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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!

The Brighton Readings: Part One

November 8th, 2013

taking care of business at WFC compressedCall me the warrior scop. Maybe I didn’t battle monsters at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, but I did spend some time beating back gale-force winds that rivaled those of England’s Great Storm of 1987. And I did get a chance to wield an artisan-made sword from a dealers-room display. So maybe I was a warrior. Sort of? Humor me.

The scop part might be easier to defend.

I spent my first evening in Brighton at the University of Brighton’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where I read excerpts from Visions and spoke about the process of writing for publication. Arranged by Drs. Gina Wisker and Vedrana Velickovic, the event attracted some enthusiastic students and writers, many of whom submitted questions that I promised to address in an upcoming blog. More on that soon.

After the University reading, I headed south to World Fantasy where I spent most of my time in the Reading Café, a spoken-word venue organized by Martel Sardina. (That’s Martel below, introducing Thomas F. Monteleone.)

Martel Sardina and Thomas F. MonteleoneAmong the Reading Café’s highlights were presentations by F. Paul Wilson, Simon Kurt Unsworth, and Thomas F. Monteleone – three guys that I make a point of catching every chance I get. They’re fine storytellers.

Tom in particular has a style that qualifies as performance art. He doesn’t simply read his stories. He acts them out, assuming the posture and voice of each character – a device that worked perfectly for his Reading Café story: “Yog-Sothoth, Superstar,” from Songs of Cthulhu. Composed as a series of emails, faxes, reviews, and telephone conversations, “Superstar” made for an excellent performance piece.

Flashing the V sign in Brighton

My own WFC presentation took place on Saturday. The audience was terrific, with some of them hanging around afterward to flash their V signs. Great people . . . a terrific time.

Since the reading was recorded, I’ll be back soon with a link and a complete report on my University presentation.

Until then, keep flashing those Vs . . . and scop on!

I’ll Meet You in the Gaslight

December 9th, 2011

If you missed the Bitten By Books event last week, you can still access highlights at The Gaslight Gallery, a new blog sponsored by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

The blog features some of the best responses offered during the Bitten By Books event as well as new answers to some intriguing questions.

Drop by, read the interviews, post a comment. I’ll hope to see you in the gaslight.

Meet the Gaslight Arcanum Authors @ Bitten By Books

December 1st, 2011

 

The Gaslight Arcanum party is jumping over at the Bitten By Books website. Drop in if you get a chance. It’s a great place for talking about fantasy, mystery, horror, Sherlock Holmes . . . or just reading and writing in general.

The party in sponsored by the good people at Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, and it runs until noon tomorrow. But don’t wait. Check it out now.

Hope to see you there!