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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Guardian and You

Just a reminder, GUARDIAN hits the street this Tuesday in e-book format.  Here are all the places you can pre-order now:

Amazon

HarperCollins

B&N

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Books-A-Million

Now those of you looking for a paperback release, remember, the e-book has to sell well to get the mass market paperback treatment.  DEMON did and got the treatment.  There's no guarantee GUARDIAN will.  So, encourage other to pick-up the e-book and we should, hopefully, see a paperback version of GUARDIAN.

And as before, stand by for heavy promotion of GUARDIAN here, including links to interviews, guest blogs, reviews, etc.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Coming Soon - GUARDIAN



Just when you thought all the promoting was over, here comes GUARDIAN!  Set to release Jan 27th!

The heart-pounding, action-packed sequel to Demon.

A secret order at war with itself.

A Syrian official who wants to set the Middle East ablaze.

And all of them want nothing more than one unlucky CIA agent …

CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn't the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon's escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules.
Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction.



Friday, January 2, 2015

Demon, Airline Travel, and You

Flying somewhere soon?  Perhaps returning home after this holiday season?  Need a book to read?  Well, Demon is perfect reading for airline travel.  To be frank, it's fast-paced, never dull, and, in my humble opinion, awesome.

And guess what?  It's available in all those Hudson Booksellers you see in airports!  Go forth and find it, or something.  E-mail me pictures of it in the airport at theerikwilliams@gmail.com

Enjoy and thanks!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014

I'm not going to get into details.  I'll I'm gonna say is 2014 was a great and terrible year for me.  In fact, I can honestly say it's been the most successful and most brutal year I've lived.  But I don't want to linger on it.  It's gone now.  I'll let Teddy Roosevelt speak for exactly how I feel today, this first day of January, 2015.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Quick Movie Review - Big Hero 6

So, we took the whole family to the movies today.  This is rare, simply because the twins are not ones to sit still for more than an hour.  Which means inevitable Nazgul-like screeching, in addition to random bouts of food throwing.

But we risked it today and they did well.  I think it helped that the movie we saw was thoroughly entertaining.

And there's your review: Big Hero 6 is, top to bottom, one dam entertaining flick.  Fun, funny, with a big marshmallowy heart.  The kids?  Oh, they loved it.  Especially the five year old.

Yes, I dug it.  And thankfully, it was better than Frozen.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Rejoice! Rejoice!

To all of you, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

If you don't celebrate Christmas, Happy-Whatever-You-Do!

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O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tales from the Trolley...



I've been taking the trolley to work here in San Diego.  It's convenient, cheaper than gas (at least for now, plus I have a big truck), and it's faster than morning traffic.  That being said, I often come across interesting characters and situations on the trolley.  Characters and situations you more than likely wouldn't encounter on a regular basis.

So, in the interest of making part of my day part of yours, I've decided to start a regular series of posts titled TALES FROM THE TROLLEY...

Today, a middle-aged man attempted to board the trolley with a walker.  He had on a tank top, pants, and a hospital bracelet.  It is not known whether he was discharged or escaped.  I say attempted because he collapsed.  Assistance was rendered.  He remained on the floor while people asked him questions.  Not sure what was said but it was clear he was unable to pick himself up or, even worse, stand under his own power.  A couple cops and the trolley driver attempted to carry him off (because hey, we got to keep this train moving) when he started convulsing.  9-1-1 was called, it took the fire department about five minutes to get there (and another two casually walking from their vehicles to the trolley).  They checked him out and about five of them lifted him off the trolley and onto a stretcher.  He didn't look like he was convulsing anymore but am unaware of his current status.  Hope he's okay. Meanwhile, others recorded video with their phones and even took selfies.  This was the start of my day.

Later in the day I encountered a middle-aged man who shared ear-buds with a twenty-something man who appeared to be not genetically related.  They danced and bobbed.  They declared out loud that they're just going to see their parole office and aren't trying to scare anyone.  Then they laughed and started flicking each other off.  At some point, another man boarded who refused to sit next to them even though a seat was offered.  Words of accusation of lack of trusting your fellow man were exchanged.  After  a few minutes, the third man, who had been drinking from a bottle of Wild Cherry Pepsi, offered the other two men a sip.  They accepted.  All fist-bumped after.  After which, the first man announced that God is good and everything possible through love.  And then he said "fucking up people's shit ain't his game."

Finally, we come to our third encounter.  A thirty-something male boarded, barking like the second coming of DMX.  He continuously shouted he's "free" and that "they couldn't pin it on him", mixed in with "Happy Holidays" and "Jingle Bells, motherfucker."  Between the barking and the holiday revelry, he turned his phone up as loud as it could go and alternated between ten different rap songs in about ten second increments.  Finally, he yelled, "I'm free.  Time to fuck some shit up and get my dick sucked" and "they can't touch me cuz I'll fuckin' kill 'em."  Finally, he ended his diatribe with, "Shit, I better watch what I yell cuz someones gonna try and get me arrested."  Wisdom, my friend.  Wisdom.

None of the above is made up.

What did I learn today:  drugs are bad.

The Greatest Christmas Movie. Period.

Okay, so I gave you a Top Ten List of my favorite Christmas movies.  Then I gave you a list of five you'd be better off avoiding (unless you covet depression).  Now I'll tell you the single greatest Christmas movie ever.  Yes, Die Hard is my favorite.  But this one is superior to all others.

Ready?

The Lion in Winter.

The brilliant cast.  The bar-none, pitch perfect script.  The fact it is essentially a two-hour dialogue yet never feels forced, slow, or boring.  And yet some of those talky-talk scenes are more riveting and exciting then anything you'll see in a Fast and Furious flick.

Then you realize it's really just a dysfunctional family getting together for Christmas and they'll probably do the same thing the following year.  Only it's set in the 1100s and features the King of England.

Five Movies with Christmas Settings You Should Probably Avoid

Yeah, these ones, probably not the best for the kids.  Or yourselves.

5.  Bad Santa.  Funny, and ultimately positive, but with a sex scene in a changing room where Billy Bob yells, "You ain't gonna shit right for a week!", well, best to avoid.

4.  Less Than Zero.  Do I need to explain why you shouldn't?

3.  Jingle All the Way.  Do I need to explain why you shouldn't?

2.  American Psycho.  Uh...

1.  Eyes Wide Shut.  No need to say anything.  I'll let the picture below speak for me.




Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies

I had a discussion thread going on my Facebook page a couple weeks ago, asking people what their favorite Christmas movies were.  Then I figured, "Hey, I haven't had many good ideas for blog posts lately, how about taking that discussion and turning it into a blog post.  See, not much work and you get a new post up!  Win, win!"

So here you go.  I will now bless you with my Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies, in order from least favorite to...uh...most favorite.

10. Elf.  Just cuz.

9.  Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.  Who says there's no room for detective movies on this list.  And hey, it's Shane Black.

8.  A Christmas Carol.  The George C. Scott one.

7.  Lethal Weapon.  Who says there's no room for action movies on this list?  And hey, it's Shane Black again.  Dude loves him some Christmas.

6.  Trading Places.  A lot of people forget this is, technically, a Christmas (and yes, New Year's) movie.

5.  Gremlins.  Yeah, I went there.

4.  The Ref.  Absolutely genius and has one of my favorite movie lines ever.  "You know what I'm going to get you next Christmas, Mom? A big wooden cross, so that every time you feel unappreciated for your sacrifices, you can climb on up and nail yourself to it." 

3.  Christmas Vacation.  The second funniest Christmas movie ever made.  And now that I'm a husband and father, I relate more and more to Clark Griswald every year.

2.  Scrooged.  Without a doubt, the funniest Christmas movie ever made.  Bill Murray in all his glory.  And a damn fine adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

1.  Die Hard.  I'm not sure how this can't be everyone's favorite Christmas movie.  And see, plenty of room for action movies on this here list.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Drive-By Updates

1.  The copy edits for GUARDIAN are done and turned in to the publisher. By the way, did you know the e-book is available for pre-order?  Buy, buy, buy!

2.  The e-book for DEMON has been reduced in price to $0.99 for the holidays!  Again, buy, buy, buy!  I'll make it even easier.  Click the link to your preferred reading device!  Kindle  Nook  Google Play  Kobo  iBooks

3.  Still working on finishing up WATCHER, the third book in the Mike Caldwell series.

4.  I recently got the paperback rights to PROGENY back.  This is my favorite of my books, and one that's sold pretty lousy.  I plan on re-examining it, maybe changing the title, etc.  It's supernatural noir (think ANGEL HEART/FALLING ANGEL) that probably got sold too much like straight horror.  So I'll tinker with it and see what comes out of it.  Meantime, you can still get the e-book if you're interested.

5.  For all you Germans, the German language edition of BIGFOOT CRANK STOMP hits the streets December 31st.  You're welcome!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Demon Holiday Sale

So the e-book for Demon has been reduced in price from $2.99 to $0.99 for the holidays.  So, if you get an e-reader as a gift (or want to give someone a awesome e-book to read on their new or broken in e-reader) consider giving the gift of Demon.  Below are the links to the various stores you can purchase it at.

Kindle

Nook

Kobo

iBooks

Google Play

Scribd




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Quick Movie Review - Nomads

Yeah, that movie from the '80s.  Directed by John McTiernen (first flick) and starring Pierce Brosnan and featuring Adam Ant as a demon.  Yes, that last part is correct.

This is, simultaneously, an intriguing and terrible movie.  The concept is cool and it definitely embraces the slow-burn building tension of Hitchcock. From watching it, you can see why McTiernen was so successful with his action set pieces like Predator and Die Hard. He clearly understood, from the beginning, that less is more and ratcheting terror is better than an all out assault of gore from the outset.

That being said, it's still a tough movie to get through.  It's 90 min run time feels too long.  There are moments of ridiculousness (the demon chick dancing on top of the car for the camera).  The murder house really is fleshed out.  All you really get is this guy is a anthropologist who is now a professor but hey, he's still willing to chase strange cultures in the wilds of urban L.A.

And then there's Adam Ant.  Adam Ant!?!

When you think about it, this movie should be much cooler than it is.  I mean, demonic nomads living among us?  But sadly, it just isn't.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick Movie Review - Under the Skin

Not sure how to feel about this movie. It's equal parts mesmerizing and boring; disturbing and dumbfounding; unique and pretentious.

See, no idea how to feel.  But I will give it some credit for being original, very stylistic, moody, a slow burn, interesting, and utterly heart wrenching (I'm looking at you kid on the beach).

Do I recommend it? Yes. Will I watch it again?  Not sure.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My advice to SONY in regards to SPIDER-MAN

In Ghostbusters there's many a great line. One works here: "If someone asks you if you're a god you say...yes!"

Now, thanks to SONY-gate and all the hack stuff, we now know Sony and Marvel were working on a deal that would see Spider-Man crossover into Marvel films, Marvel potentially producing separate Spider-Man flicks, and Sony pretty much not having to do much other than contribute about 40% of the budget on the Spider-Man flicks and rake in profits.

Someone at Sony said no.  Because of hubris.  They think they can resurrect Spider-Man after two terrible reboot flicks.  They think they can spin-off separate movies with ho-hum villains teaming together (Suicide Squad is beating you to it, Sony).  They think people will pay to see a Venom/Carnage movie.

They're kinda navel gazing. Pride before the fall, and all.

What's interesting is Marvel.  They're basically saying, "Help me help you."  They want Spider-Man to themselves, of course, but are will to team up, front most of the cost, and do all the work, just to give the poor bastard some decent movies.  Sony thinks, "Nah, we'll be okay.  We're going to make an Aunt May prequel flick."

Holy shit.

Anyway, Sony's is stupid and should seriously reconsider this offer.  To paraphrase the above quote: "If Marvel asks you if you want to make billions of dollars doing hardly anything you say...yes!"