Volume 1 Number 8 - August 2017.
News, Giveaway and Sale, Contests, Author Alisha Constanzo, Author Adam Dreece
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Hell Holes Movie Script Outline

Leland Anderson, the script writer, delivered his draft of the outline to me on July 5th. I spent the following weekend updating the outline with my version of Leland's version of my first Hell Holes book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. Then on July 12th, Mike Chamoy (producer), Leland, and I discussed the outline and developed a consensus as to what to including in the first draft of the movie script.

It's been an interesting experience working on a significantly different vision of my book. There is now a very interesting new backstory for Jack and Angela, the location of the hole has been moved to the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) so that we can have more cannon fodder (pipeline workers and protesters) for the demons, and the story has been given an appropriate antagonist in the form of a head demon. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to the first draft of the script the end of August.

You can read the outline being used to generate the first draft of the movie script on my author website.

My Latest Writing

I have just finished the first draft of chapter 8 of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. [SPOILER ALERT] It tells how a small team of special forces soldiers and members of Aileen's ancient secret order successfully launch small UAVs carrying a demon plague virus from the roof of the portal complex on the demon homeworld.


My Contests

July Contest - Winners

Congratulations to Katherine Sockwell, this month's grand prize winner of the autographed copy of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton.

Congratulations also to the runner-up winners: Aviar Savijon, Karrie Knudson, Larry Dennett, Edwardo Peret, and Rose Young, who will receive a free download of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton.

August Contest - Fan Art

This contest is for the best fan art related to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below or Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. It can be any kind of drawing of a scene, character(s), or demon(s) from the books. It can be anything from a simple pencil sketch to a full-color painting.

One (1) Grand Prize: An autographed copy of each book, inclusion of your art in the Fan Art webpage of my official website, and potentially even inclusion in future editions of the books as an illustration.
Start Date: 1 August 2017
End Date: Ongoing

If you lack artistic talent but know someone who does, please forward this newsletter to them. The winner will be announced in the May 1st edition of the newsletter.  Good luck "And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

August Contest - Random Drawing

This will be a random drawing from this newsletter's subscriber list on 31 August 2017, so if you are not yet subscribed, then you should subscribe here.

Start Date: 1 August 2017
End Date: 31 August 2017

Win a Kindle Fire Loaded with Fantasy
I am taking part with a bunch of fellow authors in a contest ending August 15th in which the winner will win a Kindle Fire loaded with fantasy novels.

Alisha Constanzo
Author Spotlight and Interview


Alisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She's the author of Blood Phoenix: Rebirth, Blood Phoenix: Claimed, Blood Phoenix: Imprinted, and Loving Red, and co-editor of Distorted, Underwater, and After the Happily Ever After. She’s currently editing her new 2017 fire-themed anthology, writing about Ria’s father, and crafting her new YA novel for its 2018 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.

Author Interview

About You

  • Question: What motivates you to write?
    Answer: The magnitude of stories and chatter drives me to write. I’ve got fifty-four hovering around me at the moment. I think I might go crazy if I didn’t.
  • Question: How can people find out more about you and your books? What is your official author website? What are your social media author webpages?
    Answer:  I have a buttload of information and free stuff on my website and my blog. I’ve got some free stories: “Untamed” and “Maiden of the Underworld.” I post things on Facebook and just began my Dorky Readings and Bloopers series on YouTube.
  • Question: What are some of your favorite books by other authors and why?
    Answer: My two all-time favorite books are The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I pretty much love everything both of these men write, but the first is the perfect mix between mythology, vampires, and a trip to mars, and the second is the only book I ever read through in high school—that I was assigned, I mean—and his ability to suck me in with visuals and the depth in which he created the characters in this book ultimately drove me to graduate school and a degree in creative writing. By the way, I met him and totally fan-girted like I used to with boy bands as a preteen.
  • Question: Are you a full-time author? If you have another job, what is it and would you like to become a full-time author if you could?
    Answer: I’m not a full-time author, but I love my other two jobs as an editor-in-chief at a small press and as an English professor. I’d love to be able to keep one set of classes, as I teach a linked course, to devote more time to both my publishing and my creative work, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up teaching, even if it is a lot of work. I love mentoring and getting to know my students, having them teach me new things every semester and watching them grow.
  • Question: What are your hobbies?
    Answer: Lately, I’ve been really into drawing mandalas. I also like to cook and bake, which is like the only other thing I’m seriously good at other than writerly things. And I’ve had a serious hard-on for bullet journalling this last year or so. 
  • Question: How supportive are your family when it comes to the time you spend as an author?
    Answer:  Super supportive, like oh my shit supportive, but I’ve been really privileged my whole life as I have parents who focused on my happiness rather than my bank account, and my husband is the same way. They’re all proud, but they also wish I was around more. I’m blessed to have them.

Your Books

  • Question: What are the genre(s) of the books you write and why?
    Answer: I write urban fantasy most prominently, although I love to mix genres together, like horror, satire, and romance. Essentially, my books have a lot of violence, death, sex, and silly references to other popular books, tv shows, and movies in my genre. My serious geek button is honed on satirical social conformity, so I write what I love.
  • Question: What is the title of your next book and what will it be about?
    Answer:  My working title is Lucifer’s Daughter. It’s about a fourteen-year-old nephilim, Lilith, coming into her powers and going to a paranormal high school. Cue the satire and parody and twists on biblical mythology. I’m really excited about this snarky bunch.


  • Question: What do you think your main strengths and weaknesses are as an author?
    Answer: My main weakness as an author is scene set-up. I always feel as if I’m blathering on too long when I’m describing a setting. I’ve been working on this for years and am developing a style that allows me to give snippets of sensory detail rather than dumping it all at once. My strengths are character development and dialogue. I love to give my characters different voices that make them distinct, like Boden’s lack of articles and how he misuses prepositions. I also like that all of my characters are broken in various ways.
  • Question: Who is your favorite character in your current book and why?
    Answer: Gene is my current favorite by a hair. In Blood Phoenix: Imprinted, he really becomes his own character. He reveals his depth and a really cool secret in this book, but his development into a Mr. Darcy-esque character that makes me love him so much. That and he’s the most like my husband as a whole.
  • Question: Which of your characters was the hardest to write about and why?
    Answer: In Loving Red, Kaia was my most difficult because of how different she and I are. She’s far more capable than I am in the wild, untrusting, and a faithful Christian. I asked the woman who created the character with me in role playing a lot of questions to be sure I did her justice.


  • Question: Do you use one or more professional editors, and if so, what types?
    Answer: My business partner edits my novels, but I use a whole seven-step system for my books. 


  • Question: How are your books published? (For example, are you an indie author? Do you use a small press publishing house? Does a major publishing company publish your books?) Why did you choose this way of publishing?
    Answer: It’s a mix, I suppose. Since I co-own and operate Transmundane Press as a small publisher, so I publish through there as well. I am sending in a book to a major publisher this coming year under a pen name. As many authors can relate, I like to maintain creative control over my work, and it’s nice to have a community to work with.


  • Question: What marketing techniques do you find most effective?
    Answer: I’m loving Book Boast, Instafreebie, and my newsletter. I’m hoping to implement a welcome sequence soon.

Words of Wisdom

  • Question: What advice do you have for beginning authors?
    Answer: Just write. Don’t let anyone tell you what to write or that what you write isn’t worth writing. Just write.
  • Question: If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger self about becoming an author?
    Answer: Be open to learning about new things. It’ll make your writing more rich. Focus on showing details and depth of character.
Adam Dreece

Author and Book Spotlight
Author Spotlight

In 2014, Adam Dreece stopped hoping to be an author one day. Since then, he's written his best-selling, 5 part steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, introduced the world to his science fiction side with The Man of Cloud 9, and brought out his all action, post-apocalyptic fantasy side in The Wizard Killer.

These days, the multi-award finalist author is working on kicking off his fantasy space-opera series, Tilruna, with an initial installment that will pull from Shakespeare's Hamlet, called Tilruna: Fall of House Andes, due this fall.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Book Spotlight

"Madmax meets Lord of the Rings” -

A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists are nowhere to be seen.

Awakening from the dead for the third time is a man with scrambled memories, driven at first by one desire: revenge. As he ventures through the terrifying wasteland with his mana-pistol and enchanted short-sword, a past starts creeping into his mind, but is it his?

Written in first person, present tense, The Wizard Killer is written in a "tv-show style" set of pulse-pounding episodes, each with their own micro-arc, that come together in a larger season. You'll find yourself tearing through the book in no time, and snatching Season Two.

"...imaginative and compelling series that is quite difficult to stop reading. Dreece knows exactly how to build and then neatly tie up each episode, while leaving the reader wanting more.... highly recommended."
— Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars

Finalist for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association's Aurora Award for Best YA Novel of the year 2017 Finalist for Independent Author Network's Book of the Year in Novella - 2016

Buy Links

Apple iTunes
Barnes and Noble
Google Play


Author Interview

About You
  • Question: How long have you been writing?
    Answer: For about 25 years I did nothing with my writing, other than share it with a few friends. Then in 2014, I changed all of that and have since written 10 books. There’s no stopping me now!
  • Question: What is the best thing about being an author? What is the worst thing?
    Answer: I love being able to bring an idea into being and then having the ability to share it with people, bringing it to life within them. It’s simply amazing. The worst thing is how I constantly feel behind, like my writing legs are made of lead and I need to run faster. As a stay-at-home dad who is highly engaged with his kids and wife, and as an indie author who needs to run all of the promotions, maintain the website, etc. it’s a miracle that I get more than 1 book done a year, let alone three or more.
  • Question: How can people find out more about you and your books? What is your official author website? What are your social media author webpages?
    Answer: My books can be found on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, GooglePlay and other places. My official website is at, but you can also find me on Facebook /AdamDreeceAuthor and on Instagram and Twitter as @AdamDreece.

    Your Books
  • Question: How many books have you written?
    Answer: To date I’ve written and completed my first steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods (5 books + a novelette), 2 books in my post-apocalyptic fantasy series, The Wizard Killer, and a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9.
  • Question: What are the genre(s) of the books you write and why?
    Answer: Fantasy, Steampunk, Fairy Tale, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, and shortly, Space-Opera and SuperHero. If you see my name on a romance novel, it’s a lie
  • Question: What is the title of your next book and what will it be about?
    Answer: My next book comes out this fall and will open up an entire new universe to my readers, called Tilruna. The first book in this fantasy/space-opera series is called Tilruna: Fall of House Andes, and is inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The early feedback is that it’s amazing, and whether you like Hamlet or not, it’ll grab you.
  • Question: When do you think your next book will be available?
    Answer: Tilruna: Fall of House Andes will be available in paperback at the end of September, and will be available in a multi-author boxset in December. It’ll be available as a stand-alone eBook in June 2018.
  • Question: What formats are your books in (e.g., paperback, hardback, ebook – Kindle, epub)?
    Answer: Paperback, eBook (Kindle, Kobo, everything)
  • Question: What audience are your books intended for?
    Answer: The Yellow Hoods series is for ages 9+, like Harry Potter. My other stuff is really for ages 12+.
  • Question: What are your thoughts on self-publishing as an indie author as opposed to going with a traditional publisher?
    Answer: There’s a lot of strategic pivoting that’s available to you as an indie that isn’t available to traditional publishers. Changing the blurb or cover, for example, is huge. My first book needed a cover update, as did one of my later books. Why? I discovered who the actual audience who loved it was, versus who I thought would like it. That required me to reconsider how to position it.

    Another thing is that traditional publishers, having a portfolio of releases, only push for 3-6 months, whereas Indies push often their entire catalogue as they go on. This means that an older novel will still be getting promoted and potentially discovered, instead of only what’s hot. I’ve heard plenty of frustration from friends who are traditionally published who saw their release falter and then there was no opportunity to recover.
Words of Wisdom
  • Question: What advice do you have for beginning authors?
    Answer: Learn to finish a story, and then learn to let it go. I’ve met too many writers who become curators of the Only Good Story I Will Ever Write, though they don’t call it that. They do, however, edit and rework and edit and rework what was once a great redwood tree into a thin toothpick.

    Finishing a story is about learning to bring that arc to an end and what I call, land the plane. But then being able to walk away from it, declaring it as done, is even harder. The tendency is to want to mess with it. You need to figure out when are you at the point that if you touch it any more, you’re going to make it less good.
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