On finishing Weeds

I sat on my couch in the dark, sipping ice tea and vodka, and realized I was feeling a little down. Thinking about it, I figured it was in thanks to finishing Weeds an hour earlier. What is it about powering through a lengthy TV series that always ends in depression?

I came to Weeds a little later than most people, deciding to check it out on Netflix in December, a few months after the series ended. Four months later, I’m watching the last episode and laughing like mad. This Weeds marathon is probably only trumped by the Frasier-thon of May/June 2012 and the Battlestar Galactica-thon of July 2012.

Anyway, I highly recommend the show. It completely veers off course in seasons 6 and 7, but 8 picks it right up again. The characters, as outrageous as they become, feel like family after so long. I’ll miss those crazy Botwins.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wondering why Kevin Nealon doesn’t have five TV shows on right now? Seriously.

On Ask Me No Questions’ availability

My 40,000 word gay erotic murder mystery, Ask Me No Questions, is now being sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. And for those of you on Goodreads, you can add Ask Me No Questions to your bookshelves now.

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Blurb: Dylan Lakewood never imagined anyone would hit on him at his job working at the local shopping mall taking surveys for random products. But then he meets Trenton, a tall skater boy who puts the moves on him. Trenton introduces him to his shy friend, Bennett, who just happens to be on the run from the police, who think he murdered a college jock.

When Dylan agrees to hide Bennett, he unwittingly pits himself against a killer desperate to keep a hundred thousand dollar secret.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Bates Motel episode 2

I just finished the second episode of Bates Motel, and wow, things are starting to heat up. Max Theriot’s Dylan is a great addition to the series. He’s the antithesis of Norman-he looks more like Norma but hates her.

The cops got to argue semantics and it looks like there’s pot fields around the too idyllic town the Bates have moved into. Intriguing.

Cons: Norman’s dad is Sam Bates? Stick to the original series and use Jack Bates. It’s such a minor detail, but come on. Norman has three female friends from school, but am I supposed to keep them straight? One of their dad’s got burned up and she’s dating Richard “creepy eyes” Slymore. Hopefully the writers plotted out stories for three separate characters, otherwise it’s confusion for no reason.

Pros: The mysteries are deepening. There’s this whole dangerous pot-growing community which may or may not be connected to an Asian sex-traffic horror story. While it borders on the extreme, we haven’t quite crossed into American Horror Story craziness yet. There was a nice touch introducing the taxidermy element into the series.

Last but not least, hurray for no spelling mistakes this week! Last week they replaced the Seafairer Inn sign with Bates Motel. Apparently this wasn’t supposed to reference seafarers, but a fair sea.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to next Monday night at 10.

On The Keysmith at the iStore

There’s plenty of people out there just like I used to be. You only read books on your iPad. Sure, there are apps that let you read Kobo and Nook books, but you’re used to going to the iStore and downloading a book.

Good news horror fans! My short story, The Keysmith, is available in the iStore. Open up your iPad, type in the story or my name, and enjoy a fun ghost story.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross asking you to leave a comment, rate, and tell your friends. Happy reading.

On Goodreads

Trying to ensconce myself in modern technology, I have a Goodreads page. I don’t really know how to use it for promotional purposes, but The Keysmith is on there and I plan on adding each of my books once they’re published.

For any Goodreads users, feel free to check out my Author page, rate and review. And if anyone wants to give me any advice on using Goodreads, much appreciated.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross enjoying the 21st century.

On my Clearclay Park contract

Announcing my newest contract from JMS Books. Clearclay Park is my roughly 40,000 word paranormal young adult sequel to Tanglewood Road, which is scheduled for release May 23. Nobody likes waiting years for sequels, so I worked immediately on the second part in the series so my reads will only have to wait a matter of months. You’re welcome.

In other news, Bates Motel received 4.6 million viewers on Monday, setting records for A&E. I told you it was going to be a big hit.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross sharing good news (mostly the book contract, but the TV stuff is cool, too).

On The Keysmith’s Kobo page

My short horror story The Keysmith is available on Kobo! The fun thing about this page for me is the ranking. I’m not sure how the system works, but it displays how well a book is currently doing in its genres.

At this moment in the Kobo system, The Keysmith is ranked:

1,727 out of 5,096 in Fiction & Literature > LGBT

2,302 out of 14,285 in Sci-Fi and Fantasy > Horror

466 out of 2,719 in Fiction & Literature > Ghost

And that’s a month after its release. Wish I had checked those figures weeks ago.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross geeking out over having one more thing to obsess over. Happy reading.