Cover Reveal | Convergence

Greetings all!

I’m excited to be able to share the cover for an upcoming urban fantasy thriller I had the pleasure of writing with JR Rain!

Convergence, the first in the new Winter Solstice series, is coming out later this month. Eugene Teplitsky from Curiosity Quills has created the wonderful cover.

Also, another collaborative effort between JR and myself, Silver Light, will be following soon, though I don’t have a specific release date yet.


Solstice Winters has spent most of her life halfway between normal society and the world of her magical parents. However, when getting caught between two worlds becomes more than metaphorical, being able to summon light or open locks might not be enough.

Neither her love life nor her professional life are going anywhere in a hurry. Her boyfriend is successful and handsome, but she constantly has to compete with his job for affection. At thirty-two, she works as a photojournalist for The Spirtualist, a small paper dedicated to magic and the supernatural―that most people regard as a tabloid. Desperate for that ‘one break,’ she’ll do almost anything to get that big story and get into a ‘real’ media outlet.

Years of always not quite fitting in begin to make sense after an error at a particle physics laboratory alters the dimensional alignment of the world, strengthening magic and revealing an unexpected truth to Solstice.

She’s not even human.

In the wake of an event her boss at the paper is calling The Convergence, magical beings are appearing all over the Earth. Solstice doesn’t hesitate, racing to be the first to capture indisputable evidence of mythical beasts. Alas, being a magical creature herself, she soon winds up in the cross-hairs of not only a three-letter government agency, but an ancient sect of mages with dark intentions.

Author Interview | Wilbert Stanton

Greetings!

Today I have the pleasure to share an interview with author Wilbert Stanton. His latest book, Gears of Fate, released earlier this week. After reading his earlier book The Artful, I was excited to get the opportunity to work with him on Gears (as an editor), and am thrilled to watch him release his baby into the wild.

He’s created a unique world by blending various elements of mythology together into a fascinating new twist on a steampunk / Norse gods faerie tale.


Gears of Fate

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.


The Interview

• Who is Wilbert Stanton?
I’m just a regular hard working guy, who at times takes on a bit more than he can chew, but I’m trying my hardest to make this life a meaningful one and find success at the end of my journey.

• When you’re not writing or working, what do you do for fun?
I love watching movies, horror movies in particular, play a lot of video games, and going out with my friends. Unfortunately, lately, I don’t have much time for any of that.

• What inspired Gears of Fate?
Gears was inspired by a number of things. Mostly my love of 80s fantasy movies. I’ve always wanted to create a deep rich world with fantastical characters. A world that eight year old Wilbert would have watched or read over and over again. The steampunk elements were heavily inspired from a couple of Lindsey Sterling videos. There’s even a violin playing fairy based off of her in the story!

• If you could snap your fingers and change anything about the (real) world, what would it be?
The right answer is world peace, isn’t it? I mean there’s a ton of things I would like to change that would benefit… well me… lol. So I’ll stick with the “right” answer. I want to snap my finger and everyone starts to kumbaya.

• In Gears of Fate, which character do you like the most, and which do you dislike the most? Please elaborate a bit on the why.
My favorite character is Seneca. She’s really fun, outgoing, and you never know what’s going to come out of her mouth next. I seriously enjoyed writing every line she spoke. When I was younger I was painfully shy and socially anxious. I always wished for a friend who was different, a girl who was fun, fearless, eccentric, and little bit selfish, but loyal until the end. I wanted a friend who would save me from my life. So I guess Seneca has been with me since my lonely days of youth.

If I had to pick I’d say the character I dislike the most is Zak’s father. I based him off of someone I know in real life who put me through hell and made my life miserable. This person had good intentions in his mind, I’m sure, but all he did was hurt people. I feel the same about Zak’s father he’s just lost and broken and doesn’t realize his actions are hurting people. Also, they are both drunks.

• Tell us a bit about how the cover design came to be. It is a beautiful cover indeed, what do you see it as representing?
I wanted something exciting. Most importantly I wanted it to show Zak looking out over this alien world. He’s spent his whole life on Olympus and this is his first time out in the world. Everything is so strange, beautiful, and deadly to him. This is pretty much how I described it to CQ and they did the rest. I’m very pleased.

• Do you have any pets? Are you a cat or dog person?
I have a crazy dog. He’s a huge momma’s boy and loves to be cuddled by my wife. However, lately he’s taken to following me around everywhere. I figure he’s reached those teenage years where you want your dad’s approval.

• What’s the most rewarding or most surprising reaction you’ve received from a reader to something you’ve written?
I had a couple of readers tell me they cried over a scene in my last book. I also had a couple of readers really hate a character, because of his personality. I think it’s exciting to get these kind of reactions off of a made up character. It means I did my job.

• Why do you write?
It started as an escape, and then grew into having the need to share my stories with people. When it comes down too it writing is hard, scary, and frustrating but it’s one of the only things I love doing.

• Tell us a bit about your favorite genre of fiction and any books/movies/games/etc in that genre that you are particularly fond of.
I like a wide variety of fiction genres. Fantasy will always be the cornerstone. The Never Ending Story was a movie that changed my life and made me realize there was this whole world of cool movies to watch. Stardust by Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite fantasy books. I absolutely love that book. As for video games Final Fantasy 7 will always be my favorite game. There have been plenty of other amazing games, but FF7 had it all in my opinion.

• What was the first computer or video game system you owned, and do you have a favorite old game?
As far back as I can remember we always had an Atari. It was my older sister’s. She mostly played Pac-Man and when I was old enough to understand it I would play Donkey Kong for hours. Later my dad got me a Nintendo and the rest was pretty much history. I don’t remember any particular favorite game from back then. But I do remember my all-time favorite game on the PC was The Secret of Monkey Island. I must have played that game so many times.

• If Gears of Fate ever became a video game, which game company would be the best fit for it?
Square-Enix. I pretty much love all their RPG’s and I definitely imagine Gears of Fate as a cool RPG.

• Do you ever picture your characters as known celebrities? If so, did any characters in Gears of Fate line up with any celebrities? If not, did anyone (real or fictitious) inspire the primary characters in Gears?
Actually, the only two characters I pictured as anyone were Seneca and Abby. Seneca is a mix between Lindsey Sterling, a fan art picture I saw of a female Doctor Who, and Haruko Haruhara one of the main characters from an anime called FLCL. Then there is Abby who I pretty much pictured as a younger version of my wife the whole time.

• Is Gears of Fate part of a series? Do you have a plan for a specific number of books or are you going to keep going as long as the muse is cooperative?
Gears of Fate is definitely a series, I have an overall story arc that will play out through all the books… or at least the main three. But I plan to write different stories in the world from the perspective of different characters. I’m already working on the next book and am really excited to be getting in this character’s head.

• What’s next for Wilbert Stanton writing wise?
Sequel to Gears of Fate, and I have a couple of screenwriting gigs coming up. I’m really hoping this year going into 2018 will be big for me.

• What’s next for you outside of writing?
I’m back in school, I got a side gig as the marketing assistant for my publisher, and we just moved to a new location. I think there are a lot of opportunities in store for me. I definitely can’t wait to see what.

• Many times readers / English teachers will read meaning into works that may or may not have been intended by the author. Does Gears of Fate have any hidden meanings or symbolism that you intended?
Yeah, I think basically I’ve always wanted to vent my frustration with being stuck in a life I feel I have no control over and always wanting to be brave enough to take the chance and go out into the world and find adventure.


Author Wilbert Stanton
Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end, world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.

Oh Noes. Swear Words.

I saw the above image on Facebook today and it struck a chord with me.

As an author, I feel I have an obligation to present characters true to themselves and to the world in which we live. I understand some people feel that swearing is evil, and they don’t like it – and that’s fine. [Don’t like it, don’t do it] However, some people take it further, attacking anyone who does invoke ‘naughty words.’ These individuals feel that because they object to swearing, everyone needs to follow their beliefs and no one should ever swear.

Alas, this is not the world in which we live.

I’ve seen articles posted claiming that intelligent people swear more frequently – I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I know how things were/are around where I live. I’ve had a few people get ‘offended’ by a 13 year old character swearing in my novel Caller 107. When I was that age, pretty much everyone around me in the same age group swore (far worse than the character in this book). It’s something kids did at that age here to feel older than they were.

Also, as the narrative progresses, the character decides to stop swearing so much – which is a representation of her attempt to change. These dime-store moralists ignored that aspect and focused on being horrified at a couple of words. Another thing about it that feels wonky to me is that these people were more bothered by the use of colorful language than by the horrible things that happen to the character.

People swear. It happens. If someone is more offended by the word fuck than by the idea of divorce destroying a child’s life, or by what happens to said child when she falls in with a pack of wanna-be street thugs, it’s time to re-evaluate one’s idea of what is ‘wrong.’

The Eldritch Heart Release

Greetings!

The Eldritch Heart is about two months away. In hopes of getting the word out, I’ve decided to try this Thunderclap thing again. For those who aren’t familiar, Thunderclap is a service that sets up automatic tweets or Facebook posts on a specific date. Supporting a Thunderclap involves clicking a button on a website, and then on the specified date, the system posts one tweet or one Facebook post (or both) on your behalf to spread the word. It costs nothing and takes about 20 seconds.

I would greatly appreciate any support for helping out here:

http://thndr.me/BBXtNx

Also, on August 1st (release day), please join me on Facebook for an online release event. We’ll have contests and giveaways (all within the FB event thread).

https://www.facebook.com/events/976585459111078


In other updates, I’ll soon be posting an interview with Author Wilbert Stanton around his upcoming release Gears of Fate.

Also, I am thrilled to announce that my upper middle-grade post-apocalyptic novel, Citadel: The Concordant Sequence, has been signed for publication by Curiosity Quills Press!

 

Happy reading!

-Matt

DF Anthology

Greetings all!

The Divergent Fates anthology is live on Amazon Kindle!

If I wore one, I’d tip my hat to Sam Hunt for the great cover art!

Many thanks to all the authors who contributed their time and energy to this project. It’s been an interesting and enlightening road.

This anthology contains short stories set in the Divergent Fates universe, also the setting for Virtual Immortality, the Division Zero Series, the Awakened series, the Daughter of Mars series, and The Harmony Paradox.

Happy reading!


In Loose Ends, a false lead from an old case comes back to haunt her. Raleigh, a shot-down pilot struggling to survive the Badlands encounters a strange child and a stranger reality. JP Sloan’s Snake Oil is a view into the harsh life of settlers who ask nothing more of the Badlands than continued existence, but even that is a prize hard won.

Wilbert Stanton’s Prophet’s Wake follows Cassie Black, a hardened escaped con chasing a hail-Mary payday into the Badlands. Betrayal leaves her at a crossroads between greed, revenge, and a change of heart.

In The Old City, young Althea ventures into the dangerous part of Querq to help some boys who broke the rules, and learns why the abandoned city is off limits to children.

Robert Defendi’s Stance-No-Stance is set in the neo-feudal world of 2418 Japan, where a master duelist faces a conflict of honor when he discovers a plot to exploit society’s most vulnerable for corporate profit.

In The Contractor by Mark W. Woodring, a retired merc can’t resist one last job. Alas, when something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

James Wymore’s Special Project tells the story of Min-gun, a mechanic who lives for hovercar racing in the Korean underground until gangsters get involved and threaten the life of the racer he loves.

In Field Test by Patrick Burdine, a Mexican-born commoner struggles to rise within the political ranks of the Allied Corporate Council. His assignment to infiltrate a resistance cell and destroy it from within offers a chance at recognition, if it doesn’t erase his psyche.

Nina Duchenne is adjusting to her new life with a doll body and a position with Division 9. In Maestro’s Requiem, amid one of the darkest cases she’s ever worked, she finds a surprising glimmer of light for her dreary soul.

Benjamin Sperduto’s Sins of the Father follows a man named Dmitri as his beloved daughter is taken away by the government for being psionic. His effort to save her costs him his citizenship and leaves him on the street, until a chance meeting with the resistance forces him to decide how far he’s willing to go for a lifetime of inaction.

 

 

Coming Soon | Divergent Fates Anthology

I’m pleased to announce the Divergent Fates anthology. It’s in the works and will be available on a (tentative) release date around mid-June.

(Cover by SA Hunt)

Loose Ends by Matthew S. Cox

With the mystery of the killer dolls behind her, Agent Kirsten Wren struggles with nightmares of what almost happened. She hopes for a few days to collect herself, but a false lead comes back to haunt her.

Last Flight by JS Hughes

Rahleigh, a shot-down reconnaissance pilot struggling to find water in the Badlands saves a feral boy from marauders. The child becomes Rahleigh’s mission, but something isn’t what it seems.

Snake Oil, A tale of the Badlands by JP Sloan

Life in the Badlands is cheap, if hard-earned. When a lone traveler visits the settlement of Jericho with fertilizer for their struggling crops, the town sheriff must decide if trusting a stranger (a misstep that cost him dearly in the past) is worth risking the town’s safety. Facing another starving winter, the choice seems clear… but risking the attention of vicious local warlords may spell doom for Jericho.

Prophet’s Wake by Wilbert Stanton

They left Cassie Black for dead, stranded in the middle of the desert with no hope of survival. After a chance encounter with the mysterious Prophet who heals her wounds, Cassie has one thing left to do, find her old crew and get revenge. Unfortunately, the Children of the Lost Cowboy and a being known as The Sentience have other plans in store for her. What’s a girl to do when all she wants is to stick a knife in her old boss’s neck, and fate insists on calling her a savior?

The Old City by Matthew S. Cox

Althea is determined to make Querq her home. She works to put aside her fears, clinging to the courage necessary to protect those she loves. The Old City lurks beyond the town’s walls, off-limits to children due to the dangers of creatures and ancient structures. When some local boys break the rules and get hurt while exploring, she doesn’t hesitate to help them―even if it means risking her life.

Stance-No-Stance by Robert J Defendi

Dachi is a samurai, a professional duelist, and a pacifist, guarding one of the most powerful men in Japan. But when he discovers that the someone is experimenting on the lowest caste members of society, how will he navigate conflicts of honor, duty, justice, and morality? And what does justice even mean when society grants the high the right to commit heinous acts on the low, and even questioning your superiors can be a capital offense?

The Contractor by Mark W. Woodring

Retirement was great, but an unexpected job offer was too much to pass up. Unfortunately, Patton forgot that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. He should have stayed retired.

Special Project by James Wymore

Min-gun lives for hovercar racing in the Korean underground until gangsters get involved and threaten the life of the racer he loves.

Field Test by Patrick Burdine

Few Mexican-born commoners manage to rise far in the Allied Corporate Council, but Manuel has spent years playing by all the rules, covering up his heritage, and even adopting the Euro name Manfred. An assignment to infiltrate a resistance cell and destroy it from within offers a chance at recognition, if it doesn’t erase his psyche.

Maestro’s Requiem by Matthew S. Cox

Nina Duchenne is adjusting to her new life with a doll body and a position with Division 9. Amid one of the darkest cases she’s ever worked, she finds a surprising glimmer of light for her dreary soul.

Sins of the Father by Benjamin Sperduto

Dmitri was a loyal citizen of the Allied Corporate Council, a modest man of modest means who knew how to keep his head down and his mouth shut. But everything changed when a routine Citizen Management sweep led to his beloved daughter’s arrest. Stripped of citizenship and cast out of his home, Dmitri struggles to survive on the broken streets of post-industrial Russia. When a chance encounter brings him into contact with a burgeoning resistance moment, he must decide just how far he’s willing to go to atone for a lifetime of inaction.