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Hey everyone! Long time no speak. 🙂 I hope your New Year is already fantastic.
The beginning of a new year brings the promise of dumping the old and starting the new. I rarely make resolutions. If I do, I don’t often write them down. This year I have a major goal. It isn’t writing a certain number of words a week or books a year. It’s continuing some of the things I’ve been working on for several years. At the end of the year, though, I did see some things crystal clear.
One. Make sure I stay on the course of positivity in my professional and personal life.
Two. Continue to write whatever blows my skirt up. Right now that is mostly horror. Sometimes it’ll be romance.
Three. Continue my exciting new ventures with two professionals and friends in the television and movie world, including becoming…drum roll…a producer at a brand new production company. Yep, you heard it here. More on this when I have bigger details to share.
In slightly different news, one of my publishers is going out of business and will be done by January 13. My story Comeuppance (featured in the Nightmares and Echoes III anthology) will be in limbo after that date until I fold it into my own horror anthology. Eclipse and Hostility will go back up on Amazon and other outlets probably by the end of the month. Many thanks to Jennifer Tover and Josh Hilden of Gorillas With Scissors Press for being honest, hard-working, and stand up people. Best of luck to them in all their future adventures.
Okay all! That’s it for today. Until next time, live, love and dream.
Hello everyone. My writing world runneth over. Just a few little updates! To find details on the books mentioned, stop by here.
NIGHTMARES & ECHOES III CHARITY ANTHOLOGY #2 BEST SELLER!
Gorillas With Scissors Press introduces a yearly horror anthology with 50% of the proceeds going toward a charity every year. This year the contributions go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I’m happy to say that I’m included in this year’s anthology with my spooky story Comeuppance. Just recently I learned the anthology has zipped to #2 on the Horror Anthology bestseller list at Amazon. How amazing is that?
MOVIES/TV SERIES NEWS
In other quick catch up news, my story Blackout is still in development for television, and recently I started working on another TV series with producer/writer Marie D. Jones (Where’s Lucy Productions) and producer/writer Brian Keith Ellis. Exciting writing times. When I can reveal more on these projects I’ll be sure to let you know.
ZOMBIES AND HORROR
I finished writing my zombie series of books and I’m slowly working through revisions in between participating in NANOWRIMO in November. Although I won’t finish NANOWRIMO this year, I’m perfectly okay with that. I still achieved a lot of writing. I think December might be a good time to take a chill pill and relax a little before the new year starts.
Until next time, live, love and dream.
Hey everyone! So glad you spent time with me during my favorite month of the year when I celebrate all that is spooky. Well, many of you know I celebrate the spooky all year long. This year I’m showcasing Nightmares and Echoes III, which is a horror anthology. My short story, Comeuppance is in the collection. It’s been fabulous working with Gorilla’s With Scissors Press and being a part of the anthology was a real thrill.
How would you like to win a free ebook? One lucky winner will receive a copy of my romantic suspense Within His Sight (Heart of Justice Book 1) and another commenter will win a copy of Sewn by Olivia Rivard. All you need to do is comment below. I’m giving this contest a week to percolate so even though it’s for Halloween, we’ll pick winners on November 4. So be sure to stop by!!!
Fifty percent of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Not only will you be sampling some awesome horror, but you’ll be helping out a great cause. This anthology is available in ebook and print editions.
Sewn by Olivia Rivard
Emily and her father move to a house in the country to get away from the stress of his job and his regular panic attacks. The trouble is that the country doesn’t turn out to be terribly peaceful.
When Emily finds a peculiar rag doll inside a closet that keeps inexplicably growing in size, everything starts to go in the exact opposite direction of peaceful. The deeper the closet gets, the more Emily loses pieces of her sanity. Both Emily and her father desperately cling to reality as she slowly turns into a doll herself.
This title is in the Kindle Unlimited Program
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I46EFD4
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I46EFD4
I thought while the Halloween season is upon us I’d share a brand new cover I received for my November 11 release Hostility. I love this cover! Hostility is on preorder right now. You can find it at:
Here’s the blurb to get you started!
Myra Harrington is tired. And sick. And sick and tired. Once a therapist, now a life coach, Myra hasn’t accomplished the goals she set out for herself two years ago when she left the insanity of psychology for coaching. One day she rips off the bandage and lets her hostility roar. Isolated in her office by a severe storm, she discovers a new side of herself. What her anger creates will tear apart her world and she may never get it back again.
Welcome to Autumn! In many places leaves are turning, falling and snow is coming down. Although it’s not Halloween yet, I’ve already got some great news about new spooky reads for you. Also, stay tuned for updates on the reboots of some of my older books. It’s a wild and crazy season for me, and I’d love to share it with you. As with many author’s lives, mine is filled this fall with so many things I have to remind myself to slow down. My newsletter is going out soon with some of this same information, but I thought I’d get it to you through a blog for now.
NIGHTMARES AND ECHOES III CHARITY ANTHOLOGY ON PREORDER NOW!
Gorillas With Scissors Press introduces a yearly horror anthology with 50% of the proceeds going toward a charity every year. This year the contributions go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I’m happy to say that I’m included in this year’s anthology with my spooky story Comeuppance. Not only will you be sampling some awesome horror, but you’ll be helping out a great cause. Preorders started September 1. October 1 is the release date. Paperbacks will also be available to order on October 1.
ECLIPSE AND HOSTILITY PREORDER!
Just in time for some Halloween reading! Some of you may remember when my erotic paranormal romance Eclipse was featured in an anthology many years ago. Official release for Eclipse is October 7. In the meantime you can preorder it at:
I’ve ventured into horror in a big way with my short novella Hostility. This one is wild and crazy, and I hope you’ll check it out. Official release for Hostility is October 11. In the meantime you can preorder it at:
RT ACADEMY MENTORING
Some of you might not know that I’m now a mentor at RT Academy, a new program started by RT Magazine to help aspiring and published authors with their manuscripts. You can find all the details on how to hire me as a mentor by clicking here.
MY ARTICLE IN RT MAGAZINE WITH PRODUCER MARIE D. JONES
As I reported earlier this year two of my novels (Blackout and Love From The Ashes) were optioned for film/TV by Marie D. Jones of Where’s Lucy? Productions. While I can’t give too many details, things are moving along nicely. Recently I interviewed Marie for RT Magazine’s Author Portal. Stop by and read her comments here on producing, writing fiction and non-fiction and screenwriting.
COMING IN NOVEMBER: REBOOT OF LOVE UNDER FIRE TRILOGY
This year I’ve spent a lot of time getting older books ready to reboot. I’m happy to say that Love Under Fire trilogy (military romance/suspense) should be out again in November with brand new delicious covers. As soon as I have links for you, I’ll post them on my website, on my blog and in a newsletter. I’m also having a Facebook party in November and as soon as I have a date and links for that I’ll also let you know.
ONE LONDON NIGHT & BEFORE THERE WAS YOU ARE OUT NOW!
One London Night (WW2 romance) and Before There Was You are out again for purchase with gorgeous new covers! I already have them out at a few outlets. Barnes and Noble is taking awhile. Because the links on my website aren’t current (but will be soon), here are the links I have so far:
One London Night
Before There Was You
During the month of October, I have several authors visiting my blog and there will be some prizes! Please help us celebrate this most spooky month of the year!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: HOT ZONE BOOKS
I have fantastic new covers for the first four stories in my military romance series Hot Zone. The last story is still with Samhain Publishing, but the first four in the series will be out in again with new covers. Details on release dates for those as soon as I have them.
Have I forgotten anything? WHEW. Because it’s so busy I may have a newsletter out to you in October and perhaps even November and December.
Until my next blog, have a great day!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. From the time I was a little kid, I wanted to dress up as a witch every year. When I participate in Halloween/Samhain events, I still dress up as a witch. Last year I found this absolutely stunning black velvet witch hat.
This year I’ve got something new to celebrate. Preorder is up for the ebook version of Nightmares and Echoes III Charity Anthology featuring authors who want to give you a true chilling experience this season. October 1 is the official release date. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. This short story anthology features my tale Comeuppance. The anthology signals my first official horror publication. Over the years I’ve loved reading horror. Dean Koontz and Stephen King are two favorite authors and Edgar Allan Poe still thrills me. As a kid I devoured scary movies and books like the were going outta style.
In the coming months, I’ll be writing more scary tales and hope to publish my four book zombie series Dead Days. Dead Days does have romance in it. Not between the zombies, though! I’ve launched into writing pure horror with great zeal. This was definitely the right time for me to include horror writing into my already eclectic writing career.
Details on how to preorder your copy of Nightmares and Echoes III Charity Anthology:
Paperbacks will be available to order October 1.
Gratitude is sometimes hard to cultivate, especially if you’re rolling with the punches, whatever those punches might be. I’ve been busy, busy the last few weeks, but it’s all pretty much been good stuff. Even though I have a million things to be grateful for, I’m like everyone else. Sometimes need to remind myself to do a check in and say, “Hey idiot, look at the amazing things you’ve got in your life!” Having an incredible writing career is very much one of the top spots in that gratitude list.
Like every writer at some point in time, I’ve had to jump through hoops and adapt. One of my more recent adaptations is creating more straight horror stories whether they are short stories or full-fledged novels. I’ve always enjoyed writing paranormal romance, but I realized that horror writing had grabbed me by the throat (pun intended) and was begging me to get more involved. (I recently joined Horror Writers Association as an example). Rather than strangling that desire, I am jumping in with both feet. I can tell that my creativity needs it.
So where am I going with this?
A writer, in order to survive the publishing world, has to be willing to adapt.
Over the last several months I’ve seen many authors say they’re quitting writing. Everyone has different reasons. For some it’s been as simple as transitioning into a new career they prefer or feel drawn to at this point in time. They may have been writing thirty years or twenty years and they feel there are other things they’d rather do now. If they can leave the writing career with absolutely no regrets, with a sense of “this is right” in their gut, I say more power to them. Some, though, aren’t feeling it is right in their guts. They aren’t relieved, calmed or settled. They’re profoundly sad and torn up.
Some are quitting because they are discouraged. They might be burned out and blocked. For those individuals they may need some time away from writing to recharge, reassess, and discover through self-analysis what is required to reboot their creativity. These people often come back to writing with a whole new energy, even if it is months later. Many have worked with me in my capacity as a creativity coach. I love helping them discover their way back to writing.
Then there are people who have stopped writing because at the end of the day, if they can’t get accolades, money, and significant recognition for their writing…well that’s the end game. They’re unhappy because they’ve been writing five years or ten years or even twenty and they haven’t become a NY Times best seller and they aren’t making much money. Or maybe they were a NY Times bestseller and they used to make money hand over fist. Just like anyone who used to make money in a career and no longer is, it is understandable they might feel disappointed and discouraged. Some of these writers will stop writing for a while and realize at some point they really were writing for more than money. But if you truly can’t and don’t want to write unless the bucks are rolling in, there is no shame in quitting.
I’d encourage you, though, to consider the fact that making a lot of cash in the writing world has never been guaranteed and has never been particularly easy. Learning to deal with that reality so that you can either move on to another career or to find a brand new way to keep writing in your life…that is paramount. Keep asking yourself why you started writing in the first place. If it was purely for fame and fortune so be it. If it is for the amazing love and satisfaction that can come from creating, and if that creation brings you a high, then maybe money isn’t your honest reason for doing this writing thing. Maybe it’s time to explore adaptation and discovering how to reboot that creativity and keep writing in your life.
Think about that.
Howdy all. I’m finished writing the last book in my trilogy. Time for a little chill out before I start a new historical novel. I’m glad I’m not writing a trilogy for a while. They can drain the brain. Time for a historical! Because I couldn’t find a great title yet, I’ve decided to refer to it as That Book About That Thang. 🙂
Training as a creativity coach and being an author myself, I know how difficult creativity can be. While I’ve got a lot of great books on creativity, there are some that come to mind immediately that I believe have a lot to offer the creative person. Be sure to click on these links and take a look.
I hope you’ll take time to check out these books. There are some other great books on the writing life, and I’ll be sharing them with you in other blogs.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Continuing the theme of Halloween thrills, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite scary novels/stories. I recommend them to everyone. They aren’t in any particular order.
The Taking by Dean Koontz
Darkfall by Dean Koontz
Night Watch by Dean Koontz
Intensity by Dean Koontz
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Phantoms by Dean Koontz
We’ve Always Lived in The Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Anything ever written by Edgar Allan Poe
It by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
I’m sure I’m not remembering all my favorite scary stories. Share with me a few of yours!