Yes, I know, I’ve been gone a while. Life has been busy with writing courses and trying to coax a tomato plant to grow. The courses were great, the tomato plant not so successful. It grew to be lovely, but never did grow any tomatoes. Oh well. I’ll post a photo of it another time. Quite lovely, it was. But I just wanted to make a note that my novel “The Soul Within” is going to be free on Kindle for October 1 & 2. Take a peak if you like your science fiction with a dash of mystery. Or your mystery with an edge of science fiction. Here’s the cover and the blurb to entice you, should you wish to check it out!
“Chasing a horrific murderer who leaves sliced up bodies behind, pathologist Duncan McCray finds himself fighting the system to catch the killer. When he meets the mysterious Kaya and her brother Kellen, they bring with them a secret that shatters McCray’s world and exposes a conspiracy that threatens the planet.”
Sounds exciting, right? Available on Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00956130G.
Tomato photo another time!
Welcome to 2012! Okay, so I’m a little late but I’ve certainly been busy. I’m currently writing up a storm and am very excited to announce my upcoming story Moon Dream featured in the new anthology Ride the Moon available on February 29th from Tyche Books! Have a read of the blurb:
“Werewolves and vampires aren’t the only frightening creatures birthed by the Moon…
“For thousands of years, the Moon has inspired stories and legends about heroic animals, violent deities, and criminal humans. In modern times, those tales have been overshadowed by vampires and werewolves. It’s time for the Moon and her denizens to take back the night.
“Follow us down a twisting path of fantasy and science fiction and rediscover the magic of the Moon. From Mermaids that collect souls to lunar colonies on the brink of disaster, inside these pages you will find out which lunar gods still walk among us and what new breed of monster you should be fearful of.
“Ride the Moon contains 19 speculative fiction tales that showcase the breadth of writing styles from around the globe.”
Maybe I’m biased, but it sounds pretty cool and isn’t that a lovely cover?
My story Moon Dream is one of my science fiction pieces. I daresay it may even be a little bit… nice?
Argh! That might just ruin my reputation for horror! What will the Halloween fans say? I’ll be accused of getting soft. I’d better hurry up and write something evil and nasty. I must regain my standing for scum and villiany!
Meanwhile, check out Ride the Moon and enjoy my story Moon Dream. Just don’t tell anyone if you think it’s nice!
With Halloween long over, what’s a good horror writer to do? I wandered, lost in the joy of the approaching holiday season, dismayed that all the red was only Christmas balls. Where were all the skeletons? Put away for another year. But then it struck me. Couldn’t Christmas be just a little more evil? Of course it could!
I started small with The Santa Murders (Kindle version, Smashwords version) and Mrs. Claus investigating murders on Christmas Eve. Then I moved into Waiting for Santa (Kindle version, Smashwords version), with Timmy waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. With an axe. A Very Zombie Christmas (Kindle version, Smashwords version) explores what happens during a zombie uprising while shopping. Billy and the Reindeer (Kindle version, Smashwords version) came out of a discussion with my massage therapist (ideas come from everywhere, folks!). He Knows (Kindle version, Smashwords version) examines the consequences of that list Santa keeps, at least in Randy’s mind.
I then bundled all these stories together into my collection Wreck the Halls: 5 Christmas Horror Stories (Kindle version, Smashwords version). And I thought I was all done with evil Christmas stories.
My brain had other plans.
The ideas kept coming. O Christmas Tree (Kindle version, Smashwords version) follows Darren on his quest for the perfect tree for his new bride. Finally, The Elf Who Saved Christmas: A (Sweet) Horror Novella (Kindle version, Smashwords version) is a bit of a departure for me. Gil the Elf discovers something is wrong with Santa and has to find out what it is before Christmas is ruined!
Believe it or not, I have another one or maybe ideas cooking in my brain. Then I hope to return to my regular mayhem. Meanwhile, I wish everyone a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings and all that other stuff. Oh and a Happy New Year! Hope to scare you later!
Wishing everyone a happy (post) Halloween! I hope you had some scary good times!
This weekend I published my first horror novel, The Night Killers, available on Smashwords (click here) and soon to be available on Kindle. It’s actually a post apocalyptic novel with vampires but these ain’t no sparkly vampires! Here’s the blurb for it:
“In a post apocalyptic future overrun by rabid vampires, Peter Masterton and the Night Killers squad fight to protect the domed cities while maintaining their own humanity. Facing abandonment by the cities, Peter discovers the vampires are working on a new mutation of the vampire virus that could tip the balance and destroy humanity. Fighting lingering effects of his own infection, Peter and the squad race to stop the vampires or die trying.”
I had great fun writing this novel. If it sounds like your kind of thing, take a peek. But only if you like your vampires mean and your vampire hunters ready for action!
I know I’ve been missing in action for a while so I thought I’d let you know where I’ve been spending my summer: on my balcony writing! I’m so lucky, I have a lovely south facing balcony several stories above the street. There’s no buildings across from me so I have a great view of the city.
The last few years I’ve been planting a vegetable garden in pots on my balcony. Because of the southern exposure, all my plants thrive, even in the small space. This summer I’ve planted carrots, mint, basil, oregano, chives, cucumbers, yellow beans, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Some of these have been wildly successful, others not so much. The cucumbers started out strong, sending out long tendrils of plants, tons of little yellow flowers blooming everywhere but they’ve now faded.
Although I love the fall, I’m sorry to see the warm weather go. I now have to move my writing indoors but I look forward to next summer and more balcony writing in my future!
I bet you thought I’d forgotten about you but I haven’t you see. Instead, I’ve been busy writing up a storm. Less than a week ago I hit the 150,000 word mark for the year. Big deal for me since at the beginning of January, that was my goal for the whole year!
Now half way through, I’ve hit it and my current goal is to reach 300,000. Gulp! It’s going to be a big challenge especially because I feel like I’ve been slogging along for the past couple of weeks. You know how it is when you’re in the middle of a project and it feels s-l-o-w. Yet despite how slow it feels, I know I’ve managed to accomplish quite a bit so far. So here is a brief rundown of my first six months: as I mentioned, I’ve written 150,000 words. I’ve uploaded 42 ebooks onto Amazon for Kindle and Smashwords. I attended four writing workshops in the spring and I attended the Midwest Haunters Convention (okay, that one’s not writing but it was fun!). Hmm, when I look back at it all this way, it looks like quite a bit! More than I realized.
So what am I aiming for in the last half of the year? I want to write another 150,000 words to reach 300,000. I want to reach 60 uploads of ebooks this year. I want to learn Scribus so I can start making my collections and short novels available as POD. I want to better at updating my blog on a regular basis, plus a whole bunch of other goals but I know better than to spread my energy too thin. One step at a time and even one word at a time. That’s how I hit 150,000 and that’s how I’ll hit 300,000. I just want to do it by December 31st.
By the way, I’m participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale! All of my collections, novellas and my short novel “Abstract in Black” are half price! Use coupon code SSW50 at Smashwords and enjoy!
Have a marvellous summer! I’ll be blogging again soon!