Monday, October 14, 2013

5 pages scored me a full manuscript request from a top industry literary agent.

5 pages scored me a full manuscript request from a top industry literary agent. 5 pages.

I have been sending queries to this agent for many years, probably seven or more. But this time something was different.
Was it my query letter? Maybe, I do have a decent new query letter.

Was it my subject matter? Vikings are hot now. J
Was it the accomplishments in the last year? Could be. I do have a few good ones listed.

Was it my social media? Could this agent have seen my Facebook posts, Tweets or blog updates? We are connected in many ways. Perhaps she saw something I wrote that was funny, or how I still help other authors and engage my fans whenever possible.
Was it my profile on PublishersMarketplace? It has a lot of good information on it, and on occasion I have been known to trend up into the top ten or twenty.

Was it my Goodreads reviews? Not sure. I doubt it. I have good reviews and all, but what author doesn't have good reviews these days.
Was it my short stories, and the anthologies I land them in each year? I would love to think that helps. I work very hard on the short stories I am asked to write.

Or could it really have been those five pages?
It's hard to imagine that five pages would result in a full manuscript request.  It's like being that person who buys one lottery ticket and wins the big jackpot, when other people are buying twenty or fifty tickets and not getting a hit.

It's a major honor. I am still floored. I have followed this agent's career for many years. I have followed it closely, because she represents someone I know. Someone whose career I have watched grow from his first book to major motion picture options and books in foreign print. And he was just a special guest at Comic Con.
So what did I do when this request came in? I stopped everything and just told myself to remain calm. I sat back and planned. I did not want to rush anything. I did not want to reply to the email request right away. I have done that in the past. I don't know why, but years ago I used to think that when an agent requested something from me, it was my job to send it within five minutes of reading the email. Rush. Rush. Rush!!! No… that's not me anymore. Now, I know to take it slow and I think before I act.

So I gave it a day to sink it. Then I emailed the agent back and told her how happy I was and how much of an honor it was to have this request. I also told her I would send the file in a few days. Why? Think of it like this.
Out of the blue you are given the opportunity of a lifetime. Just pick a situation. It could be throwing out the first pitch to a World Series Baseball game. It could be taking the Bar exam. It could be going out on a first date with that person who you have liked for a long time.  A smart person would take the time to practice, study, and invest some time and effort in before doing any of these.

I knew the first thing I had to do was calm down and then prepare. So I took that step back and thought of what I could do to make my book better. Regardless of the book being "done" and having been edited and re-edited and edited and re-edited again in the last twelve months, I decided to take the advice of some current test readers and apply another bit of polish.
If you read my blog or FB updates you know I am capable of huge amounts of work in a small time. I can step up, so to speak. So over the course of four days, I read and edited and then reread my 101,000 word book. I worked at it about 10-12 hours a day (with lots of breaks for my back and to help my wife with her projects). I put in about 40 hours in those four days. It was crazy, but I loved every minute of it. Hard work feels great, when it's something you are passionate about.

But with all that work, it's hard not to worry. This IS a huge opportunity. My biggest worry is providing the reader with a good story. One that they will enjoy as much as I enjoyed crafting it.
See, agents, publishers, editors, test readers, fans… they can all have different opinions on your work. I have one test reader who loves this book I sent to the agent this week. He loved it and suggested that I don't change it a bit. But my editor and another agent who has been helping me both suggested two last minute changes. One was to soften the dialogue, so it is more readable. They thought the Viking speak was too caveman-like in spots. This was what I wanted to address this week.

I always tell people who ask in interviews or chats, that I write like a painter paints. I went to art school for almost eight years. I am an artist. And I have met a lot of other artists. Some of the best painters, apply many… many layers to their work. They build up from the bottom. That is my thought process when I write. I like to build up with each layer. So in my mind this edit was just another light layer on top of my finished book. I softened the dialogue as per the suggestions. Then, I sent the file to the agent who requested it last Monday and explained to her what I just did.
It's funny. Like I said, everyone has a different opinion, so as a writer who is working very hard to reach his fullest potential, I try and take everyone's advice. Sometimes it can be difficult, and sometimes I think… who is right? Is that even a proper question? Is there a right? Because one agent might say one thing needs to be fixed and another agent might sign you based on that one thing not being changed.

About nine months ago I was asked to write scripts for a TV company that was going to produce and pitch a new Viking TV show set in Oregon. They wanted me to write the scripts based on the dialogue in this very book. The same dialogue another person told me needed to be fixed. So you can see what I mean. Everyone has a different view. Who is right?
My opinion has always been this: I will do whatever is needed to make my work a success. So if an agent or a publisher says something needs to be changed, I was say, "How do you want it changed? Of course I can do that." I have known people who say they will not change their work for anyone. I knew lots of people like that in art school years ago. I feel bad for them. Criticism, critiques, advice, opinions… all of these things can help an artist or a writer to grow. It's learning how to understand and accept them that can be hard. Just remember… You're art might be your child, but you DO want your child to grow up and succeed in this world.

So here I sit. A few days after receiving an incredible request from a huge literary agent. I polished my work and I sent it away to be read. I feel good about this for many reasons. I took the advice of educated people who are truly trying to help me, and want me to succeed. I worked hard and I am a true believer that hard work pays off. AND… I am ready. I have never been more ready than I am now.
A lot of people have told me that 2013 would be my year. There are few things I would like more than being signed by an agent. So if this or anything else pans out... I will truly feel blessed.

Thanks all.


Kevin James Breaux

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heading off to Iscandar. There are only 213 days left. Hurry Kevin!

Hi all,

In August and September I re-watched STAR BLAZERS. I have wanted to do this for a long... long time. Since I was in high school actually.

About two years ago, on Christmas I saw a great deal on the season one DVD set and bought it. I think I paid about $79. It was normally priced twice that much. So there is sat on my shelf. I have been so busy writing that it has taken me this long to finally sit down and watch the 26 episode season.

Worth the price!

It is important to note that I have not seen a single episode of the show since it's original airing in 1979. YES... 1979. I was 5 years old at the time. I remember watching it and loving it and wondering why there were no toys for it. :)

So here I am 2013, 39 years old... and believe it or not... I remembered a lot of what I saw.

"In the late 22nd century, an alien race known as the Gamilons have attacked the Earth, bombarding it with radioactive bombs and forcing the population underground. However, the radiation is seeping into the planet; unless it's removed, Earth will become uninhabitable in one year."

Obviously, I remember the main plot. Clearly, I recall Desslok. And yes, I still sing the theme song in the shower once a week.
Derek Wildstar
Derek Wildstar... yep... I remember him, the main character and damn, he's still pretty cool. But I kinda liked Sandor the most. Sorry Venture and Captain Avatar. :)
One thing that I was surprised by as I re-watched Star Blazers, was all the similarities to Star Trek and Battlestar Galatica. Holo-decks being a major one. Who invented the Holo-deck, I wonder? Star Trek, right???
Anyway, Since I had not watched Star Trek or BSG before Star Blazers when I was young, I could not draw on these comparisons until now. And I found them all very interesting. I mean Battlestar Galatica is about a ship trying to find home but being constantly attacked by the enemy. Star Blazers is about a ship trying to "reach a distant star" and then back, while being constantly attacked by the enemy.
My biggest surprise was all the death and destruction and how the characters dealt with it. I remembered space battles and ships blowing up. But I did not remember that you often witnessed the deaths of the characters on those ships. One Gamilon ship was destroyed and you actually watched the ship's crew being overcome with flames. You also see the panic and terror of the Star Force, inside the Yamato. Sometimes they are crying, other times you actually hear fear laden dialogue. You even see them tired, battle-worn and exhausted. The ship's doctor even drinks!
Here Desslok used a radioactive poisonous gas when he attacked the Yamato, and Sandor shoots a whole through this baddie!
This is not GI JOE where shots are fired and no one is hit. Nope. There are funeral scenes where you see several dozen people put to rest. WOW... I watched this as a kid???
The communications room where the Star Force could call home. It's empty because Derek did not want to call home. He had no one to call.

Quite possibly my clearest memory as a child was one episode where they were allowed to call home and talk to family. I remember this being a sad episode because Derek Wildstar had no family left. And when I reached that ep... Episode 10 "We will return", I was shocked. I pretty much remembered it all, but at the same time I didn't. I forgot that the episode was structured in such a way that we saw Derek's back story in flashbacks and we witness how his family died.

It explained much, as Derek did not want his turn to call home and did everything he could to avoid it.

Leave me alone, IQ-9!
Not sure who wrote this episode, but it felt like it could have been a live action ep. of the newest Battlestar Galatica, not a silly cartoon. It was that good and it really made me feel. Great work!
Other than that moment, the one thing I was waiting for the entire season was the scene where Nova saves the day, but is knocked unconscious by the radioactive poison gas. The moment where Derek lifts her up and carries her around the ship, half expecting her to die. I remember him telling her he loved her...
Not Nova!!!
When that episode hit, the final ep. of the season, I was shocked by how much of a love story the series was. In fact, there was a lot of love story throughout the season, but it culminates here. Derek tells Nova how much he loves her and how he wanted to start and family with her on Earth once it was healed/repaired. She is practically dead in his arms as he reaches the bridge of the ship, but suddenly awakes... and at the same moment... Captain Avatar dies.
Poor guy...

So re-watching Star Blazers was a great experience. I really enjoyed every episode. I was shocked by how this show was much more mature than I remembered. I also wonder if this set my standard for cartoons as a kid. After watching this and moving on to shows like Voltron and GI JOE and Transformers... no wonder I did not like Tom and Jerry anymore.  
Sorry this is not really a review of the show, or its episodes. It really is just some ramblings of how I could not believe I remembered so much of a cartoon I had not watched for over 30 years and that I was surprised by how good it still was.
Here is a great place for episode reviews.
My favorite moments still remain the same: the asteroid field they use to shield the ship, seeing how the characters deal with calling home and of course, Nova risking her life to save the ship.
Our Star Blazers!
Kevin James Breaux

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hellfire Publishing closed. 3 of my works currently unavailable. Looking for new homes.

Hey all,
Last week I was informed that Hellfire Publishing was closing. As in closing ASAP and today I checked and all of my works with them are gone. It's sad. Hellfire was a good group of people. I liked their editors, and other authors and their owner was very kind to me.
Sadly... these works are currently unavailable, but I will be seeking new outlets for them.
A Way to a Man's Heart is Through His Stomach - short story - published 2011
This was an early work on mine. A short story turned into an e-book by Hellfire. I loved their cover for it.
Dark Water: Beaming Smile - award-winning novelette - published 2011 .
Dark Water: Beaming Smile was well reviewed and was my first story to be on the prelim ballot for a Bram Stoker Award. It won a P&E readers poll award and it was even "acted out" in an old radio style reading (audio book file online). I am sure this one will find a new home soon. Also a great cover.
Dead Man's Party - published 2013
Dead Man's Party has had a long life... sorta kinda (and its a zombie story so, yeah that is also a pun). This was the first short story of mine to be professionally published back in 2008 and with its sale I gained access to the HWA. When its original 6 month contract ran out it was published a 2nd time in 2008. Hellfire picked it up in 2012 and re-edited it. It was only just published in July. Too bad its already gone from Amazon.
I will probably re-edit the first two and search for homes for them in 2014. If you are a publisher and interested in adding them to a collection let me know. Until then, I continue my search for an agent and keep writing.
Write Makes Might!
Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

August, I'm glad you're gone. Time to write!

Hey all,
Well, August was not the break I was hoping for.
I was planning on taking the month off, and relaxing… resting my mind and my back. Sadly, things went sideways quick. My back was killing me for the first two week(really-really bad), and then my one dog, Amelia, died. She was almost 13, and had a heart condition…so it was not like her passing was unexpected…but she died at 3am, from a heart attack, right in front of my wife and I.

RIP - Amelia.

I was not prepared for that. Or the sadness and other messes that followed.
So August was a bad... bad... bad month. Not very relaxing at all.

Not. At. All.

All I can say for August is that I did finish re-watching Alias (which I started at the beginning of the Summer), and I did begin to re-watch Star Blazers and BattleStar Galactic (new version). Later I will blog about all the interesting comparisons I am noticing on those two Space Operas.
In late August, I did revisit my MG Boys Horror… but only to re-read it, not to finish it as planned. I am working on that now.

So September is about rebirth, renewal, and rebooting!
I have plans. (just like the Cylons!) Time to write!


So how was my re-watch of Alias? Well, I remembered a lot more of it than expected. And I never did watch the final season, only the last episode, during the original airing. I really enjoyed watching the first two seasons again. That first season is really amazing stuff. Great fun and well-written. I have to admit... I remember thinking Jennifer Garner was pretty before, but as my tastes have matured, I guess I found her more attractive now. I really appreciated her athleticism this time around; man she is physically fit and kicks ass!
Her famous blue dress.
You know, I guess I missed most of the season that she was pregnant before… and watching it now I found it really kinda annoying. Maybe because the whole season was structured differently… and I did not like that. APO (blah!) Although, I did like Fred, from Angel as a villain.
It still bothers me that Vaughn did not die when he… um... died... but more so, why does Sydney call her boyfriend, the father of her child "Vaughn" when his name is Michael! Well… not even. That's his alias… ug!

But all and all it was fun to re-watch and actually see the parts I missed before (because of Karate and just giving up on the show, I sadly say).
I will admit. I missed Jack Bristow and his scowl. He's a refreshing kinda character, in my opinion. He takes charge, is in control, and shoots first… cause he already has the answers. No not Jack Bauer... I said Jack Bristow!

That's right he's looking and scowling at you!

Oh, if you have not watched it lately, go re-watch the first season and be mindful of Bradley Cooper's weird hair and one red eye. Both will freak you out.

My favorite episode? Season 1 eps. "THE BOX - part 1 and 2." With Quentin Tarantino.
Kevin James Breaux


Saturday, July 27, 2013

2nd Book Handed to Agent. Reflections on My Work.

Hi all,

Well, my year of editing is finally done! (actually more like 18 months straight, but-yeah that includes another project...)

It's hard for me to believe. I'm done. I'm really done. It has not really sunk in yet. I mean this has been one hell of a year. I feel war torn. I think I've gain 10-12 lbs. My back is wrecked. I have not been on social media much, (has anything happened?) and I swear my hair has more gray in it. Holy crap, I'm almost 40! WAIT... is Avengers 2 out yet? Did I miss it? lol

The Editing War is hell.. But Write Makes Might!

(Queue that funny sitcom dream sequence/flashback effect.)

It all began in 2012...

Last Sept., I had a bunch of agents interested in my writing. Then one agent pointed out something important to me. A flaw in my writing style that would be easy to fix once I saw it. And when she pointed it out... I saw it. Holy wow, I saw it. So I decided it was time to re-read and re-edit both of my unpublished works, the urban fantasy and the Viking age dark fantasy. I worked hard and fixed them up, and then sent them both to my editor to review my work and changes. She helped me fix them up and off the two books went again to a new agent who was waiting to see them. This agent and I connected in many ways, so I wanted her to get first crack at them.

To my shock, she pointed out another flaw in my writing. Again, my eyes were opened. I had no idea I was making these two "mistakes". Readers seemed to like my writing, most reviewers too... but there were some reviewers who said there was something off about my style... and now I know what that was.

I went right back to re-reading and re-editing both unpublished books. And I am happy to say it was a great learning experience. Months went by. I worked seven days a week on these books. 40, 50, 60 hours a week. I pushed and pushed on. I am the owner of large sum of determination. My will to succeed has never been as great as it is now. Trust me.

My three phase edit plan was solid. I stuck to it, did the work, and just yesterday... I completed it. Both books fixed and handed in to the waiting agent.  Win!

I am very pleased with how the books are now. That being said, I did learn a lot about myself as a writer. I was writing on a 5 or 6 level and I was happy there. I didn't know better. I mean, I knew I was not Anne Rice, Stephen King, or G.R.R Martin... but I was OK.

That's was then... last year.

When Michelle, the agent who has my books right now, suggested this new edit, RIGHT after I finished the last edit, she opened my eyes to a new concept. Why be happy at 5 or 6 when I could rise up to a 7 or 8. Yeah, me, an 8! I could do it. And I am very close now. I am so glad she took the time to help and speak with me. We connected as author and agent, but even better, as two people with lots in common and similar senses of humor. Not gonna lie, she's super cool! :)

So what does this all mean moving forward? Well, I want to fix the Soul Born Saga. The first two books have issues that I could easily fix now and make them rock, like from Brett Michaels rock to 1990s Metallica rock. No offense to Brett, he's a cool dude and all. Hey Brett, if you want to play some Halo 4 on X-Box Live, I'm down. :)

All jokes aside.

First up is landing an agent. It's time to go pro. Then hopefully one, if not both, of my unpublished novels will find quick homes. *cough* (Tor) *cough*

In the meantime, I will be finishing up a MG Boys Historical Horror. After a small break. :)

Write Makes Might, y'all.

Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Movie Production Company and my Urban Fantasy novel - 18 months later.

Hi all,

Remember this?

Back on 1/3/2012, I got an email through my website from a representative of Unique Features Films. I mentioned it here and on FB. Seems like forever ago.... Anyway, she was project developer and she wanted to read my unpublished Urban Fantasy novel for "film potential". Well, I already had a copyright on it so I felt safe with the idea, but like any responsible writer, I checked her credentials and emailed some agents for advice on how to proceed. As many of you know, I ended up sending her the full manuscript to read.

A month passed and she found me on LinkedIn and connected with me there. I felt it was a good sign. We traded a few emails and then... nothing. I never heard back.

I kept researching her and the company and eventually found that Unique Features Films had signed a contract with another author with an Urban Fantasy book. So, I emailed that author and asked a few questions. Everything was legit. I had nothing to worry about.

A few months ago, I discovered that the person who had contacted me and was reading my book, had left the production company. Not sure exactly when, but it seemed like it was not long after they had my manuscript. So, I have no idea whatever happened with my book. Was it read? Was it lost in the shuffle? Did the development lady read it, but never pass it on, because she left the company? I would have liked an answer one way or the other.

Still, it was an honor to have a production company want to read one of my books, especially an unpublished one. And this was the first time, I have had other production companies interested in me since, but without an agent representing me... Well, I think these deals are better handled by the professionals. Know what I mean?

So, two nights ago, I was sitting watching TV with my wife when I saw a new movie trailer. Looks like the other author who Unique Features signed when they were communicating with me, actually got her project done. Congrats to her. :)

It's called THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS . Maybe you have heard of it.

The movie trailer reminded me of this whole thing and I thought I would blog about it. I'm thinking that I will try and contact the movie company again now. I re-edited that book they requested twice in the last year. It's super polished and ready to go. Maybe they will enjoy it better now. Or maybe they never read it before. Like I said, maybe only the project developer who seems to left their company read it.

If I had an agent, I bet they would know what to do. :)

You never know. 

Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, June 6, 2013

One book handed to agent. One more to go. And Breaux's go to Star Trek!

Taking a moment to breathe after months of editing.

Yesterday, I handed in one of the books I am re-editing for an agent. You know, I have been editing three different books for the past year now, right? Crazy, huh? But man have I learned a lot and grown a lot as an author. Holy wow. :)

Back in February I designed a three phase edit plan, scheduled my time and attacked the job. I finished the Urban Fantasy edit on Monday. It was a nice feeling to finally be done and with the agent's great advice, and with the help of my kick-ass super editor, I really cleaned my book up. It's never been this perfect. I'm very happy with it.
Since I have been working incredibly hard, eight plus hours a day, on edits these past few weeks and weeks and weeks... I refused to go see Star Trek when it came out. NOT until I was done the first book's edits. I knew I would not enjoy the movie until I was done. AND if you know me, or read this blog, you know I'm a huge Star Trek fan, so this was tough.

The Breaux's at the IMAX

So... June 5th... noon... I finally got out to see the movie. Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3D. It was amazing... but, um, what is with these huge Mickey Mouse glasses??? My wife and I were laughing our asses off and then had to take selfies. She looks better than me of course. I looked like hell. I had not shaved or cut my hair in weeks.

Anyway, right now I have a small break before I start the last half of the phase three edits. The Viking book.  That should take me 4-5 weeks when it comes back from my editor.

Good news is, the agent liked what she saw in my newly polished Urban Fantasy novel when she took a sneak peak. I really hope this agent signs me this Summer. She and I have a lot in common. We have similar work ethics, history and senses of humor. We would be friends out there in the really-real world, no doubt! It makes for a great team when you pair an author and agent with such similarities, not to mention one of her clients is a online buddy of mine. :)

So wish me luck all. I still have lots of work to do, but maybe I can finally reach my dream of having an agent represent me... soon. (well, soon-ish)

Until then: editing Viking book, finishing MG boys horror book, writing two short stories for anthologies and lots of gaming. :)


Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updates. Updates. Updates.

Hi all,

Sorry about the lack of updates here in so long. Way too long. I know. I am very sorry. A lot has been going on and I have been super focused on writing. I am currently taking a few days off, so I wanted to get this update out. Sorry if it's a little sloppy.

Update #1. Last Feb, I had an agent look at two of my novels. She was interested in me as an author, she liked my queries and plots, and we had a lot in common. So, I felt very good about working with her. She quickly reviewed my Viking Novel and my Urban Fantasy novel and suggested two major edits that would polish them to perfection and then make them ready for publishers.  I accepted the challenge and went back to work.

Now, if you follow me here or on FB you know these two books were already on their 5-7th edit/revision/versions. The Urban Fantasy was written a few years ago, and the Viking novel just last year (2011 really). Both had been professionally edited twice and in the case of the Urban Fantasy, massively re-written not long ago. These two books are what I want to begin new series with. So I am trying to find agents for them.

In early 2012, I had an agent suggest I fix some POV shifts in both books and I did that. And thought I was ready, but then had a second agent suggest a new change to both of them. Of course, this was tough to imagine... since it seems I have spent most of the last 12 months editing, but as I said, I was up to the challenge. I could see what this agent was suggesting to me would fix my books, raise them to a whole new level and would be a great learning experience.

And it has been true. Oh, so very true.

Since Feb. I have been editing 5-8 hours a day. Two books. In a three phase plan. I'm currently about to begin the final phase. I'm ready! These two books, over 200,000 words total, are really reading clean, fast and fun.

Update #2. Couple months ago, I was approached by a local movie production company to write a pilot episode of a Viking TV show they wanted to pitch soon. This was an great honor, but I passed on it. Why? Well, mainly because I did not want to muddy up my own Viking book property with their Viking TV show. I just felt it was for the best and had some of my professional friends weight in and they agreed with me.

Update #3. I have been asked to write three short stories for three different anthologies that would be published in 2014. I'm going to start on these stories this summer. I'm very excited about the guidelines of the one. Not going to spoil it. But it is a very cool idea. So hopefully, I will have several shorts out in 2014.

Update #4. While I did make it, for the second year in a row, to the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards. I did not make it to the finals. It was a bummer to say the least. BUT I have a short story in an anthology that was Nominated and might win. So, I am still excited about that.

Update #5. On my birthday in Jan. I got a email from Russia. Wishing my Happy B-Day. Neat right? Totally!!! Well, this email was written by a Russian man who has a Fantasy Book club and he wanted to know if I could send him a signed book for the club. He's a fan of mine and really was happy to touch base with me. He explained how bad illiteracy is in parts of Russia and how he is trying to change that by getting people interested in fantasy books. I was touched by all this and decided to send a bunch of books.  Just the other week, like 3-4 months later, I received a new email letting me know the books arrived OK. As a child of the 80s, and the Cold War, this was a great moment for me. Seriously, I know it's cheesy, but I felt I did my part for glasnost.  And now I have a friend in Russia!!!

Update #6. I'm still deciding on how to move forward with the third and final Soul Born Saga book, FLESH ENDED. It was almost ready to go, in the hands of the publisher, but now I think it needs another edit. So it's on hold. Too much editing these days. I need to finish my current job before I can even consider it.

Update #7. I hope to finish my MG book this summer too. After these edits, I am going to finish that book and then start the sequel to the Urban Fantasy one. Hopefully, I will have an agent by then, so I feel a little more secure about my future. :)

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Award-Winning reads for less than a dollar! Movie/TV company wants me to write!

Hi all,

Been super busy. Just this week, I have had an offer from a small budget movie/television production company to write a pilot episode for a series... then possibly write the series itself. Also another offer from a small press publisher to publish some of my works. I am currently looking into these.

In the meantime...

I wanted to bring to every ones attention that two of my smaller works: a short story and a novelette are now $.99. 

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?

Dark Water: Beaming Smile is my award-winning long fiction. It was in the running for a Bram Stoker Award in 2011. Made it as far as the preliminary ballot. It did rank 3rd in the P&E Readers Poll.

It's a spooky story in the urban fantasy genre. I consider it light horror too. Dark Water: Beaming Smile is one of my better reviewed works, please check it out.


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…

A Way to A Man's Heart is Through his Stomach is a horror short story. For those of you interested, it was originally written years ago for a Valentine's Day horror anthology, but was published as an e-book short instead.

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
 Write Makes Might!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kevin James Breaux Author Mission Statement

This is my artist's mission statement.

I am a multi-genre author.

I write epic fantasy, historical fiction, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, thriller, adult, YA, MG and more. Oh, and yes I write erotic too.

I write whatever is asked of me and I do whatever is needed to succeed.

Fix my work? Gladly. Change something to fit the current trends? Sure.

I am an artist and this is my business.

Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Awards Season

Hi all,

First off, thanks to all of you who voted for me in the P&E Readers Poll.  My horror short story landed in 3rd place this year. So for those of you counting I have won 4 Top Ten awards, 3 of which were Top Three and one... wait for it... First Place! You can see prior years scores here.

I broke it down for you.
The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou” - Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories Antho. Dark Moon Press - 11/2012
--------- 3rd place Preditors and Editors poll 2012

Dark Water: Beaming Smile - Hellfire Publishing 10/2011
-------- 3rd place Preditors and Editors poll 2011

Soul Born - Dark Quest Books 11/2010
-------- 1st place Preditors and Editors poll 2010

Ending Summer Nights - Lucrezia Magazine 5/2010
------- 9th placed Preditors and Editors poll 2010

Bang! Portugal - Lucrezia Magazine 2/2009
------ 3rd place Preditors and Editors Poll 2009
Now, I am happy to announce that for the second year in a row, I have reached the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award. This year The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou” is in the list of horror short stories. I really hope to make it to nominations this year. It's like the Oscars... the true honor is in the nomination, not the win.
Here is the Prelim Ballot. Look at all the great authors. I am lucky to be counted among them.
2013 has been off to a strange and slow start with my father getting ill and going to the hospital and then my wife and mother getting the flu. Sure my parents are in PA, across the country, but somehow everyone got sick at the same time!
So, I am just starting my new year it seems. At the moment I have two projects. One is a MG Boys Horror. The other is proofing the galley for FLESH ENDED book three in the Soul Born Saga. I am still searching for a agent, but I have met one that I really enjoy as a person. I hope she signs me, it would be nice to work with her and share the experience of growing my career with her too.
Thanks all!
Kevin James Breaux

Friday, January 11, 2013

P&E Poll is almost over. Please vote!

Hope all is well and the holidays have been kind and nice.

YEP! It's that time of year again. I have a horror short story up for an award and I need your vote.

Please go to that link and vote on:

The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou” - By Kevin James Breaux

You can vote once per email address you own. Remember, when voting you will need to click on the link in the confirmation email they send to you. If you do not, the vote does not count.

How to vote:
First click on the dot next to the title of the story I wrote. Then fill in your name and email address and then answer the anti-spam/robot question, which this year shows a cover of a book and you have to fill in the authors name. Then click submit. Wait a few minutes and then check for the confirmation email... make sure it did not go to your spam folder. In that confirmation email is the link to confirm the vote. And DONE. It only takes 2-3 minutes tops. It can be done on your phone or mobile device too.

Thanks so much. In the past, I have done well because of your votes!

 ***If the confirmation email takes longer than an hour to reach you, please try to vote again later.

 Thanks all!
Kevin James Breaux