My friend Mike came up this past weekend and we saw King’s X play the Masquerade in Atlanta. I think it was my fifth time seeing the band. As always, it was a great show. There was even some really solid and enjoyable opening acts which is a nice bonus.
One of the best things about seeing one of your favorite bands in a club setting is the crowd interaction. King’s X has always had a special relationship with their fans which is evident with the way they laugh and joke around on stage with each other and the audience. The crowd feels the same way which is why when the band stops playing, nearly everyone is still singing their lyrics. Very cool feeling.
Great musicianship and vocals. Introspective lyrics and an energetic live show. It’s a shame they’ve never made it huge. If any band deserves huge success, it’s definitely them.
With that being said, I thought I’d do a Music Monday on my favorite tracks from Black Like Sunday, an album that isn’t mentioned often.
Trial and Glory: Book Three of the Blood and Tears Trilogy is now available as an audiobook through the following outlets!!
You should be able to listen to a small sample at each location.
With this release, the Blood and Tears Trilogy is now available in all formats (electronic, print, and audio). Admittedly, it feels pretty good to say that.
As I’ve mentioned before with my previous releases, please leave a review at the place of purchase and spread the word to others. The best form of advertising for authors is through word of mouth and reviews act in this same way.
Here are the three projects I’m currently juggling:
1. The City of Pillars of my new sword and sorcery series called The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel– The manuscript currently stands around 89K and is with Leah for the first alpha read (content related). Once she finishes the read, I’ll probably do two more drafts and give it back to her for a line edit. My goal is to get it back to her within about two weeks of getting her comments. I’d love to get this to beta-readers before the end of the year.
2. After the Plague – This is an older short story I wrote well over a year ago. It is much different than anything else I’ve written as it takes place in post-apocalyptic setting. I’ve done some extra polishing on it and will get a bit more feedback on it in the coming weeks. I’m thinking I might want to self-publish it once I feel the text is tight and I can get a cover together.
3. The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel short story – I’m currently working on the first draft of a story that takes place between books one and two of the series. I’m hoping to get this wrapped up by the end of next week (first draft and first two to three edits). I’d like to get this to beta-readers sometime in December.
4. The Tyrus Chronicle short story – This would take place in another series I worked on earlier in the year. I haven’t worked on the novels recently, but I’d like to do a short story before the end of the year. One, because I miss the characters. And two, I think it would give me a nice break from the characters in The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel series before jumping into Book Three.
5. The Tower of Bashan of The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel – At a minimum, I’d like to get this outlined before the end of the year (hopefully started in late December).
Yes, it’s a lot to try and do by the end of the year…and honestly, it might not all get done (especially since the wife and I are juggling a few things on the personal front). However, I like to aim high and push myself because I usually find a way to meet my self-imposed deadlines.
One of the best gifts my sister has given our kids is the Schoolhouse Rock DVD. It has all the songs, plus a couple new ones (which unfortunately are the two worst ones). We watch it often on shuffle, and the kids love it each and every time. My oldest will sing the songs randomly around the house and even quote them in reference to certain topics like electricity.
So, decades later these are still some of the most entertaining and educational things around.
Most people don’t realize that the Elvis hit “Hound Dog” was actually a cover and first a hit by Big Mama Thornton. The first video gets even better when it shifts to Down Home Shakedown with all the harmonica work (note: John Lee Hooker is on the video too).
Thornton is definitely an underrated blues singer.