Brothers of Blood Anniversary

One year ago today, my first published release came out. My novel Brothers of Blood was at that time a three year labor that completely took over my life. Through ups and downs (wanting to quit writing & moving around so dang much), I finally completed the 4th or so draft – now came the hard part: looking for a publisher. The struggles in learning about the ins and outs of the publishing world have taught me so much about this industry that no matter the few pitfalls, I’ve been given a great honor by Black Rose Writing.

My wife introduced me to the legendary North Texas author, Chad Miller, who through email, introduced me to the ever entertaining Keith E B Chawgo (who gave me my first public appearances on his extraordinary podcast, The Literary License Podcast) along with the irreplaceable Vickie Rae. These two were instrumental in setting me up with BRW.

My novel and the people that it has brought into my life (I’ve met so many authors on this journey!) have changed me in so many ways that I’m still discovering what direction I’m barrelling toward.

Thank you to everyone involved with the publication of my book and thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this ambitious little indie author’s first baby and left a review. You’ve created a monster even if you don’t know it yet. More to come soon!

Now, you saw this coming. Check out Brothers of Blood if you haven’t yet! The horror/thriller novel once called “the Manson Family Murders, but in highschool!”

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“This novel reminds me of what Less Than Zero would be like had it been written by Chuck Palahniuk.”

– The Platform author, Alex Bernstein

“Rogers’ talent as a writer becomes bolder and more apparent with every page, as Belle grows older and is left to her own devices. It’s a horrifically realistic picture of a fraction of today’s youth without parental influence.”

– A Taste of Home author, C. Derick Miller

“I was scared, I cried, and I laughed a lot. You wouldn’t know it by the synopsis but it’s pretty dang funny. I hope there’s a sequel!”

– Jesse from Goodreads

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Brothers of Blood follows Belle Whynecrow in her final year of highschool. Her best friends Josue, Xavier, and Jesus the hobo welcome the new kid, Chris, with welcome arms. The only catch? To quell their boredom, Belle tells them to create a kill list, marking off the names as they complete their goal before senior year ends. While struggling to pass their classes with flying colors, this band of merry murderers seems to be on a delightfully bloody roll until Belle’s long imprisoned older brother, Beau, arrives at her doorstep. Now a devout man of God, the brotherhood schemes for his return to his original, and highly exaggerated, bloodlust. That is, if Chris’s jealousy doesn’t destroy Belle’s ranking in the gang first. Not everyone will survive, but those who do will certainly have a year to remember because those that kill together live forever in Brothers of Blood by Tristan Drue Rogers.

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Genre: Urban Arts (Index)

Full disclosure: I am now a Site Contributor for Genre: Urban Arts! Find my author profile here.

Here is where I will update my posts with their links. Check back often!

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4/19/2019 – The Distracting Plague of Happinessa poem about relationships and failed titles.

4/22/2019 – Berthaa short story in rhyme about a monster inside a person’s belly

4/30/2019 – Bastard – a poem about our place in the world

5/6/2019 – Wut – a short essay on the writing process

5/7/2019 – Home – a poem written during a time that my wife (then my fiance) both held jobs that entailed a lot of travelling, keeping each other very much so at a distance

6/10/2019 – Carnival Rabbits – a flash fiction tale about repeating history and pushing blame away from oneself

6/17/2019 Grounded in Coffee – a poem about nature’s greatest addictive drug

7/22/2019 Fall So Hard – a flash story involving the firsts of attraction

7/31/2019 Winter’s Gentleman – a poem detailing one man’s journey through many states

9/2/3019 Acts of Violence

9/3/2019 The Hard, The Silly, and The Bloody – a poem about a man, a woman, and a dog

10/16/2019 The Woman in the Windowa short poem about the working man looking up

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Check out the site, which features many talented contributors working under a myriad blanket of different mediums, ranging from spoken word, raps, installations, paintings, photography, fiction, nonfiction, flash, and more. They really are a blessing in the writing world, mixed with a little urban edge.

Also, buy my book Brothers of Blood here.

-TDR