On Inkshares Horror Novel

Have you guys heard about this? I recently heard about a crowdfunding site called Inkshares. It’s basically Kickstarter or Indiegogo crossbred with Createspace or Lulu. It looks like a site where you can crowdfund a novel that will have an ebook and physical presence in bookstores. Unlike Kikstarter or Indiegogo where you give them thousands of dollars and then the writer keeps a percentage and has to then hire editors and distributors, Inkshares does all of that. So if a project is successfully funded at Inshares, it includes a professional manuscript editor and distributor.

I had no idea how any of this works, so I figured I’d dive in and take a look see with my current manuscript. I’m working on a 90 thousand word novel about three strangers entering the witness protection program when they accidentally thwart a serial killer. They’re relocated to a new state, but their new home brings them into contact with horrors beyond imagination.

You can find the Inkshares page, along with fun FAQs and whatnot, and back this project here are: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/horror-novel

Thanks so much for your support!

This is Elliot Arthur Cross eternally grateful for your support. For any questions about the project, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. Thank you and happy reading.


On Camp Carnage reviews

Camp Carnage front coverHey all. It’s been a busy summer. Thought I’d share some book reviews for the recently released Camp Carnage.  Here are some selections. For full reviews, click on the bloggers’ links.

Boys, Bears, and Scares: 5 stars

“Imagine an 80s summer camp slasher movie that features gay kids getting massacred, and you’ve got the novel Camp Carnage by Elliot Arthur Cross and Joshua Winning. Set in 1986 (complete with 80s pop culture references), this page-turning gay horror novel has basically re-imagined Friday the 13th—at a conversion camp!”

Wall-to-Wall Books: 5 stars

“If you are not afraid of a little blood and guts – mua ha ha ha! I dare you to read this! It was a surprise for me right up to the end, I did not have it figured out. Great job Elliot and Josh! Two thumbs up!”

Genuine Jen: 5 stars

“This book jumps right into the action in the first chapter. It reminded me of an 80’s/early 90’s horror flick, like Jason. It was a little different with the kids going to a “gay” camp to be “cured”. One by one campers start to disappear and then they are found dead. It was scary, not too gruesome but definitely had me on the edge of my seat.”

For more, check out Camp Carnage at Goodreads or Amazon.

On Tex, the Witch Boy review

I’ve been slacking on this blog because I’ve been watching less movies and falling under Netflix’s spell. Thanks, Supernatural, for having eight seasons to get caught up on.

I recently read Stuart R. West’s YA novel Tex, The Witch Boy, in which a good-natured high school student deals with discovering he’s a witch someone’s brutally killing high school football players.

Cons: I would have liked more magic, but with this being the first in a trilogy, I can see that it’s setting it up. There were a few loose threads that might be tied up later, but they felt dangling after reading just this book. The murder mystery is solved rather easily, although it’s nearly justified why it couldn’t be solved sooner. Tex comes off a little older than a 15 year old, but he does comment on it and it helps set him up as an outsider, so not much of a qualm there.

Pros: There were a few laugh out loud scenes, mostly involving Mickey Goldfarb, Tex’s mentor. She’s not the typical wise old witch stereotype which is refreshing. In fact, none of the characters felt clichéd. The characters are the strong suit, actually making you feel for them. I was anxious and upset when one of Tex’s friends gets in trouble, and author Stuart R. West doesn’t pull any punches. In fact, the story is more about the horrors of bullying than magic, but it doesn’t turn into an after school special. West states in the afterword that every instance of bullying is something he and his friends experienced growing up. I applaud his use of turning negative life experiences into art with a positive message.

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. Tex, the Witch Boy has fun characters, a good mystery, and an interesting take on magic. This was a great start to a trilogy, which I look forward to reading the rest of. Here’s the Amazon link for your convenience.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

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 One Frightful Date review

Here’s a clip of a great 4.5 out of 5 hearts review I got for my short M/M YA ebook One Frightful Date:

“This is my introduction to this author, but I look forward to reading more since, as a short story, I felt pulled in right from the start!  I would recommend if for mystery fans, young adult and general romance fans.”


Check out the rest of the review at Hearts on Fire Reviews. or even better yet, buy your own copy of the ebook at Amazon.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross shamelessly wishing you happy reading.

On Sentinel book review

I recently read Sentinel, the first book in the Sentinel Trilogy, by Joshua Winning. Below are my thoughts.

What a fun book. When Nicholas Hallow, just shy of his sixteenth birthday, is tragically orphaned, he’s thrust into a dangerous, paranormal world. With the help of his parents’ elderly friend, Nicholas must find a way to navigate this dangerous, new territory, even as sinister forces are converging.

Cons: The ending is a bit abrupt, which will be easier to handle when the sequel is released. Some of the villains’ motivations are murky, as is the mythology.

Pros: Great characters. The book doesn’t fall into the usual trappings of paranormal YA by forcing a teenage romance into the mix. Nicholas Hallow is dealing with some serious issues, and he can’t be tied down dealing with a relationship. I didn’t see some of the twists and turns coming and loved every one of them.

Overall, this is a great start to a fun trilogy and I’m looking forward to book two.

For your convenience, here’s a link to Sentinel at Amazon. And keep in mind the book is British, so when someone wears a jumper that means sweater.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross pondering wishing you happy reading.