The Sound of Silence


I saw this video making the rounds on my facebook feed, but I never had the time to check it out until early Saturday morning. I love the original version of the song and I like the band Disturbed, so I though the combination might be interesting. I was not wrong. Don’t let the fact that they are a heavy metal band put you off of watching the video or listening to the music. The words are every bit as powerful and the music is haunting in a way that the original never quite reaches. Open your ears and your mind and check this out. You won’t regret it.

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ADAPT! The Survival Card Game


Anyone who knows me knows that I love games, especially the kind you have to sit around a table and play with other people. Board games, strategy games, role-playing games, and card games are all in my wheelhouse and I’ve passed my love of games down to my boys and now that my daughter has her own board games I think it is safe to say that we are a game playing family.

I want to introduce you to a new game created by a friend of mine. It is a card game called Adapt. The concept is easy and the gameplay is engaging. Before it was ready for sale, some of us got to try out the game and it is a blast. Face down the environment and your friends as you try to survive on an island wilderness. Search for relics and equipment that might just help you escape and win the game.

Oh, and just so you don’t think this is a one shot deal, there are already expansions in the works that let you change the environment, the objectives and the strategies you use. Check it out and order your copy today.

Adapt game

The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips.

Charlotte, NC — December 10, 2015 | North Suns Entertainment announced on December 7, 2015, the release of the core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games.

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack! Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long, Full Sail University Graduate, 2014. He feels the game works great in party situations and he would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; you can buy the game now!

“I am really looking forward to future expansions for the game and see where the community wants to take the game.” – Joshua Long

Contact InformationAdapt game

Joshua Long
Game Designer / Founder
North Suns Entertainment
jlong@north-suns.com
www.adaptsurvival.com

Inspired and Feeling Fine


Last night I got a little…emotional while watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I recorded a couple of videos and I’ll be sharing one of them here in a moment. Don’t worry, it’s not me blubbering for seven minutes. I talk about the trailer’s effect and how Star Wars is a source of inspiration for me.

On another note, I made my older son get out of bed a little early this morning so that I could play the trailer for both boys and Katie at the same time.  Katie was less than impressed (time to start the indoctrination), but the boys were both very excited about it.  You know it is good when Zachary is sitting on the couch looking a little stunned.

The Kickstarter is going well at this point. Six backers for $158 in the first two days is pretty awesome. Please check it out. Back me if you can. Share it if you can’t. I think you’ll really enjoy Apocalypse Rising: The Coming Darkness, and hitting my Kickstarter goal will make that happen so much faster.

Thank you for your support

I Am Broken


I should be sharing something about my Kickstarter campaign that launched yesterday, but I can’t. The link is there. You can click it, check out some information on the new book, but I’ll be honest. I’m sitting here in shock. I just wiped away the tears and I don’t quite know what to do. I’ll do a video post on my kickstarter and will probably post it here tomorrow, but for now, I can’t. I am broken.

Continue reading “I Am Broken”

Kickstarter Launched!


I started my kickstarter campaign for my next book. What’s the name of this book you say? Well watch the video and follow the K link in the corner to find out.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1281481181/apocalypse-rising-the-coming-darkness/widget/video.html

Thank you for your support!

 

 

SIN EATER Starts Tomorrow!


Can I just say that I love Pavarti k. Tyler’s fiction? I’ve read a couple of her works and her writing is always spot on. The stories are intense and can take you to uncomfortable places, but that’s what good fiction should do and she is a master of it.  When I heard that she and Jessica West were releasing a serialized story through Amazon.com, I knew we were in for a treat. Below you’ll fins all of the information and release dates and you can be sure that I will have a review coming for the series soon enough.

 

You’ve heard rumblings about it, now it’s finally here. SIN EATER by Pavarti K. Tyler and Jessica West is available now on Amazon.com. Check out my review and the giveaway at the end of this post!

Episode 1.1 is FREE 9/25 & 9/26 so grab your copy NOW. After that it will be $0.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited: Amazon.com

Episode 1.2 is available now for $0.99: Amazon.com


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From Award-Winning Author Pavarti K. Tyler and Speculative Fiction Author Jessica West, comes a Dark Urban Fantasy serial about evil, and the next step in its evolution.

This is Episode ONE in a seven part urban fantasy/horror serial

A Sin Eater who battles demons for souls
A Priest who must protect what he most desires, even from himself,
A rogue Romani mortician with an attitude, a secret, and a powerful weapon,
And a Secret Order of the Church who knows more than they’re saying…

Nikolai Grekh is the last Sin Eater.

Born into a world rampant with demon possession, Nik Grekh struggles to keep Hell’s hordes from consuming the world, but he grows weary of the constant battle against sin. Evil grows stronger as more souls are lost. With each new possession growing increasingly violent, Nik fears he may be losing the war.

When Nik confronts a demon he can barely defeat, he reaches out to the only man who can save him. The only man he trusts. The one man he can never have…

Evil has resided alongside humanity since the beginning of time, feeding on our weaknesses, our vices. Our sins. It hungers for our souls, its demonic offspring possessing humans, corrupting, manipulating, using us as unwitting pawns in a supernatural chess match for the ultimate price: life.

The Crucifixion of Christ saved humanity once. What will it take to save us this time?

contains mature content, offensive themes, and general deviance

Sin Eater 1.1 is approximately 10,000 words or 45 pages, and is the first of seven episodes in the first season of the Sin Eater serial. If you don’t enjoy serials, you can pre-order the full Box Set on Amazon.


A Note About Serials: These are not stand alone books, however, if that drives you crazy, you can PREORDER the full box set now:

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For those reading alone as each episode is released, here is the full schedule:

Sin Schedule

Episode Publication Date
Episode 1 9/25/2015
Episode 2 9/25/2015
Episode 3 10/9/2015
Episode 4 10/23/2015
Episode 5 11/6/2015
Episode 6 11/20/2015
Episode 7 12/4/2015
Box Set 12/15/2015

Read an Excerpt

Nik’s hand dripped blood and his forehead throbbed.

“You can’t kill this man and that’s the only way you’ll get rid of me. You can’t take an innocent life without opening yourself up to my kind. So go ahead, kill him, and then I’ll wrap myself in your shell and consume your soul.” The monster licked its lips.

“Bullshit.”

The leaky, red eyes of the demon’s host displayed the first real signs of fear. It was all but beat. He was almost finished.

“Behold and obey. By the power of Christ, invested in me by the Kingdom of Heaven and its mighty King, I command you to yield. For this vessel is a child of God, sacred unto him.”

Beads of sweat popped out on the brow of the man before him, now crouching and glaring up at Nik. One side of his face had melted away, leaving only sinew and bone. He curled his arms and fists, making his biceps bulge with effort.

His voice, empowered by his birthright and emboldened by experience, rang clear in the night. “I exorcise thee, every unclean spirit, in the name of God,” Nik pressed his bloody palm against the demon’s forehead, “and in the name of Jesus, and in the name of the Holy Spirit!”

Nik drew the sign of the cross on the demon’s flesh with his own blood.

“Tell me your name! The blood of Christ compels you!”

The man’s bulging muscles shook. He ground his teeth, trying his best to stop from revealing his name and giving Nik the only thing he needed to destroy him. He screamed, a long and low furious yell that revealed the only thing that might have kept him safe: “Naamah.”

Nik slapped his wet palm onto the man’s sweaty forehead. “I exorcise thee, Naamah, in the name of God, and in the name of Jesus,” Nik’s hand burned the man’s flesh, but he couldn’t stop, “and in the name of the Holy Spirit.” He pulled his face close until the two were eye-to-eye.

The black from the demon’s eyes receded into its head, traveling the surface of the man’s skin and turning it gray. He opened his mouth and a black cloud rushed out, choking its former host as it was expelled.

The monster let out a shriek as the last of its hold on the man was ripped out, sliding out of his human host’s mouth and into a black glob on the street.

The man came to his senses. Confusion showed in his eyes as his mind was once again able to access his body. As the evil left the man’s body, he slumped to the ground and Nik lowered with him. Nik stayed just long enough to make sure the man’s pulse was stable. His job was to get the evil out, not to worry about what happened after.

Nik’s head spun, he was too exhausted, sick, and confused to reason it out. He’d exorcised the demon. That’s all that mattered. He’d figure out the particulars later.

The blood on Nik’s hand glowed a deep red in the darkness as he reached out and grabbed the evil before him. With a silent prayer, he picked it up, black sin wrapping around his fingers like tentacles. Bile rose in his mouth at the thought of what he needed to do next. Twice in one night.

The throb in his head began again and Nik stuffed the evil into his mouth, swallowing its slick putrid essence in one gulp.

Nik stood, but he swayed and leaned heavily on the wall to his left, unable to see through the dark haze that descended over his eyes. He felt like someone had snuffed him out. Cold gripped his body, seeping into his bones, pulling him down, crushing him in its icy fist.

He instantly regretted treating this one as he had every other. He should have known better. There was nothing about this possession that had been like the others. After everything he went through to beat this thing, he came right back around to the same thought as before. This would be the one that killed him.


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