Official Release: “Fool’s Ride” — Book Two of The Jenkins Cycle

fools_rideThough the cat has been completely scared out of the bag by Carol Kean and P.T. Hylton (thanks!), I still think I should give an official send-off to “Fool’s Ride” — Book Two of The Jenkins Cycle.

Amazon Blurb:

Dan Jenkins is back, body hopping a scumbag at a time in his quest for the perfect ride. He doesn’t need much. Premium cable TV, good books, a well-stocked pantry, and he’s set. But the Great Whomever has other plans.

After six months waiting in limbo, Dan catches a ride as a horror novelist whose gruesome stories aren’t just fiction. Later, he hunts a man who’s escaped justice for far too long. Then, in his greatest challenge yet, he strays too deeply into the lives of the people he loves: his most foolish ride of all.

Compelling stuff, hmm? Makes you wanna buy the series for everyone in your address book, hmm? As blurbs go, I was a little worried when I wrote it — I didn’t want Amazon’s staff banning me for unleashing this devastating coupe de plume on their unsuspecting customers. But seriously, imagine if I’d flipped my writery wattage to eleven? Millions of people around the world would go bankrupt overnight from clicking “Buy! Buy!” over and over again. When the dust settled, emergency workers would find them slumped at their computers, exhausted and starved, clicking clicking clicking, staring forever at dark visions none can comprehend. Whew, huh? If you think about it, the world sort of owes me a little. But whatever.

Three Amazing facts about “Fool’s Ride” you’ll find only at

  1. The stuff about stealing from Safeway was taken from my own experiences (all true).
  2. The author (me) used to work as a security guard while attending college in the 90s. I leveraged all that sitting around I did into one of the most action packed sequences of sitting around you’ll ever find in print.
  3. Like teenage Dan, I really did used to show up late for my first class every day — but you’ll have to read the book to find out why (sorry Amazon, I’m trying to tone down the wattage here, but… can’t… control.. my marketing powers…)

If you haven’t read book one yet, you can find it here: Kick, by John L. Monk. Don’t worry — this blurb has been cleared as safe for most readers.


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Another Great Box Set I’m In! #horror

John L. Monk:

Just picked this up for when I finally get time to read something. Incredible deal — 99 cents for 8 books.

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

Yep, I’m in another great box set with some great authors. I’ve been very lucky to have been part of three of them with author Mark Tufo so far… and hoping we do many more in the future together. But wait… there’s more than just Mark and I to peruse… 

First, the latest one… and only 99 cents!

Hallowed Horror


The supernatural comes to life in this limited edition box set. Featuring some of the best names in horror working with some amazing new talent, this collection is full of terror and suspense.

This set includes 10 paranormal stories of ghosts, demons, vampires, shifters, and witches. Grab your copy today. Any paranormal occult fan will love the creatures crawling within Hallowed Horror.

The Spirit Clearing – Mark Tufo
All the Little Children – Christine Sutton
Fangs in Vain – Scott Nicholson
The Unsaintly – Lisa Vasquez
Generation Evil – Eric…

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Indie Authors: Where are they now? (Part two)

John L. Monk:

If you’ve read Part One, great. If not, heads up: Carol Ervin’s doing an amazing little blog series on the “Awesome Indies.”
I absolutely love what she had to say about Lindy Moone. Lindy’s so talented, she makes me wanna just sit down in the street and moan, “Why should I even bother…”

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:

The first “awesome” indie writer John L Monk discovered was Lindy Moone, but I found her first. Among all authors I’ve met in real and online life, I judge Lindy as the most talented and most fearless.

Currently Lindy has set aside writing the sequel to her novel Hyperlink from Hell in order to edit, format and illustrate For Whom the Bell Trolls, which she calls “a charity antrollogy” with contributions from 24 indie authors. Of these writers she says “Some of the authors are well-known. Some are just not well, not well at all. Some are hiding under their beds, or possibly bridges. (Some should be.)”troll cover for Carol

Did you get that? Editing, formatting, and illustrating–for charity. Plus Lindy selected the contributors, cajoled, critiqued, kept them laughing, and held them together to the finish.

Net proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Equality Now, an international charity that works…

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“Fool’s Ride” by John L Monk (Creepy creepy glorious!)

John L. Monk:

Ok, so I was going to do this big shiny post on how the sequel to “Kick” was now for sale, and then a wonderful reviewer who’s already read a copy published a review on her blog (please go there, witness her heavenly prose, hit ‘like,’ relblog — win millions of karma points).
So yeah — I published the sequel. It’s called “Fool’s Ride” — currently available only on Amazon.
I will write more about it later.

Originally posted on carolkean:

Joy ride, or freaky, creepy carnival ride: come along.

Daniel Jenkins repeatedly returns to earth in human form to atone for his sins and deliver some good old-fashioned, oh, so gratifying, vigilante justice. Fans of Kick (The Jenkins Cycle Book 1) know Dan committed suicide while in college, bleeding all over the bedding of the girl who’d jilted him. Horrors! What in the world could entice me to spend a whole novel in the point of view of a thoughtless, self-pitying loser like Dan? Does the writer even live who could interest me in this guy’s miserable hereafter? Yes, yes, and yes again.

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Alas, poor Dan. He comprehends the magnitude of his stupid act of suicide. His guilt is so stupendous, he somehow finds himself entering the body of a living human man. What happens to the guy’s soul while Dan…

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Indie Authors: Where Are They Now? (Part One)

John L. Monk:

Hey there — an Awesome Indie update from an Awesome Indie!

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:

The explosion of self-published books makes me think every third reader has just been waiting for a chance to be a writer. And guess what, people are buying and enjoying self-published books. It’s true.

I won’t review or contest all the moaning and groaning from the media about this phenomenon, though I’ll admit that having a desire to write and a good story to tell doesn’t always end in a well-written, properly formatted book. But: freedom to publish. Who can argue with that? Oh, that’s right, people with money to lose: publishers and agents.

Indie ebooks are cheap because authors can set their own price and earn up to 70 percent royalty from Amazon.

Some critics complain as though the rabble has been set loose. I heard a traditionally-published author protest that cheap ebooks threaten the industry, and without the guidance of editors and publishers, literature will decline. Well, la di da. In my humble opinion, very little…

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House of Worms, by Harvey Click — Free Today!

House-of-WormsI’ve now read 2 books by Harvey Click and, hands down, he is my favorite horror novelist. I really love his writing.  Today, House of Worms is on sale.  Haven’t read it yet, looking forward to it though.  If you like it, maybe leave him a review — spread the evil wide and far.


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Sell More Books Show — 40-50 minutes of informational bliss

My only complaint about this wonderful podcast is I wish it was longer.  On the plus side, I can consume these episodes over my lunch break. The show always starts with the hosts throwing it back and forth, but always about something in the world of self-publishing. They don’t waste your time. It closes with a top 5 breakdown of the hottest self-pub news stories.  Highly recommended.

The hosts:

jim_03Jim Kukral of Author Marketing Club: the pessimist of the show, he delights in bashing  new-fangled schemes and/or tricks to get sales. If he’s not saying it like it is, he’s not happy — and it’s a blast to listen to. Someone has to keep me from giving all my hard-earned money to scammers and hucksters, right?  That’s this guy.


Bryan Cohen: he’s fun, he’s peppy, he’s always happy to listen to what’s new and go “how cool — tell me more!” Like Jim, he’s an author in his own right, with a productive writing schedule. He also listens to podcasts for 2 hours a day, which keeps him in the loop on all things self-publishing.

Together they make a great team, keeping it lively, and sharing gobs of “actual news” sure to delight and inform indie-minded folks. This podcast is as close to an industry newsletter as I’ve seen since starting down the self-pub path a little more than a year ago.


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