We were all in a pretty good space after the two virtual gigs yesterday. We had a few drinks then jumped back on the bus, and as we carved a route across the world wide web, I grabbed my acoustic guitar and jammed out a few tunes. Soon we were all singing, even the virtual driver. I got some of the chords wrong, and forgot too many of the words, but nobody cared. We had a moment and it felt fine.
We take that good vibe into the seventh day of the blog tour, and our first stop is Between the Pages, where we’ll set up our gear for an outstanding five-star review. “Rio Youers is the author of a new generation of horror,” Meggan writes. “If you think you’ve seen everything in this genre, then think again …” Read the full review HERE.
Then we head on over to Damp Pebbles, where Emma is hosting an extract from Halcyon—and an intriguing little extract it is, too. If you haven’t bought a copy of Halcyon yet, if you’re still undecided, this might be a good place to whet your whistle. Here’s YOUR LINK.
More from the tour tomorrow. Until then, keep rockin’.
Day Six of the Halcyon Blog Tour dawns. The weekend is behind us, and I have to say, it was one for the ages. Our crazy driver took us on a virtual detour that involved peyote buttons, a pagan ritual, and a naked goat chase. Also, we lost the corpse of our virtual production manager. I don’t know how you lose a corpse, but yeah, we did. All we found was a piece of his jaw bone on the backseat.
I think the goats ate him.
We need to put some virtual miles between us and everything that happened at the weekend. We’ll start by motoring full-speed toward Romantic, Rebels and Reviews (another great name), where Sophie is waiting with a fantastic review. “Halcyon by Rio Youers is a real-world horror story with a paranormal edge,” Sophie writes. “It will intrigue you, hook you and thoroughly thrill you.” Dim the lights and read the entire review for yourself RIGHT HERE.
From there we’ll cruise inconspicuously to Tea With Boleyn. Now, I’m not sure how the crew will feel about tea, given we just stocked up on six crates of Jack Daniel’s (ain’t that rock and roll, baby!), but it has to be better than a naked goat chase. Also, this great blog is giving away a copy of Halcyon to one lucky reader (UK only). If this sounds like your cup of tea (you see what I did there?) head on over and leave a comment. Here’s THE LINK.
The tour continues tomorrow. Day seven. Lucky for some.
We’ll see about that.
The Halcyon blog tour bus continues to roll across the virtual landscape, chalking up eights stops so far, and the crew has had a great time every mile of the way—except for the virtual production manager, of course, who drowned in a swimming pool. He’s still on the backseat of the bus, smelling quite a bit now. The rest of us have moved a little closer to the front.
Eight venues down, fourteen to go. Day five has us tearing down the good ol’ information highway, en route to Reader Dad, where you can read my guest post “Halcyon Sounds,” which is all about the role music plays in my writing, and lists a few of the songs I listened to while writing Halcyon. Make your way through the turnstile and grab yourself a seat (no heckling, dammit) RIGHT HERE.
Then we’ll make a quick pit stop at the HTML Liquor Store, load up on the hard stuff, and drink like rock gods as we roll toward Angel Wings and Petticoats (some of these blogs have wonderful names, don’t they?), who are kindly hosting an excerpt from chapter three of Halcyon. Form an orderly line HERE.
I’m sure there’ll be more trouble over the weekend. The virtual driver has been acting shifty all day and I caught him sharpening a very long knife at lunchtime. Check in on Monday the 5th. If we’re alive, we’ll hit the road again. If.
The appearances yesterday went well—a guest post at Sci-Fi Bulletin, followed by a review at Madwoman in the Attic. Afterward, we cruised into Somewhereville for a kick-ass Halloween party. Someone came dressed as Mother Moon from Halcyon (I thought the two sharpened chopsticks were a nice touch). Drunk, happy, we stumbled back to our hotel, where one of our virtual technicians got into a fistfight with the manager. The police were called. We all—still dressed in our Halloween outfits—ran for the tour bus and made our getaway. The driver hooted with delight and played the theme tune to Smokey and the Bandit. Crazy days, man.
We put some miles on the clock and made it to The Tattooed Book Geek early. It’s a great place to hang out. If you’re so inclined, stop by for an excerpt from Halcyon. Here’s THE LINK.
It’s a virtual hike from there to Books, Occupation, Magic, but the trip will be worth it. Head on over for yet another great review for Halcyon. “The blurb on the back compares Youers to Koontz or King,” Kirsty writes, “and this definitely has a feeling reminiscent of The Shining/The Stand era.” High praise indeed. Check out the site for the full review. YOUR LINK.
Two more stops tomorrow. Hope you can join us.