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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.

All-Star Night (Part 2):
Finding Hysteria with Stephanie Wytovich

January 1st, 2015

DSC00036 (152x340) (2)Welcome back! Just in time to start the New Year off with a little hysteria.

Yesterday’s post featured Owen Kilbane and his story about discovering the powers of music in attracting the opposite sex. If you missed it, you will definitely want to go back and check it out. Here’s a link.

Owen’s performance was one of eleven featured at this month’s All Star Story Night at Riley’s Pour House — a night of entertainment that featured some of the best storytellers from Riley’s 2014 series.

Also featured were  Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Coluccio, Larry Ivkovich, Joanne Letcher, Michael McBurney, Marlene Pendleton,  Martha Swiss, Shag, C. S. Wyatt, and Stephanie Wytovich. An amazing lineup, to be sure.

The 21st Century Scop - HysteriaSharing the storytelling trophy with Owen was writer and editor Stephanie Wytovich, who made her third appearance at Riley’s by returning with her story of finding inspiration by voluntarily checking into abandoned mental institutions. It’s just the thing to clear those New Year’s cobwebs and get you alert and ready to face 2015.

Strap yourself in, hit play on the player below, and I’ll hope to see you at Riley’s on January 27, when our theme will be “Resolutions.” Until then, stay sane . . . and scop on!

 Image Credits:
Stephanie Wytovich talks about hysteria.
Hysteria: A Collection of Madness by Stephanie Wytovich, Raw Dog Screaming Press.
– Stephanie with the storytelling trophy.
Photos copyright © 2014 by The 21st-Century Scop.

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.


The Prousting of Axle
Day 1 of the Veins Blog Tour

September 5th, 2014

Axle from VEINS by Lawrence C Connolly

If you’ve been thinking about reading Veins, now’s the time to grab a copy. For the next five days, the ebook edition will be on sale for $0.99 at Fantasist Enterprises, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

To coincide with the sale, I’ll be doing a series of guest blogs and events at some of my favorite websites, starting today with one at kristinaelysebutke.com. Kristina is an educator as well as a writer, and her site is both informative and entertaining. Recently, she launched a series in which characters from novels respond to Proustian questions.

Today, Axle (from Veins) gets to respond. You can see what he has to say by going to kristinaelysebutke.com.

Illustration: “Axle” by Star E. Olson, Copyright © Star E. Olson. All Rights Reserved. The illustration appears in both the print and e-book edition of Veins