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Roadie Notes

Jim is an incredibly talented man and one that I’m very proud to call my friend.  He has written many great books and if you haven’t read one go get one right now….go on! His writing will absolutely blow your mind. He is a devoted family man who loves his wife and children with all his heart. I have many good friends that attribute their writing and where it is today because of him and his help. That says a lot about him. He is never one to shy away from a challenge or the task at hand and will keep you on the edge of your seat reading his stories. Please welcome my friend Jim to Roadie Notes………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

Extremely young. I started reading early and not long after that I was writing my own stories. I was…

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RIDERS (PLEBS 2)

It’s been a long time coming (two and a half years to be precise), but the follow up book to my debut novel, 2014’s Plebs, is just about here. And it’s not just one book, but two. Two fucking Plebs sequels? Technically one, but more on that momentarily…

Formatting is all done, full cover wraps are in the works, a handful of ARCs have been sent out to hopefully generate a review or two to coincide (or near enough) with the release of the books. I’m guessing near enough is probably going to be closer to the mark, since these monsters will be out and unleashed sooner rather than later, and unless one reads remarkably speedily like I do, ARC folks won’t be done reading.

Most people who have followed various interviews and whatnot over the last few years will know that while Plebs was my first published book, it wasn’t the first I ever wrote and more to the point, it wasn’t even originally intended to be a novel. It started off its existence as a short story idea with fundamentally the same premise as the novel ended up with, albeit finishing much sooner, with much less happening than what eventuated.

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I’ve mentioned once or twice that the more I wrote, the more I wanted to, the more involved I became with the characters. More ideas, plotlines, characters and horrendous things that could be done kept cropping up, demanding to be included, so the original Plebs morphed into what should have been a novella at most, into a six hundred page entity, or a motherfucking big bloody snowball of ultraviolence and splatterpunk fun.

Which leads me to Riders AKA Plebs 2. Why is it two books? Quite simply, because it turned out fucking enormous, to the point where it dwarfed the original book and releasing it as one opus just isn’t feasible. Even after extensive cuts, trims and so forth, the beast was still too big to realistically make it one book, so what you will soon be seeing appear are two separate books, released simultaneously. Riders (Plebs 2-Book One) and Riders (Plebs 2-Book Two). Two different covers, two separate books. However, it is all part of one big story, so I’ll stress right here and now, don’t get to the end of Book One and scream what the fuck? This is no way to end this shit! Book Two exists and will be out at the same time as Book One, so there will be no sitting around waiting a few months or what have you to find out what the hell happens.

I love the covers of both of these; they rank among some of my favourite of my books and books I’ve had stories in along the way. Both of them I had the main images picked out for, for quite some time, since both fit the tone of each book perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with how they look. The font is one of those that appeals to some and not so much to others, but in the grand scheme of things and keeping the series uniform, I wanted it to be the same as Plebs itself. Any future Plebs related books will follow the same blueprint.

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These books have been completed for a little while now, at least in terms of being written and probably would have been released a little earlier than now, but various upheavals of all sorts threw up obstacles to keep that from happening. Now though, there will be no stopping them.

Fans of Plebs or anybody who has read it, may know what to expect, then again they may not. In any case, if you’re looking for some extreme ultraviolence, bloody brutality, explicit sex, an undercurrent of heavy metal and a plethora of feral freaks, lethal women, villainous characters and maybe a familiar face or two, then you’re in the wrong place. Nah, just fucking around. You’re in exactly the right spot with Riders. Folks who haven’t yet ventured into the world of the Plebs, see above. And maybe snag a copy of Plebs and read that before delving into these two.

Get ready for it.

Double the mayhem. Double the Plebs. The Riders are coming.

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REJECTED FOR CONTENT 4: HIGHWAY TO HELL

Between writing, editing, all the usual day to day shit I do, running WetWorks and maintaining a presence across a variety of platforms, it would be fair to say this poor old WordPress site has been immensely neglected. In fact, this will be the first post of the year for the abandoned fucker. Last time I was around here making any mention of anything, it was knocking up the extensive playlist for Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger (which came out in January of this year by the way. If you haven’t read it yet, grab a copy, slap some corpse paint and spiked gauntlets on, crank the volume to maximum and dive in).

In some of the time elapsed between then and now I was immersed in the process of putting together the fourth volume of the extremely well received (I’d say bestselling, but I’m opposed to being one of those knobs) Rejected For Content series. This time around, we’re riding the Highway To Hell.

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This beast came out just under a month ago and like all of the series so far has lodged its gruesome carcass in the top 100 and is remaining there, maintaining the notion that folks simply love extremes and just can’t get enough. Which is excellent, because let me assure you, there’s no end in sight for this series, though there may be a couple of other projects I have in mind which are related to the whole concept. I’ll definitely be keeping people posted, but anything like that will come after Rejected For Content 5 has been released. Speaking of which, an open call for submissions for that very creature will be happening quite shortly, so all interested parties would be best advised to keep their eyes peeled for that one.

In the meantime, swing around and get your mitts on the latest installment of the grisly, the gory, the explicit, the shit that other publishers are liable to reject on the grounds of content. Featuring some usual suspects, some completely new faces, some up and comers and a couple of scribes who have had the unique ability to pop up in each volume of the series so far.

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Rejected For Content 4: Highway to Hell.

Some roads lead to fame and fortune. Some roads lead to safety and sanctuary. Some roads lead to misery and suffering. Some roads lead nowhere. And some roads lead straight to hell.

Come along for the ride if you dare, as Rejected for Content 4 takes you down roads with only one true destination awaiting at the end. Ride actual roads with damaged, deranged souls, and travel along the highways of the mind where psychosis, darkness, and the depths of brutality and perversion dwell.

These stories have all been rejected for content: these stories will all take you on the highway to hell. It’s a long way down.

Featuring K. Trap Jones, Eric LaRocca, Essel Pratt, T.S. Woolard, Amanda M. Lyons, Brian Glossup, Kindra Sowder, John Ledger, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, James Longmore, S. A. Mckernan, David Owain Hughes, Rebecca Kolodziej, Michael Fisher, Rebecca Pate, Peter Oliver Wonder, Josh Davis, Roma Gray, Lyndon D. Johnson, G. Zimmerman, Mark Woods, William Bradley, Jay Helmstutler, and Toneye Eyenot.

Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood, and gore.

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