….and now for something exactly the same.

Hello, my friends, hello.

Back in the blog saddle again, still scratching my head and wondering what I should write. It’s come to me that I should write more about my favorite subject…Mama Stone’s bestest little boy. But what I will post here will not be all about me (bummer, right?) …nope, I do want to spread the love and give some shout outs while receiving some myself. Confused? Well, I am!

Received some preliminary reviews for Things to do in Denver when you’re un-dead and I couldn’t be happier. Cloud nine time and all that. Not sure it’s a desire for approval (about 75% true, I think), or a need to see what you’ve labored over in print (20%), self-gratification (3%), and/or just winging it so see what life flings your way (2%), but when you receive a positive review, you just want to stroll up to the nearest person and plant on a big wet one. Not recommended if it’s a big burly brute with a five o’clock shadow (sorry, Bart, my bad).

Here are some snippets from said reviews from three talented writers I have mucho respect for: Shay Fabbro (the Doctor), Bob GR Holton (The Cool One) and Clarrissa Lee Moon (The Pagan).

“Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? Never fear, the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) is here to keep the ghouls, zombies, harpies, and vampires under control. Kal Hakala is the best agent in the Bureau, and in this business, that means he has survived longer than anyone else. Dealing with the foul fiends of the Underworld leaves agents with razor-sharp edges and sarcastic humor, a perfect combination to help them stay alive while combating the forces of evil. 

Things To Do in Denver When You’re Undead introduces the reader to Kal Hakala, an agent in the BSI. Very early on, we learn that his job is unlike any other on the planet: he is in charge of keeping the The World Under from wreaking havoc on the World Above (aka our world as we know it). We also get a taste of his personality, which is acerbic, sarcastic, and brutally honest, everything an agent needs to survive. They don’t have time to coddle or play games. Their lives, and ours, are at stake.

While working on the Organ Donor serial murder case, Kal’s team begins to unravel something terrifying and sinister, something that can endanger all of their lives, and any civilians that get in the way. Using flashback chapters intertwined with present day, Stone begins to weave a tale, giving the readers tantalizing clues to the truth behind the gruesome Organ Donor murders; a truth that could be the end of Kal Hakala and all he holds dear.

I had the great pleasure of reading an ARC e-book copy of this novel. While my students slaved away on their final exams, I sat with my Kindle, reading Things to do in Denver When You’re Undead. I laughed out loud a few times and some of the references Stone made to the state of Colorado and also references he makes to other scifi greats (Star Trek anyone?). It probably freaked my students out at first to hear their professor cackling at the front of the room. When I shared a tidbit from the book, they laughed too, which helped to ease a little of the tension. :) If you like quick wit, sadistic charm, and bad ass gadgets, then you will enjoy the hell out of this book…no pun intended.” –Shay Fabbro, PhD

Thanks Shay! And check out her Portal of Destiny series, available on Amazon.com, Smashwords, and B&N. The first book,  The Chosen, was a finalist in the Indie Excellence 2011 Awards. Way to go, Doc.

Our next contestant is Bob GR Holton:

“I have just finished with this novel and I must say it was definitely a fantastic read and at the same time it is very easy to follow. Mark’s imagination combining magicians, zombies and super ghouls with a Bogart style ultra sarcastic officer of the ‘Bureau’ made you want to continue to read this till the end. I highly recommend this for everyone and not just those into stories of the un-dead.”

–GR Holton.

Author of Soleri, Guardian’s Alliance and soon to be released Deep Screams from World Castle Publishing.

Can’t wait to read it Bob! Congrats!

And Last, but not Least is Ms. Moon:

five stars
“This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was witty, funny, dramatic and a well thought out paranormal of very fine story-telling. I couldn’t put the book down! That’s a first for me in a long time. Mark Stone has written an intelligent, yet, very entertaining story that is sure to be a hit. “Things to do in Denver when you’re un-dead” has all the ear-marks of a best seller and would make one hellaova movie!!! The action scenes were intense and clearly done with an eye for detail. It had sad parts, happy parts, and just about every emotion a good book produces were written by a professional hand in literature. Yet, the story also had a true perfectly pulled off subtle comedy with a nicely done twist in the end. There is definitely room for a sequel here and I hope to The Gods he makes it and I will be the FIRST in line to grab my copy! Mark Stone has become my new favorite author that has me waiting with bated breath for his next book (again, something that hasn’t happened in a long time). I am planning on being a loyal fan of his work. Well done Mark, and please, make me more?!”

–Clarrissa Moon author of The Nightwolves Series and Celeste’s Nites

Buy her books! They’re delightful. And if you don’t, she’ll put a spell on you (trust me, I know what I’m talking about).

So, dear reader(s), I’ve crowed enough, my confidence levels are soaring. I’d love to tell you that you’ll receive complete satisfaction and find a cure for psoriasis by reading my book, but that would be silly. I just hope that you will be entertained.

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One Response to ….and now for something exactly the same.

  1. Draven Ames says:

    Very glad for you and your reviews. Shay’s was wonderful. Who could be so lucky as to get reviews like that. Welcome to cloud nine. Here is to hoping that you stay there.

    Draven Ames