Saturday, 9 August 2014

Introducing my writing friends - Week 4

This week - Drew Hayes!

I almost feel like not saying anything about Drew, and just directing you to his website. This man has such a wonderful way with words. He'll make you laugh out loud, usually with him, and is always willing to help (Well, so far.)

Drew was another of my writing buddies for the ProjectREUTSway and will also be published in the anthology along with previously featured writing friends SummerWier, and Tawyna Brock. He updates his website regularly and has his finger in so many publishing pies that it's sometimes hard to keep track of him!

Only a few weeks ago he released his latest book with Reuts Publishers. Called 'The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant' I can assure you that this book is definitely worth a read.

My review:

Fred, as I think everyone will call this book, is a wonderful, imaginative book. He's not as uninteresting as the full title makes out, in fact, he's not as unadventurous either.

Drew, the author, guides us through a series of adventures, and, in each one Fred unwillingly picks up new friends.

Drew breathes life (no pun intended seeing as most of his friends are various forms of the un-dead)into each and every character, but my favourite was Bubba. Bubba is a weresteed (cough, cough)but he was far from what I expected. I laughed so much during his scene of transformation and the ensuing events. Even when Bubba's story was over, he continued with his presence throughout the rest of the book--I loved him!

Only one little niggle. I found it slightly repetitive at the start of each adventure, confirming who everyone was and where and how Fred met them, but this didn't detract from the overall story. I can imagine this is a useful reminder if you read one adventure and then don't start the next for a few days--but I devoured this book, and read it cover to cover in a day.

All in all, it was a book that had me laughing so much I cried, and screeching out loud at certain one-liners which Drew seems to have an arsenal full of and willingly lets his characters use. I giggled at the visuals he created, seriously wondering at times if he was 'tripping' when he wrote them! But, do you know what? I don't care. Drew has created a wonderful pot of characters, and I would love to see more of Fred and his friends.

Time for a sequel, Mr Hayes!


Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

Here are some links where you'll find Drew:

Twitter: DrewHayesNovels
Facebook: DrewNovelist
Website: DrewHayesNovels

And nothing would be complete without Drew saying a few words, this time--about himself.

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he's not familiar with what the term "employable" means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you're still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He's not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn't love a good high-five? No one, that's who.

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