WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Library Edition #2

Have you ever just looked at the condition of someone else's book and thought, my God they are horrible people?! Well I'm sure you're about to think that about me but LET ME PREFACE THIS POST WITH SOME FACTS!

My father bought Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King in 1983.

It survived college, moving, baby me, tornadoes and hurricanes, moving again, toddler me, moving a few more times, a divorce, kid me, a marriage, teen me, and then being stolen by adult me...Where it was put through college again, more moves, a marriage, weather insanity, bursting pipes, and three curious cats.

Basically this is one of my life books that I intend to keep until one of my future children take it, try to protect it, and eventually have their no-good, book-stealing child start the cycle up again.

So before you do what I do when I see such a worn, torn book, know that its missing cover is the result of a well-loved but rough journey! At the end of the day the lack of cover is a badge honor! This book is a survivor! 

Cycle of the Werewolf

Now that I have that rambling preface out of the way...

I have kept it no secret that I love Stephen King and his writing. I've likened his prose to magic and, at times when I get stuck with my own writing, I often turn to one of his books for a jolt of inspiration. Admittedly, I have no idea where this love for his work started. Whether it was from the books or movie adaptations, I have no clue.

My mom was a reader, my dad barely was, and I vaguely remember my uncle praising the Dark Tower series. Growing up there was talk of Misery and The Stand. Then of course IT. Carrie was somewhere in there too and the ending to The Langoliers movie really messed me up. For the life me, I can't remember a single point that transformed me into an avid fan. But I do remember this book and the fact that I've never run across it outside of my father's home or mine which makes it feel even more special.

I've not searched the web for it but if you're a Stephen King fan you might want to pull up that ole Google! Definitely a book worth donning your bookshelf...Though maybe try really hard to NOT lose the cover!

Cycle of the Werewolf back

🐺CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF by Stephen King and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson

For a picture of the back that isn't all Instagram-y and surrounded by cat hair...


Do you have a well-loved but worn book in your personal library or a favorite Stephen King that you just love?


WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Library Edition #1

When I transitioned from social media manager and freelance blogger to full-time writer, I was adamant about blogging frequently and with enthusiasm. Three posts a week! Heck, four posts a week! Definitely nothing below two, for sure!


I underestimated the time it takes to write several books a year + dealing with the technical side of editing, design, and marketing said books. Not to mention that one time our first floor flooded because a pipe deciding it didn't want to be a pipe any more. BUT, don't count me down and out yet!

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Library Edition is going to be my blog's savior! Each week I'll spotlight one of the many books I have in my personal library in an attempt to give you a little taste of MY tastes but also my way of trying to pressure you into getting the same books. #ItsFine

Since this is the first one, though, I decided to include four books I recently purchased and then a trio of some of my favorite blue books! #SorryNotSorry


🔦  The Official Nancy Drew Handbook: Skills, Tips, and Life Lessons from Everyone's Favorite Girl Detective by Penny Warner
💀 To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Saga, Book 1) by Philip José Farmer
🦈 Jaws by Peter Benchley

My favorite color is blue and these beauties are prominently displayed in my bookcase sporting some beautiful shades. I purchased Nancy Drew and Jaws when I was, oddly enough, shopping for my wedding! I had piles of books as my centerpieces and those two made the cut. While I should have already finished reading both, I haven't. 

Why not, you filthy animal?!

Because I buy books like they're going out of style and just haven't looped back around to them! Until I do, they sure are wonderful additions to my ever-growing To-Read list!

Now, as for To Your Scattered Bodies Go? Oh man. I could write a book about how much I love this book. Originally I had no idea it existed but then Sci-Fi (Syfy now but I don't like that spelling so I REFRAIN FROM USING IT) had a miniseries called Riverworld and I watched it and thought the idea was amazing. A few years later and I asked one of my creative writing professors if he'd seen it...And he showed me this book! Years later and I still have it...IT'S FINE AGAIN!

And as for my recently purchased...

Currently reading 1

The Hike by Drew Magary
The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird: A Picture Book by Kim Smith
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
IT by Stephen King

What are some of YOUR favorites/recently purchased? 


Posted on September 5, 2017 .

Newsletter Insight: What's in a cover?

For those of you who follow the newsletter, you might be familiar with this post! It was a part of the my first one ever and featured the insight of a model and actor, Samy Osman! And not to mention, the cover model for my BE ON THE LOOKOUT: BODYGUARD! So, in celebration for BOLO: BODYGUARD's book birthday today I've finally decided to make the interview public right here! 

If you're curious about the process of what has to happen behind the scenes before we get to see the front cover of an Intrigue, read on! And if you want to see more Insider's Insight segments, sign up for the newsletter now here!

Note: Everything below is copied from my August 2016 newsletter.

Ever wonder about that man or woman on the cover of the Intrigue you're reading? I know I have! Thanks to SAMY OSMAN, the cover model for BE ON THE LOOKOUT: BODYGUARD (and forever in my mind the character Jonathan Carmichael), now we have some answers! Here's a little about the actor and then the process behind becoming the character on the cover!

Although my focus is acting, I've been encouraged to stay open to modeling work ever since I got started in the industry. So after moving to Toronto (Canada), I eventually got sent out to a Harlequin cover shoot through my modeling agency. A lot of covers are shot here! The way it usually works is that art directors working on the book covers put out a breakdown of what they're looking for in terms of a character description. Modeling agents in turn suggest models who they feel could be a good fit, and then if they're chosen, they get offered the job. Sometimes the art director and/or photographer will also request certain models based on having worked with them before and being a good match for the character.

The process of shooting the book is only part of the whole thing. Art directors come to the set with a lot of the work already done. Character descriptions, the vibe of the "scene", the setting, basically an idea of what they want is laid out on a sheet and all this is discussed with the photographer and their team. They in turn, prepare the set and set the mood with lights, props, sometimes even building part of the set.

While the prep is being done, the models go through hair, makeup and wardrobe. The female models usually spend quite a bit of time in the makeup chair while us guys are lucky and usually have time to sit back as usually very little time is spent on us. Sometimes a few outfits are tried out before settling on something. Sometimes we start with something, and end up changing into something else.
As this is going on, a few test shots will be done before things sort of get locked in...although it can always change throughout the shoot. Once things are good and everyone's happy, the models get into the scene and the photographer shoots away!

Once the shoot is over, favorites are sent back to HQ. Eventually a picture is decided on, the post work begins! Images are edited, mostly to add a backdrop. Although the lighting and some of the props are indeed real, usually the background is usually added in later; sort of like the behind the scenes "green screen" special effects videos you may have seen in the past. However in some cases, the pictures are shot "on location", so no backdrop is added in the edits.

That's the gist of it! A lot of people are involved in each cover, and a lot of work is put into each and every one of them...more than I've described as I'm mostly exposed to what happens in the studio. Of course, none of this would be possible without the authors' books to put a cover on!

Well how sweet is that?
Thanks for the insight, Samy! 

Growing up in Canada's National Capital Region, Samy Osman studied Computer Science and worked full time in the IT field. A few years into his career, he could no longer suppress his desire to change his path and begin a new journey; acting.

Now, he is a life loving actor and aspiring filmmaker who occasionally appears on book covers, with many interest in and outside the film/TV industry, including martial arts and stunt work.

Samy has appeared in many independent films including the leading man in a worldwide contest winning short “2@2”, a supporting role in the award winning action feature “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife” and the lead male in “Clean Break”, which is available across multiple digital platforms in North America. He has also performed in shows such as “Flashpoint”, “Mayday”, “Saving Hope” and a recurring role on “Nikita” starring Maggie Q.

You can catch him playing “Nathan Simmons” in the upcoming feature film “The Perfect Stalker” (release date yet to be announced).



Here we are again and with another gif from the amazing Parks & Recreation and another print release! (eBook releases on September 1!)

This time we're looking at SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES, the last book in my Orion Security series. And, if I do say so myself, the most exciting of the series! Maybe that's because I'm a little partial to the heroine...It's Nikki Waters! Finally we get to see her story plus how she gets along with the new recruit, Jackson Fields! Add in a whole heap of baddies and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES is one heck of a thrill ride through Dallas, Texas!

If you want to read the series in order but don't know where to start, go here!
And if you see SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES in the wild, post or send a picture to my Facebook page or email me at tylerasnell@gmail.com!