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{October 31, 2012}   Traitor Angel Blog Tour :: We Need the Escape–A Special Guest Post By H. David Blalock

H. David Blalock, the author of Traitor Angel, stopped by the blog today to discuss the idea of “escape,” and I’m so excited to share it with you! So, without further ado:

We Need the Escape

Books. Movies. Television. Radio. We need to be entertained, to be diverted from the mundane demands placed upon us by the world at large. For that entertainment we are willing to part with time and money, sometimes more than we can really afford. We expect that entertainment to be satisfying, a real value for the sacrifice. As writers, we need to honor that expectation.

When I write, I write to touch a nerve. In my opinion, good writing entertains the reader but great writing moves the reader emotionally. It makes the reader think, immerses them in the story so that they become a part of a world so different from their own existence and so engaging that they can forget their troubles for a few minutes or a few hours then come back to the real world with a different perspective – with a better understanding of themselves, or of their place in life.

This is ambitious, I know. That a mere book should change a person’s take on life in general seems ludicrous, but there have been those works in the past that moved me and opened new vistas to my imagination. They inspired me to see the world differently and take that new perspective onto the written page, transferring it into images and thoughts and stories. I became a writer because of what I read. I wouldn’t have done so otherwise.

I value economy of words. I once heard that Hemingway would spend days considering the right word to use for a particular thought. Whether or not that is true, I believe it has merit. The tools of my trade are words, and I intend to use them sparingly and only after careful measurement. I intend to keep them in good shape, well-oiled, sharp, and bright. I intend the reader to be able to see themselves in their mirrored surfaces. In the finished work, the readers will find themselves and I will not be visible. The craftsman should never be the focus of the work.

— H. David Blalock

Synopsis of Traitor Angel:

In Traitor Angel, the second book of the Angelkiller Triad, the war between The Army of Light and The Enemy continues behind the scenes.

Unknown to the general population, the battle for control of humanity is heating up.

the world outside draws closer to Armageddon.

As Mason and his friends pursue their campaign against Dorian Azrael’s global megacorporation, Andlat Enterprises, the stakes get higher with each desperate foray into the enemy’s computers. They are fated to lose one of their number and gain an unlikely ally, but any advantage they gain could be fleeting at best.

If they fail, it could mean the end of The Army and all resistance to the forces of Darkness.


About the Author:

H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in print and online in over three dozen publications, spanning every format from short stories to novels, non-fiction articles to screenplays. He is also editor of _parABnormal Digest_ for Sam’s Dot Publishing. To find out more visit his website at


Tour Dates October 29 – November 24th

 10/29  Great Minds Think Aloud  – Review

10/30  Splash of Our Worlds – Character Post

10/31  A Book Vacation – Guest Post

11/1  The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Excerpt

11/2  JeanzBookReadNReview  – Interview

11/3 Vilutherial Reviews  – Interview

11/4  Crossroads Reviews  – Review

11/5  The Bunny’s Review  – Character Interview

11/6  Ali’s Bookshelf – Review

11/7  Red Headed Bookworm  – Guest Post

11/8 Azure Dwarf Horde of SciFi & Fantasy – Review

11/9  From the Bootheel Cotton Patch  – Character Post

11/10 A Few Words – Review

11/11 The Independent Review – Review

11/12  The Oaken Bookcase – Review

11/13  Beauty in Ruins – Interview

11/14  Ginger Nuts of Horror – Interview

11/15 Bookishly Me – Review

11/16  Full Moon Bites – Interview

11/17  A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Guest Post

11/18  Stuck in Books – Guest Post

11/19 Sheila Deeth – Review

11/20 Bee’s Knees Reviews – Review

11/21  The Cabin Goddess – Review

11/22  Darlene’s Book Nook  – Guest Post

11/23  Book and Movie Dimension – Review

11/24  Jess Resides Here – Interview

 Traitor Angel by H. David Blalock

Presented by Seventh Star Press Tour page:


Thanks for hosting David today! :)

I love this post. I keep rereading it and agreeing with your points, so economically and incisively made

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