Halcyon Blog Tour Day Eleven


All good things must come to an end. Except for rock ’n’ roll, of course, which will never die. But this blog tour has arrived at its conclusion. We’ve rolled our virtual tour bus across the world wide web, chalking up twenty memorable stops. I’ve discovered some excellent sites along the way, and made some new friends. Day eleven—the final day—is here. Two rockin’ venues to go. Let’s do this.

Firstly, the tour bus will screech to a halt outside Book Browsing Blog. This cool, welcoming site is headlining an extract from Halcyon. “This is one of my favourite sections from what I’ve read so far,” our wonderful host writes, “and I am so excited to be sharing it with you!” Well, I’m excited, too. Read it for yourself RIGHT HERE.

Then we’re back on the bus for our final stop. And, of course, it’s a good one: Keeper of Pages has an excellent review lined up. Honesty, there are so many pull quotes. For example:

“I definitely recommend Halcyon to fans of King, and fans of horror fiction in general.”

Halcyon has several of what I like to call “oh shit!” moments … these are moments where the plot shocked you in a way you didn’t see coming; when the author surprises you in a way that makes things a whole lot more interesting.”

“With a title that bleeds on the cover, Halcyon is just as dark as you imagine it would be!”

Halcyon homes in on the psychological, how the mind copes with certain events; this notion underpins the plot, and it made for a brilliant, and dark, read.”

“I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, it’s one not to be missed!”

It’s safe to say that Janel at Keeper of Pages enjoyed the novel, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Stamp your ticket for the final time and read the review RIGHT HERE.

And that’s it. The End. Fin. Eleven days. Twenty-two online venues. Truly, I’ve had a fantastic time with this. I would of course like to thank all the hard-working readers and bloggers that took part in the tour, and for their amazing work for the community, in general. I offer you all a well-deserved standing ovation. And a huge, special thanks to the team at Titan Books, in particular Cat Camacho, Lydia Gittins, and Philippa Ward, who put all of this together.

Okay, I’m out of here. Keep on rockin’.

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Halcyon Blog Tour Day Ten


Two days of the crazy blog tour to go. We’ve trashed virtual hotels, we’ve downed hard liquor like misunderstood poets, we rocked out some songs and lost an entire corpse. But we’ve also touched down in some great places. Reviews, interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and giveaways. It’s been real.

Day ten. We’re tearing across the Internet, the driver playing Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” at bone-rattling volume (no one is complaining). Another bottle of Jack is doing the rounds, but I—the consummate professional—have my mind on the first stop: Literary Wisdom. (An unusual venue for a ragtag bunch of ne’er-do-wells like us. It reminds me of that scene in The Blues Brothers when Jake, Elwood, and the band show up at that country and western bar.) They have a review set up on the main stage. See if I manage to impart any wisdom, literary or otherwise, RIGHT HERE.

The second stop of the day takes us to Bookslovereaders, who shine a spotlight on Halcyon with another review, this one earning a respectable four stars. “I thoroughly enjoyed this book,” says Steph. “Rio Youers’s descriptions were so realistic and at times made me gasp out loud.” Well, if I don’t evoke at least one gasp per book, I’m not doing my job. Read the full review HERE.

We’re taking the weekend off. Recovery time. We’ll be back on Monday 12th for the final two stops of the tour. Hope to see you there!

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Halcyon Blog Tour Day Nine


We trashed the virtual hotel in Cyber Town last night. The crew got wasted and lost their shit. TVs and mattresses were flung from windows. Empty JD bottles were thrown against the wall. Our virtual stage manager stole a horse from a nearby field and rode it into the swimming pool. (The horse couldn’t get out and it was still there this morning, standing in the shallow end and looking mighty pissed off.) Six groupies were arrested; their enthusiasm for books was no defense. The virtual manager of the hotel kicked us out at 3 a.m. and handed me a five-figure bill. I’ll forward it to my people at Titan when the blog tour wraps.

File it under Rock ’n’ Roll!

Day nine of the Halcyon blog tour. Nursing our hangovers but still determined to put on a damn good show, we clock up yet more Internet miles on our way to Divine World of Books. I hope they have Aspirin to go along with their wonderful review of Halcyon. Beth writes: “The perfect horror story… will both thrill you and terrify you!” Very nice, Beth. Thanks! Read the full review RIGHT HERE.

Then we burn rubber toward one of my favorite horror sites on the Internet, the number one-ranked Ginger Nuts of Horror, who are kindly hosting my guest post, “The Tonight Show, Starring … You!” (And yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds.) It’s great to be appearing on this site; I know Jim McLeod at GNoH a little bit, and I think he’s partial to a drink or two. If we don’t make it out of there quickly, things could really get messy. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jim didn’t jump on the virtual tour bus with us and rock and roll this thing all the way to the end. But before any of that happens, check out my guest post HERE.

Day ten tomorrow. The penultimate day of the tour. Hope you can join us.

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Halcyon Blog Tour Day Eight


We’re still rolling. The end is admittedly in sight, but we have four days and eight stops to go. The mood on the bus is upbeat. It’s been rock and roll all the way—so many great blogs, so many killer reviews—and we’re not letting up. I think it’s only going to get wilder, in fact. The virtual tour manager has let a whole load of virtual groupies ride the bus with us. They’re going crazy right now, showing me their Halcyon tattoos, quoting their favorite sentences. Man, I love this job.

Our first stop today takes us to Book Lovers Boudoir. Sounds like a cozy little place. I hope the crew behave themselves, especially as this wonderful little blog has a five-star review lined up for us. “I really, really, totally and completely loved this book,” Pamela writes. “It’s one of the most intense books I’ve read in ages.” Walk single-file up the crooked staircase, knock gently on the door, and ENTER HERE.

Then we hit the road again, singing songs and drinking booze, and we won’t stop until we reach our second destination: Kendall Reviews. These guys really know their horror,  so I’m delighted to sit in the spotlight and answer their questions . You can check out the interview RIGHT HERE.

I feel like I could sleep for a week, but I’m not rocked out yet. Drop by tomorrow, when the blog tour hits day nine.

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