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 Veronica Mars film review

I recently took a short road trip to the theaters to see the Veronica Mars movie. Here’s my history with the franchise: I never watched it when it aired, “girl teen detective” sounded really stupid to me, and eventually I let a friend lend me the three seasons on DVD. I loved them and devoured the series in 2 weeks. The kickstarter came up to fund the movie, so I helped out with a whopping dollar donation. Yep, I sure helped make it.

The film picks up years after the series ends, and embroils Veronica (the impeccable Kristen Bell) in another murder mystery back in her hometown of Neptune. You don’t need to have seen the series, but you should have if you want to get the references (season three optional).

Cons: The murder mystery part has always been the weakest point for me in the series. They usually don’t drop in any clues about the killer until Veronica figures it out. So it’s more of a ‘how will the detective find the killer’ than the audience playing ‘whodunit.’ I won’t spoil the solution, but I figured out the killer very quickly. Besides that, there’s the whole evil organization sub-plot that never gets resolved. It felt like set-up for a future movie (fingers crossed we get one). And I was bummed at some of the character deaths.

Pros: Humor, acting, script, direction. It’s a really fun movie with some big payoffs from the series. A movie continuation from a TV show could easily suck, but this was Veronica Mars at its very best. The series had great cameos from well established actors, and the movie continues that tradition (Jamie Lee Curtis, James Franco, Justin Long, etc.). The best part of season three was the introduction of Piz (played by Chris Lowell), and there’s lots of great Piz action here (I love Chris Lowell and his character, but why that horrible name?).

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. Fun, witty adventure with high stakes and great characters.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.

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 The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations

I really enjoyed the first Butterfly Effect (probably because I was 20 when it came out) and vaguely remember disliking the sequel. Well, I just finished the third one because it was free on Netflix, and I enjoyed it for what it is.

If you’re unfamiliar with the premise, this guy can just freeze himself in a bathtub and then spend a little time in his body in the past. There’s no explanation or anything, and of course each time he tries to change the past it has tons of consequences. In this outing, our protagonist is up against a serial killer whose victims seem to change depending on random changes in the past.

Cons: The time travel idea is fun, but can we get some explanation of how it’s done? Some character motivations were confusing once the time line changed. At one point, I wasn’t sure if we were still in the recent past or the present. There’s a pot growing mentor who doesn’t get any explanation. I liked the character and the possibility that he was the killer (not spoiling it either way), but where did he come from/how does he know so much about time travel?

Pros: Better sequel than the last one. Having a clear antagonist gave the film a much needed focal point. I honestly could see it going in several different ways, and was mostly pleased with the outcome and surprises. As a lover of slasher movies, I appreciate the almost slasher aspect to this one. There’s a nice use of the Detroit locale that adds to the story.

Overall, I’ll go with 2 stars out of 4. For a direct to video third entry in a shaky series, not too bad. Maybe I’ll give part 2 another try one of these days.

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.