterwards I had a full request for that same novel by one of the top agents in the business. So I am happy I am getting some interest. So far no solid offers, but I am really hoping 2012 is my year.

In 2012 I'm planning on: sending out queries, finishing book 3 in the Soul Born Saga and writing another new book.  Above all else, I need an agent. You hear that Mayan calendar. I need an agent before the world ends... unless me getting an agent is a sign that the world will end. Whoa... freaky...


Kevin James Breaux

Monday, January 9, 2012

Blood Divided is now out in Print! and on sale at BN!

Blood Divided - Book two in the Soul Born Saga

I am very happy to announce that the sequel to SOUL BORN, book two in my dark epic fantasy series, BLOOD DIVIDED is now out in print.

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?


Blood Divided takes place twenty years after Soul Born and it follows the next generation: Opal's children and Tala's children. This story will introduce new characters, but will also keep you up to date with your favorites from book one. Some of the flashbacks in Blood Divided will give hints to what has occurred between books, and tease what is to come in book three.

I like to say that the Soul Born Saga is as much the tragic tale of Opal as it is a story of survival for Tala, the other main character. Of course, in Blood Divided you will meet another main player... Vasche. His life was shaped by events in book one and (spoiler alert) he will be a force to be reckoned with in book threee.

Here is a tiny excerpt from pages 5-6;

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Autumn jogged through the city on her way to the harbor, her movements so precise and graceful, that the hundreds of people around could not help but stare. Autumn was an incredible beauty. Her half-elf blood gave her an exquisiteness nearly matching that of her mother’s. Her long blonde curly hair had a slight tint of green that caught the sun and sparkled like precious jewels on sunny days like this one. Unlike her brother, Autumn looked more elven than human. It was a small blessing, as this helped her gain more acceptance from both the human and elven communities. The only visible human characteristic she displayed was her brown eyes. True elves were never born with brown eyes. It was a detail she good-naturedly referred to as her curse.



Autumn did not have to wear a crown; traveling merchants, soldiers, tavern owners, and farmers alike all knew who she was and always greeted her kindly with a smile and cheery hello. All of Kel Tora treasured the princess, and she loved them in return, donating both her time and coin when possible.


“The ships are almost here. You better hurry, Princess Autumn!” a farmer yelled to her as she jogged up to his stand.


Autumn snatched up an apple in her left hand as she ran past. Still moving, she twisted around long enough to give the farmer a quick wave and a giggle. As she faced forward, another farmer pulling a goat through the crowds blocked her path. Unshaken, Autumn continued to run toward the obstacle before her. In her eyes there was no quandary; instead, it was a perfect opportunity to show off one of her greatest skills. As Autumn was only three steps from colliding with the goat, she bent down, planting her hands in the dirt. Whipping her legs up over her body, the princess performed a handspring over the farm animal.


In her mind, it was nothing but a simple move she had mastered long ago, but the crowds around her saw it as truly amazing. As she planted her feet firmly on the ground and centered her weight to regain balance, the citizenry who had watched her began to applaud.


Autumn stopped her race through town for just a moment, and took a quick bow before jogging toward the harbor.


“That girl is phenomenal,” a farmer stated to a young customer at his stand.

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Who is Autumn? She is the princess of Kel Tora and the whole island continent of Illyia. She is also Tala's daughter.

Intrigued? Check it out. Amazon and BN both have it listed. More online sites will follow soon.

Blood Divided at Amazon.com 

Blood Divided at BN.com      
 
 
Thanks all,
 
Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/