Talking About the Paranormal

Last night, I had the honor of being a guest on Crossroad Radio, a hard rock/hip-hop show that airs on Friday nights, on Christian radio station WBFJ-FM in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Between songs, the Crossroad crew and I talked about Nightmare and my views on the paranormal. It was a lively two hours, where a lot of listeners called in with questions about ghosts, souls, and hauntings.

I’m working on getting a recording of the show, which I’d like to edit down so you don’t have to sit through the music and whatnot. But in the meantime, here are a pair of hour-long videos that show everything that went on in the studio. Crossroad Radio also does a live webcast via Ustream, you see, where fans can watch and listen in to everything that goes on in the studio — even while the music is playing. It’s raw and completely unedited, so my stuff is sandwiched between station business and radio singles, but if you’d like to see it, I’m embedding the vids below.

Oh, and by the way: Relentless is STILL FREE! Download it while you can! Alert the media! Tell your friends!

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FREE Relentless

Starting today, Amazon is offering my first novel, Relentless (Book One of the Dominion Trilogy), as a free ebook. That’s right, Relentless is now a 100% free download, no strings, no hidden charges.

What’s more, the ebook prices for Fearless and Merciless, Books Two and Three of the trilogy, have been slashed down to $5.49. It’s all part of a special promotion my publisher convinced Amazon to run for my ebooks, so those who’ve never read the Dominion Trilogy can give it a try.

The promotion will run for a limited time only — unless it’s a hit, which would cause Amazon to keep it going longer than initially planned, possibly even indefinitely. And no, you don’t have to have a Kindle ereader to read Relentless. Amazon has free software available to download for every computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet device there is, that makes it possible to download ebooks on any device you own.

Here’s what you can do to help: First of all, DOWNLOAD IT. Even if you don’t plan to read it, we need to get it on Amazon’s bestseller list for free ebooks. Secondly, TELL EVERYBODY YOU KNOW that Relentless is now a free download. Tweet the heck out of it, share it on Facebook, talk about it on your own website, email your friends, family members, and enemies about it, and stop strangers on the street and tell them to go to Amazon and download it! And please do it more than once!

Here are some short links you can use:

And here’s a promotional image you can use on your website, blog, or social network to post about the free Relentless ebook:

Or if you prefer, you can download the high-res cover artwork for Relentless here.

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Vigilante cover

I’m very excited to debut the final cover for my sixth novel, Vigilante, which will arrive Summer 2011. I LOVE it; mega kudos to designer Paul Higdon and everyone at Bethany House.

What do you think?

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Alchemical Symbols

Warning: there are minor spoilers for Nightmare in this post.

A number of people have asked me about the three alchemical symbols that play an all-important role in my novel Nightmare. I won’t reveal what that role is here, for those who haven’t read the book, but they’re real symbols from the ancient protoscience called Alchemy. And here they are.

The first symbol, as described in the book:

The first looked like a lower-case ‘m’ with a strange little curl at the end. “This one is commonly known as the Zodiac sign for Virgo. In alchemical terms, it essentially stands for distillation or separation,” he explained.

The second symbol:

He pointed at the second one, which was a circle with a vertical line running down its center. Breaking off from that line to the right was a horizontal line, which was looped with a second circle. “This one is less common than the other two. It appears to be a representation of lodestone. Lodestone is a natural magnet, so I believe that in this context, it represents the magnet’s ability to bind one thing to another.”

The third and final symbol:

Eccleston’s finger hovered over the final symbol. It was the simplest of the three, merely an inverted triangle with a horizontal line passing through it. “This is the alchemical symbol for Earth.”

Now to answer the inevitable question: No, I don’t have a version of the combined symbol as it’s depicted in the book. I did attempt to combine the three into one while I was writing Nightmare, but I couldn’t do it justice. In my mind, the combined symbol is a very elaborate, overlapping thing, that looks like a tiny, textured, three-dimensional labyrinth, and that’s beyond my graphical abilities to produce.

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Ask me anything

Got questions about me or my books? The floor is yours.

A social media service called Formspring makes it easy to ask and answer questions. It’s sort of a “FAQ” that you make instead of me, by asking the stuff you really want answered.

Got questions about something that happened in one of my books? Or about me and how I work? This is the place to ask!

Head over to Formspring and ask me anything you want.

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