ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This Week Around the Web- Stokers, Webbed Feet, Interviews and Contests

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It's the week leading up to Lincoln's Birthday and I'm in a lot of places.

The first place is on Gini Koch's website. Gini's a whip-scorpion gal who's quite the author. She's achieved recent and notable success with Touched by an Alien,Alien Tango, and soon Alien in the Family. Although she has a diabolical inability to pronounce my first name ( she thinks it's Winston), she's on my cool people in Arizona list. She also did an interview with me and Yvonne - a pretty extensive one that get's down to a gnat's ass in detail, including never-before revelations about missing body parts and webbed toes. So check out the interview here as well as the two contests we have running in association with it.

Next up is this weeks International Thriller Writer's Roundtable Discussion. "Amy Robertson, Weston Ochse, Mike Sirota, Kelli Stanley, Michael Haskins, Reece Hirsch, Kate White, Jim Duncan, Weyman Jones, and Tracy March talk about their literary heroes. And don’t forget — everyone is welcome to post to the discussion!"  I've already waxed poetic about Ray Bradbury, Robert Ludlum, and Nelson Demille, as well as touted the importance of subplots.  Come on over. Anyone can participate. We welcome all comments.

Empire of Salt: Tomes of the DeadScarecrow GodsEmpire of Salt is all over the net this week with the release of the titles on the 2011 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot.  From the Birmingham England Library, to Fearnet, to HellNotes, to Locus, to Australia and beyond. I was awarded the Bram Stoker in 2005 for Superior Achievement in First Novel with Scarecrow Gods. It's a tremendous honor, let me tell you. But what I think is the best part of this is that Empire of Salt is being elevated to places so people who might not have heard of it or who have been waiting to read it will now want to read it. At the end of the day, the greatest honor an author can have is to be read.  Here's what my publisher, Abaddon Books has to say about them.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterLast but not least, in honor of Lincoln's Birthday, let me recommend Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I was given my copy by the publisher in England and read it back on the plane. It's really a wonderful mix of truth and... ahem ... supposition. Seth took true fact and wove it into the plot so that the whole thing is plausible.  And who am I to say it isn't?

That's all for now. Off to have lunch with my wife and father-in-law at a local Mexican food joint.  Mmm. Stomach grumbles.

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