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Initial post: May 7, 2012 8:32:09 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Do you have a Supernatural Fiction novel that you'd like to promote or discuss (could be yours or somebody else's) ???

Supernatural Fiction, whazzat?
Fantasy Fiction. Dragons, wizards, magic, vampires, zombies, etc.
It's got supernatural or paranormal aspects, good or bad.

Supernatural Fiction, what do we see when we reach beyond the natural world?

Drop in at the Cafe and talk about your book. PLEASE GIVE US:

1 -- An OVERVIEW, up to 250 words.

2 -- A QUOTE from the novel, up to 500 words.
(500 words is about 2 Kindle pages)

3 -- A LINK

Drop in at the Cafe, post examples of SuperFi writing (No Promo), and/or visit with whoever is hanging around.
To Promo, please make a Promo Visit.

Amazon rules apply of course.

Posted on May 7, 2012 9:12:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2012 2:45:10 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Here are the Cafes in Oldog's franchise:

Fair Play Cafe:

Historical Fiction Cafe:

Poetry Cafe:

Realistic Futuristic Cafe:

Science Fiction Cafe:

Short Story Cafe

Supernatural Cafe:

Writer's Cafe:

Young Reader's Cafe:

Posted on May 7, 2012 9:24:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012 6:31:03 PM PDT
Trisolde says:
Thanks for the cafe, Oldog_Oltrix!

This would be a promotional visit to begin with, but would love to discuss the supernatural in fiction with other writers and readers. Especially the genre as focused toward the adult reader.

My book, The Evangeline Heresy: a novel of Dark Fantasy and Supernatural Suspense, slips between the spaces of illusion and reality.

I will place the overview of the work from its blurb here on Amazon.

Deep in the green forest, there exists a creature unlike any other. Some say a witch...but some say a lot of things.

Dr. Ethan Broughton has agreed to investigate a potent medicinal plant, and a rumor of curative miracles on Porringer Hill in East Tennessee. What he finds, is an isolated community of disturbing superstition centered on one woman, Ana Lagori, a local apothecary with a mysterious ability to heal all wounds. What at first seems little more than a clever deception, soon propels Ethan into an abyss of shadowy forest haunts, unsettling interactions and the perilous web of a legacy that traces its origin back to antiquity.

A preview of sample chapters is offered on the above Amazon link. Reviews can be found on both Amazon and Amazon UK.

Thanks again~

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 9:44:50 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Ran over to the Kindle Store, liked what I saw very much, and it's already on my Kindle.

One of these days, I'll review it. Oldog doesn't read much supernatural, but I'm intrigued enough by your Heresy to blow 3 bucks on the well-crafted writing that I saw.

Posted on May 8, 2012 7:53:35 AM PDT
Trisolde says:
Oh my gosh...thank you for the compliment on how you found the writing thus far. I do hope you find the story an interesting read.


Posted on May 8, 2012 10:17:31 AM PDT
Hi Oldog_Oltrix,

Thanks for opening up the cafe! I'm here for a promotional visit. My novel, The Soundingis a supernatural thriller about an early Armageddon. But unlike a lot of Armageddon pop culture out there currently - which feature zombies, vampires or even natural disaster - The Sounding is based in real history and real prophecy. It gets its plot from Jewish and Catholic theology. It centers on the final prophecy in the book of Revelation and how events in today's world might bring that prophecy to early fulfillment.

Below is an excerpt. I really hope you take a look! The Sounding has received several 4 and 5 star reviews by Amazon Vine reviewers and recently appeared in Publisher's Weekly.

Carrie Salo

Father John woke up with a start. The moon came in softly through the window and bathed the hotel comforter in blue-white light and stripes from the window panels. He sat up slowly and waited for his eyes to adjust, searching carefully without moving his head. The dresser took shape first, then the Victorian armchair - hotel furniture.
He sat up further, feeling more confident. There was no one.
"Alan's nonsense," he said as he slid back under the covers, his feet finding the cool part of the sheets at the very end of the bed. His head hit the pillow.
John sat straight up this time. "Who's there?" he called out in his deepest voice. He did another quick scan of the corners, the shadows near the window - nothing. His eyes fell on the closed closet door.
As if on cue, the closet light turned on with an audible click as the socket chain was pulled. Light spilled onto the carpet through the cracks around the door and pointed a yellow line towards his bed.
Swallowing hard, John swung his legs out from under the covers and quietly placed his bare feet on the carpet. "Who's there?" he asked again, trying to sound angry and thankful that his voice did not crack. "I know you're in the closet."
The light turned off, plunging the room back into complete darkness.
John held his breath. Of course, it was just someone pulling a prank; one of the younger priests having a laugh. But, between the statue incident, as he liked to think of it, and all the talk of Revelations, John found himself petrified in the same way that he had been when his parents sent him down into the basement at night to check on the furnace. There was something about the light and the dark, the feeling of being watched while not seeing. He had almost forgotten.
The room was small, and it only took four steps to reach the closet door. He stood there uncertain, seeing only a slight glint of moonlight where the round knob was.
The light clicked on again, and this time, he was close enough to hear the chain swinging back and forth inside, released by some unknown hand to clink rhythmically off the light bulb. He took the opportunity to do a once over of the room aided by the sliver of light just to be sure he was alone at least on this side of the door. He was. He slid his hand onto the cool metal of the doorknob, smothering its glint -
The light turned off.
Then on again.
Then off, continuing a frenzy of light and dark.

Posted on May 8, 2012 11:27:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2012 11:28:01 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Hi Carrie --

Is The Sounding available for Nook? I have a friend who would probably buy it, but she is a Nooker not Kindler.

Here is a first-impression review: "The opening of The Sounding by Carrie Salo is exceedingly well-written and suggests that the remainder of the novel will be a reader's treat. I predict that any fan of Religion Writings is going to find this a compelling read. The crisp clear writing captured my attention from the get-go, and I was only casually browsing. Disclaimer: This is a first-impression review based on the novel's opening. I have not read the entire work."

Lawrence Cartwright, aka The Olddog, proprietor of the Meet-Our-Author Forum Supernatural Cafe on Amazon.Com

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 12:50:07 PM PDT

Thanks so much for the first impression review. I truly appreciate it!

Unfortunately, The Sounding is not yet available on Nook. My publisher wanted to wait to see if B&N was going to continue promoting it as a platform (there were some rumors this winter that they might sell it off). But, with the big public Microsoft investment in Nook last week, it looks like B&N is pushing it for growth. I have asked my editor about getting The Sounding into that format (one of the inconveniences with traditional publishing - you have to wait for your publisher to do things for you! :-). It might take me a bit of time, but I should be offering a Nook version very soon!

Thank you again!

Posted on May 9, 2012 7:56:05 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Working here at the Supernatural Cafe (or as we call it, The Soop) is really interesting! So many of our guests don't show up by posting; they just sort of materialize at the edge of the parking lot and amble on in. Crowd of vampires a bit before dawn, group of zombies show up for brunch. Had a bunch of teen wizards after school yesterday, who all sat around squirming in their chairs, wand tips glowing and glassy expressions of pleasure on their faces. One kid dropped his wand and the girl across from him shot straight up through a foam ceiling tile.

Posted on May 10, 2012 2:34:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 7:13:09 PM PDT
Hi Olddog_Oltrix, I have a supernatural fiction I'm giving away today for a while. I was wondering how people find out that a book has been setup as a freebie, when nothing has been posted to that effect. Several were taken before I placed one blurb in the threads.

These threads of fate, can be difficult on an author. It could always stand a review, good, bad or otherwise. It is NC-17, some sex and mild violence.
Catch a Succubus OOPS...May 10th.

Posted on May 10, 2012 2:37:11 PM PDT
Oh yeah, I forgot. I had to run a couple of werepups out of your garbage around back. I picked up most of the mess, but you know how messy they can be.

Posted on May 10, 2012 5:17:15 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Hi Lynda --

Thanks for the heads up on Catch A Succubus. I caught a copy on my Kindle and I'll review it for you when time permits. Thanks for your generosity !!!

As far as people finding things out, as far as I can tell we are on our own when it comes to promotion, announcements, contacts, advertising, etc. People find out because you find out where your audience hangs out and let them know what you've got.

Yeah, the werepups are a nuisance, and thank you for cleaning up. You really could have left the mess, because every couple hours the parking lots are cleaned by a crew from SciFi Cafe. They vaporize everything (including any werepups still hanging around) and beam it up to a compost processing outfit that supplies Mars colony settlers. Critters and the stray body parts that we toss out make great fertilizer, I am told.

Oh, next week we're adding a basement, so that visiting teenagers can say dialogue like, "I thought I heard a noise from the basement." "Really, maybe Ed and I ought to go check down there." "It's probably nothing." "Yeah, but there it is again. C'mon, Ed! We'll be right back, girls." Anybody who checks out a stranger's basement is already thinking at the level of Martian fertilizer, right?

Posted on May 10, 2012 7:10:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012 7:15:36 PM PDT
Trisolde says:
I am kind of floating through a haunted house on where the like-minded folks hang out; where the proverbial bump in the attic may be the settling floor boards or possibly the whimpering of a shade trapped in the cobwebs. And I have an uneasy feeling Amazon has my work mysteriously listed under nefarious acts and assorted lairs of suspense because all the passersby "went on to buy" crime thrillers and detective stories. Oy. So, am hoping some supernatural kindred-kind might come by and share where the readers hang out for a bonny bit of spooky that is not geared to the YA audience. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 7:18:43 PM PDT
Mtberyln: I certainly understand about lists that place your work out of sight. So what's your title? I didn't catch it. Amazon must have placed some kind of vortex over it to hide it. Maybe I can head some traffic your way. I love a good scare. One of those that makes you uncomfortable to read it at night alone.

Posted on May 10, 2012 7:33:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 12:20:29 AM PDT
Trisolde says:
Hi Lynda~

Oh wow, the vortex thing makes spooky sense. I'm not quite certain if the story would make one uncomfortable at night to read alone, but I would be so bold to say that it might compel one to turn the page to discover the spooky riddle's it were.

The book is: The Evangeline Heresy: a novel of Dark Fantasy and Supernatural Suspense.

And thanks! Will do likewise!


Posted on May 10, 2012 8:14:54 PM PDT
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Posted on May 10, 2012 10:18:07 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
On some Fridays the Cafe is going to serve up an AUTHOR'S SPECIAL, on your choice of white, light rye, dark rye, and chewy 10-grain.
The featured flavor this week is **Advice About Your Profile**. Don't like advice in any flavor? Then walk on by and select something you like.

I polled some friends who are regular Amazon customers, and they were mostly agreed. When a book buyer comes a'shopping, they are heavily influenced by (1) the genre and storyline that you present, (2) the quality of the writing that you present in your sample, (3) the quality of your book's cover and (4) the attractiveness of your profile. Storyline and writing quality are the biggest deciding factors; if you make that first cut, then you are usually going to be in a close competition. My research says that the typical shopper selects from 3 to 12 "possibles", and then chooses 1 to 3 of those; and that's where the book cover and your Amazon Profiles come into play. Everybody agreed that your book's cover and your profiles tell them things about you as an artist and as a person that influence their final decision.

When a potential buyer clicks your name, they want to see (a) an attractive and inviting photo of *you*, and (b) some informative and interesting personal information about *you*. It can make or break your sale. Amazon fleshes out your discussion Forums Profile with 3 or 4 reviews that you have written. So go write a few reviews for books you have read, CD's you have listened to, DVD's you have watched, or products you have purchased, to create a more attractive Profile.

Nobody else is going to sell you to your readers, so it's up to you to do it! They're going to be much more influenced by the facts that you live in Arkansas, breed parakeets and love canoeing than in seeing a list of everything you've ever written and learning that you have a 5-star review.

Posted on May 11, 2012 2:12:03 AM PDT
Trisolde says:
Well, I'll take such advice to heart and so added some additional passions to my profile. Maybe I'll even do some reviews on the music and books I've put off doing as well.

Posted on May 12, 2012 11:02:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 5:43:43 PM PDT
Trisolde says:
With the vortex thing now on my mind, I have contacted Author Central to make an inquiry on exactly where my book is listed under category.
Update edit: Kudos to Amazon for a prompt reply. My book will be placed in its proper category. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:12:41 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Hi Edward --

Sorry I haven't been to the Soop Cafe for a couple days.

Wow, Bobby's Trace Chapter 1 really grabbed me, so you've got my buck and I've got your book.
Would you like a review when I get done?
I can tell you right up front, I think you write very well.
Has Bobby's Trace sold well?

Posted on May 13, 2012 1:57:31 PM PDT
A.C Warneke says:
Siren Song Just uploaded this today - it will be free from May 20 - 22 (Sherlock season 2 comes out on the 22nd so I hope that distracts me from clicking on the numbers every five minutes) It's a paranormal romance between a Siren and a wolf, so it fits in with the werepuppies that were hanging out earlier.

All of my books have supernatural elements. Darkness Comes is vampires, Blight is zombies (and other creatures that are dealt with later on, in a book that is 3/4 written), and Stone Lover (Stone Passion #1) is about gargoyles. And sex. But mostly... well, sex with gargoyles, but in their human form. Mostly.

Posted on May 13, 2012 2:53:01 PM PDT
Hi Oldog.

All this promotional stuff is too complex for me. I tried writing a long trailor, but the quill got stuck in the USM port, and the inl ran back out as well and made a mess all over the desk.

The Mystic Accountants (The Banned Underground)

Another day, another gig. But this time the feedback has blown apart the throne of the king under the mountain, and The Banned must replace it on pain of, well, pain. But will the Junior Dark Lord get his revenge by thwarting their plans? Will Dai, the bass playing, Bass drinking, dragon help? If not, Jailhouse Rock looms for The Banned...

A series of 8 is under contract, first two released so far...

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:23:44 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Hi A.C. , Hi Will --

I'm overwhelmed today with Forum politics, so I'll have to put off looking at your stuff until tomorrow night. I hope you'll check back with me sometime. Try the new BrainStorm(R) frostee cups in Caucasian, Asian and African. Yes, real brains, delicious AND nutritious!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:33:35 PM PDT
A.C Warneke says:
I enjoy discussing politics but they tend to generate very strong emotions.... I'm partial to the mixed BrainStorm (R) frostees - a suicide BrainStorm (R) frostee if you will.

Posted on May 13, 2012 3:37:02 PM PDT
Here in Wales we have Brains, too.

It's our largest Brewery....
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