Duane L. Martin began his writing career when he started a classic film review website back in 2002 called B-Movie Central. Two years later, he would go on to create another website called Rogue Cinema, which is a monthly online magazine staffed by a wonderful team of volunteer writers that's devoted to film reviews, articles and interviews with film makers and other industry professionals.
An avid reader, he's been inspired by a wide variety of authors, including Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recently, he's buried himself in the various series of writers like Jennifer L. Armentrout, H.P. Mallory and Amanda Hocking.
His aunt, a published author as well, once gave him a book on creative writing that changed his life forever. It was a collection of pieces by various authors, but one piece in particular has always stuck with him. It talked about how to create characters that feel like real people by giving them real backgrounds, likes, dislikes and personalities. It inspired him to create characters that feel genuine and real, like people you may know, or people you'd like to know, and helped him take his writing to the next level.
Aside from his writing, Duane is also a musician. He took his first bass guitar lesson in 1987 and has been playing bass ever since. He also plays some guitar and a little keyboard. As he's always been a great lover of music, he often has it playing quietly in the background while he writes.
Born and raised in Northern California, he would later move to Idaho, where he currently lives with his wife Sharon and their dog Buddy.
The real Jeff VanderMeer's recent books include the acclaimed novels Finch and Shriek: An Afterward. His short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best anthologies and has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories. VanderMeer has also edited or co-edited several anthologies, including the prestigious Leviathan fiction anthology series, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, and the acclaimed Steampunk anthology. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice.
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As it turns out, being a private detective isn't as glamorous as they make it look on television. It comes with certain indignities and moral issues that she'd never really considered before. Not only that, but her new boss, Frank, seems to delight in going out of his way to piss her off. The only thing he seems to enjoy more than pissing her off, is complaining about how horrible her coffee is. Still, for some reason that she can't seem to figure out, he also goes out of his way to help her succeed in any way he possibly can.
Frank can be terribly passive aggressive, but he's nothing compared to his sister Kayla. She's like a nightmare on wheels, with no empathy, and no filter whatsoever. You never know what's going to come out of her mouth next, but it's a safe bet that it'll be something infuriating. When your temper is already the stuff of legends, having to deal with someone like her, without the encounter ending in a murder rap, requires a tremendous amount of willpower.
The one thing that Cindy has going for her is that she's got a super high aptitude for the job. All she needs to do in order to succeed is to learn how to control that legendary temper of hers, work hard, and most importantly, learn how to make a decent cup of coffee. The first two are relatively simple. The third...not so much.
A perennial favorite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
This annotated volume of the Author’s Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S. Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman’s creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.