A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Win a Kindle!

Melting Pot
By Scott Nicholson

Conventional wisdom says that a writer should find a groove, stick with it, and do the same book over and over. And some very popular writers manage to do just that, especially with series books.

I had a phase of my career, what I call Act I, where I was publishing with the word “horror” stamped on the spines of the books. Of course, not many books get that label since the 1980’s horror glut and crash. During that time, I was pretty much presented as a “brand,” with similar titles all starting with “The.” But remember how ranchers branded their cattle? They seared their cows’ flesh with a glowing red iron. Ouchie.

The publisher believed an identifiable brand was the best way to build an audience, and that might have been the right approach. The trouble was that I was writing all kinds of different things that didn’t fit into the box. While I was able to slip out an experimental story here and there, I didn’t go haywire until this year and started publishing my own stuff.

That’s why I can write funny YA paranormal romance in October Girls and dark crime in Disintegration and publish them in the same month. They could hardly be more opposite. Some people may like them both, and some may love one and hate the other. But it’s all me.
I edited and wrote for the kiddie comic Little Shivers at the same time I was putting together the grown-up horror comic Grave Conditions, plus I was working on the teen graphic novel Dreamboat for my agent while I was finishing up Speed Dating with the Dead.

As if that’s not weird enough, I’ve written tons of poetry, songs, articles, writing advice, and I’ve been a newspaper reporter for 12 years. Before that I wrote radio copy. My screenplays range from B-movie horror to caper crime. I am about to publish my first children’s book.

And all of that has been done without permission or approval. I am not rich or wildly famous and successful, but I am very satisfied with exploring all these areas of life. And guess what? I’m going to take up oil painting again in my old age.

So I say follow every crazy dream you have, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Let your brand be unbranded, wild and free.


My new crime thriller Disintegration is a Kindle bestseller, and paranormal mystery As I Die Lying just launched, both for 99 cents for a limited time.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, Burial to Follow ,and October Girls. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, The Gorge, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers. His web site is www.hauntedcomputer.com.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info.
Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm


  1. I cannot wait to read Speed Dating with the Dead. It looks like a great book!


    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  2. Wow so many great books I have to go to the library tomorrow!


  3. I haven't read any of Scott Nicholson's books yet, but after this giveaway, I've requested some from our library :-)

    Email address is in blogger profile

  4. As an independent author and publisher, you can write in any genre you want, mix them, break all rules, go totally nuts. It's great to shed the literary straight-jacket. "The Red Church," "Disintegration," "The Skull Ring," "As I Die Lying," "October Girls," the short stories, there is something for everybody.

  5. Great thoughts on writing! The last paragraph is all that's really life is about, as long as we're not hurting others, we should follow those crazy dreams of ours indeed.

    lillyswistek at gmail dot com

  6. Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about authors that are always writing the same thing. I've given up on some series because it's the same damn thing book after book. I like variety in all things. The more different things you write, the more likely I am to get excited about what you write, buy it and recommend it to my friends.

    Of course, there are also some series I adore so...
    teawench at gmail dot com

  7. This does look like a good book. I'd also love to be entered to win ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  8. going to have to pick up some of these book!

  9. What Lilly said! Yeah! I find that I like different things on different days, and I don't mind shaking it up! More power to you, Scott!

    Jeff White.... whitejw@ameritech.net

  10. Great books!


  11. Be free Scott! It is fun to read varied works from the same author.

  12. I have a few of these books on my list of "To read books". I'm going to move them to the top of the list.


  13. Enter me please!

    Don't forget to check out my HUGE Bday giveaway.


    Ashley's Bookshelf

  14. Even writers evolve. Glad you have too. Makes for some great books.


  15. Even writers evolve. Glad you have too. Makes for some great books.


  16. I sure am glad they finally let you out of the box. :P


  17. I really think self publishing has opened up a whole new world of entertainment in the form of stories, music and video. It has let creative people be who they are without forcing themselves to change in the hopes of "getting signed" or having their project picked up. Granted, it also means there is a lot of stuff out there to sift through, but to me that's half the fun. It's like going to a virtual flea market and going up and down all the rows, pouring over the various products until you find that one diamond in the rough.

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I've read 2 of Scott's books and enjoyed both of them a lot. Keep up the great work!

    emilyking630 at yahoo dot com

  19. The whole branding thing is odd to me, and the stigma against the horror brand is even more stifling. Ah well, good fiction is good fiction, no matter what label.


  20. Great books!
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

  21. A creative mind stops being creative when its asked to do the same thing over and over again. "Branding" may be optimal for shoe sales or cheeseburgers, but literature? I'd rather be surprised.


  22. Wonderful post!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  23. Me thinks I must check out this As I Die Lying!!

    Attackofthebook Twitter

  24. Great advise!
    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

  25. One friend sold a paranormal romance through traditional channels, then wrote a thriller. She had to argue with her agent to convince her to read her thriller. Ten months later, her agent read it and loved it. It's been at least another year and hasn't sold yet, though, which is yet another drawback to traditional publishing. As a reader, I have adored the Jeff Lindsay Dexter series and the Barry Eisler John Rain series, but usually the next book in a series loses it's freshness and sparkle using the same rote characters and plot. I can't imagine being locked in to writing the same series for years. Now Scott doesn't have any trouble with taking different approaches, which is another reason I enjoy his books so much. I want to write any genre I please, so going indie is in my near future. varbonoff22 at cox dot net

  26. Wow...do you ever sleep? I really like the idea of blog-hopping...Thanks for not only giving more insight into you, but also for introducing me to more great book blogs!

    Until next blog...

  27. I would love to read Scott's books on a new Kindle!

  28. hufflepuffgrl13@yahoo.com

  29. I totally agree about following your dreams, you never know what will happen!
    Thanks for the giveaway ^^

  30. Following still...


  31. @kristen careful what you wish for!

    @lane ask the library to order copies! My books tend to get stolen for some reason...(thanks Barbara!)

    @christa thanks for your tireless support

    @lilly, tiffany (poot?), tea, animalgrl, Jeff thanks for thoughts

    @randy, @neal, @rabid industry needs to sell a brand of beans--diversity simply doesn't work for that model

    @cand, emily, cathy, chey thank you for your support

    @peep,cici,karina,tynga,bev Good luck in the giveaways! Tell your friends and help me hit Top 100 again. I'd love to give away more Kindles!


  32. "And all of that has been done without permission or approval."

    But that's YOU! You've NEVER gotten permission for anything...you just go and do whatever you want withOUT thinking about the consequences! It's so SHOCKING!

    Your unnatural attraction to goats is a perfect example. You have the gall to sneak into barns, stalls and pens belonging to other people and having your way with a cute goat or two in the middle of the night--withOUT permission! It's quite the scandal! How many virgin goats have you deflowered? How many goat hearts have you broken? You cad! You scoundrel!

    But, for some reason, you seem to want to focus on your "writing." Again, there you go and do what you want to do withOUT permission. Your whole family is just mortified and they hang their heads in shame over it. The "funny business" with the goats they can over look (your Uncle Ellery has that similiar quirk with "dating" squash and melons when they are in season. EEEW!), but the "writing" (and with your NAME blatantly on the cover for all to see) is just too shameful for them to bear.

    At least you HAVE had the decency to suppress (so far) your secret novel about your brief dalliance on the "other side of the pasture" with a particular male goat named Billy and the unnatural feelings and passion that ensued. I believe you call your true-life tome "Goatback Mountain" and it has been thus far too painful for you to even think of trying to publish.

    The tragedy of Billy's death -- his running out into the road and being run over (by, of all things, an ice cream van being driven by a joy-riding circus midget on crack) after a silly lover's quarrel with you -- still tears at your heartstrings. It all could have been avoided---but you proceeded into the relationship withOUT approval or permission...and look at the devastation it has wrought. Yet you NEVER seem to learn your lesson...

    You are stubborn as a goat--a Billy goat. I guess being stubborn and doing what you want to do is your way of keeping Billy's memory alive... As sick and twisted as that is, I weep for you.


  33. Great Contest!

    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

  34. I planned to comment about readers changing the definition of genre, especially since the popularity of e-books and direct author-to-reader connection have exploded but I don't think I can follow Monster A Go-Go ;)

  35. Still following your hop, Scott :)

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  36. Another entry for me please
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  37. My pet peeve these days are the large amount of recycled books (especially for woman). If you can basically write 19 or more books in one series that are ALL almost the same books than you are either a genius or the buyers are brain dead. Possibly a bit of both. Somehow it sells. It makes me kind of sad and yet, at the same time I want to say, "good for you for finding that crack that has made you a fortune and somehow made people happy"... My brain hurts.
    No idea if I had a point. LOL!

    Stalker stalker...
    nedsped at verizon dot net

  38. I would like to win a kindle! @miztrniceguy

    miztrniceguy@hotmail.com or


  39. Congrats on following your dreams Scott.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  40. I like variety--- don't conform!


  41. GREAT POST! I very much enjoyed your musings here Scott! Nothing like thinking out of the box!


  42. Lots of fun!


  43. The variety and freedom to publish what you want to write is the glory of the indie book movement. Much like the indie music scene, artists are no longer restricted by some publisher's idea of what will sell. The direct artist to reader or listener connection is how things should be.

    The worst example of a series that is the same book over and over is Lemony Snicket. Same story, same plot, same characters, ugh. I couldn't bear to read another one of those to my kids - ever! Thank God they got sick of them too.

  44. I think some authors churned out books just for the sake of it. They assume just because their previous books were successful the rest of them will be.

    I've stopped reading certain authors books because they seem to have lost the plot. (excuse the pun).

    If the author isn't interested why should I be?


  45. I think it's so cool that there are so many sides to your writing personality.

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

  46. They do say that variety is the spice of life and it looks like you're harvesting it in spades. Great post.

    jamesemr (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. now that's a cool picture...spvaughan@yahoo.com

  48. Scott, paint away, and use one for a book cover!
    Count me in for the Kindle!

  49. Variety is the spice of life!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  50. Ha! That's a great picture!


  51. Wow! You've pretty much done it all! lol Keep it up, you're doing great!

    Count me in for a Kindle. ;)


  52. Scott, you won't get bored!


  53. Great post. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  54. I would love to read this book, sounds so good. What an original storyline.


  55. i think one would start to feel like there were stuck in a rut if they didn't branch out once in a while.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  56. Getting labled or operating under a lable can be really confining, as you point out. I am glad you've found an outlet that lends itself to more creative thinking. Hopefully it broadens your fan base and brings you more success. Having followed the tou from the beginning and gotten to know you better through it, I belive this will certainly be more along the lines of your humorous personality.

    Wakincade AT gmail DOT com

    PS: I love the pic

  57. Thanks for the chance to win!

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

  58. Disintegration is #31 paid in the Kindle store! YAY you!

    inannajourney at gmail dot com

  59. Your books sound great! You certainly are versatile.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    email in blogger profile.
    js22 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  60. I've read a few of his stories and loved every one of them... now time to get the collection going and more complete!

    Armand Rosamilia


    Author of "Highway To Hell" extreme zombie novella

  61. Good luck wih the book!


  62. Thats a wide variety of subjects to write on. :)


  63. Please add this to my list of entries! ;-)

  64. Still loving that title.


  65. Thank you for your great post. If people read all kinds of genres, why can't they write all kinds too? Makes sense to me. Good luck with the painting!


  66. Glad you're so eclectic. :)


  67. Great post! Would love the chance to win. Thanks!


  68. Looks good! Thanks for the contest.

  69. I agree, Scott- follow your dreams!

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

  70. great blog!


  71. great blog!


  72. ooo.. checked out your website, and I need to learn more about the White Horse Inn now :P Thank you for the contest!
    teagirl1 at telus dot net

  73. I love B horror movies. Anything I might have seen?

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  74. You have really sparked my interest this time.

    kellysydow at yahoo dot com

  75. This book sounds great!!
    iloveegypt602 at yahoo dot com

  76. It is really interesting that the author can write so many different genres. I have put the books on my to be read list.

  77. I would love to have a kindle. So many great books out there.


  78. I can't wait to read Speed Dating with the Date. Sounds like a really good read. I have never read any of your books but I would love to. Please enter me in contest for the Kindle. Tore923@aol.com

  79. Unbranded, wild and free are 3 great words to live by.


  80. Scott, I'm like you - I like to write whatever comes to mind and worry about the genre later. I don't like to be categorized or made to feel that I have to stick to just one category until I make a name for myself. Who's to say which genre that name may be made in?


  81. Diversity has made this country great.


  82. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

  83. Don't know how you do it all, just glad you do!
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 AT gmail DOT com

  84. I haven't read any of Scott Nicholson's books but they sound interesting. I'll have to check them out.

    sgiden at verizon.net

  85. I’m with you, Scott.

    A diverse career is a healthy career, at the very least internally.

    Coscomentertainment [at] gmail [dot] com


    POSSESSION OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIE FIGHT NIGHT (and others) for just TWO BUCKS at the Amazon Kindle store. Grab your copies here!

  86. Completely awesome!!! <333


  87. Looking forward to adding to my library and maybe donating some to the school library :)


  88. Hi Scott,
    I had to look twice at that picture you blended in well with the surroundings..Loved it..
    Loving the tour..
    3 weeks to go...


  89. Hi Scott. Following your tour. Really enjoyed your post. I love when writer's do there own thing. I was getting bored with the same old thing. I want differant and new. I still have my favorite mainstream authors but; I am also finding new and less known authors whom I love just as much.
    Sue B

  90. that is great- i think if you tried to cookie cutter it youd get bored and so would your readers

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

  91. Following your dreams is always the best rout to take if you can swing it

  92. A writer who has the flexibility and the ability to write in any genre is a true writer and a skilled one. Same thing applies to actors and actresses.

    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

  93. Aha! You DO paint!! I knew it!


  94. I would love to be entered. Thanks


  95. That's so amazing that you have the ability to write in so many different styles! It's definitely a talent.


  96. I love the idea of following your dreams - no matter what they are or how old you get. I plan on following some of mine when I have the time/money!!

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  98. Authors can be interesting. Nora Roberts writes also as J.D. Robb. Totally different type of book. But everyone knows it's her, but no one seems to mind or criticize her. (They discover the fact because her covers say "Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb" in big letters.) kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

  99. You are the type of person that makes the rest of us feel inadequate. Is there anything you can't do? Ok, so that is a major exggeration, but still, WOW! Some of us are doing good to get through an average day. (But we are the glue that keeps everything running.)


  100. I enjoyed the post and look forward in continuing the blog tour.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  101. I think I need to go to the library!


  102. I think I need to go to the library!


  103. I've learned more about the different kinds of genres from your posts-thanks for more insight.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  104. Have fun with the painting Scott!

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

  105. "Author branding" is why I use different pseudonyms depending on the genre I'm writing in. It makes life kinda' complicated and so offended family and close friends that I've already strayed from my strictly regimented genre-branding strategy. Sigh.

    Twitter: MachineTrooper


  106. I love your comment 'but it's all me.'. You're not just one thing, you are all these things rolled together. And taking up painting isn't just for the old aged people. . . :) lol

    jessangil at gmail dot com


  107. Hey Scott,

    It's interesting that you and J.A. Konrath are taking two different approaches to branding.

    You'll publish most anything that catches your fancy under your own name (except October Girls).

    Meanwhile J.A. Konrath creates a new pseudonym every time he wants to write in a new genre -- Jack Kilborn and Joe Kimball -- for instance.

    I enjoy reading you both but I have to admit, its easier to remember who writes my favorite Nicholson books than it is to remember who writes my favorite Konrath books.

    Thanks for the contest,
    Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  108. Speed Dating with the Dead??? Sounds fun...is it for zombies or vamps?


  109. I wouldn't mind winning a Kindle!

  110. Your writing for two different genre at the same time isn't an example of multiple personalities. I shows how multitalented you are. Many authors are branching out, especially into the YA market. It is one of the most active markets out there. There is so much being written for it and much of it is very good. Whether your work is aimed at them or not, it should be popular. The paranormal and scary stories are especially big with many teens.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  111. I think I missed posting here...


  112. brian drian.....can't thing of anything to say. but i have found a couple more i might be interested in. spvaughan@yahoo.com

  113. I don't always ready all the same Types of books so why should a Writer always Wright the same type I'm sher after awhile that thay would get Bord doing that.

  114. looking forward to your children's book. I want a hard copy of that one so I can donate it to my daughter's school. Good luck living the dream .

  115. I love the fact that writers can expand their range not just sitting in one genre. If I like an author I'm going to follow their work.
    And Speed Dating with the Dead looks awesome!

  116. 120 comments! Thanks! Entries now closed

    Sharon I am setting up the preorder page for If I Were Your Monster soon...we had to adjust the proof a little but I believe next week it will launch

    Good to see all the new faces and I hope you follow the tour and follow hauntedcomputer on Twitter for more giveaways

    Thanks for hosting, Tori!



  117. I want to read all those books!


  118. I've just read the excerpt for Speed Dating with the Dead and it sounds like my kind of book!


  119. My pleasure Scott, thanks for stopping by!

  120. Wow, I can't believe how far behind I ma in the tour!