Monday, December 3, 2007

Jim Melvin's virtual tour begins

Day One of my virtual tour of the blogosphere began today. My tour has been arranged by Pump Up Your Book Promotion, run by CEO/Founder Dorothy Thompson. My first of at least 18 stops has been an ongoing visit with The Writer's Life Author Talks, an influential group of writers and readers that was founded in 2004 and that meets regularly on Yahoo. Please check it out here. Up next? I'll let you know first thing tomorrow!

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Dorothy Thompson, virtual tour, blogosphere, sexy R-rated, Fear of death, Death Wizard


Bryan said...

Hi, Jim.

I just found your blog through a post at the SF Reader site. I have a thread there about horror/fantasy hybrids. No one has mentioned your Death Wizard books yet, probably because they are so new. But they look very interesting.

To me, the ground between fantasy and horror seems fertile for good stories. My questions are whether publishers will bite and audiences of the two genres will read something that tweaks the conventions. I think readers are ready for something more challenging. People who enjoy gritty fantasy like the Black Company or even Conan should be easy converts, but the horror fans seem like a tougher sell, since most horror has a contemporary setting.

The Pit is now on my shopping list.

I just finished my second novel, though I don't have anything polished yet besides a few short stories. One is soon to be published. I am a young writer, though not a young person. lol

Visit my writing blog if you have a chance at


Jim Melvin said...

Dear Bryan:

Wow! Thanks for the great and detailed post. You bring up some thought-provoking points. I've always been of the mindset -- for better or worse -- that you have to write from the heart and then let the chips fall where they may. For me, they fall -- as you describe -- somewhere between fantasy and horror.

And I will definitely check out your blog and leave a comment!


The Death Wizard Chronicles is a sexy, action-packed six-book epic fantasy series: Book One (Forged by Death), Book Two (Chained by Fear), Book Three (Eve of War), Book Four (World on Fire), Book Five (Sun God), Book Six (Death-Know).

The DW Chronicles is not for children and teenagers -- or the faint of heart. But if you like graphic fantasy that is bursting with excitement yet still has a lot going on between the lines, I think you'll love my series.

In a groundbreaking paradox, the Death Wizard, a champion of good, derives his power from a source traditionally seen as negative -- death. His nemesis, an evil sorcerer, derives his power from the sun, the benevolent source of all life. Their struggle to control the fate of the planet Triken will take your breath away.

In an original twist never before seen in this genre, the Death Wizard is able to enter the realm of death during a "temporary suicide." Through intense concentration, he stops his heartbeat and feeds on death energy, which provides him with an array of magical powers.

The series also is a love triangle involving two desperate characters attempting to come together despite the machinations of an all-powerful psychopath with incestuous cravings.

Graphic and action-packed, spanning a millennium of turmoil, The DW Chronicles carries readers on a journey they will never forget.

Do you fear death? The Death Wizard does not. Find out why.

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