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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!


Join Me in the Madhouse
Day 4 of the Veins Blog Tour

September 8th, 2014

Vortex CoverYes, this really is Day 4, just as my previous post (also dated September 8) really was Day 3. It seems the date in my WordPress settings went a little crazy and moved to another time zone. But it’s all corrected now. Amazing what a little revision can do. Which bring us to the topics of revision and going crazy (both of which I cover in a guest installment over at one of my favorite blog sites, Stephanie Wytovich’s Join Me in the Madhouse).

The guest blog considers why writers should listen to those inner voices that know when something is finished . . . and when it isn’t. Along the way, it draws on insights by Patrick Rothfuss, Truman Capote, and others who have struggled with seeing works through to completion.

Most significantly (for me at least) it answers a question that I’m sure is foremost on your mind. Namely: “When’s Vortex coming out?” To find out, all you have to do is click here . . . and I’ll meet you on the other side.

Image:
Rhonda Libbey’s cover for
Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle, coming November 4.

Fantastic Fiction at the KGB

June 16th, 2013

KGB“Admission is free, drinks are cheap and strong, and the level of excellence is such that KGB has been named best literary venue in New York City by New York Magazine, the Village Voice, and everyone else who bestows these awards of recognition.”

That description is right from the source, Denis Woyochuk, co-founder and president of the KGB Bar in New York’s East Village, where I’ll be reading this week as part of the Fantastic Fiction Series hosted by Matthew Kressel and Ellen Datlow.

Sharing the bill will be Sarah Langan, three-time sarahlwinner of the Bram Stoker Award and one of my favorite writers.   As Tim Pratt put it in Locus a few years back: “Sarah Langan is one of the bright new hopes of horror– an intelligent, literary, ambitious author capable of scaring the ever-loving crap out of her readers.” It’s going to be a fun evening.

Sarah Langan’s novels include The Keeper (2006), The Missing (2007), and Audrey’s Door (2009). At the KGB, she plans to read from The Clinic, a work in progress.

VortexI’m planning on reading some stand-alone selections from Voices, all tied together with an overarching vignette.  In addition, I’m planning on unveiling (with the help of Will and Meesh Horner of Fantasist Enterprises) the preliminary cover art for my next book, Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle.

The art is by Rhonda Libbey, and it’s jaw-dropping. Rhonda will also be doing the interior illustrations for Vortex, and if you’re able to make it Wednesday, you’ll be among the first to see what she will be bringing to the concluding arc of the Veins Cycle.

I’m looking forward to this trip. I’ve been away from the city for too long, and I intend to make the most of it while I’m there.

In addition to the reading, I hope to visit with T.E.D. Klein, who purchased some of my early stories for Twilight Zone Magazine back in my salad days. I also plan to meet with a young filmmaker who is planning a short adaptation of one of my stories from This Way to Egress before I hurry back in time to do a Friday show at Riley’s Pour House.

Busy week.

Nevertheless, I hope to get a chance to blog about some of the trip’s highlights before heading out to Seton Hill University at the end of the month, where I’ll be giving presentations for both the Writing Popular Fiction program and the In Your Write Mind writing workshops.

No rest for the wicked!