Friday, February 6, 2009

Could be worse...

I've been seeing a bunch of online reviews for Blood Blade popping up here and there. Mostly, they've been really good. Some were not-so-great and others were mostly good with a dash of bad thrown in. Considering that some of the reviewers were obviously fans of much more romantic urban fantasy, those critiques turned out a lot better than I would have expected.

That's the cool thing about this genre. Readers and reviewers alike have gotten past the rigid set of guidelines that make something "horror" or "fantasy". People are finding my book whether it's in the horror section, fantasy section, sometimes sci-fi, top shelf, front table, whatever, and they're not wrapped up in comparing it to other series. It's getting praised or bashed on its own merits and I can live with that.

It also helps that I've been watching the new seasons of Hell's Kitchen and American Idol. I may be in the sights of some critics, but at least it's not as bad as what the poor schmucks on those shows get from Simon and Chef Ramsey. Then again, my scallops aren't burnt on both sides and raw in the middle. I mean, what the hell was THAT about???

This is what happens without editors

I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

Free Stuff

Here's how it goes. As usual, I've got my truckload of promo covers from EOS Books. I'll be going to some conventions, so I hope to see you there and I'll gladly sign your books. If you can't make it to a con, just email me your name, address and any inscription so I can send you a signed cover.

BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.