COVER REVEAL – The Grotesquerie

Here it is! Under this lovely cover for The Grotesquerie is where my creepy short story Sedah Point, Arizona lives. So when it comes time for release (February 2014), show your support for Women in Horror Month by purchasing a copy. Also, check out editor Eden Royce’s blog for more information on how this amazing anthology came to fruition. *happy dancing* 🙂

SOLD to Mocha Memoirs Press!

Woohooooooooo! This time, I sold my short story Sedah Point, Arizona to Mocha Memoirs Press for The Grotesquerie anthology due to be released in February.

This story was the result of a documentary I had seen on TV about monsters in America or something like that. It freaked me out, so I thought maybe it would make for an interesting story with a nice little twist on the end.  There was another story I was going to submit, but decided against it because I was worried it wasn’t creepy enough. That story I’ll probably release as a self-published freebie before putting a price on it. Anyway, I’m very happy with Sedah Point, Arizona because I wasn’t sure if I was good at writing horror and that’s what this anthology is about. Urban fantasy is more my game.

So what’s it about? Let’s just say “there’s a special place in h*** for when people do bad things, and the gatekeepers live in Sedah Point, Arizona.

Happy Release Day!

It’s out! My short story The House on the Corner of Brim and Stone has been released in the In the Bloodstream Anthology. Woohoo! I’m so excited that I’m already working on another follow-up to my short.

So don’t forget to purchase your copy today!

Blurb
Yvette Mills is different than most and covets her privacy as much as one might “covet thy neighbor”. But when she’s brought to a property showing with the hopes that this might finally be the one, she encounters what she’s been hoping to avoid. A ghost who’ll kill anyone who tries to stake a claim on his little corner of hell.

SOLD!

From FwallpapersGood lord! It’s been that long since I’ve blogged.

Well, I’ve been busy, but not with what you think. I’ve been working on my secret project, which is almost done. But that’s not what I want to talk about.

Sixth Night (A Fringe Line Story) has been sold to Mocha Memoirs Press! I’m absolutely thrilled about it for reasons I can’t share on this blog. If you ask me in person, I’ll tell you. What I can share with you is this isn’t my first foray into short stories (If I Should Die is my first), but it’s my first short-story sold to a small press.  That alone is one heck of a feat. I’ve been trying like crazy to master that particular area of writing because my stories are usually more than 80K. I love short stories because I’ve discovered so many awesome writers through that medium that I never would have otherwise.

So going forward, I’ll probably be splitting my time between the secret project and the second story in my Fringe Line series. This would be so much easier if I could afford to quit my day job. 😉

Short Story Update and MystiCon News

MystiCon

I have my MystiCon schedule and it looks fabulous.  As always, they put me on panels with the wonderful Lexxx Christian, which means there will be plenty of fun to be had.

So, if you’re around the convention, here’s where I’ll be…

Fri 7:00 PM Ballroom E – WritingYA Lit: Breathing New Life Into SF/F

Fri 10:00 PM Boardroom 1 – Adult Characters with Benefits

Fri 11:00 PM ‐ 1:00 AM Rm 533 – Paranormal Erotic Paranormal Romance Reading

Sat 12:00 PM Ballroom E – Writing Making Old Stories New

Sat 7:00 PM Signing Table

Sat 11:00 PM Rm 438 – Writing Did That Really Happen?

Sun 10:00 AM Ballroom D Literature – What Will You Be Reading in 2020?

Sun 12:00 PM Rm 533 – Reading Koffee Klatch

Given that I usually bring my family to these things, I don’t have the heart to tell my mom that I’m on a 18+ panel where they’ll ID you before letting you in.  How cool is that?  😀

Short Story

I found another short story that I decided to resurrect.  I know I said I’d never write a vampire book, but I wanted to write this one because single moms need love, too.  Single women without kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on sexy vampire encounters.  The rest of us need some love, too.  😉  There’s also the fact, that I’ve mentioned this book at MystiCon 2012, so it’s time to ante up.

At 17,000 words, If I Should Die is about a single mom whose first vampire encounter left her broken and battered, and a second one that dooms her to repeat a terrifying history.

Even though I’m still fiddling with the cover art, the story is in the hands of my editor.  I’m hoping to release If I Should Die on March 4th, but we’ll see.

Old Stomping Grounds

magic book1 - croppedToday, I did something that I hadn’t done in so long that I forgot how to do it.  I put together submission packages and sent them out.  Yes, I actually queried a publisher again and I’m not done with my submission list yet.

I’m doing what I like to do, which is write.  However, I don’t have any beta readers and I’m not about to pay $50+ to edit a story that’s 13,157 words.  My decision to submit it (and hopefully its sequel) is more of a business decision than anything else. If it’s the right epublisher, they’ll have a larger, more established readership than I have now.  I’m willing to give up a percentage of the $0.35 I’d normally make by self-publishing on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, if it means possibly gaining a larger fan base.  Plus, epubs have the editing and cover art resources that I don’t feel like paying out-of-pocket for.  And no, I’m not a good schmoozer when it comes to rubbing elbows for favors.

Of course, if worse comes to worse, self-publishing is always an option, if things don’t pan out like I hope.  Honestly, I’m not that jaded when it comes to epubs as much as I’m with NY publishers, and that’s because of ridiculous contract clauses make me grind my teeth.  With epubs, there are more freedoms and author input.  Plus, I haven’t had any bad experiences with any of my epubs who started out as epubs.  Yes, I had to italicize that for a reason.  😉

Writers have so many options these days that it’s a great time to be a writer, as Dean Wesley Smith and JA Konrath would say.  In the end, I’m doing what’s best for my business and hoping it pays off.  If it doesn’t, all is not lost.  There is definitely an upside to playing both fields.

So in case you’re wondering what this story is about, it’s a fantasy romance that takes place in an alternate world of witches, elves, and vampires.  Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone decided to shelf this in paranormal romance because of the hero.  I’m fine either way.  I just hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.  Eventually, I’ll share the details, but I’ll wait until I get good news to go with it.  Although, I guess the best news of all is that it’ll be published no matter what.

Yeah, it’s a great time to be a writer.  🙂