Friday, December 28, 2012

Michael Offut's Blog Tour Post!

Today I am very excited to be hosting Michael Offutt on his blog tour for his newest book, OCULUS. Michael has always been a wonderful supporter of mine and I am happy to return the favor. Make sure to read the whole post because at the end there is information concerning two OCULUS themed giveaways!

There are days when I doubt myself but not today.

There are days when I write a sentence, and I imagine that if Stephen King or Neil Gaiman wrote it, it would sound better. Take for example the sentence “I bought a car today.” King might say “I bought a hearse” whereas Gaiman might write, “Odin bought a Chevy from a used car salesman.” The whole “Odin” thing makes it different. God-like. But by name dropping Chevy it’s also instantly American. And maybe that’s all you need to write the great American novel. That and cheeseburgers. Americans love cheeseburgers.

I think OCULUS represents my best work. And by best, I mean that I’ve reached a point in my writing where I no longer thought it might sound better if written by someone else. I’m not sure why we even think those things. But I think all writers do. But if it were written by someone else, then it would be theirs and not yours. I think the one thing that many writers need to embrace is that no one can write what you know better than you. That’s just the way it is.

If you wanted to see how I write, I have a short story for you. It would take 15 minutes of your time to read. That’s it. Fifteen minutes. It’s called “The Insanity of Zero,” and it tells you all that you might need to know about my books SLIPSTREAM and OCULUS. There are days when I doubt myself. But it’s not this day. Today, I think I could win you over, if you gave me fifteen minutes. The choice is yours. :)

Go here for “The Insanity of Zero” if you dare. It’s completely free!

OCULUS by Michael Offutt

Genre: Sci-fi

Book Description:

Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.

About the Author:

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Michael Offutt writes speculative fiction books that have science fiction, LGBT, and paranormal elements. His first book, SLIPSTREAM, has received some critical acclaim and was published by Double Dragon in the spring. The sequel, OCULUS, came out in November 2012. He has one brother, no pets, and a few roots that keep his tree of life sufficiently watered. By day, he works for the State of Utah as a Technical Specialist. By night, he watches lots of t.v., writes, draws, and sometimes dreams of chocolate.

Michael Offutt graduated from the University of Idaho in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in English.

He keeps a blog and would appreciate a visit or two even if all you want to do is say hi.

If you think Michael's book is something you would like to read, he's put up six signed print copies of OCULUS for an international giveaway.

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Also, I have been given permission to giveaway one OCULUS bookmark. This is available internationally as well. Just leave a blog post comment telling me what you thought of Michael's first book, SLIPSTREAM, or why you think Michael's books sound interesting.

Thanks go to Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours for organizing this blog tour!


  1. Question for the Day:
    did you design your book covers? Love both of them, Slipstream and Oculus

  2. No. That's all DDP's doing. Deron does all the cover art.

  3. After finishing Oculus, I too think your writing is a lot stronger and more confident. It feels like you've found your groove and writing voice, something I still struggle with today.

  4. Wonderful guest post. I love your confidence! I have my good and bad days too. Right now, though, I'm craving a cheeseburger.

  5. I've got to move Slipstream and Oculus (I know I have Slipstream just need to check on Oculus) up in my reading queue. Micheal own me over on various comments left on different blogs where I've scene his humor and genius on display :-)

  6. Great to see Michael here.

    Happy New Year, Brooke and Michael!

    1. Happy New Year, Theresa!

      I've started to get reacquainted with your blog after my long absence. I can't wait to see how your last few months have been along with what you have coming in 2013.

  7. This is a great post :) I'm glad you are not doubting yourself today, Michael, 'cause you should not be!

    I have downloaded the short story but haven't read it yet. Will do though :)

  8. It sounds as if you really found YOUR voice in your writing, and so Oculus came out in the right words and perspective and tone. You deserve your confidence as an author!

    And it's so true that Stephen King would use the word hearse.

  9. Thank you all for stopping by and I'm so glad you enjoyed Michael's post!

    Michael, thank you for coming over!