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GHOSTS OF THE PAST 4 Days Ago Have you ever opened up some of your long forgotten poems, short stories or novels? Painful right? The document is probably littered with vague pronoun references, unnecessary shifts in tense and fused sentences. Even worse, there are sections of the story that don’t contribute to the plot, insignificant characters and mawkishly sentimental underlying messages. If you’re like me, the first thing you do is plant your face in your hands (a.k.a. the “Face-palm”) and try not to cry. Afterwards, you stare at the Delete button, tempted to obliterate all proof that this story or poem was once yours. Finally, after waging a war with your conscience, you decide to live and let live, leaving the document alone, but lamenting about how terrible your writing once was. But wait, that’s not fair. Your old work shouldn’t be some dark secret that needs to be hidden from the world. It should be a testimony of what you’ve accomplished. Not only did the “old you” put a lot of effort into that story, but the work is a reminder of who you as a writer once inspired to be. It’s a roadmap of your writing life. Sometimes, we as writers are very hard on ourselves. We have to be because we’re constantly pursuing perfection. However, we forget that we didn’t just learn how to write overnight. There wasn’t some magical gift bestowed upon us by a divine being. No, we had to start somewhere and work at it, and those old documents are a symbol of that. For me, once the shock wears off of how bad my writing once was, I realize how beautiful these works really are. Because behind the jungle of grammatical errors and turbulent plot hooks is a vision I once had. I see Justin Alcala, the writer who wanted to give readers a little scare with his horror stories. I see Justin Alcala, the yarn spinner who wanted to give a fresh perspective on legends and folklore. I see Justin Alcala, the young man who wanted to make people happy by telling great stories. All too often, we authors get swept away by the power that comes with having your works published. I know I get a real kick out of talking to my publisher about cover art or sending new ideas to my editor. It’s fun to put your work onto bookshelves. But we can’t forget about the fundamentals. We need to remind ourselves why we started writing in the first place, and those old tales are just the thing. So the next time your dusting off an old manuscript, remember what those pages really mean. The words may tell a bad story, but the history of its creation is its own sort of autobiography.

Guess Who’s the ManyBooks Author of the Day…that’s right — Justin Alcala

That’s right! ManyBooks.net has given me the prestigious honor of being the Halloween “ManyBooks: Author of the Day.” Check out the link in my bio come 10.31 to read my upcoming interview, talk about A DEAD END JOB, and other literature fun!

https://manybooks.net

Join Justin Alcala on Haunted AF, Read & Write podcast, Goodreads, Reddit & Publisher’s Weekly

There’s so much deathly A DEAD END JOB fun! Join me 10.28 on @hauntedafpodcast for a ghost story, late November on the @readandwritepodcast ! Play the Reddit “Scythe” game to find out what weapon Death’s scythe would turn into in your hands. Join goodreads to get a winning copy of the book, and check out the great Publisher’s Weekly review! Check it all out at http://www.justin Alcala.com.

“A Dead End Job” Is Here

I give you 💀A DEAD END JOB 📖
Join Ned the undead hitman as he interns for Death. If you love absurdist fiction, urban fantasy or sarcastically fun books, this is the one for you. Find out why Publisher’s Weekly named it “Best Book of the Week” and why Speculative Fiction Foundation made it one of its top picks. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books or wherever great books are sold! ! !

Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or wherever else great books are sold.

A Dead-End Job https://www.amazon.com/dp/1956136088/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4YXEZCB013WEFX6APWEQ

Death needs a vacation. Badly. But there’s a catch: There are people who cheat the system, always falling through the cracks and not dying like they’re supposed to. Who’s going to take care of them while Death’s sipping on sangria? 

The answer is simple: Death needs an intern, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that one prospect, Buck Palasinksia-a bankrupt hitman with a roleplaying addiction-might have what it takes. While scoping out his next target, Buck gets drilled in the forehead by a bullet and falls right into Death’s lap. 

If they shove him back into his body, he’ll have a few weeks to prove that he has what it takes to be Death’s right-hand. 

All he has to do is take out Public Enemy No. 1, John Dillinger, and quit smoking.

Award Winning Urban Fantasy: A Dead End Job 10.6

💀Giveaways and Contests Ready? ✔️
📖 Amazon, B&N & Kobo ready to print? ✔️
💀”A DEAD END JOB” Ready for October 6th Release? ✔️
It’s finally around the corner. Please be ready to order your copy and follow the link below to enter for a free hard copy along w/ Death’s vault key.
A Dead End Job: “Work until your dead, and then work done more.”
Contest: http://www.parliamenthousepress.com/contest

A Dead End Job arrives October 6th

Hahaha! You have to take this A DEAD END JOB Quiz to learn about your weapon of immortal destruction

“Lilith, my oldest work-friend since… well, friends became a thing. Unmentionables weren’t around when dinosaurs and other eat-poop-then-die creatures were on Earth. It’s only when sentience became all the rage that God cut off her finger and gave it to me as Lilith, divine retribution for anyone bold enough to manipulate the cosmic work schedule. Since then, Lilith has, and always will be, the most dangerous weapon in existence. While I used her special holy abracadabra to transform Lilith into a scythe, she adjusts to the user’s character in order to be the best possible work tool. So if you want to be my next intern, and you’re comfortable getting my dry-cleaning, let’s first see what’s in that mushy pink wetware between your ears. It’s a sorting hat sort of thing, only with irremediable, world ending consequences.”
-Death

https://www.buzzfeed.com/parliamentbooks/the-sorting-hat-for-killers-4l2ia0r8rv

Enter to Win Death’s Vault Key

🏆💀ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN 🏆💀Send us your email to justinalcala@justinalcala.com for a chance to win Death’s special vault key (complete w/ Hello Kitty keychain) and a signed copy of “A DEAD ND JOB” released on October 6th. And don’t forget to preorder your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or wherever great books are sold.

Artfully Told Podcast w/ Guest Author, Justin Alcala

📡You have to check out this podcast! 🎙
The @artfullytoldpodcast and I connect to talk #ghoststories , writing tips, #kidsinspiration and the latest book, “A DEAD END JOB.”

“At Artfully Told, we know that everyone has a story about how art has impacted them. We share those stories, from both artists and non-artists alike, to create community and conversation.

In this week’s episode, I welcome Justin Alcala! Justin is an author and tabletop gamer and his episode is packed with crazy, amazing stories, including about growing up in a house that was built on behalf of the South Side Mafia in Chicago with a tunnel to the house across the street. He shares about how his daughter has informed his work, along with his advice for aspiring artists.”

 

Check Out the Podcast on Podbean

Death’s Countdown begins

The countdown begins. We are 32 DAYS away from the release of “A DEAD END JOB.” I can’t wait for you to meet Death, Buck, Idaho Face, the Charles Bronson Quartet and so many more. Parliament House Press is working on some fantastic giveaways for September, including a special contest that gives you a signed copy of the book along with Death’s Hello Kitty vault key, a “What weapon would Death’s scythe turn into if it was in your hands” game and a chance to apply with your own resume in order to become Death’s next intern. We will give out dozens of copies via Goodreads as well, so be sure to connect with us on its platform. Don’t forget to click the “Contact Author” button or send a message in order to be added to our newsletter for special giveaways and information. Until then, hang in there with your dead-end job. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.