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Binge Reading: The Veins-Cycle Challenge

January 31st, 2015

The veins cycle tight (2)Last week, when Google Play announced that they were reducing the prices on all three Veins Cycle Books, I posted the following comment on the Fantasist Enterprises Facebook page:

I’d love to hear from someone who dives in and reads (or re-reads) the entire cycle straight through, letting the central narrative unfold in real time.

Well, yesterday I heard from one such reader.

Turns out it’sPaul Genesse, author the Iron Dragon Series. And not only did he read them all over a 24 hour period, but he lived to blog about the experience. Here’s what he has to say:

 Veins_I read Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly and loved it. I read the whole novel on my Kindle in one sitting starting on a Saturday morning, then immediately read the second book, Vipers, finishing it late that night. I read the third book, Vortex all day Sunday and finished reading it in the late afternoon. I’m fairly addicted to Facebook and I barely even checked it all weekend.

You can read the rest of Paul Genesse’s review here as well as a follow-up interview that he did with me here.

And now I’m wondering who else out there might take the Veins-Cycle Challenge by reading these books in real time.

VIPERS_coverVeins starts at 10:00 on a Sunday night. Vipers picks up before dawn the following day. And Vortex rides the later afternoon and evening, finally ending at 10:00 pm the following night. Given their length, they should be readable in about a day, even if you take time off to eat, sleep, and walk the cat. If you try it, I’d love to hear from you.

And if you’re thinking of picking up the books, you’ll be happy to know that all three are still priced below $2.00 each, with Vortex (which has made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award) still selling for .99 across all platforms. It’s a great time to pick up all three, but you’ll want to hurry. Fantasist Enterprises tells me that the prices will soon be going back to the SRP.

Vortex-CoverBetter yet, if you’re interested in picking up the books for free and getting some change back in the bargain, you might consider entering what Fantasist is calling the I-Am-Axle Sweepstakes, which could win you a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card — more than enough to purchase all three Veins Cycle books and still have  cash left to spend on whatever.

In all, there’s never been a better time for opening Veins.

I have a few more blog posts waiting in the wings, so be sure to check back here in a day or two, when I hope to have some pictures and audio of last week’s Story Night @ Riley’s Pour House. Until then, consider taking the Veins-Cycle binge-reading challenge . . . and scop on!

Image Credits: Veins, cover at by Star E. Olson; Vipers, cover art by Gerasimos Kolokas; Vortex, cover art by Rhonda Libbey.

What’s Axle’s Buried Secret?
Answer to Win an Amazon Gift Card

January 25th, 2015

Vortex CoverThe good people at Fantasist Enterprises, publishers of the Veins Cycle books, are interested in buried secrets.

They’re also interested in giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Here are the details.

First the set up:

Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle opens with a boy burying something beneath his house. He thinks he is alone, that no one sees him.

But someone does.

The man he will become watches from the shadows of a dream, looking on as the child tries disposing of something the man has spent a lifetime forgetting. It’s an important secret . . . and in many ways it is part of who and what the adult has become.

Axle from VEINS by Lawrence C ConnollySuch is sometimes the case with childhood secrets. We may not remember them. Indeed, in some cases, they may be associated with things we do not want to remember. Yet they remain part of us.

So here’s the challenge: Fantasist Enterprises would like you to visit their I-Am-Axle Sweepstakes page and speculate on what terrible thing Axle (the Veins Cycle protagonist) watches his childhood self bury in the opening pages of Vortex. (Fantasist even provides a free excerpt of the book so that you can see everything the adult Axle sees.)

Now here’s the thing. Fantasist is not asking you to spill the beans on some ancient and terrible secret you yourself have kept locked away. That’s your baggage. Instead, they’d like to you imagine — based on the details provided in the opening chapter (and possibly in the earlier books Veins and Vipers) — what it is it the young Axle might be trying to hide.

StokerIf you’re a writer, consider this a writing prompt (the sort of challenge that horror writer Michael A. Arnzen calls an Instigation). Who knows, you could come away with a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

 Be creative . . . and have fun!

And oh, by the way, did you hear the big news?

Vortex has made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award, and to celebrate Fantasist is offering all of Veins Cycle books for .99 at all major retailers, including Amazon and the FE Website. Those are 1960’s prices folks. Who says time travel’s impossible.

Image Credits:
Vortex. Cover art by Rhonda Libbey.
Axle (from Veins). Illustration by Star Olson.
Bram Stoker Award. Design by Gahan Wilson.

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!

Aberrations: Flash Fiction for the Ears

October 6th, 2014

Aberrations EyeSince launching this blog a few years ago, I’ve written a bit about the art of storytelling and flash fiction. Along the way, I’ve posted a few samples from Aberrations,  a  radio demo featuring stories from Visions: Short Fantasy & SF and This Way to Egress.

Now, while preparing a couple audio samples to promote the forthcoming Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle, I thought I might offer the full audio of Aberrations.

It’s a 20 minute program with a wrap-around narrative that frames three stand-alone stories. It comes complete with intro and outro credits and some cool music.

If you give it a listen, let me know what you think.

More audio coming soon. Until then, scop on!

Image Credits:

The Aberration Eye, illustrated by Nathaniel G. Sawyer from Visions: Short Fantasy & SF, published by Fantasist Enterprises, copyright © 2014 by Nathaniel G. Sawyer.


The 21st-Century Scop at the World Fantasy Reading Cafe, photo by Scop Media, copyright © 2014 by Lawrence C. Connolly.