Dead Center Now Live

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The newest in the Folly Beach Mystery series, Dead Center, from award winning author Bill Noel, is now live. Chris Landrum and all the quirky characters you’ve grown to know and love are back for yet another murder in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Chris Landrum’s world is turned upside down when he stumbles on a body of a killer for hire. Chris’s friends on the laid-back, peaceful South Carolina island are convinced they know who the hit man was sent to kill, and ask the retired bureaucrat to stick his nose in business that should be left to the police. If that’s not enough, Chris comes home to an intruder intent on taking his life; his best friend announces he’s moving out of state; and, his long-term girlfriend may be leaving him. Add to the mix, a participant in the witness protection program and a bookstore owner with a mysterious past, and once again, Chris is in the cross hairs of a murderer.

Bill’s books make for a great holiday Christmas present.

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For We Are Many on sale now

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For We Are Many, by Stuart Thaman, is a terrifying psychological thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat with the lights on until you turn the last page. You can pick up For We Are Many for only 99 cents for Amazon Kindle.

No one believes Fletcher Lee when he says he sees someone lurking in the shadows. Removed from his middle school for frightening the other children, 13 year old Fletcher is forced into psychotherapy where his visions are believed to be the result of a traumatic childhood experience. Pressured into reliving his worst nightmares, Fletcher’s torments grow until they can no longer be written off as mere hallucinations.

When Fletcher’s state deteriorates to the point of causing harm to his psychologist, Dr.Kendrick turns away from conventional medicine and discovers a much more troubling, supernatural answer. Without enough time to rescue Fletcher, Dr. Kendrick must make a choice: is she strong enough to risk her soul to find him?

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Dead Center

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Dead Center, the latest novel in the Folly Beach Mystery series by Bill Noel, is now available for preorder. In this thrilling follow up to Silent NightChris Landrum and the rest of the quirky gang are back for another rousing adventure on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Chris Landrum’s world is turned upside down when he stumbles on a body of a killer for hire. Chris’s friends on the laid-back, peaceful South Carolina island are convinced they know who the hit man was sent to kill, and ask the retired bureaucrat to stick his nose in business that should be left to the police. If that’s not enough, Chris comes home to an intruder intent on taking his life; his best friend announces he’s moving out of state; and, his long-term girlfriend may be leaving him. Add to the mix, a participant in the witness protection program and a bookstore owner with a mysterious past, and once again, Chris is in the crosshairs of a murderer.

About Bill:

Bill Noel’s career as a novelist began in 2007 with the publication of FOLLY, the first book in the Folly Beach Mystery series. Fans of the popular series have been treated to a new book each year since then. The books are fast-paced mysteries mixing humor and intrigue and have been described as “perfect beach reads.” The eleventh book in the series, SILENT NIGHT, was published in August 2016.

Mr. Noel spends his time between writing fiction and photography. He has sold his photographs at local and regional juried art shows as well as galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Susan, and his off-kilter imagination.

 

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Bill Noel at Gathering of Authors

Hydra Publications best selling author Bill Noel will be at the Paul Sawyer Public Library for a Gathering of Authors at the Woman’s Club of Frankfort, 200 Washington Street this Saturday, August 27, from 10 am until 2 pm.  The event is in it’s ninth year and features talented writers who play a key role in service to readers throughout Frankfort and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bill will be signing all the books from the incredibly popular Folly Beach Mystery series, including Boneyard Beach and Silent Night: A Folly Beach Mystery series.

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Tony Acree Book Signing at Barnes and Noble

 

 

Hydra Publications owner and best selling author, Tony Acree, will be signing copies of Revenge, at Barnes and Noble at the Paddock Shops, Louisville Kentucky, from noon until 10 pm. They have a Starbucks inside making it a great place to visit on a rainy day.

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Casey Clark Concert

 

Emerging country artist Casey Clark is making waves in Nashville and beyond! He’ll be making his first Kentucky appearance in historic downtown La Grange, KY Aug. 20th. Nashville Recording Artist & songwriter Casey Clark brings his special blend of music with warm acoustic guitars & mandolins, foot stomping rhythm, crystal clear voice and the ability to tell a good story! Special thanks to Karen’s Book Barn for having Casey for a meet n greet prior to the show starting at 5:45pm. Hydra Publications is excited to be a sponsor for the concert.

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Silent Night: A Folly Beach Christmas Mystery

 

Silent Night: A Folly Beach Christmas Mystery by Bill Noel is an instant Hydra Publications best seller. Set in beautiful Folly Beach, South Carolina, Silent Night is filled with quirky characters fans of the series have come to know and love and is destined to be a holiday favorite.

About Silent Night: A Folly Beach Christmas Mystery: Chris Landrum is dragged out of peaceful retirement when the theft of a priceless, hand-carved figurine from a church s nativity scene threatens to suck the spirit of Christmas out of Folly Beach. If that’s not bad enough, pieces of valuable jewelry and surfboards are stolen off homeowners porches on the small, South Carolina island located in the shadows of historic Charleston. Are the crimes related? All that s known for sure is that nothing is known for sure. Rumors abound and in the spirit of it takes a village, Chris is joined by a cadre of quirky characters in his quest to find answers. Adding more pressure, Chris is told that the figurine must be found by Christmas mere days away.

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About Bill  Noel: Bill Noel’s career as a novelist began in 2007 with the publication of FOLLY, the first book in the Folly Beach Mystery series. Fans of the popular series have been treated to a new book each year since then. The books are fast-paced mysteries mixing humor and intrigue and have been described as “perfect beach reads.” The eleventh book in the series, SILENT NIGHT, was published in August 2016.

Mr. Noel spends his time between writing fiction and photography. He has sold his photographs at local and regional juried art shows as well as galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Susan, and his off-kilter imagination.

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Hydra Voices: Rebekah McAuliffe

 

Hydra Voices features the talented authors who make up the Hydra Publication family offering up their takes on writing, publishing, book marketing and life in general. Today’s post is from Rebekah McAuliffe, author of Gears of Golgotha, a steampunk dystopian Hydra bestseller.

Writing as a Coping Tool

I think Forrest Gump put it best when he said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”

At least, my life has been that way.

That’s not to say I’m not grateful for all that’s happened to me.  I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist.  I’m graduating college in less than a year.  I have family, friends, and a boyfriend who love me.  But a lot of not-so-fun things have happened, too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  My name’s Rebekah.  I wrote Gears of Golgotha, a steampunk dystopian novel from Hydra Publications.  It won third place in the Preditors and Editors Best Steampunk Novel category back in 2014, and it’s a Hydra bestseller.  To be honest, I never thought I’d be here: a published author, with actual fans of my work (it’s still so weird to say the word “fans”).  It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, I wouldn’t let anyone read my work; it was hard for me to let my teachers read it, let alone my peers.  But here I am, being paid for doing something I love.

And something that I have long used as therapy.

While I credit my start in writing to vowing to kick little Nicholas’ butt in first grade, I think my true beginning was in seventh grade with my short story, Chapparelle’s World, a fantasy about a young woman who must confront her demons in a coma after a suicide attempt.  The world was set up like a child’s fantasy land, complete with dragons, castles, princes, princesses, an evil queen, probably reflective of my child-like mind and the depression that engulfed me at the time.  I always describe the story as Edgar Allen Poe meets Alice in Wonderland.  I had been writing for about five years at that point, but not outside of school.  However, it was when I made it to the county wide semi-finals for Young Authors with my story that I realized how much I enjoyed writing.

And how much I truly needed it.

The symptoms of my then undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder only continued to get worse throughout my teenage years, but the whole time, the written word was there to help me process everything.  It was one of the few friends I had.  What I couldn’t express vocally, I could express on the page.  I remember when I was in middle school and even early high school—after a rough day at school, which was usually every day, I would sit in my room on my old Windows 95 computer (a gift from a family friend), blaring Radio Disney, and writing for hours (by the way, don’t tell my boyfriend that I was a nerd for the Jonas Brothers; I’m supposed to be cool).  I would write short stories, novels; I even had several screenplays and a few (crappy) songs.  The computer has since died, and my biggest regret is that I never saved them or even printed them.

Expressing ourselves can be extremely difficult, especially for people with disabilities.  But the solace that I have found is in writing, especially blogging and writing novels.  I use them as a tool for coping.  Every story I have ever written since Chapparelle’s World has been about dealing with and coming to terms with the obstacles in my life.  With Chapparelle’s World, it was a crippling depression.  Gears of Golgotha was about coping with anxiety and a new environment, as I began the book relatively early in my college career.  My next book, ALPHA, has proven to be the most difficult—processing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and letting out my anger at the corruption, greed, and prejudice going on even today in a healthy way.  If America can stoop so low as to condone and even fund government-sanctioned human experimentation, which is pretty much what MKULTRA was, what does that say about us?  Are we really as blameless as we have been lead to believe?  These questions have no straightforward answer, and that’s what makes writing ALPHA so hard.  But it’s better than screaming in people’s faces and throwing things against the wall.

I know this seems like a lot of information, but I believe that this is all a testament to the power of the written word.  Writing has been my friend, my companion for years.  I want my stories to inspire people, to help them cope with the obstacles in life that they may feel to be insurmountable.  I also want my stories to make a statement, to stand up for people who may not be able to stand up for themselves.  In the end, I want my writing to just help—help me in my struggles, and in others’.

 

Love and Coffee cups,

Rebekah

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FandomFest Weekend

 

This weekend brings the regions largest comic-con, FandomFest, to Louisville and Hydra Publications will be there. FandomFest will take place at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in South Wing B. We are in row A700 near celebrity alley. Hydra authors Stuart Thaman, Lynn Tincher, Dave Creek, Tony Acree and others will be there signing their newest works. In addition, many of our authors will be taking part in the FandomFest literary track. A full schedule is listed below.

 

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday, July 29th, 2016 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Opens 3:30 pm for VIP)
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (Opens 9:30 am for VIP)
Sunday, July 31st, 2016 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Opens 10:30 am for VIP)

Literary Track Hours:

Saturday

Room C103
10:00 AM “DC Vs. Marvel
Dave Creek
Tony Acree
T Lee Harris
Leah Pugh
Glenn Porzig

11:30 AM Horror for Juveniles
Brick Marlin
Michael West
Stu Thaman
Glenn Porzig

1:00 PM Godzilla
Sara Marian
Marian Allen

2:30 PM Star Wars Universe
Leah Pugh
Matt Jackson
Cathy Jackson
Tony Acree
Richard Cross

4:00 Writing an Action Scene
J.H. Glaze
T Lee Harris
Lydia Sherrer
Leah Pugh
Geoffrey Mandragora
Eric Jude
M.N. Henschen

Sunday Panels:

Room C107
11:00 AM Star Trek 50th Anniversary
Dave Creek
T Lee Harris
Leah Pugh
Matt Jackson
Glenn Porzig
William D. Fink

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12:00 “Batman Vs. Superman
Dave Creek
Sara Marian
Robin Blankenship
Tony Acree
Glenn Porzig

1:30 PM
Ghostbusters
Sara Marian
Tony Acree
Eric Jude

3:00 PM “Publishing in the Modern Day
Dave Creek
Tony Acree
Lydia Sherrer
C.E. Martin
Leah Pugh
Geoffrey Mandragora
Marian Allen
Cathy Jackson

Room C102
11:am JK Rowling
Sara Marian
Lydia Sherrer
Marian Allen
M.N. Henschen”

2pm Writing Horror
Stuart Thaman
J.H. Glaze
Brick Marlin
Geoffrey Mandragora

Room C103
12:30 pm “World of Warcraft
Stuart Thaman
E.D.E. Bell
Room C 101

2pm “Life of An Author Today
Dave Creek
Sara Marian
Lydia Sherrer
C.E. Martin
Leah Pugh
E.D.E. Bell
Cathy Jackson

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Hydra Voices: Bill Noel on Writing a Series

Hydra Voices features the talented authors who make up the Hydra Publication family offering up their takes on writing, publishing, book marketing and life in general. Today’s post is from Bill Noel,  author of  Boneyard Beach, the latest book in the Folly Beach Mystery series. On August 8th Hydra will release Silent Night: A Folly Beach Christmas Mystery, available now for preorder.

 

WRITING A SERIES

I recently read an interview with a woman who was the country’s oldest living citizen. When asked the secret to her long life, she replied, “I guess I just forgot to die.” I completed my first novel, Folly, in 2007 with no intention of writing a series. To paraphrase that insightful, seasoned citizen, eleven more books later, “I guess I forgot to stop writing.”

Series novels are generally more character driven than plot centered. Readers like to make a connection with the main characters and the series format fits the bill. A series also works well for the author. It provides a built-in fan base. Readers anxiously await the next book to learn what will happen to the characters they have already met and have established a relationship with.  As a consequence, not only do sales increase with each book, but new readers to the series will often go back and buy the earlier novels.

Writing a series gives the author the opportunity to develop and grow the main characters, to give greater depth to the relationships among characters, and the chance to add more complex sub-plots. Readers have told me that they felt that they knew my characters so well that they would like to invite them home for supper. Visitors to the real island of Folly Beach, South Caroline, the primary setting of the books, have shared that they have actually seen the novels’ characters in the local restaurants and stores. None of this would have been possible if the books were not presented as a series.

On the other hand, there are a couple of negatives with the format—one obvious, one less so. If readers don’t like your first novel—as hard as that may be to believe—they probably won’t buy the second book, or the third, or …. You get the point. The less obvious drawback is the increased difficulty of reintroducing the main characters in each subsequent book. Each installment must be able to be read as a stand-alone novel, but continuity of the series is critical. How do you share with the first-time reader enough about the characters without boring the returning reader who has already traveled hundreds of pages with each recurring individual?

From my experience, the advantages of writing a series far outweigh the drawbacks. Besides, I continue to write so I can learn what happens next to my quirky cast of characters.

 

 

Bill Noel

 

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