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PR: The Quality of Mercy by G. L. McDorman

FRESH OFF THE PRESS! AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE NOW! Be the first to grab a copy of The Quality of Mercy by debut horror author, G.L. McDorman!

July 28, 2017|??OWS Ink LLC

The Quality of Mercy by G.L. McDorman –
Known for his Lovecraftian style, McDorman now gives us eldritch horror!

Published by Catterfly Publishing, an OWS Ink LLC subsidiary

When a ruthless gangster threatens his old military friend, hardboiled detective Paul Henslowe intervenes??? only to find himself working for a client on the wrong side of the law. When a series of cryptic blackmail letters plunges Henslowe into a decades-old murder, he follows a trail that leads him from a mysterious cult leader in the South Seas to a decaying lunatic asylum nestled among the City’s most powerful banks. Henslowe knows that if he doesn???t solve the case, his friend will die??? but if he does, many others will die in his place.

The Quality of Mercy is an eldritch tale of madness and betrayal that asks whether kindness and mercy can survive in a world so corrupted by greed and violence. The novel releases on Friday, July 28, 2017, and there is a Facebook??Release Party??open to the public July 28th-29th.

Since growing up in the Chicago suburbs, G.L. McDorman has served as a soldier, a spy, and a scholar. Following a passion for dead languages and mysterious ruins, he is in the process of earning his doctorate in medieval history at Princeton University, where he spends an inordinate amount of time mulling things over in the gothic chapel designed by weird-fiction writer Ralph Adams Cram. When G.L. McDorman isn???t writing, you???ll find him climbing mountains or ambling across wastelands in search of adventure and glory.

???G.L. McDorman breathes new life into this forgotten story form. With a touch of noir and a whole lot of horror, you’ll not soon forget this one. The Quality of Mercy is a must read for any Lovecraft fan.???
~ Stephanie Ayers, author of??
Til Death Do Us Part

To learn more about his written works visit his??Amazon page??or visit??his website.

An excerpt from the book:

???We got bored after our second night, so we wandered away from the port. I don???t know what we were looking for ??? girls who were slightly more exotic, maybe, or better liquor, but what we found changed my life forever. We came upon some sort of church. There were a hundred people in an open square sprawled on the dirt in front of a tall man in a black robe. He wore a mask of shining ivory that covered his face all the way down to his mouth. Even his eyes were obscured, but he began to move through the crowd, never stepping on anyone, somehow able to see through the mask. He came right for us, seeming to stare at us the whole way. When he reached us, he said ???Come,??? though I swear his mouth never opened.

???We followed him to a hut and went inside. There was a thick cloud of incense, and it was hard to see, but at the back of the hut there was a table atop which sat three chests: one of gold, one of silver, one of lead. I stepped toward them. As I did, a curtain was drawn sharply behind me, cutting me off from John and George. The man in the mask was there behind the table. ???Choose,??? he said, and waved his hand over the chests. I saw then that they each had an inscription in a strange, squiggly alphabet. I couldn???t read the writing, but then, suddenly, I could, as if the signs had been switched when I blinked. They were rhymes, but the gist of it was that the gold chest contained what you wanted, the silver what you deserved, and the lead what you needed. It was a game, though I couldn???t make sense of it. I thought the masked man was some sort of priest, so I couldn???t imagine there was any danger, and I expected that this was just a way to get some funds to build a better church. I was curious about what was inside each of them, but in the end I chose the lead, more curious about what this priest thought I needed than what he thought I wanted.

???Inside, I found a drawing of a young woman, very beautiful with thoughtful eyes and a smile that suggested a happy wisdom. I started to put it back, but the priest told me to keep it. Behind him, a door opened, and he motioned for me to step outside. I expected to find a beggar there, or an altar where one was meant to leave a gift, but it was just an empty dirt alley. I waited there for George and John. A few minutes passed and George came out, silent, with a distant look in his eyes. I asked him which he had chosen, and he turned the question around to me. ???I didn???t see a lead one,??? he said. That was the end of the conversation, because from inside the hut there came a piercing shriek followed by an agonizing moan. The door opened and John stumbled out and fell to the ground, whimpering and muttering something. When we asked if he was all right, he looked at us and grew completely silent. He seemed to collect himself ??? he stood and glanced around, but he didn???t say anything. We walked back to the ship in silence, and after that I never heard him make another sound.

???We left Tumasik the next morning. Everyone was quiet, because everyone was either hung over or still a little drunk from the night before, so John???s continued silence wasn???t alarming. But he kept to himself and refused to speak the next day, and the day after that. We entered blue water on that third day. The next morning, we found two crewmen suspended from the bulkhead near the galley, their wrists nailed into the wood. They were naked, gagged and blindfolded, with strange symbols carved into their chests and bellies. Beneath them was a pool of blood. John was kneeling in that pool, prostrate before the bodies as if in silent prayer.

 

 

To arrange an author interview, review copies, photos, or for additional information please contact Amanda Mabry, Executive Marketing Director OWS Ink??almabry@ourwriteside.com

Guest Posting: Why Do You Have to Try It?

When you are a new blogger, you make sure you write quality content for your own blog, in the hopes that your traffic will increase. Sometimes, that does not happen and can leave a blogger very despondent. What you might not know, is that some bloggers write for other blogs without getting a cent for it. It might sound ludicrous at first, but there are some benefits to writing guest posts. Many new bloggers feel like it is a waste of time writing for someone else???s blog that is already successful, but there is a method to the madness.

When you write for another blog that already has a strong following; you are indirectly marketing your own blog. If your traffic seems to not be growing and your content is already of a high-quality, maybe your blog just needs to be discovered by new viewers. Usually, when you write for another blog, you will get some recognition for the post. The blog, which already has a strong following, will ensure your post be seen by a lot more people and this is how you gain more visitors to your own blog. Here is why you should try guest posting.

Traffic increases

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As mentioned above, you will be able to directly link your blog on an well-known website. From there, you have the chance of gaining more traffic to your own site. Make sure your content is of a high quality and does not contain any grammar mistakes. When I want to correct my grammar, I simply look for a grammar correction website and run my content through it. Also, ensure that your post is adding value to the readers of the website, so that they may search for your blog in the hopes of finding more valuable information.

Relationship building

There is something very valuable in networking with other successful bloggers. If you are constantly adding value to their blogs, you start building a relationship. Blogging can become a frustrating and lonely job, but when you build relationships with others, you are less likely to feel alone. You are also in a position to get some advice from these bloggers, which can only be beneficial for your own website. You might build a partnership with other bloggers and it becomes a beautiful thing in the end. Do not see your competition as enemies, because there are enough online readers for every blog. Instead, build relationships that benefit both parties.

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Improve your skills

It may seem counterproductive to write your best for another blog, but we do that anyway. It might be that we want to impress the blogger and the viewers, but these skills cannot be unlearned. You will go to extra lengths to do a free grammar correction and have your work proofread because you want to be viewed as professional. This will indirectly cause you to write better content for your own blog. When you are writing, it is seen as practicing your skills. Any opportunity to write more should be exciting for a blogger. Writing multiple guest posts will help you become a better writer.

Brand building

If your blog is new and not many people know about it, writing on other sites will advertise your brand. You want to be seen as many times as possible on the web, and this is a great way to build your brand. Every reader on that blog would have seen your brand and even if only a few of them visit your own blog, you would have still created brand awareness to everyone that read your post. If your blog only has 100 followers, but you are writing guest posts for a blog that has 10, 000 followers, you have a better chance of having your blog seen by more online viewers. You need these high audience numbers to see your brand a few times to create brand awareness for your blog.

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Conclusion

See guest posting as a fun job instead of letting it become just another thing you have to do. By writing for other blogs, you are working on your own, even if it does not feel that way in the beginning. With time, you will see your traffic increasing as a direct link to your guest posts. This way, both parties are benefiting and your blog gets free advertising. It is also important for a blogger to enjoy writing and it does not matter who you write for. Practicing is one of the most important things to do as a writer, because you can only improve. The valuable lessons you learn through guest blogging would benefit you on your own blog. Continue to update your own blog as well and try to find the balance between writing for your blog and guest posting. I suggest you give it a try and see those traffic numbers grow.

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Our Write Side is always looking for guest posts. When’s the last time you wrote one?

Perfection Is Overrated

There was an author in the 1920s who wrote 60,000 words a week. I wish I could remember his name. He wrote pulp, he pushed it out as quickly as he could, and the moment it left his typewriter, it was out of his hands. It went to an editor who tailored it to the audience, then the editor shot it to the press, and the author was already likely on his third story. It was crap. He made bank.

A friend of mine writes 10,000 words in one day. This gets sent over to an erotica company where it???s basically unedited. Despite this, it makes more money than my friend makes on any other venture. It allows the other writing ventures to take place. Those 10,000 words once a week become the day job.

Have you read Twilight? When people were demanding it get removed from school libraries, I thought it was so English teachers didn???t have to unteach all that bad grammar. I was appalled anyone would remove content from a library for the material within. But the grammar within made sense. Yet, Stephenie Meyer is rich. She can write or do whatever she wants for the rest of her days.

We are told over and over again perfection is demanded. Don???t have too many adjectives, adverbs are evil, alliteration is for the 15th century, and so on. Some of the authors who follow this are famous and get paid well. Most don???t until they are in the ground.

What if perfection is overrated?

The author, and any artist, often needs to make a choice: money or art.

Twilight will die with this generation. In a century it will be forgotten, some obscure book on some bookshelf, buried in the back of an oversized library. It will be in that area where no one treads, a land where you understand loneliness.

Meanwhile, some book we never heard of will be front and center. English professors will clamor for it. Academia will thrust it in front of youthful minds. It will be the book everyone has read, but no one really read. It???s stuffy, boring, takes a great deal of thought, and sometimes a little LSD.

Which brings us back to perfection. Do we require perfection? Or do we need to grind out words and have a superb marketing department?

I believe in a middle ground. My writing is far from perfect, but I can generally tell a captivating story. I put money and effort into the production so it looks and sounds appealing. A djinn assassin was a character in my first book partially for the book blurb. Once I drop that grain, people stop listening and start pulling out their credit card. Marketing advice: get Square for your phone.

Whether you prefer the art or the money, I hope your writing goes well, and you stop beating yourself up over the small mistakes.

Oh, who am I kidding? We???re all perfectionists in our own way.

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Celebrate Today

July 4th

Light the fires,
Kick the tires,
We???re going on a trip.
Meet us down on Lake Shore Drive,
We???ll sail our tiny ship. ????????????????

A day upon the lake sounds fine,
Let???s pack some food and bring some wine.
We???ll drink and grill on deck,
All our friends will come along,
We???ll even invite Beck.

Fireflies will start the show,
As our excitement begins to grow,
When sunburned day fades into night
And then fireworks will light the sky
As our kids scream with delight.

??2016 Eric Keizer

 

What does freedom mean to you?

 

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