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Lone Star Literary Life has partnered with several bloggers in Texas to create a virtual book tour for House of the Rising Sun! Have a look at the schedule below and follow along if you dare.

1/5/21 Guest Post Texas Book Lover 1/5/21 BONUS Promo Hall Ways Blog 1/6/21 Review Missus Gonzo 1/7/21 Deleted Scene That’s What She’s Reading 1/8/21 Review Chapter Break Book Blog 1/9/21 Excerpt StoreyBook Reviews 1/10/21 Excerpt Jennie Reads 1/11/21 Review Reading by Moonlight 1/12/21 Guest Post All the Ups and Downs 1/13/21 Review Rainy Days with Amanda 1/14/21 Review Forgotten Winds

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Typically a novel excerpt will feature the book’s first several pages, but I’ve decided to try something different for House of the Rising Sun. In part because the story begins with a suicide attempt and also because the scene that follows is almost pure action when the EMP happens and planes begin to fall out of the sky. That part of the story is exciting but also not unexpected considering the novel’s plot.

In the below excerpt, a group of characters has been forced together in the house of Thomas Phillips, a screenwriter who happens to have a lot of…

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Photo design: Sandie Clarke

During research for an upcoming project I found myself unexpectedly plunged into the murky depths of self-published novels written on the topic of civilizational collapse. In these stories, the most common cause for the “Fall” is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a burst of radiation powerful enough to damage or destroy the delicate electronics that power much of our modern world. Sometimes the EMP is intentionally caused and sometimes it originates from the heavens, but in either case the effect on humanity is immediate and profound. Which is obviously what a reader expects when he or she picks up a post-apocalyptic…

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Supernova in the sky over Dallas

At 9:29 AM CT tomorrow, every unshielded electronic device on Earth stops working, including the microchips and transistors and power transformers that manage your vehicle and your home and the entire electrical grid.

You may be stranded on the highway or at work or at home. Your children may be at school, miles away, and now there’s no way to call them or reach them in a timely manner. Maybe they’re at Grandma’s house, who lives in the small town where you grew up, a six-hour drive away in your car that won’t start. …

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Since August I’ve been rewriting House of the Rising Sun, an effort undertaken after several months of tepid responses from publishing houses. You might think, when you’ve published four novels, it would be easy to sell your fifth…especially when the idea for the next one seems like such an obvious home run. But the thing you can’t ever forget, no matter how confident you are, is to ensure every scene and every page and in fact EVERY SINGLE WORD of your manuscript is the best possible product your mind can produce. Anything less is lazy and a recipe for failure.

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Imagine you’re an 18 year-old bloke born and raised in Sheffield, England. You’ve just finished high school, have no plans for university, and you’re not sure what to do with your life. There are few options. Sheffield is a gray, aging steel town, and if you don’t think of something else you’ll end up working in a factory. Or maybe not, because the local economy is shit and a lot of the steel mills are closing.

But you do happen to be an aspiring musician, and one day when you miss a bus, you find yourself talking to another chap…

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Even though I signed up in 2008, I’ve never used it much until this year, so the way information and emotion spread through the Twittersphere is somewhat new to me. The reason I find myself on there at all is to consume opinion and theories about the Trump presidency and the special prosecutor’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Twitter is where you go to read news before it becomes news, where you fill yourself with hope or anger or whatever emotion triggers your dope. Twitter is a pharmacy that fills all scripts.

Last week, for the first…

Since I was 25 or so I’ve this goal regarding my writing career — I want to make enough money from my work that I can comfortably afford to treat my dad and two of my longtime golf buddies to a golf weekend on the Monterey Peninsula. We would play The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, and finally Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

A trip like this would not be cheap. …

Imagine if you will a sofa. Beige leather, with a hint of pink. The sofa has two cushions, which of course means there is a seam in the middle.

You aren’t a neat freak, or a germaphobe, but a relatively clean sofa is preferable to a nasty one, right? Like, if someone were to visit your home, if you planned to entertain on the sofa, you wouldn’t want the thing to be marred with stains, would you?

Of course you wouldn’t.

Further imagine that one day you are eating a piece of chocolate cake on this sofa. In fact, let’s…

Saturday was not my best day. I mean, there is all kind of shit going on in the world, and people have real problems, and all that. So if you have a real problem, and you don’t want to read about my whiny shit, that’s cool. But if you stick around, you might laugh at the end.

So I had a big golf match on Saturday morning. I played really well last week, and planned to win handily this week. Instead I couldn’t hit the broad side of a fucking barn and lost by four strokes. In sweltering heat. My…

Richard Cox

Richard Cox is the author of five novels, including HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, coming July 27. Find him at https://richardcox.net/ or https://twitter.com/coxric.

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