Skip to main content

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Fort - Aric Davis

Please welcome Aric Davis to the blog today! And be sure to stay tuned after the guest post for the giveaway.


Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he worked for sixteen years as a body-piercer, he now writes full time. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt but not a coat, and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoy roller coasters, hockey, and a good cigar.
Aric is the author of 7 Books: From Ashes Rise: A Novel of Michigan, Nickel Plated, A Good and Useful Hurt, The Black Death: A Dead Man Novella, Rough Men, Breaking Point, and The Fort.



My favorite types of books when I was growing up were limited to two topics, horror and suspense. Because of this it felt like a natural transition that after writing a YA detective novel and a horror novel based in a tattoo shop, that my next book would be a suspense novel, the aptly titled Rough Men. In that book my protagonist is sent on a hell bent mission of revenge after his scumbag son is killed, and though I enjoyed my first delve into adult crime, I feel in retrospect that the book was missing some of the heart of my earlier novels. The Fort was to be my transition between those ideas, a horrific thriller with likable characters, and though I know that not everyone will agree, I feel like I succeeded.
When one is writing a thriller, horror, or any other type of novel, there are some genre tropes that are so easy to put into play that it’s almost like stacking Lego’s. By comparison, putting characters into those worlds that are compelling, empathetic, and alive is much more akin to breaking out the Testor’s Paint and Glue and a Revell 1:24 B17 model kit. Either way you’re building something, but that model is going to be one hell of a mess if you don’t have your poop in a group. Writing can be very similar, especially when you’re looking back at your project and you can see mismatched dialogue, characters that once seemed so vivid but are now just obvious shells, and situations that force unrealistic expectations on even the most kind-hearted of reader. These sorts of errors can take months to see, but are far more glaring on the Revell bomber than on a stack of bricks.
Thankfully, with the help of a couple of wonderful editors-along with a group of just as wonderful first readers-these tropes and characters can usually be slowly sorted out, even when I tackled some of them so ham-fistedly in the beginning. That is the risk, I suppose, and the fun part of getting to play in the deep water. There’s a lot more fear involved, and it can be far too easy to feel gutted over a bad review when the person reading the novel didn’t enjoy the fake friends that I fell in love with, but it certainly is a more rewarding experience. No matter what genre I work in, that remains the goal, to write a manuscript that I’m proud of and to populate it with people that either terrify me or that I want to help. And to try and scrape off the excess glue, of course.
Aric Davis’ novel The Fort is available now on Amazon.com. At turns heartbreaking and breathtakingly thrilling, The Fort perfectly renders a coming-of-age story in the 1980s, in those final days of childhood independence, discovery, and paradise lost.

THE FORT tells the story of three young boys enjoying freedom in the tree house fort they have built in the woods behind their homes. But a killer- a deranged Vietnam vet- lurks in their midst, and when the boys spot him near the fort with his latest victim, a teen named Molly, they know they must do their part to save her. Doubted by the police and their parents, the boys decide to take action on their own – to find Molly, to protect themselves, and to save the small corner of the world that remains theirs alone. Told from the alternating viewpoints of the boys, the killer, and the detective on his trail, this is an electrifying story of its time and place – the Grand Rapids of the 1980's, when economic uncertainties and the looming shadows of the Vietnam War lingered over many neighborhoods.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY
Fill in the Rafflecopter form to enter.
READ THE TERMS

a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: Freda's Voice received no compensation for posting.

Comments

  1. Telling the story from several viewpoints sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated due to spammers.
All opinions welcome. Be yourself, and have a blessed day!

Popular posts from this blog

Canvas Champ (With #Giveaway)

**A canvas print was received to facilitate a review. Opinions are owned by Freda's Voice. Freda's Voice is not responsible for the prize shipment, lost, damaged or stolen prizes.


As some of you may know, I love taking photos. Photography is a hobby of mine, but I often add some of my work to my walls. Recently, I was contacted by Canvas Champ, a company dedicated to making your photos come to life on canvas prints.


Since I had recently moved, the first thing to do was to walk around the place and see where a piece of art needed to be placed. Then it was about finding the perfect photo in my collection to hang there. Next, I was onto the website to start building the print.



Once you start, it will seem like there is too many options, but it's so easy to use. You choose the size, and within a few minutes you will be done and waiting for your art to show up.



The user interface is a simple design that you can easily get through with no hassle, even if you are not computer savvy a…

Why Upping Your PR Skills Can Help You as a Blogger

**This is a guest post.


Why Upping Your PR Skills Can Help You as a Blogger

When it comes to running a blog, there are a lot of things you need to think about to be a success. Some of them are obvious, like coming up with quality content and marketing yourself well on social media, and yet they can be forgotten by a lot of bloggers. You may have great content but if you don't have good ways of boosting your blog's image, or dealing with the people who engage with you, then you'll be talking into a void. Here is why having good communication and PR skills, and even studying to improve them using something like an online master of communication management degree from the University of Southern California, is so vital for blog owners. You Want to Be a Credible Source of InformationWhen you put content out on the web, you want it to be either entertaining or useful – ideally both. You may work hard on writing good posts or hiring people who can create useful and interesting stuff…

#Recipe Minestrone Soup

**Recipe and photo owned by Freda's Voice.


Minestrone soup is one of my favorite soups that my mother-in-law makes, and since moving out of her home and into our own again, I need to figure out what went inside hers so I can make it myself. I'm happy to say I did get it, and the hubster says it is just like hers! That's a compliment!! So here is my rendition of my mother-in-law's soup.



INGREDIENTS
1 cup Ditali pasta shells 1/2 large onion, diced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 2 on-the-vine tomatoes, diced 1 zucchini, diced 3 organic carrots from bunch, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1/4 head of cabbage, sliced and diced 1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed (white kidney beans) 2 cartons of vegetable stock 1 sprig of thyme 3/4 tbsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 bay leaves
METHOD
Heat the oil in a pot on medium-low heat.  Add the onion and garlic, saute until golden. Add tomatoes, stir. Cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add carrots, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add celery, stir. Cook 2 mi…