Monday, January 14, 2008

Sex experiment fails

Well, my experiment of putting the word sex in the title, body copy, and tags of a blog item to see if it would significantly increase my hits turned out to have little effect. I've been averaging about 25-30 hits per day, and over the 24-hour period since I wrote the sex item, I got 26 hits. Hmmm. Maybe if I admit that I'm a big fan of Hillary Clinton (true, I am), then I'll get more hits -- positive and negative.

epic fantasy, sexy R-rated, Fear of death, Death Wizard, Hillary Clinton


Bryan Hitchcock said...


Hi, Jim. That's a funny experiment.

I am not a huge Hillary fan though I am a Democrat, reformed Green. However, I don't hate her like some people. My ticket of choice would be Obama/Edwards, but if its Clinton/Obama I will still be thrilled to offer my support. We have a great field this year.

My biggest issue is the war, and I hope Hillary's hawkish rhetoric (at least in the past) is more bark than bite. With the military strength and brain power our country has, there's no reason we shouldn't be leading the world on human rights and sustainable technology. I really hope we can make some big, positive changes in the next few years.

I try not to apply political or religious litmus tests to writers, but I have to admit your blog entry makes me more likely to order your book sooner. =) Hopfully the opposite is not true of your Republican readers.

Bryan Hitchcock

Jim Melvin said...


I very much enjoyed your comments. To be honest, I also would be thrilled with Obama/Edwards, Clinton/Obama, or even Obama/Clinton. And you could not be more right on human rights and sustainable technology.

As for turning off Republican readers ... hmmm ... I'll have to think on that one. Ha!

Bryan Hitchcock said...

Upon reflection I realized that it would take a particularly open minded republican to even look at a series called The Death Wizard Chronicles. Such a person is not likely to be put off by such a mild political endorsement as you've given here.

Personally, I'm just glad when people are engaged at all, no matter which side of the polyhedron they inhabit.

On a different note, what is the word count of the Death Wizard books? Do you shoot for a certain minimum, or just work it until the story is complete?

Jim Melvin said...

Book One is the shortest: 78,000. Books Two-Five are all between 125,000 and 140,000. And Book Six is 88,000. I didn't really set how to write specific lengths, beyond just novel-length norms.


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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