Self-publishing

Spotlight Blog Tour: The Traveller by Garrett Addison

Today I welcome Garrett Addison, author of The Traveller, as host to the Rave Review Book Club Spotlight Blog Tour. Garrett has received great support in the spotlight so check out the club and see what they can do for you and tell them I sent you. With that note, take it away, Garrett!

A main character to love hate.

As an Indie author I figure there’s almost an expectation that I’ll be brave enough to try something different in my writing.  Perhaps I’ve got it wrong, sure, but I’m inclined to think that you’re way more likely to discover something different with the works of Indie authors than those of traditionally published authors.  That said, regardless of whether the writing is ‘different’, it still needs to ‘work’.

Book CoverExpectations aside, I really wanted to try something when I wrote ‘The Traveller’.  It occurred to me that the exploits of my nice guy family man taking a walk on the wide side wouldn’t endear him to many readers.  The obvious thing for me as the author would have been to soften his actions a little or add something else to make him more likeable.  It’s probably amongst the many must-do’s of ‘Writing 101’: your readers need to ‘love’ your characters.  Purists will argue that ‘love’ is a bit of a stretch, and it’s probably closer to ‘care’ or ‘empathise’ but anyway.

I thought about it, a lot.  Why can’t I have a really unlikeable hero? What if my ‘good guy’ was a complete bastard?  Could I make readers want to turn the page?  That was a challenge too delicious to ignore, so I got brave.  I wrote my main character to be an angry, arrogant, philandering, vengeful, self-absorbed guy, devoid of anything likeable.  He’s not really an anti-hero … he’s just a bastard.  Then I got even braver and told my story in the first person.  Readers: welcome to the world of a bastard.

Have you ever driven past a vehicle accident and you just couldn’t help yourself from looking?  That’s how I liken my un-named main character in ‘The Traveller’; he’s a veritable ‘car wreck’.  Told in the first person, it feels like a personal account and the reader has little choice but to come along for the ride inside the head of ‘The Traveller’ as he takes his walk on the dark side.   Sure I’m biased, but I feel vindicated for my little piece of literary bravery.

I’m a huge fan of Indie fiction because I like to read different kinds of books.  I don’t want to read the same stories, clichéd characters and copycat plots, and I think Indie authors are just brave enough to try something which might set their writing apart and get the world start to talk about their book.  Of course, those ‘big swings’ don’t always work … but then, Indies have nothing to lose!

 

Author PhotoFollow Garrett online:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/garrettaddison

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/garrettaddisonauthor

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/GarrettAddison/

Website – http://www.garrettaddison.com/

 

 

Amazon Book Links:

The Traveller – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW4EP8W/

Minions – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW4EP8W/

Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your book on Archer’s Aim and to Rave Reviews Book Club for the opportunity to host the Spotlight Blog Tour today. I will be hosting more in the near future so stop by anytime for updates and posts.

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The Bow of Destiny Cover Reveal

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

I finished a crowdfunding campaign in September which was intended to complete my first novel entitled, The Bow of Destiny. Here’s the sample trailer I used for campaign.

As you can see, the artwork conveys a message but as stated in my campaign I needed high-quality cover-art for the book. This is one of my milestones for the book so I decided to use what I raised for artwork since the book won’t go to my editor until late November.

I contacted Chris Rawlins to work on my cover-art since I liked a similar piece by him entitled “Robin of Loxley”. I felt this image suited my concept very well so I teamed with Chris to develop a similar piece that fits The Bow of Destiny. Take look at some of Chris’s work which I think is fantastic. Before I post the actual cover, I’ll share an interview with the artist so look for that on November 7th.

I’ll reveal the newly designed cover on November 10th so be sure to check in on that day to see the cover. Want a sneak peek? Sign-up to receive my blog digest via email where the cover will appear early. As a bonus you can receive a free e-book copy of The Black Bag by liking my Facebook page and using the “News and Blog Signup” tab there to join my email list. By being on this list you will receive the digest of my top posts and latest updates and much more.

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

It’s exciting to finally meet this milestone and I’m happy to share it with you. Make sure to check back on Nov. 10th to see the cover where I’ll also share some details about the book and links to my prequel series – What is Needed.

I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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6 Reasons October Is Great For Reading

Halloween ReadingReading is a year-round activity. Here’s why October is GREAT for reading.

1. It’s Halloween season and there are plenty of seasonal books to read that are creepy, scary, mysterious and just plan good Halloween fun.

2. You’ve got time to read before November. What’s November? NaNoWriMo, so there’s less time to read if your writing. If you aren’t…

3. It’s before the busy holiday season. There are lots of events, parties, parades and travel so you have less time to read.

bulldog wearing eyeglasses sleeping over a good novel4. The change of season to cooler weather makes it an excellent time to curl up with a good book.

5. Remember all those Halloween books? They are probably on sale during the month!

6. You can read and review a book on Rave Review Book Club’s catalog list. It’s a fast growing book club providing excellent support to writers and GREAT books for readers. You can sign-up today and begin supporting Indie authors today with your reviews. Check out the information posted by the club. But there’s more! Nonnie Jules provides her own reviews and author support to help you discover new books of all genres. If you are a writer, look into all the benefits authors receive from Rave Reviews Book Club.

Why is October an excellent reader month for you? Are you interested in being a club member and reviewing great new books?

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

I’d love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements andremember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! If you join today make sure to mention me.

Also, this post is in the Blog Recruitment Day Contest for the club. Here’s the link to vote in the poll.

Thanks for visiting!

PHS

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