On Halloween week book sale

My wonderful publisher, JMS Books, is offering a storewide 35% off sale on all ebooks and paperbacks the entire week in honor of Halloween. There are lots of great LGBT horror books, and even more of every other genre.

The JMS Books store is easy to use and is even linked to PayPal if you prefer. You can check out my books page here.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

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On website overhauling

I just finished totally redoing my entire website (only took about 4 hours, hooray). My old site felt a little like a Star Trek: The Next Generation computer screen.

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The new site has a modern feel. I liked the ease of having all my books easily accessible on the left side in categories, so I looked for a free template with a similar lay-out.

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This is Elliot Arthur Cross inviting you to check out ElliotArthurCross.com.

On Will Grayson, Will Grayson book review

I was perusing the local Books-A-Million the other day and happened upon the YA novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson co-written by John Green and David Levithan. I picked it up, read it in a day, and thought I’d share my thoughts.

The book follows to alternating narrators named Will Grayson who live in the Midwest and have very different lives. The teens eventually meet and it alters their lives.

Cons: It got cheesy and smaltzy pretty fast in the final act. I don’t want to give that kind of spoilers, but it’s a happily ever book that didn’t start that way. Call me insensitive, but the Tiny Cooper character just wouldn’t be that much of a stud muffin. I’ve known a lot of overweight gay teens and they don’t have 500 boyfriends. There was a lot of realism except for this character being a little too idealized. That started out fun but got tedious going on. The two Will Graysons meet partway through the book and then have one more interaction at the end. I wanted the two narrators to interact more and bounce off of each other, but instead it really felt like I read two books called Will Grayson and just happened to alternate chapters as I read. I guess cohesion is the word I’m looking for and the novel lacked.

Pros: What a fun book. I laughed out loud several times. Green and Levithan work seamlessly together. Alternating first person POV can be confusing, but one of the Will Graysons writes in text format, which is perfect for the character and makes it immediately distinguishable between which narrator is speaking. Well done. There’s a great little conversation between the two authors at the end of the book. I was hooked immediately into the story and rooting for the characters. I’m the type of reader who either takes forever to get through a book or reads it in one sitting, and this was a one-sitter for me. The nerdy science is fun, the story heartfelt.

Overall: Three or four chapters in, I would have given it 5 stars. Then I went down to 4.5, and finally I’m at 3.75, simply because I didn’t feel the last half lived up to the brilliance of the first half.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Clearclay Park retailers

Clearclay_Park_400x600Hi all, just wanted to announce that my paranormal YA Clearclay Park is now available in ebook form through Amazon and Smashwords. Other retailers coming soon, as well as the paperback edition.

As a reminder, this is the sequel to Tanglewood Road (Amazon Link here), in which a gay teen moves to Florida to start his life over after bullying incidents and discovers something spooky going on in his new neighborhood. The series is planned to be four books in total and I’m currently nearing completion of draft one of the third.

There’s already a Goodreads page and I hope to share some reviews relatively soon on this one. But, here’s some nice words about Tanglewood Road from Goodreads and Amazon readers:

Tanglewood_Road_400x600“A tightly-written horror story, Tanglewood Road is a quick, creepy and addictive read.”

“It’s got a deliciously creepy start, and I relished it. It easily could have been a Twilight Zone episode, albeit a particularly grotesque one.”

“This book was so fascinating to read, that I read it in one night.”

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Bloody Bloody Bible Camp review

Wow. I recently saw the horror comedy Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (known as Sin outside the USA). This is about a homicidal maniac dressed like a nun, Sister Mary Butcher, who kills “teens” at a Bible camp in the 80s. It caught my eye because of such icons as Reggie Bannister (of Phantasm fame), Tim Sullivan (playing the killer here, but known as directing 2001 Maniacs and its sequel, as well as I Was A Teenage Werebear in Chillerama), and Ron Jeremy (of, well, you know… porn fame).

Cons: It’s hard to call things cons when the movie is so silly at times. I could say it’s a little stupid at times, but it’s a silly flick. I actually liked the 80s feel of stereotypical, stupid characters, and I wanted to see more of them. If they could have come up with another ten minutes of laughs, it could have pushed the movie into the next level. The actors were fun, but too old. Were they supposed to be teenagers or 20 somethings at a Bible camp? I could have used a little more world-building to really get into the story.

Pros: There’s a lot to enjoy in this one. First up, Reggie Bannister should be a leading man. He’s fun, talented, and makes you root for him. I laughed out loud a few times and there was plenty of splatter to make this a horror comedy and not a straight up comedy. It hits a lot of slasher film marks, which is always a plus in my books. I’d watch another outing of Sister Mary Butcher. Who knew director Tim Sullivan has such fun, campy acting chops?

Overall: This is a silly, slightly raunchy, send-up of 80s horror which you definitely have to be in the right mood for. I’m going with 2.5 stars out of 5, although I wish I could give it a full 3.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.

 

On Turbulent Strangers cover

Hey all, I just got the cover for my upcoming gay thriller Turbulent Strangers.

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Blurb: When Winston, a photographer going through a mid-life crisis, is guilt-tripped into attending a friend’s wedding, he embarks on a late night road trip. After picking up a sexy young hitchhiker, Winston finds himself in a fight for his life.

More coming soon’ish.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to November 17.

On Clearclay Park’s release

If you like Young Adult fiction, either paranormal or gay, then good news. If you don’t, then sorry. Clearclay Park, the sequel to Tanglewood Road, is now available as an e-book at JMS Books. Other retailers, like Amazon, coming soon, as well as a paperback version.

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Blurb: Cody Langdon’s been through a lot. He kissed a boy in the locker room and got brutally harassed for months. Unable to cope, he tried to take his own life. His parents decided a change in scenery would help, so they moved the family to Florida in the middle of the summer. The abrupt move left Cody lonely, bored, and beyond depressed. Stuck in a new state, Cody learned that a demon named Tanglewood had killed his neighbors and was taunting Cody. To save his family, Cody burned his house down.

Cody was lauded as a local hero and inducted into a support group for people who had survived encounters with dangerous demons. The support group introduced Cody to a new world of the supernatural and shared their own horrific experiences with incubi, curses, and ghosts.

Adam Monroe was a teenager just like Cody, until the demon Tanglewood killed his neighbors and his parents. Blamed for the multiple deaths and thought insane, Adam was locked away in a mental facility until Cody stumbled across evidence that cleared his name. The two bonded immediately over their shared trauma and mutual attraction.

After all of his hardships, Cody is in for the strangest task yet — starting over at a new high school where he knows no one, doesn’t like organized sports, and thinks he’s above the petty social games.

Just as he begins to relax in his new environment, Cody’s parents find a new house to live in. Upon touring one of the identical homes in the Clearclay Park community, Cody discovers that behind the perfect hedges, trimmed lawns, and pristine appearance, a sinister force may lurk.

Forced to juggle his time between school, his parents, and Adam, Cody is confronted with the realization that not all problems are supernatural, and not all solutions are final.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.