Been busy these past few weeks and have some most excellent announcements.
First up you are looking at the newest contributor of Nashville Geek Life.
A most excellent website that you’ll certainly want to bookmark. In fact my article My 20 Steps To Getting Published is live now.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might’ve seen the hashtag #BlackFolksBeingAwesome. I’m happy to announce I’ve started a new project of the same name. Black Folks Being Awesome is a new site that will celebrate the accomplishments of those of the African Diaspora. In light of the recent travesty with the Supreme Court and the Voter Registration Act, the never-ending onslaught of attacks on blacks in the media, this endeavor is being used to counteract the negative and false charges by showcasing the truth and the positive. Black folks making news and making history and oh yeah, being awesome.
My next novel West of Sunset is coming.
West of Sunset can best be summed up as: Black gay wizard detective, two best friends, witchy heroines, vampire biker gangs, all collide during a vacation in Los Angeles.
If Hollowstone has taught you anything, it’s that it’s all connected:
The wait is over. HOLLOWSTONE IS HERE.
Hello. My name is Dennis R. Upkins and today is the official release of my debut novel, Hollowstone. The book is kinda awesome if I do say so myself, and I’d like for you to check it out.
Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner.
Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal’s ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal’s killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal’s murder before he’s the killer’s next victim.
You can check out the official trailer below:
So why should you pick up Hollowstone?
In many respects it’s a modern day retelling/homage to the Great Gatsby with a Southern Gothic twist. But more than that, the story features both POCs and queer characters in leading and compelling roles. In fact, of the three main characters, one is a young black male while the other is a bisexual female teen. And for marginalized readers, we know all too well the dearth of stories that feature us with respect.
Characters welcome, this is a profile on the players of Hollowstone. And just to get you even more intrigued, check out an excerpt from the novel.
But wait! There’s more!
As part of promoting the novel, I’m in the middle of a virtual book tour. Not only have I had the distinct pleasure and honor of answering questions about Hollowstone and becoming a published author, but I’ve also had the privilege of writing a series of guest posts about why diversity in the media matters and why representation affects real life.
Hollowstone is available now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. It’s also available in other ebook formats at Parker Publishing. You can find me at my author page on Amazon, Goodreads and my official website.
Hollowstone, it’s out now. Grab it today. Tell your friends. I think you’ll like. It’s an awesome story. Granted, I could be a bit biased. Maybe….just a little.