Publication Updates- and A Giveaway Offer

Publication Updates- and A Giveaway Offer

My Publications to date

Howdy, all! I’m here today to give another infrequent update on my stories. I know I still don’t post nearly enough but it is what it is. All I can do is force myself to write one every once in a while, or when I actually have something of substance to share. Like now.

Before I get to that, let me give you two little bits. Well, they might be big bits (they are to me), I’ll leave it up to whoever is reading this to decide.

I’ve finally taken the step required to get my poetry book, Life Through My Eyes; A Collection of Poems out of the hands of Xlibris. They sent me the files I requested and even, for some unknown reason, let me have the rights to the cover design, sending me a receipt for $150.00 they charge normally and calling it a ‘courtesy.’ I might not even use it but I guess it’s good to have anyway.

First, a Bit of News:

My novel, Hell’s Beginning, is now in Audio format. It actually hit Amazon on June 19th. It’s an exciting new step on my journey, though, as I’ve heard there are people who prefer their books on Audible. Personally, I’ve found that I can only listen to the book as I’m reading along. Since all folks are different, I can accept that.

Let’s see if I can post a sample of it. I must, once again, give the warning that this has adult content. If you are in need of a trigger warning, this is it. Do not listen to this if you get easily offended.

Well, shucks. It seems the file, even for one chapter, it too big. *sigh* Well, I tried. You can, however, listen to a sample on the Amazon page here. My apologies, it’s the best I can do.

I know for sure that one has sold, hopefully more. I’m not able to access the stats on sales because it’s through a publisher. One of the drawbacks, I guess, but one I’ll put up with because, if not for Hellbound Books, I wouldn’t be published.


Here is where I post a list of the anthologies I’ve been published in. I’ll give the links as well as the title of my story, date of publication, and the cover photo. Ready?

Full Moon Slaughter 2: Altered Beasts, October 13, 2017, with my story Indigo Matters


Beautiful Tragedies, October 13, 2017, with my poem Silent Screams


Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell II, October 25, 2017, with my story Duplicate Counterpart


Super-Sick: Tales of Twisted Superheroes, November 23, 2018, with my poem (ADULT LANGUAGE) Super Sh*t Man

Mystery Monster 13: An Anthology (Creature Feature Book 5), July 22, 2018, with my story The Interview


Trick-or-Treat Thrillers – Best Paranormal – 2018, October 20, 2018, with my story Deadly Cavern

Hell’s Beginning, October 23, 2018, my first full novel

Trick or Treat Thrillers – Best Horror – 2018, December 22, 2018, with my story Harold’s Revenge (I originally wrote this for a United Stakes of America anthology about vampire killers that didn’t come about.)

The Titan Prophesies, May 8, 2019, with my story Battle of the Cyclopes


Now for the Giveaway Offer:

I got some codes to give out for the Audible version of Hell’s Beginning. These codes are good for the US and UK Amazon sites (I apologize if this doesn’t include your local site; I didn’t get to choose which were offered) only.

“Well, what do I have to do to claim one?” you might ask.

I’ll tell you, and admit it might be a little self-serving. I want to know if you have read any of my short stories/poems in the anthologies?

What were your thoughts? Your REAL thoughts, not trying to butter me up by saying they were good.

I would like to know if there are parts that didn’t jive, or didn’t make sense.

I rarely get any feedback about my stories and this is a good way for me to bribe people for some. There are mistakes in most writings and I want to know where mine are so I can work on fixing them and, hopefully, not do it again.

“How can I respond when I cannot comment here?”

I hear ya. Remember, I had to disable comments because of all the spammer comments I started getting? Well, there is a work-around. All you have to do is go to my Facebook Author Page and post there. Give the title of the story, which anthology it is in, and your comments. For so doing, you will get one of the codes, with the instructions on how to claim it, in a private message there. PLUS, if you’ve read and have comments on more than one, I’ll double the offer so you can share a code with one of your friends, too!

Oh, by the way, I will also need to know which Country code you have to use: US or UK?

That’s it. I don’t really expect a lot of response but at least a couple would be nice.

That’s all for now. If you made it this far, thank you for your patience. Now, go get those pseudo-reviews up, claim your code(s) and start listening!


Till next time!

— John


I am a fiction writer;

A creator of larger-than-life heroes of ages gone by;
Great wizards tainted, and those who resist them;

War between interstellar travelers, both on this planet and far away;
Alien races intent on the annihilation of any being not their own,
and weaker ones in need of a savior- as well as the One who becomes their savior.

Clashes with bad people and dangerous places, where only one can survive.

When you get to my writing, sit back, hold on, and enjoy the ride!