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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE CHAOS STORIES: Tales of Magic, Terror, Passion and Blood by Charles O'Keefe, a 264 page supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi available now from Four Phoenixes Publishing.

Charles O'Keefe will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.






THE CHAOS STORIES
by Charles O'Keefe


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GENRE: Supernatural/Fantasy/Sci-Fi


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BLURB:


Here you'll find nine new short-stories, some which have been from my life, or things that could have happened. One is inspired from the many games of Dungeons and Dragons I've played over twenty years while another is from the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. Some are even some from other authors, who kindly contributed to my collection.


As a treat for fans of my series, I have included six deleted chapters, two from each of the three Newfoundland Vampire novels, which have been all cleaned up and have been made better than ever for your reading pleasure.


I have also included not one, but two chapters from the upcoming fourth book in the Newfoundland Vampire series, War of the Fangs. I've filled this collection with tales that will make you laugh, or will scare you, and will hopefully make you think a little about the world around us and the people in it.


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EXCERPT:


When he opened his eyes   he noticed a red glow to her spine.  WTF!  Steve was too stunned to speak.  The red glow faded as he almost fell off the bed.  Angela kissed his neck, snuggling beside him, not noticing his dismay or wide open mouth.  Finally he summoned the courage to speak.
    
“Your spine glowed red.  Is there something I need to know about you?”
   
“Oh come now, you didn't know?  Why do you think I loved your Battlestar shirt so much?  Didn't you notice I look just like Cylon Number Six?  Sure you did.  Disney wanted to test me out on one of its tech geeks.  You got lucky.  So, I was good?”
   
“You're a Cylon?  Does that mean we're starting a whole new race?”
    
“No silly,” answered Angela, slapping Steve playfully.  “It means the bosses finally granted you a promotion.  You'll be featured as the main exhibit at the new Disney theme park.  It's quite an honor being bestowed upon you.  I hope you fully appreciate the confidence Disney has in your work. “
   
Realizing the full extent of his situation, Steve made a break for the door.  Too late.  Angela was on him, wielding handcuffs as she slammed him to the floor.   
   
“This is kinky,” commented Angela as she slapped on the bracelets.  
   
Angela dragged Steve by his hair, still naked, to a waiting van outside, where Daffy Duck and Pluto robots drove him away to his new Disney adventure.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


How did you come up with the title of your book or series?


My latest book is called "The Chaos Stories: Tales of Magic, Terror, Passion and Blood." I've always been obsessed with the idea of chaos (disorder). I basically see any kind of writing or gaming as an escape and a chance to do things that I would never do in a real life. The title really came from a Dungeons and Dragons campaign I ran for years  and the state of the world we live in. 2017 has been a mess of a year (for various reasons) and this book is (partially) my commenting on our current state, along with my hope that people will reflect and try to make positive changes. The second part (the "Tales") was just a descriptive note my editor and I came up with.


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?


Sure, I hired a local artist (and friend) named Kevin Kendall (www.kendallightstudios.com) to do the cover for "The Chaos Stories" and my last vampire book "The Gathering Dark". I met him a convention here (in Newfoundland, Canada) years ago and was immediately impressed with his work. So when I decided to become self-published he was the first person I thought of to design the cover. I trust Kevin so I let him have a lot of freedom but still gave some direction. I always like the idea of having an attractive woman on the front cover and the back part I was sure that he included elements from different stories (the zombie head, the rifle, the raven and the wolf). A beach is also featured in one story and I like hidden aspects (the woman the sun for an eye for example). Finally I also wanted it to display a notion of foreboding and the supernatural, which is also on the back cover.




Who is your favorite character from your book and why?


I love Marlon (from "Footprints I and II") as he is based on a character I played in Call of Chthulu (another role-playing game). He's an very flawed character (not the most brave, drinks too much, keeps secrets from his boyfriend, obsessive, often breaks rules and has PTSD) but as I played him for a number of years in real life, I found he was quite developed and had some interesting qualities. I also wanted to write Marlon to clearly show how I feel about gay people, which is they are just people and I have no bias or predigest. I believe ultimately once you're an adult, who cares what your sexual preference is? As long as you're not hurting anyone I'm fine with it. I'm also fascinated with both the supernatural and war, the fact that he combines both of these ideas just leaves so many possibilities. Does he really see supernatural creatures or is he slowly losing his mind? I also wanted to do someone who faced true evil (in this case Nazis, cultists and zombies) and how it left a permanent mark on him. While in the game I'm not playing him, I can write stories about him for years to come and that has great appeal to me.


If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?


There is a story that I shortened (my editor advised it and she was right), so that left a part of that story untold. I wish I had fleshed out a part two for "From a spark to a flame" as it would have made the collection and a little longer and not left a cliffhanger. I know that some people love cliffhangers in a story but I've never been a big fan of them.


Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?


I think it started young, being read to as a child (I have always loved audio books, I had them as tapes and CDs) certainly helped foster it. I was lucky to have friends who always encouraged me to read and lent me books. I had a teacher in Grade 8 who lent me all sorts of comics and really helped boost my love of reading and writing. My dad was always telling jokes and stories and I enjoy doing that as well. I realized from an early age when teachers called on me to write out loud in class that I was good at it, which gave me some confidence. For a long time I read constantly, soaking up knowledge like a sponge, I enjoy being knowledgeable on subjects. I wrote a little in high school but it was really a lot later for me before writing became a passion in my life.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?


I'm not sure if it's still unique but I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons (and other role-playing gamea) for over 30 years. It's a great hobby and I'm lucky to still be able to play (in person) at least twice a month and sometimes as much as 6 times in a month.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?


When I was writing one story set in Alaska I looked up if there any Bisons left in that part of the world in the early 1950s. Another story I checked into how dangerous space heaters were and that also played an important role in the story. Finally I also had to look up how long ammo could sit around and still be effective, I'm not into hunting or guns at all in real life, so it was an odd thing for me to look up.




How can we contact you or find out more about your books?


I maintain a blog and website, www.charlesokeefe.com. I also love to hear from a fan (or anyone really who wants to chat), feel free to e-mail me at TheNLVampire@gmail.com


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

A review is so helpful to authors. It not only makes me feel great knowing someone enjoyed my book (and I handle negative reviews fine, so please be honest) it also gives future readers the confidence to buy it when it has a decent rating. I'm a big believer in word of mouth too, if you enjoy my book, please tell a friend/relative/co-worker anyone you think might be interested and lend it to them. Hopefully they'll do the same.


Is there anything else you’d like to say?


Thanks so much for having me, great questions, I had fun!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Eleanor. He is a part-owner of a beauty wholesale business. He enjoys many hobbies and activities that include reading, gaming, poker, Pilates, Dungeons and Dragons, and of course, fantasizing about vampires. Charles is the author of three books in the Newfoundland Vampire series, but this is his first collection of short-stories. Look for the fourth Newfoundland Vampire book sometime in the near future.


To find out more about Charles or his other books, go to Twitter and Facebook or visit his web site at http://www.charlesokeefe.com










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GIVEAWAY:


Charles O'Keefe will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS:
October 4: Long and Short Reviews
October 4: Coffee, Crochet, and Books
October 11: Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 18: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 25: Fabulous and Brunette
November 1: Christine Young
November 8: The Kronicles of Korthlundia: A Window into Fantasy
November 15: It's Raining Books
November 22: Kit 'N Kabookle
November 29: Readeropolis
December 6: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
December 13: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
December 20: Welcome to My World of Dreams

About Mayor Sonni

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8 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you! Have a great day, I hope you win :)

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

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    1. Hi Nikolina,

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, you're welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Good morning,

      Thanks so much for being a part of my blog tour. Have a wonderful day! :)

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  3. Good morning. I always like to ask my fellow authors this question: Can you read or write when it's noisy or do you need peace and quiet to focus as I do myself?

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