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 Ghosts of the Riverview released

NOTE: I just realized this wasn’t posted last month *sigh* Here’s what I meant to post a few weeks ago:

Hi all, happy to announce that my latest ebook was released today. The date really snuck up on me. Ghosts of the Riverview is a slightly erotic gay horror story (with a touch of inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe).

Billy tries his best to keep his smile, even though he’s grieving the death of one of his closest friends, he’s worried about another friend in rehab, and most Saturday nights he’s stuck watching movies with his lonely lesbian roommate. To top it all off, he can’t find a steady job and has a crush on a bartender named Reese, who happens to be oblivious of Billy’s affections.

Now and then Billy works odd jobs for a wealthy eccentric, who has purchased the Riverview, once a popular restaurant immediately after World War II. But the business closed after a series of incidents that culminated with the unexplained death of a waiter in a freezer. Ever since, there have been reports of strange sounds and lights coming from the rundown building, and teens use the remote parking lot to fool around.

Billy leaps at the opportunity to clean out the old restaurant to show off to possible investors. It might also be a chance to get closer to Reese. Together with a small crew, he must brave a harsh winter storm to travel to the Riverview and make it presentable. But when they’re trapped in the eerie building as the snow piles up outside, strange things start to happen. Is any escape from the Ghosts of the Riverview?

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You can find the book at JMS Books (the bookstore is really great and you can accrue points for discounts with each purchase) with it hitting major retailers in a week.

UPDATE: You can also find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

And I already got my first great 4 star review. From MM GoodBookReviews:

“Oh, wow! For a short story, this was awesome. It has good flow and follow-through. The tension you could feel as if your there. First, the sexual tension between Billy and Reese, and then the scary chills in the restaurant. I can’t say more without giving it away but it’s scary, sexy, one heck of a twist and still a happy ending… well sort of.”

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On opening to interviews

Hey gang, I’ve decided that since I have lots of followers (soon to reach triple digits), I’ve decided to network even more. If anyone wants to interview an lgbt author/Game of Thrones enthusiast/Survivor junkie/politics enthusiast/holder of a BA in Film Studies, then let me know. I’m mildly entertaining and I’d love to meet more people and share ideas. We could also possibly do some free book giveaways to your readers, as that’s a marketing approach I need to tap into more. Current ebooks are in YA, murder mystery, erotica, and horror genres.

And it feels weird to just email someone out of the blue. There are some great bloggers who interview people, but I feel odd contacting strangers to see if they care about me. So any interested parties, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. I will respond quickly and pleasantly.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to hearing from you.

On The Keysmith at Barnes and Nobles

Hot on the trails of Amazon, The Keysmith is now being sold at Barnes and Noble as well. If you like paranormal horror stories with gay characters, give it a read on your Nook.

In other news, I signed a contract for another short horror story, Ghosts of the Riverview, set for release in August. I’ll post more about it closer to August.

As always, this has been Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you a pleasant evening.

On restaurants

I’m wondering how to get a chain restaurant’s shirt. I went to one recently (for ambiguity’s sake we’ll call it Orangecee’s) and realized it would be a lot of fun to show up in the whole outfit (emblazoned polo with black pants and possible black apron) and act completely normal. They’d assume I’m from corporate and give me a fantastic meal. If asked, I’d just say I like to fit in with the natives wherever I go.

You ever get stuck with a bored waitress and realize that you would have had fantastic service just one table over? We were right on the edge of Anita’s section and Kyle’s. Anita spoke monotonously, didn’t check on us often, spoke to me like I should know what I wanted to eat at the drop of a hat, and didn’t bring the food out in the order we asked. Then there was Kyle. Friendly with a charming story and peeking in randomly on his customers. He wasn’t cute, but had that normal guy look you find in movies, like a Shia LaBeouf before he got those starring roles and made a good ‘best friend.’ I longed to transfer to Kyle’s section, yet I knew it impossible.

And Anita from Orangecee’s, if you’re reading this, don’t apologize for not serving my delicious steak and garlic potatoes on a skillet. I rejoiced that I had a plate. I don’t want the cookware. Why would you give sizzling cookware to a customer? Food is prepared in pots and pans, then placed on a plate and delivered. Age old system.

My favorite part of red wine is how diseased it makes your mouth look.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that a safety pin can all too quickly turn into a danger pin.