Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mello and June Hosts, Author, Dane Cobain...#BookBoost

MELLO & JUNE, It's a Book Thang!
Proudly Presents. . .Book 'Spotlights'
Featuring Author, Dane Cobain

Please give Dane a warm welcome and reach out to him to learn more about his books and work! 
Thank You, Intellectual Minds!




No Rest for the Wicked
(Supernatural Thriller)

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. 







Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home
(Poetry

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. 

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press 










Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network
(Literary Fiction

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at Former.ly, he has no idea what he's getting into. The site deals in death - its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences. 

But something strange is going on, and the site's two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for. 









Get to Know Dane


Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com. His debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released in the summer of 2015.

I’m actually undergoing a bit of a transition at the moment, but I used to be published by Booktrope and a member of the Horror Writers Association; that’s actually no longer effective as of today. No Rest for the Wicked is now published by Dragon Moon Press.


A Conversation with Dane Cobain

1. Coming from a long line of poets in my own family—my father and grandfather and yours truly, tell us where your love for writing poetry hails from? 

That’s a tough one to answer! I’ve always enjoyed reading it, and it was the earliest forms of writing that I got into when I was first starting out. As a writer, I find that poetry is almost like writing in its purest form – it’s all about evoking as much as possible with as few words as possible. It’s a challenge, and I like challenges. 

2. Dane, you’ve been writing a while I see. Tell our readers all the genres you write in? 

I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years now, and I like to experiment not only with genres but also with formats – for example, I created an RPG game so that I could write the story line, and I’ve written a reference book of obscure words, purely because the project interested me. I don’t really like to confine myself to any individual genre – I just see myself as taking an alternative approach to things. 

3. What can you tell us about your books? 

I have three books out at the moment. The first one is a supernatural thriller called No Rest for the Wicked, about a group of mysterious ‘Angels’ who are behind a string of deaths across the globe. The second is a book of poetry called Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home, which is influenced by both hip-hop and beat poetry – there are a lot of swear words, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Former.ly is my most recent release, a literary fiction novel about the rise and fall of a social networking site. 

4. Since you are the vessel for your characters, what would your characters say about you? 

I suppose that would depend upon the character! If I met Dan and Flick from Former.ly, we’d probably talk about work stuff, and they’d be left with the general impression that it might be fun for us to work together. If I met Father Montgomery from No Rest for the Wicked, we’d probably have a friendly debate and we’d both be begrudgingly forced to see things from the other one’s point of view. 

5. What have you been working on as of recently? 

I’ve been revisiting some of my older manuscripts and getting them ready for (self)-publication. I learned a lot from my old publisher, and I’m looking forward to putting it into practice. I’ve also been working on a series of detective novels – I’ve only written a couple of thousand words so far, but I have over 10,000 words in my planning and enough ideas for at least a couple of books. 

6. When you’re not writing, what does Dane like to do to unwind? 

I don’t unwind much! There’s not really any time for that, there’s always something to do. But if I’ve had a tough day at work then I like to come home and have a couple of beers whilst playing guitar and singing. I find not doing anything to be stressful in itself, and so when I ‘unwind’, I’m usually still doing something. 

7. Who are your favorite authors? 

There are too many to name, but I particularly like Graham Greene, Charles Bukowski, Terry Pratchett and Phillip Pullman, all for different reasons. 

8. Are you affiliated with any professional literary organizations? 

I used to be a member of the Horror Writers Association, but I believe that my membership has now lapsed – it was paid for Forsaken, the horror imprint of Booktrope, who used to publish me. Booktrope has now gone out of business and so I assume that my membership expired at the same time. 

9. Tell us something that would surprise our readers to learn? 

LEGO is the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres. But if you wanted something surprising about my writing, I guess it’s a surprise that I wrote Former.ly by hand in a notebook, and that it took my three years to get it written, edited and released. 

10. Coffee or Tea? 

I like both, but I tend to drink more coffee – especially when I’m at work. I spend so much time writing in my spare time that I’m always tired when I’m at the office, and so I have to drink a lot of coffee to stay awake. 

11. What makes Dane tick? 

Words! Words of all sorts, whether they’re mine or someone else’s. 

12. If you asked us to come hang out with you, where would you take us and why? 

We’d probably go to a spoken word night and check out some of the talent. I put on some spoken words night myself – in fact, I have one tonight (at the time of writing). There’s a monthly one in the pub by me, so I’d invite you along for a few drinks and some spoken word entertainment. Trust me – it’d be fun!

Contact the Author/Buy the Books



No Rest for the Wicked (Supernatural Thriller):

Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home (Poetry): www.danecobain.com/eyeslikelighthouses

Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network (Literary Fiction): www.danecobain.com/formerly





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