What I’m digging in July 2022


The Fist by

Brandon Bitros

I first saw The Fist on Kickstarter from Blackstone comics and creator Brandon Bitros. I had to support this comic and excited to read, becasue it is set in my birth city and home for many years, Philadelphia! Also, the premise was interesting and the artwork and writing was awesome. Go check it out!

Set in 1919 Philadelphia, The Fist is the tale of Riley Reece, a working stiff with a broken marriage and an affection for drunken vigilante justice.

Back Copy excerpt:

“Riley Reece may not look like much, just another working-class boozer with a broken family from the slums of Philadelphia. But Riley Reece isn’t just a drunk — he’s a drunk with a scret. After late night benders of agonizing self-destruction, Riley’s guilty conscience prompts him to sport a black hood and become Philly’s most feared vigilante.


Everfair by
Nisi Shawl


Nisi’s debut novel Everfair, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. This book has been on my TBR list for some time and I’m finally getting to it. 

Back copy except:

“Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.”

Go check out all the rave reviews and an excerpt here then add it to your TBR-list!


Sour Roots by

Shawn Burgess


My fellow writer/friend Shawn Burgess has a new prequel novella coming out. You don’t need to have read his debut novel, “The Tear Collector”, to enjoy this story (but you’ll probably pick it up to enjoy more of his writing and the horror).

I had the pleasure of reading a beta-copy, and I think fans of Jonathan Maberry’s ‘Ghost Road Blues, will enjoy Shawn’s fast paced horror prequel to ‘The Tear Collector’.

Look for this one on Shawn’s website, or sign up for his newsletter so you don’t miss this release.

Back copy excerpt:

“Roger and Gertrude Davis enjoy an idyllic existence in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass. With vast land holdings, a successful business, and love for the family they’ve built, they’ve avoided the suffering The Great Depression has wrought on the area until it all comes crashing down on a sweltering summer day in 1932.

With the twin daughters they dote on gone missing and ominous signs of foul play evident, a suspect quickly emerges. But not everything is always what it seems. Amidst the murder, madness, and mayhem, they soon learn there’s blood to pay when the past comes calling.”


No new Music to report, but I have been listening some new Podcasts:

Story Nerd
Melanie Hill and Valerie Francis

As my writing career progresses I have continued to study the craft of writing (the scientist in me like to break things down and figure out why they work), and in doing so hopefully write/tell better stories. Listening to the first few episodes have been enlightening.

Podcast Description:


“The Story Nerd Podcast demystifies story theory so writers spend less time studying and more time writing. Literary editors and writers, Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill, analyze a film a week as an example of a storytelling principle. The show focuses on concepts common to all stories across film, television, novels and screenplays.”

Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music (podcasts) that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

Email me and let me know what you’ve been into and what I should check out! Or follow me online for more realtime updates: Jotham’s Social Links

What I’m digging in June 2022


Le Fay

I saw Le Fay on Kickstarter some time ago from Evoluzione Publishing, and they pulled me in with the hook: “If Jessica Jones was a Fay Sorcerous.”

The story is about woman, Morgan le Fay who works as a private investigator for the occult underworld in modern times. I really like the art work and I cannot wait to dig into this. I picked up Vol 1-5.


FInal Girl Support Group by
Grady Hendrix

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. But after a decade of trying to find peace, a group of final girls become become hunted once again.

This was a fast-paced horror thriller. Go check out all the rave reviews and add it to your TBR-list!


A Fading Star by Greg Hickey

Writing can be a very lonely endeavor, but I try to make an effort to make as many connections to other writers as possible. It’s always nice to have someone that understands what it is like experiencing the highs and lows in the writing/publishing/marketing trenches. So, it was a nice surprise when a fellow author, who happens to be from Chicago, reached out to me about my short story, “Summer Without Leaves.” I am looking forward to reading Greg’s novel, “A Fading Star,” and you can get a free sample of the novel, HERE!


No new Music to report, but I have been listening to a number of Podcasts. Here are two of them:

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

In this podcast, Bianca Marais, interviews authors, agents, editors and just about anyone and everyone who’s involved in bringing a book to market.

Creative PepTalk

In this Podcast, Andy J Pizza, helps you on your creative path by finding and maintaining your creative spark to help you maximize your potential.

Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music (podcasts) that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

Email me and let me know what you’ve been into and what I should check out! Or follow me online for more realtime updates: Jotham’s Social Links

March 12th: What am I reading and Listening to:


The Freaking Future by
Matt Skillern

The Freaking Future is an anthology of weird character driven stories taking place in (you guessed it) the future. If you like comics like Heavy Metal Magazine and 2000 AD then keep your eye out for The Freaking Future. It’s a unique bunch of weird and funny stories!

Matt also does commissions and original art work: check out what I got from Matt at NWI-ComicCon

Go check his stuff out


The 1619 Project
By: Nikole Hannah-Jones

Excerpt from the publisher:

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It is led by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, along with New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and editors Ilena Silverman and Caitlin Roper.

This was a powerful read that starts to explore and create room for discussion and understanding to the black experience in the context of America’s origin narrative. The original essay series was expanded into a book.


Dead Astronauts
by: Jeff Vandermeer

This is book #2 in the Borne series. Jeff’s writing is creepy, haunting, confusing and beautiful—love it all:

Excerpt from the publisher:

Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth – all the Earths.
Check it out!


I love Adrian Younge’s music, the way he combines the old and the new. I was happy to see this mix he put together of music that’s been sampled in Hip-Hop over the years. 

Go Check it out on Apple Music! Don’t have Apple Music go listing to one of Adrian’s other albums.


Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

What am I reading and listening to in February 2022


Image Comics

I recently got the 2nd Volume in the Hack/Slash Horror series. I backed the first volume and the second on Kickstarter (Got a variant cover). I loved the first and I cannot wait to dig into this one. Tim Seeley is one of my favorite writer, and he will be a VIP at the NWI Comic Con! Art is fabulous by Emily Stone.
Go Check it out.


Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
By: Oliver Burkeman

A great read that will Challenge the way you view, use, and manage your limited time on this Earth.

Spend some time reading this book!


Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward series#7)
by: Seanan McGuire

I love this series and Seanan’s amazing writing. I am looking forward to reading this book. If you are not familiar with the series here is the publisher’s description:

Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn’t as safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…
Check it out!

Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!


Rabbit Hole of Research is going to be exhibitors at the NWI Comic Con 2022!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Lake County Fair Grounds
889 South Court Street, Crown Point, IN

Click here for tickets and other event info!

Come out and say hello! We will be releasing the first three Rabbit Hole of Research Zines (expanded episodes with more cool art work), Coloring Books, copies of my debut novel, and there will be a giveaway! Georgia (@atomic_number 14) and I (@jomega22) can not wait!

Author Interview With Katherine Soto

Creating New Worlds.

Portrait by atomicnumber14

Katherine, How do you come up with ideas for a project?

 It sounds so easy when I say it, but I have an idea come into my mind and I work on it in my head until I can write something down. I once had an idea hit me when I was in the shower.
Sometimes I say that I have a poem in my fingertips that must be written down.
Sometimes projects come to me from what someone else says or as I am people watching.

After you have a new idea, how much research do you do?

I do enough research to satisfy myself I can write about the topic. Sometimes I do none, then sometimes I wander the internet for hours reading on a topic.

Do you research things throughout your creative process or just at the beginning?

I will research throughout a project as needed as the ideas flow. Sometimes a new idea will come up in my writing and I want to know about it, so I search the internet.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve researched for a project (go check that Google search history)?  

The strangest thing I researched was what to feed a mule versus a horse. Every now and then a mule needs to eat a certain type of pellet to help with their attitude. I’ve not used this in a book yet.

When you write, do you try to stay close to the Actual Factual or are you fast and loose with Handwavium (a term used when a writer waves their hand at reality for sake of the plot)?

I am reality based with a little Handwavium mixed into it. When you have created a new world to play in you can bend the rules a little more.

Have you ever stopped reading a story to go look up how factual something was? 

I have pulled up the internet to read about a topic that has come up in my reading. It give me more of the story to enjoy.

Do you create with music, other background noise or complete silence?

I usually have cartoons, a ghost hunting, or a paranormal show on the TV going on in the background. Bluey is the newest cartoon I tune into. Sometimes I need quiet to sort something out.

Do you have any pet helper?

I have two cats and a dog. As you can see the cats are super helpful!


Do you create better at 5am or 5pm?

I create better from 9pm to 1am. It’s weird to get my best writing done super late into the night.

Which team apocalypse are you on: zombie, asteroid, or alien invasion?

Team apocalypse: Zombie. Someday some scientist will come up with something that will get loose and change mankind.

You ask your readers to be creative. How do you stay creative?  

I take classes on art to stay creative. I draw and paint. I also make ATCs- Artist Trading Cards to trade. I read a lot of scifi/fantasy books. Last year I rea dover 52 books and am well on my way to catch that amount this year. 

I see on your resume that you have extensive teaching experience, and I’m wondering how classroom management has helped you in your writing career? 

Classroom management has helped me to be more on task when I am writing.  My students did one thing at a time and that is how I work. I take on writing, email, or marketing one task at a time.  
I am also fast at turn-around times for projects other people want me to be a part of. I tend to do my part first, so it’s ready to go when needed. 

If you got to use some “Handwavium” and send younger Katherine one note about writing, editing, or marketing, which would you chose and what would you say?

“You know more than you think you do, so get to work on your ideas for marketing your books.” 
“Be patient with the teams you work with.”

You have a release coming out soon, can you give us some details?

Grey Dawn of Dharaven: Katz Island will be released sometime toward the late summer. I am waiting on a cover from my publisher, the 120 or so days later the book will come out. 

An ancient map found by Mountain Dragon Clan born Grey leads to an expedition that everyone else in her field thinks is crazy. Threats are made against her and the university that supports her. As an archaeologist, Grey is determined to finish her mission to find an underground human settlement on Katz Island.  Will she find adventure taking her to the end of her career or to the find of the century?

Katherine, thank-you for your time. Is there anything else you’d like folks to know about you, your work, or your research process?

Stay tuned at https://katherineesoto-author.com at Creating New Worlds.
New things are coming as I put together more creative things to share. 

I also have a story in the anthology Abducted An Alien Romance Anthology. We are taking preorders now. The book will be out in September of 2021. Here is its preorder link: https://books2read.com/AbductedAnthology

Love built on betrayal.
Lust that can’t be denied.
Temptation of the forbidden.
Prepare for out of this world stories as you delve into these 8 unforgettable sci-fi alien romances. This isn’t a rescue mission. This is ABDUCTED.
Abducted includes stories based on forbidden romances, enemies to lovers, and happily ever afters – there is something for everyone! Available for a limited time so grab your copy and discover 8 new book boyfriends today!
Authors in this anthology include Elvira Bathory, Lissa Lynn Thomas, Katherine E. Soto, Mandy Melanson, Jordan Elizabeth, Victoria Escobar, Nikki Landis, and Helena Novak

Let us know where we can find you on Social Media.

My link tree link has everything on it:


August 14th: What’s up Jotham?

Hey y’all, I hope this email finds you safe and well. No matter how you found my newsletter, thank you for joining.

I know what you are thinking, “Jotham, what is this Rabbit Hole of Research?” Well, my newsletter comes out twice a month (this is the goal), one edition will feature an author interview, book promos/samplers and giveaways; The second edition will explore the quirky science in fiction. Also, I say Handwavium a lot.

So, Just a couple quick updates and no Handwavium.

August 15th I’ll be at the Munster Community Market with Georgia (Atomic Number 14) 

September 11th I’ll be signing books at the 36th Annual Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest!! I’ll be at the CWA booth from 12-3pm on Saturday September 11th—it’s an awesome time, read more about the festival here, and come out and say hello!

And—drumroll—at both signings I will have paperback and hardbackbooks! That’s right after some delays—long story and there will be some very limited edition misprint copies coming soon—I have hardback copies of Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? These will be available at the signings and for order on my shop!

Look at these Lovelies! And if you have eagle eyes, yes, that is the Cowboy Bebop Board Game I got recently in the background!

Okay, That’s all the major updates (can always email or follow me online for real time tracking).

July Book Fairs, Promos and Giveaways

Some Cool Stuff To Check Out and add to your—To Be Read List:

  1. New Author: New Phycological Thriller by Hesham N. Ali
  2. Giveaway: Fantasy & Sci-fi Fan Giveaway (only 2 days left to enter!)
  3. Book Promo: Act fast! Don’t miss out on these amazing books!
  4. Book Promo: July All Genre Giveaway
  5. Book Promo: The Fantastic Collection
  6. Book Promo: Summer SFF Sampler
  7. Book Promo: Get Out of My Dreams
  8. Book Promo: Book Gathering Giveaway
  9. Book Promo: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Giveaway
  10. Book Promo: Pay it Forward Sci-Fi and Fantasy Giveaway
  11. Book Promo: Sci-FI and Space Opera Giveaway
  12. Author Sampler: Shane Shepherd
  13. Author Sampler: Luke David
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