Traditional Publishing?

After writing my first book, I spent many hours learning about publishing. The new world of e-publishing offers so many options. Since I enjoy visual arts, putting together a cover was a fun exercise. Learning how to format my manuscript for the many available options wasn't too difficult. Before too long, my book was available …

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Getting personal with Robert Smith

Thanks to Rebecca and Roadie Notes for doing this interview.
Great job, Bex!
—Robert

Roadie Notes

I’m going to start this interview off a little differently. This is a short blurb from Robert Smith’s new book coming out in October. The book is called What Lies Within.  please enjoy……

This is a story about; duty, revenge, murder, and horror.

The system failed Tyler McDermitt. He and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate—or at least make those responsible, pay.

The McDermitt brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, escaped their hell and have decided to clean up after the failings of a flawed justice system.

The rough streets of Dorchester, South Boston, have hardened two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for a mission. Their mission will not be easy.

One brother has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning compassion. His twisted sense of morality has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. Responsibility, that he first took…

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Garlic Steamed Mussels (short story)

Great Lakes Horror Company will be publishing my short story, Garlic Steamed Mussels in the second volume of their anthology, Group Hex. I'm excited to have my story included in a publication with so many great horror writers. Watch for my new psychological thriller short this fall — in Group Hex II (FALL 2017)

It’s Coming!

Black Rose Writing will be publishing What Lies Within. What is this book about? #Duty #Revenge #Murder #Horror "There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy." —Ambrose Bierce The system failed Tyler McDermitt. He and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate—or at least make those responsible, …

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Book Review — Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown Robert Smith (TyCobbsTeeth)'s review March 14, 2017 bookshelves: owned-paperbacks Inferno sets up fast. The story starts from several directions. Characters are brought along nicely, developing as the story lines converge. Like most of the books in this series, I find I learned a lot about the location and …

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Punchy Book Reviews

Punchy Book Reviews

I like to read concise book reviews that are specific and don't contain spoilers. Answer a few questions for me and be done. What did you like about the book; did you dislike anything? Be balanced. No book is all good or all bad. Tell me about the writing, the storyline, and characters. Were the …

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Book Review — Velocity by Dean Koontz

Velocity by Dean Koontz (Goodreads Author) Robert Smith (TyCobbsTeeth)'s review Oct 18, 2016  bookshelves: owned-paperbacks Read from August 07, 2015 to October 09, 2016   I started this work by Dean Koontz quite a while back, then set it aside. I had several other books on the go at the time, and this offering by …

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The Great Horror Hoax – How to REALLY Harness A Readers Fear

I just found writer Sacha Black. She has some great posts and is definitely worth a follow. Check this post out:

Sacha Black

horror hoaxI’m terrified of spiders. I know. So cliched. If it helps, I am also terrified of boats – although the reasoning behind that is a little foggier given I swim like a fish – I must have drowned in a past life.

I had a date night recently and we happened to watch a film: London has Fallen. It gave me somewhat of an epiphany watching it. Horror in its most basic ‘blood and gore’ sense, is changing.

As a kid, I thought sword fights and giant spiders were terrifying. Granted kids find a lot of things scary but it wasn’t that long ago that adults cowered behind the sofa over the Blob, which barely caused me to raise an eyebrow recently, and only because it was that bad!

So why then, did I find this cheesy American action film only rated 15, so horrifying?

It’s because, horror, like society…

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