Lady of Hell

LadyOfHell-lrFinally, the Middletown Records series comes to its end.

(Here you’ll find the first part).

No more new editions or revisions (at least for a while, I hope). This is the ultimate edition. I hope you enjoy.

What’s inside this volume 2?

BLOOD TRAIL
The celebrations for Imbolc are approaching. Everything seems back to the usual routine of Middletown, but that means a new terrible creature is ready to bring death and fear among the people.
This time both the Knights of Solomon and the Sons of Hecate will be affected closely, and will have to choose between the lives of their brethren and the safety of the city.

LADY OF HELL
Beltane, the fourth Sabbat, the return of the light, Asher’s birthday.
The spring is being a litte too hot in Middletown and a thick fog is spreading from the river.
Something big is about to happen.
Mybe there is a way to lift he curse of Middletown. But at what cost?

You’ll find it on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

The Accountants

The AccountantsWe live in a world of 7 billion people. Our biology and our cultures tell us we must reproduce as much as we can. But we are part of a frail ecosystem, we live in a closed world, we live with the delusion that the resources we need to survive could exist in an infinite amount, that we can go on forever, perpetrate our species. But is it really this way?

Or there is a point where we will be too many for this planet? And where is this point? Did we already passed it, or we are still on time to turn back?

Those questions brought me to write this story. Then I added a bit of action, plot twists and disasters, or it would be boring.

Anyway, if you want to look at one of our possible futures, may I introduce you The Accountants.

Earth, a few centuries in the future.
The world is overpopulated, fighting for the resources and the birth control.
Corporal Roxanne Johnson, after the failure of a military mission, has been relocated to Newtaly, the American protectorate over the former Italian peninsula.
What she wants most is being free from the Government control and able to live a happy life with her girlfriend Jin. The occasion is offered to her by a shady nerd that goes by the name of the Accountant.
But everything comes at a price, and Roxanne will have to decide if she wants to be a part of a crazy plan that could change the fate of humanity.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

(PS. this is the English edition, I just put the wrong language when I uploaded the ebook, this is not in Italian, sorry for the mistake, it will be fixed soon).

Solomon’s Knot is Back

Solomon's KnotAs I said in the last post, I’ve been doing some re-editing of my books.

This new edition of Solomon’s Knot actually covers two of the four original novellas that composed The Middletown Records. I decided to publish two volumes instead of four for “economy”, to have a reasonable number of pages at a reasonable price.

So here you’ll find “Solomon’s Knot” and “A Cut in the Mist” which actually makes sense because those two were once one novella that I split and expanded a little. And it makes more sense to me beacuse Solomon’s Knot ends kind of abruptly, while this way you can have the whole story with what happens next.

This is somehow a story of its own, and what cames after it’s a different story, even if in the same universe, and even if it continues what has started.

The next volume will be “Lady of Hell” and incorporate also Blood Trail; I don’t have a release date yet since I still need to work on the text and I have a lot of other things do to in the meantime, but let’s say that it will depend on how the first book goes. If I don’t have any sales, it can stay there waiting forever. I have to please the real living readers before, if you know what I mean.

Anyway here’s the description and links:

Middletown is a dangerous city. There are creatures roaming at night, corpses that come back from the grave, demonic possessions and necromancers. All sort of things come from the fog, on the river.
There is a rip in the fabric of reality, marking the border with the netherworld. Deadland, or the Sheol, as it’s called by the Knights of Solomon, who try to protect the city and its people with weapons and rituals.
Asher is one of them, at least until he meets Amy, a Daughter of Hecate that opens his eyes to a new and disturbing truth.
And now, a dangerous journey awaits him, on the edge between life and death.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Sometimes Things Come Back

I took a little pause from my English writing and posting in the last months.

It was due mostly to having other things to do in my native languange, but also having lost most of my motivation. It’s always like that. I do things alone, I can’t see many results, I feel disheartened and give up.

Then I change my mind and I come back.

I thought for a while that this English thing was simply impossible for me. Aside from my constant self doubt (am I good anough? What else could I do to get better?) I keep reading accounts of people that manage to have readers and make a living writing, while I stare at my counter’s flatline and wonder what did I do wrong.

My main problem is the promotional part. I’m not a sociable person, and I don’t have a budget for advertising, so I’ll do what I can. Add to this my constant insecurity that keeps me from going all the way and makes me run for the hills at the first challenge and there you have it.

So I thought that I should simply retire and do other things. But then I keep getting back to my stories, and maybe I didn’t give them the attention they needed.

tropical weirdSo for stater I did a total revision of Tropical Weird, my first novella, and I fixed a lot language glitches, since my English got better with time. I also restyled the cover a bit, see for yourself. And I hope some horror/sci-fi fan will give it a shot. I also added a preface with trigger warnings, because that story is a punch in the guts, even for me. But we have to write the hard things.

You can find it again exclusive on Amazon and free for Kindle Unlimitedhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XNBIUG4/

I’m still thinking if it’s the case to also make a paperback edition, but we’ll see.

The next step will be a new editing round of The Middletown Records series. I unpublished all the editions and I’m working on a new “package”. It’s four novellas, but actually they were three, and I think I will do two volumes this time. I’m already excited for the new covers, but I’ll show them another time.

I’ve other works in stand by and the real challenge will be to get back to writing. Right after I finish with a thing that needs to be dealt with. But then I’ll be back. More determined than before.

One can hope.

Do You Want To Play a Game?

jack-o-lantern-1679164_640It’s been a while! How are you doing?

I’ve been working in the shadows lately to prepare new things. Since Halloween is near, I wanted to do something special other than the usual giveaway.

So I created this little interactive horror game for browser (I haven’t got to the mobile version yet):

Do You Want to Play a Game?

At the end you can win free ebooks, but even if you’re not interested in my writings, the point is having fun playing, so I hope you enjoy it.

I also created a Facebook event if you want to stay in touch and let me know what do you think of it.

And if you just want to read some of my things, there’s still a 20% discount on the Digital Store.

Have a spooky holiday!

Angry Birds Vs. Zootopia

Sorry if I’ve been quiet for a long time, but summer is always a mess for me, and I’ve been thinking about what to do next, what to write next, and a lot of other stuff, but I’ll be back on track. For now I repost an old article that has been in stand-by from the last move.

Maybe a bit off the usual themes of my blog, but not at all, since it’s always about stories and speculation.

I would like to talk about these two animation movies together because there are similar things and different things.

Both with animals, both with a subtext that can be applied to a lot of things.

I won’t talk about the political/ideological labels some people tried to stick on them, I’ll just talk in general about the message of the movies.

And pardon me, I’m going to drop some massive spoilers. So if you don’t want to read them, just go to the CONCLUSIONS of the post.

 
Angry birds movieFirst Angry Birds the Movie.

If you’re not familiar with Angry Birds, it’s a nice arcade game in which you must throw birds with a slingshot to destroy some structures with exploding things and pigs in it. Why? I have no idea. But it’s fun.

So the movie has succeeded in taking these game elements and creating a pretty solid and entertaining story.

It’s like Animal Farm directed by Michael Bay.

The story is about Red (-pilled) who lives in the Bird Island (I couldn’t remember a name to save my life so forgive if I get them wrong), where apparently everyone is happy and nice, while he has “anger issues”, so he needs to go take some kind of anger management class. But in the middle of this, a boat comes from the see and it’s full of green pigs loaded with TNT.

Actually the pigs act all friendly and bring gifts (one of which is a giant slingshot) and the birds are happy to let them in and party with them. Except Red and some other friends from his class, a yellow super-fast bird and a black bird that when upset explodes. They notice that the pigs are just pretending to be friendly but in the end they destroy the birds’ city and steal their eggs (their children aka their future).

So the three birds go summon the mighty eagle, who should protect them but now has become fat and lazy and doesn’t care anymore about the other birds, just contemplating his past glory.

But when all the birds realize what the pigs have done, they decide to make a boat and go to the pig island to take back their children. And that’s when that giant slingshot comes in handy, and a lot of explosions and mayhem happens. And it’s absolutely hilarious.

What’s the message of this story?

Don’t judge by the first impression.

Be careful whom you let in your home(land).

It’s okay to get angry if someone takes advantage of you.

When something bad happens, don’t expect other people to fix it, just go fix your shit yourself.

 

zootopiaNow Let’s watch Zootopia.

It’s the classic story of the country girl moving to the big city to follow her dreams.

But the girl is a bunny and the big city is a utopia where predators and preys live side by side in harmony. And for some reason they are all mammals.

The bunny’s dream is to become a police officer, and she’s so full of hopes and good intentions while everyone makes fun of how tiny she is. (I can quite relate to that).

And she’s optimistic like any other Disney princess, and she thinks everyone is good and everyone can realize their dreams. But then she meets the real world and discovers that no, not everyone is good, there are criminals and that’s why there are police officers in the first place, so actually why would she become one if she thought everyone was a good person? No wait, she said that anyone can be good but anyone can be a jerk too, okay. I agree with that.

Unfortunately she gets in a lot of trouble because she wants to do things her way and constantly breaks the rules she is supposed to enforce. Nice cop, girl.

But in Zootopia anyone can be anything, “and these guys they’ll be naked” (cit.) and that’s how she learns that everyone is different. Small, big, fast, slow… because it’s in their DNA. Except being a prey and a predator because apparently fuck science.

She even teams up with an outlaw fox, blackmailing him to help her solve a case and save her job as a cop.

You are the worst cop ever, girl.

Anyway what happens? Some predators go nuts and aggressive and peopl- ehm animals start to freak out. And that’s basically the bunny’s fault (for telling the truth that the mayor was trying to cover up).

“I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.”

“The world has always been broken that’s why we need good cops.” (cit.)

And then it’s when she decides to quit and leave all her mess behind. She goes back to her hometown and she finds out that what made the predators go nuts are… flowers.

Flowers that acts like a drug and make animals rabid. And the Walter White of the situation (with an actual Breaking Bad reference) is a sheep. Who’s tired of being mistreated by the predators. Who’d have guessed?

But in the end the predators are not really violent and don’t want to hurt the preys. Except the ones that are actual criminals. But the cops will take care of them.

I have just one question left unanswered: WHAT DO THE PREDATORS EAT?

I know I know, it’s a children movie, again, fuck science.

Anyway, what’s the message here?

Don’t judge by the first impression.

Lying to protect your narrative will backfire. But apparently it’s fine if you are a politician? (I don’t agree with that part).

Doing drugs is dangerous.

The cops’ job is to help people.

Anyone can be good or bad, or a bit of both.

Just don’t be a sheep.

Oh, I forgot. Follow your dreams. (Said every Disney movie ever).

 

CONCLUSIONS:

Both movies are spectacularly well done and I highly recommend to watch them both, ponder about them, and make your kids watch them because it’s important to develop a critical thinking without dismissing thoughts that might be different or even opposite of what you think is right.

Open your mind and try to understand what other people think and why, even if you don’t like it.

Don’t close yourself in an echo chamber.

And at the same time, don’t take things too seriously, they are just kids movies.

Let’s have some fun for once and don’t turn everything into a political debate.

But when your kids grow up, let them read Animal Farm too.

Summer Updates

Hello everyone! How’s your summer going?

I’ve been shaking things up as usual and now let’s see what’s new.

First of all, I made a mess with the blog followers! I’m very sorry but I’ve lost some of you while moving from here to the private host and then back here. I don’t know how to retrieve the followers right now, so if you happen to visit here and want to refollow this blog I would really appreciate it. Again I’m very sorry.

Second news and most important: since my ebooks are growing in number and now it’s kind of confusing to keep up and find everything, I create a little digital store, where you can find everything I release at a lower price than the usual retailers and in 3 different formats: ePub, mobi and PDF so everyone is happy!

There is also free stuff, and more is coming, and there’s no need for registration, just fill in you email so you will get the receipt and download link. Payments are processed by Paypal, but if you don’t have an account you can use your credit card.

Direct link: http://wadebooks.com/store/

Wade Books Catalogue

All the titles are coming in the next month because some of them are still under Amazon exclusive, but I’m opting out of Select because I’d rather manage my promotions on my own and can guarantee better prices and my direct support if something gets lost in the process.

I am relaunching the Middletown Records series, again as separated novellas, because that’s how it was conceived and I think it will be the most fun way to enjoy it.

Third thing: I’ve created a new Facebook Page, English only: Wade Books so we won’t mix things up. Go give it a like if you’re interested.

I’m also writing new things, so I hope to get something done soon and release more stories.

Thanks to everyone who will take a walk with me :D

See you around!

Artemis (Horror Sci-Fi) – bilingual edition

ArtemisARTEMIS
by Allison J. Wade

Horror/Sci-fi Novelette
7500 words

Bilingual edition English/Italian

She wakes up in a foreign place, with no memory, in the middle of the apocalypse.
She needs to put the pieces together and understand what’s her purpose, and why she keeps having flashbacks of other times and places.
Who is Artemis?

Available on Amazon.

 

Menhir: Opening to Fantasy

I’ve been quite absent on this blog lately. I was just thinking about the future and I’m currently writing on two different projects, so I need to set my priorities.

Some changes will happen to Wade Books in general, because, as always, change is the only constant.

Today I’m going to open the horizon and move away for a little from horror while bringing home this Fantasy novella that’s really dear to my heart. From now on, my “sister” Dominique Bisset will be a new crew member in our sailing on stranger tides.

I hope you enjoy this story too. But let’s see what’s all about!


Under The MenhirUnder the Menhir
by Dominique Bisset

(19,000 words)

“An ancient Breton legend says that when someone dies, the Menhir sinks a little bit. When it will be totally buried, the world will come to its end.”

Jean has run away from Italy, with an old postcard in his hand, depicting the Menhir du Champ-Dolent. Coming to Brittany to start anew, he will find himself in the middle of a fight that goes on since the beginning of times.
An Irish man with an eyepatch claiming to be his brother, a circle of druidesses guarding the ancient stone, and a mysterious woman who bears the weight of an unforgiving fate.
A fantasy story born in the cradle of the Megalithic Culture, passing through the Celtic tradition, until the present day France.

Available on Amazon.com

There is also an ItalianSpanish, and French version!

For more info wisit the official blog: armaenhir.wordpress.com