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Shit, being a writer is one tough gig. And being an indie writer is like being the sparring partner to bigger, better sponsored fighters.
But I do it because I love it.
And because I’m good at it.
And in my spare time (when I should be writing) I also draw bears doing silly, punk rock shit. And I write poems even though I wouldn’t really consider myself a poet.
So if you can afford to, buy my books (they’re $2.99, which I think is pretty affordable). Please. Support my efforts. Write a review. Yell at me. Tell me how much you hate me, or love me. All of it is appreciated.
This novel started out very abrasive. I mean really offensive. But it was punk rock so the level of vulgarity really didn’t concern me too much.
Then when the first draft was finished and it was time for edits and rewrites I found that the novel had evolved into a modern day Dante’s Inferno; a journey out of hell and self liberation.
I know, you may read the story and say to yourself, “I don’t see it.”
But it’s there.
And more importantly I wanted to push forward without unnecessary negativity. A machine gun rattle of words and the sense of traveling at a hundred miles per hour. That’s a how the book should be experienced.
I hope you enjoy it.
It’s no where as vulgar as it originally started out. But it’s still punk rock and I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But there is truth in the obscene because it remains honest and uncompromising.
This month marks the one year anniversary of my debut novel, CALIFORNIA PUNK.
The last year has been a learning experience. Loads of fun and I want to thank everyone who bought a copy and supported my endeavor into the publishing world.
So in honor of the one anniversary I’ve gone back and reinstated the original title chapters that I had deleted in the previous copy.
And I’m running a book promotion on Amazon where the eBook is free for the next 7 days, starting today.
Hey, it’s punk rock. This shit should be free anyways.
Remember, DO IT YOURSELF. SELF PUBLISH. MAKE YOUR OWN FATE.
Stay punk rock!!!
CALIFORNIA PUNK, a novel by Alex Ramirez http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EW5I8GC
My new horror novella, The Wolf is in the Blood, is now available on Amazon as an ebook for $2.99.
“It had been a particularly hard winter for the Anderson family; the debts had been piling up and the cattle had barely survived the frost. But spring was only a few weeks away and with it the days would begin to warm and the cattle could be taken and sold. Bad fortunes could be turned around and losses recouped.
But in the tail end of winter something even more sinister has come to visit them, picking the cattle off one-by-one and leaving their mutilated bodies along the foothills.
Beware the moon others had warned.
But for the Anderson family that warning would come too late – the moon was already set high in the night air and it was pushing down and it was in his bones and it was in his head.
And, as they would learn soon enough, the wolf was in the blood.”
Coming up with images for my cover art for my horror novella, The Wolf is in the Blood, Some of these are embarrassing.
But the main idea is to show that it’s an evolving process. I started out wanting something horrific and frightening, like the old covers for comic books like Creepy and Strange Tales.
But the artwork I came up with was to cluttered. Plus, I had always imagined the cover being a striking red with the title being in yellow lettering. To me, it’s a very vivid contrast. And with such heavy imagery the title was getting lost in the artwork. So I decided to slim it all down and go with something more simplistic.
Which eventually, after hours of hair pulling and crumpled up pieces of paper, ended up as this.
Simple, yes, But coupled with the title I felt it achieved what I had been setting out to accomplish. At some point you have to walk away and say it’s done. You could spend years playing around with the cover art and always find ways to improve upon it. Like your novel itself, sometimes you just have to say it’s done and move on.
But i was really happy with the final outcome.