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Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle

November 4th, 2014

Vortex Cover

I’m thrilled to report that Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle is now available.

Illustrated by Rhonda Libbey and produced by Fantasist Enterprises — the press known for illustrated fantasy books such as Blood and Devotion, Modern Magic, The Stories in Between, and others — Vortex goes on sale today across all major retail platforms.

So whether you have been following the books from the beginning or just hearing about the Veins Cycle for the first time, I hope you’ll consider climbing aboard for the final stretch of this wild and crazy ride.

Need more incentive?

Check out the following testimonials from Joe McKinney, Jon Sprunk, Stephanie Wytovich, John Dixon, and Simon Kurt Unsworth:

deadcity“There are two ways to read a Lawrence C. Connolly novel. If Vortex is your first encounter with Connolly, just strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride. He has a knack for writing compulsively readable action that will have you turning pages as fast as you can and will leave you panting for air by the time you’re done. But if you’ve been following this cycle from its beginnings in Veins and Vipers, you know that there’s a deeper side to Connolly, one that comes only from slowing down and taking a leisurely swim in the mastery of his prose. Few writers understand their characters with the same depth, and empathy, that Connolly does. He leaves me in awe. Every time. I am a Connolly fan through and through.”
—Joe McKinney, Award-winning author of Dead City

Blood-and-Iron-Jon-Sprunk“With the Veins Cycle, Lawrence C. Connolly creates a world that is eerily familiar to our own, but with hidden surprises around every turn (and page). Writing with power and precision, Connolly evokes sights and sounds that haunt us. Vortex is a book you won’t be able to put down.”
—Jon Sprunk, author of Blood & Iron

“Connolly delivers a fast-paced mystery with a heavy helping of magical realism that will lose readers in a mystical and frightening world that they won’t want to slither out of.”
—Stephanie M. Wytovich, author of Hysteria and Mourning Jewelry

18143994“Delightfully dissonant. Unbridled imagination meets impeccable storytelling. Connolly is amazing that way, like the bull and the matador rolled into one. His work is crazy imaginative and yet absolutely sane in its delivery, reminiscent of other masters of dissonance such as Clifford Simak and Philip K. Dick.”
—John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island

Vortex is the fiction of Wurlitzers and rollercoasters, of fire, of violence and monsters, but it’s so much more than that. This is gleeful, intelligent stuff that deserves the widest audience possible. It’s a hell of a ride and I, for one, cannot wait to see where Connolly takes us next.”
—Simon Kurt Unsworth, author of The Devil’s Detective

So what do you say? Ready to ride this Vortex? You can find more information at Fantasist Enterprises and Amazon, where the purchase buttons for the print and Kindle editions are now live. Take a look, and I’ll meet you in Windslow.

Buckle up. Enjoy the ride!

August Mania:
Madness, Music, and Mannequins

August 8th, 2014

Connolly Wytovich ArnzenSorry. Couldn’t resist the alliteration, but it’s as good a way as any to summarize this month’s events.

The Madness

That’s madness of the fun variety, of course. Earlier this week I joined Raw Dog Screaming Press authors Stephanie M. Wytovich and Michael A. Arnzen for a reading at Rickert & Beagle Books. That’s the three of us on the left, standing beneath the store’s Horror sign (although it does seem as if Mike is actually standing beneath the Mental Health sign).

Stephanie opened the reading with the poem “Daddy’s Little Grave Digger,” from her new collection Mourning Jewelry. It’s the second time I heard her read it, the first being earlier this summer at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival. At both readings I was impressed with her ability to deliver the poem in a tone that conveyed both a sense of dread and whimsy. Great stuff.

She also read excerpts from last year’s Bram Stoker nominated Hysteria: A Collection of Madness and a few new poems – indicating that a new collection may be on the horizon.

Write or die 2Always the technology integrator, Mike shared a new story written using the apps Brainstormer and Write Or Die.  The first provided him with three randomly selected words: remorse, dying, and puppet. The second threatened to scream at him if he stopped writing or (worse) erase his words if he fell behind on his intended goal. Fortunately Mike managed in producing a 1,255 word first draft in under 30 minutes. He then edited it to a tight 850 word narrative, which he shared at the Rickert & Beagle reading.

Titled “A Check-Up for Mr. Bangles,” the story about a father performing a medical exam on his daughter’s toy is at once creepy and hilarious.

outside rileys1The Music

This weekend I’ll be teaming up with Duane Davis (long-time bassist for the Laughrey Connolly Band) and Lauren Connolly Moore for a show under the big tent at Riley’s Pour House.

As always, we’ll start with ballads and build to a raucous finale. The show will run from 8:00 to Midnight, and the weather looks like it’s going to be perfect for an outdoor show.

Really looking forward to this one!

mannequins

The Mannequins

This month’s Storytelling Night at Riley’s will feature our first thematic double bill: Mannequin Tales and Back to School Adventures.

We’re currently taking advance signup for storytelling. If you have a story about mannequins or a memory about returning to school, we’d love to add you to our growing roster of storytellers.

Please note, your stories do not need to include both themes. For this event, we’ll be presenting two sets of stories on a double-bill program reminiscent of the heyday of drive-in cinema.

Please check out some of the stories featured on our previous storytelling nights The Writing Life, Stories from the Theatre, and Midsummer Night Stories for an idea of what we’re looking for.

That’s a summary of the big events for this month. Updates coming soon. Until then, scop on!