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.

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On huge ebook sale

Huge ebook retailer Smashwords is hosting a massive sale all this week through March 8 with tons of titles discounted anywhere between 25% and 75%! Two of my titles, both usually priced at $4.99 are now discounted to only $.99, so now’s the perfect time to check them out.

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In this paranormal YA story, Cody Langdon moves to Florida to start over after a failed suicide attempt. His mom hopes the change in scenery will do him more good than the medication he refuses to take, but Cody hates the sweltering summer heat and the loneliness of living in a state without any friends. His home is lonely, the heat is unbearable, and something is wrong with the neighborhood. The houses are well-kept and the lawns are mowed, but there’s no sign of life anywhere. Who, or what, is responsible for the strange occurrences on Tanglewood Road?

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In this erotic murder mystery, 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 New Year’s book sale

My publisher, JMS Books, is celebrating Near Year’s by offering a 40% discount on all titles from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. Their bookstore is easy to navigate and use (a huge improvement over many publisher’s bookstores), and you even rack up points for further discounts on future purchases.

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Here’s the link to my author page, but don’t stop there, check out the other wonderful LGBT titles ranging everywhere from young adult, erotica, sweet romance, gay, lesbian, etc.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On a free book giveaway

Head over to the Goodreads page for Ask Me No Questions, an erotic M/M murder mystery, and enter a free paperback giveaway from my publisher, JMS Books. Contest ends September 30.

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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 good luck and happy reading.

On paperback release

Very happy to announce that my LGBT erotic murder mystery, Ask Me No Questions, has been released on paperback. This is a fun, sexy, whodunit, and can be found at JMS Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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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 New Paperback Release

Hey gang, just wanted to share something fun. Apparently sales haven’t been abysmal, so my M/M erotic murder mystery, Ask Me No Questions, will soon be getting a paperback release.

There’s nothing so nice as holding in your hand a printed version of your book, and I look forward to doing that in just a few weeks with this one.

Check out more about the book at ElliotArthurCross.com, and I’ll be sure to post more when the book is released.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross figuring I should get to wok on the sequel.

On Murder Mysteries Being Unfair

There’s a reason I haven’t been updating as regularly as I’d like. And it’s my addiction with marathoning TV series. I just can’t help it. Anyway, the last two that I’ve been working on are Veronica Mars and The Killing. And there’s something these two excellent series have in common-unfair solutions. I’ll talk in broad terms to not spoil the killers’ identities.

Veronica Mars is the excellent comedy/drama/mystery about a plucky teenage girl in a wealthy town who works as a private investigator for her dad (the always fun Enrico Colantoni). In each episode of the first season, she solved a weekly problem, but the season as a whole had the mystery of who killed her best friend the year before. Turns out lots of people did shady things and a there were a lot of clues about who covered up what and why, but not necessarily about the actual murder itself. I figured it out with a few episodes left based on a gut hunch.

Episodes in the first two seasons of The Killing cover approximately one day  in the murder investigation of a teenage girl in Seattle. There are lots of suspects and twists and turns as the mystery was slowly unraveled, but the long awaited shocking reveal was less powerful when it was strung out in the end and it turned out there was more than one guilty party to varying degrees.

I thoroughly enjoyed both series and I’m continuing with each. Season three of The Killing seems to be about multiple bodies and one killer, which is a nice change, and season two of Veronica Mars was about a mysterious bus crash that killed some students during the second season premiere. I’m hoping both mysteries offer clues to a rewarding ending.

This was a big deal when I wrote my gay erotic murder mystery Ask Me No Questions. I did my best to plant clues that you could go back to and see how obvious it was on second reading (but hopefully not on the first). And it’s the reason I’m struggling like crazy writing the sequel. Murder mysteries are hard work to get right, and I commend Veronica Mars and The Killing on being so entertaining, but come on. Play fair with the audience who’s trying to figure it out.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross hoping I can solve the next murder mystery before the finale.