Tamara Jones – Thriller Author http://www.tamara-jones.net Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:36:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 74212796 I get by with a little help from my friends: Writing and Networking (PLUS a Giveaway!) – Guest post by L J Cohen http://www.tamara-jones.net/i-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-writing-and-networking/ http://www.tamara-jones.net/i-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-writing-and-networking/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:21:44 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=430     I spend a lot of time alone with my imaginary friends. From an initial idea until a finished novel, I might live with a set of characters and their world in my mind for a year or more, longer still if I’m working on a series. And most of that time, the work […]

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When a materials science student gets kidnapped, she’s drawn into a conflict between the young crew of a sentient spaceship, a weapons smuggling ring, and a Commonwealth-wide conspiracy and must escape before her usefulness as a hostage expires.

 

 

I spend a lot of time alone with my imaginary friends. From an initial idea until a finished novel, I might live with a set of characters and their world in my mind for a year or more, longer still if I’m working on a series.

And most of that time, the work happens alone, in quiet, unguarded moments when a thorny plot issue might get resolved, in hours and hours at the computer adding to a story word by word. Alone. Most writers I know don’t like to share a lot about their work during that incubation phase, so often we feel cut off from our most logical support network of other writers to wrestle story demons on our own.

But while the writing is a solitary art, being a writer doesn’t need to be.

Networking is one of those buzzwords you see in business bingo charts, but it’s really just about finding and forging relationships with other folks who are walking the same path as you. And I’ve been fortunate to find many, many wonderful creative souls to surround myself with.

When I was just starting to write long form fiction, I stumbled onto a large internet-based site for writers called Forward Motion for Writers. (http://fmwriters.com/zoomfm/) It was there that I forged my first critique group and we worked together for several years. I also loved the chat room function and it was at Forward Motion that I was introduced to the concept of a Word War.

It was a fun challenge to write for a designated time and then post your word count to encouragement and kudos from your fellow word warriors. There was nothing competitive about it and it made the day-to-day work a little less lonely.

It was also a place for this newbie wannabe author to get a lot of valuable advice from authors further down the path who were happy to pay it forward. (As I am now.) Tamara Jones was one of those authors, so this is my chance to say a formal thank you.

Over the years, I have forged relationships with other writers, some through local workshops and writing events, others through social networking on FB, Twitter, and GooglePlus, and others through organizations like Broad Universe and SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America).

Many of these writers have become my friends, some I’ve gone on to meet in ‘meat space’, others I know only virtually. What is striking to me about my writing relationships is how authentic they are, how genuinely we all want to see one another succeed, and how vital they are to buoying spirits in the face of difficulties and rejection.

Aside from general cheer-leading, networking in this way is also vital for career building and can form the cornerstone of an authentic promotion (another one of those scary marketing buzzwords) and outreach plan.

Like so many of my fellow authors, I am an introvert. A social one, to be sure, but an introvert none-the-less. Self-promotion, publicity, and marketing are all items I’d put behind getting root canal without anesthesia on my list of things I’d like to do. I far prefer talking about other people’s books and all the geeky things I enjoy than my own work.

But if no one knows about your work, it’s the proverbial tree that falls alone in the forest. This is where networking can be an incredible boost to being found.

I’ll talk about the general benefits of being in a strong network, and then I can talk about some of the specifics related to specific networks.

By engaging my networks (which means just letting the folks I’m regularly connected with that I had a book release pending and was looking for specific help with it), I was able to:

  • get recommendations of writers to request cover blurbs from
  • get signal boosting on social media
  • get early readers of an eArc, who then posted early reviews
  • put together a month long blog tour including over 20 hosts, each with a different audience reach

In addition to guest host space from my internet-based writing friends, many of the blog tour hosts emerged from my involvement in Broad Universe (http://broaduniverse.org/). Broad Universe (BU) is an organization that supports women writing in speculative fiction genres. It’s not a publisher, but a collective; members are both published and unpublished, indie, small press, and traditionally published (or a combination thereof). It is run by volunteers and in addition to its networking mandate, BU also pays for table space at relevant conventions, runs panels, including their RapidFire readings at those cons, and offers discounted access to the NetGalley program to bring books to the attention of reviewers and book bloggers. The organization has also started to run regular FB parties which has introduced members’ work to new audiences. I have greatly benefited from my membership in BU and have met wonderful and supportive writers who have become close friends.

But all of these benefits of networking are secondary to its true power: the power of connection because we all do get by with a little help from our friends.

I’ll end with LJ’s 3 rules of networking and social media presence:

  • be authentic
  • pay it forward
  • practice gratitude

Thanks Lisa for coming to tamboblog!

Lisa’s giving away one free copy of ANY of her ebook titles. Check out her links below, and comment to be entered to win. Contest entries close on week from today, a 11:59pm Tuesday July 5th.

About Dreadnought and Shuttle

When a materials science student gets kidnapped, she’s drawn into a conflict between the young crew of a sentient spaceship, a weapons smuggling ring, and a Commonwealth-wide conspiracy and must escape before her usefulness as a hostage expires.

Find it at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G5M1Z1Y
Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about?id=0606DAAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/dreadnought-and-shuttle
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreadnought-and-shuttle-lj-cohen/1123863365
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dreadnought-shuttle-halcyone/id1120751551
Amazon/Print: http://www.amazon.com/Dreadnought-Shuttle-Halcyone-Space-book/dp/1942851006

lisacohenAbout LJ Cohen

LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. After almost twenty-five years as a physical therapist, LJ now uses her anatomical knowledge and myriad clinical skills to injure characters in her science fiction and fantasy novels. She lives in the Boston area with her family, two dogs, and the occasional international student. DREADNOUGHT AND SHUTTLE (book 3 of the SF/Space Opera series Halcyone Space), is her sixth novel. LJ is a member of SFWA, Broad Universe, and the Independent Publishers of New England.

Find her at:

Homepage: http://www.ljcohen.net/
Blog: http://ljcbluemuse.blogspot.com/
Newsletter: http://www.ljcohen.net/mailinglist/mail.cgi/list/bluemusings
Google+: https://www.google.com/+LisaCohen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5305326.L_J_Cohen
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ljcohen
Twitter: @lisajanicecohen
email LJ: lisa@ljcohen.net
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006QL6GA0

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Nobody Dies (Well, Almost Nobody) – A Guest Post by JG Faherty http://www.tamara-jones.net/nobody-dies-well-almost-nobody-a-guest-post-by-jg-faherty/ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:59:19 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=423 I have killed an awful lot of people. Now, let’s make something clear. I’m a writer. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy. It’s my job to kill people. So please, don’t start sending the police or FBI my way. Over the years, I’ve written a lot of stories and novels where people die. Sometimes lots of people. Often […]

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Faherty - changelingI have killed an awful lot of people.

Now, let’s make something clear. I’m a writer. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy. It’s my job to kill people. So please, don’t start sending the police or FBI my way.

Over the years, I’ve written a lot of stories and novels where people die. Sometimes lots of people. Often in gruesome ways. But that’s how things go, especially when you write dark fiction.

So it came as kind of a shock to me when I finished my most recent novel and realized my body count was so low it was almost non-existent.

A first for me.

Not that I’ve never written anything where everyone lives in the end. I have. It’s just not common. Especially in a novel-length work.

Now, if you’ve read the title of this blog, you’ll know that the body count won’t be zero. Ya gotta kill a few people. But I did really go easy, and there’s no blood and guts scenes.

And before anyone asks, it’s not because this is a YA science fiction novel. YA doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to blood. Or sex. Or language. Not anymore. As long as it wouldn’t get more than an R rating in a movie, it’s fit for YA readers. And in some cases, that R can be a real hard R.

No, the reason I didn’t up the death count this time around is because it wasn’t appropriate for the story I was telling. My heroine isn’t a violent person, isn’t a ninja or a space cadet or the daughter of a secret agent. She’s not a psychopath. She’s just a kid, an average teenager who goes to school, does her best to ignore the bullies and the haters, and spends time with her family and her girlfriend.

Until a bad thing happens. Then her whole life, to use a very over-used phrase, gets turned inside out and upside down. Except in her case, that’s literal. She gets struck by lightning and starts to develop weird powers, including the ability to see different wavelengths and even move back and forth through space and time. Some shady military folk find out, and we’re off!

I could have turned this into a paranormal military novel, with Chloe (my main character) transforming into a super-soldier and blasting away hordes of enemies. But I wanted to focus more on Chloe trying to stay normal, to just be a girl. That’s the real interesting story, at least to me. She’s already going through so much as a teenager – graduating high school, dealing with a relationship that’s confusing to her family, trying to walk that line between doing what’s right and rebelling against all the authority in her life. She’s on that cusp between girl and young woman, and it’s a perplexing time. Add to that the physical changes she’s suddenly undergoing, and the fact that she’s now got to save her family – and maybe the world – when just yesterday her biggest problem was how to pass a math final, and to me you’ve got a much more complex and interesting story than a typical shoot-em-up.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a good story if there wasn’t danger. People get hurt. Some badly. There is some violence. There is emotional turmoil and betrayal and plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. But no one’s intestines get flung around, there aren’t buckets of blood splattering the walls, and Chloe doesn’t lose any body parts.

On the other hand, she does witness her whole family getting gunned down.

Or does she?

No spoilers here!

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Struck by lightning, developing new superpowers, and pursued by a power-hungry secret military group that wants to use her as a weapon of mass destruction…it’s so not the 18th birthday that high school senior Chloe Olivetti was hoping for.

This is the summary to my new novel, THE CHANGELING, and I’ve decided to try something new. I’ve launched a Kindle Scout campaign for it. Readers are invited to preview books and vote for the ones they feel worthy of publication by Kindle Press. If you have a minute, please register for Kindle Scout (it’s free!), read the excerpt, and if you like it, vote for THE CHANGELING. The benefit to you? If it wins, you get a free copy of the book for your Kindle and the book gets published. Plus, you’ll have my ever-lasting gratitude for your support (and maybe another free gift as well!). Here’s the link:

http://tinyurl.com/Changeling-scout

FahertyJG Faherty is the Bram Stoker Award®- and ITW Thriller Award-nominated author of five novels, seven novellas, and more than 50 short stories. He writes adult and YA horror/sci-fi/fantasy, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness.
A lifelong resident of New York’s highly haunted Hudson Valley region, JG grew up amid Revolutionary War graveyards, haunted roads, and woods filled with ghostly apparitions. His varied professional career includes working as a resume writer, laboratory manager, accident scene photographer, zoo keeper, scientist, and salesman. He began writing fiction in 2001, and his short stories, poetry, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

For more information about his books, or to arrange signings or readings, visit www.jgfaherty.com, www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, or www.twitter.com/jgfaherty.

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Christian Werewolf Erotica! (a guest post by Stuart West) http://www.tamara-jones.net/christian-werewolf-erotica-a-guest-post-by-stuart-west/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:31:30 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=419 As a genre-hopping author (horror/thrillers/comedy/mystery), I have published twelve novels. But something was missing from my writerly life. I felt a severe need to sell out. Bound to happen, just a matter of time. So, hang on, here it comes, the big sell-out! I’m selling out so bad it makes my teeth cavities hurt. After […]

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As a genre-hopping author (horror/thrillers/comedy/mystery), I have published twelve novels. But something was missing from my writerly life. I felt a severe need to sell out. Bound to happen, just a matter of time. So, hang on, here it comes, the big sell-out! I’m selling out so bad it makes my teeth cavities hurt.

After much research (thank you, Mr. Google!), I uncovered the most best-selling books out there. Religious novels. Sex, natch. Werewolves, gotta’ love those werewolves. So, I thought, “Hey, Stuart, why not make a gazillion bucks and put ’em all together?” I answered, “Cool idea! Now get out of my head!”

So, you are all witness to my opening salvo into erotic, Christian, werewolf fiction. Put the kiddies to bed and draw the lampshades! Things are about to get holy, steamy and very, very wolfy.

Ahem…

“My thighs quivered like I was experiencing the Rapture. The leather-clad werewolf on top of me nipped my ear and whispered, “Have you found Jesus?” I moaned, welcoming his lupine Christian appendage into my holier than thou folds. His tongue lashed deep like a devil (but not really, ’cause he’s Christian. I’m totally speaking metaphorically.). He licked me with the passion of so many strokes from the chosen ones who beat Jesus. My hands stretched across the bed, splayed like I’d been crucified, until I moaned, “You’re sexier than Pat Robertson!”

There you have it. Whaddaya’ think?

12939206_10207824753754407_642366590_nOkay, if that didn’t work for you, check out my new book, Demon with a Comb-Over. A nearly as irreverent horror comedy that just doesn’t know when to stop.

Here, let my blurb carry you away to ecstasy:

Talk about a tough crowd.

Take Charlie Broadmoor’s life. Please. Charlie sucks at stand-up comedy. He gets by, though. Things are okay. His life is decent. Until the night he makes fun of a demon’s comb-over. Big mistake. What kind of demon wears a comb-over? The sensitive kind. The kind who’s not going to let an insult slide. A demon who’s going to take Charlie down. As in down to Hell. And he intends on dragging everyone Charlie cares about along for the ride.

Please! Please read it now before I get struck down from lightning! Only you can put out Stuart fires.

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Body Count – Guest Post from Glenn Rolfe, Author of Blood and Rain http://www.tamara-jones.net/body-count-guest-post-from-glenn-rolfe-author-of-blood-and-rain/ http://www.tamara-jones.net/body-count-guest-post-from-glenn-rolfe-author-of-blood-and-rain/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:28:36 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=409 You know those stories where every one of the main characters go through hell and all come out alive? Sure you do. The writer puts the hero and his/her sidekick, his/her significant other, and other contributing characters into just enough to peril to make you sweat and maybe slip to the edge of your seat […]

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glenn bw profileYou know those stories where every one of the main characters go through hell and all come out alive? Sure you do. The writer puts the hero and his/her sidekick, his/her significant other, and other contributing characters into just enough to peril to make you sweat and maybe slip to the edge of your seat for just a few minutes. Is the author going to actually let them die????  Oh, goodness no.

A lot of time, no, the author isn’t going to take them out. Not all of them, and sometimes, yes, sometimes, not even one of them.   

I am not that author.

I don’t set out to build these people for you to care about all the while plotting their deaths and thus filling you with rage or sadness. It isn’t a master plan. It isn’t preconceived. I’m not the evil. Really.

However, I do not hesitate to let my story and my action take over during the writing process. I allow the tale to do what it wants. Yes, even if that means killing off the hero or the sidekick. Or the wanna-be girlfriend/boyfriend.

We live in an unsafe world where cheap shots take the lives of those we love, cherish, and admire at will. For me, writing a story…one where a monster or a murderer is on the loose and placed face-to-face with regular people…not everyone is coming out alive.  And that makes the writing process exciting for me, and I hope for my readers, as well. I don’t outline. I have no idea what’s up ahead, and if I don’t know, how are you supposed to know?

So in closing, I don’t kill everybody. And it doesn’t happen in all of my stories, but in my latest novel, Blood and Rain…well, it’s a werewolf novel, and I mean, come on. Man stands before beast, silver bullets, and horrific transformations, fear of the next full moon, and a small town ripe for the reaping! 

Quoth the Lorax, “you have been warned!”

bood and rainExcerpt from Blood and Rain ©2015 Glenn Rolfe Samhain Publishing

Ted McKinney resided in a small apartment over Ken Jenks’s garage. He opened the door and welcomed Joe in.

“Evening, Ted.”

“Sheriff.” Ted pulled out a fresh pack of smokes and tapped the package against his palm. “Care if I light up?”

“It’s your house.”

“You want something to drink? I have beer or water.”

“I’m good.” Ted unwrapped the cellophane from the cigarette box, opened the lid and drew one from the pack. He placed it between his lips and raised the lighter to it. “What do you need from me?”

Joe picked at a banana sticker clinging to the bare counter next to the sink. He saw the empty grave. He saw the ravaged bodies. Despite his friendship with Ted’s brother, Jack, Joe had never really been close with Ted. He wasn’t sure which side of the debate Ted’s feelings on the supernatural lay—the sane wild-animal types or the crazy werewolf zealots.

“You didn’t happen to see anyone or anything else at the park while you were there this morning, did you?”

“You mean like a psycho killer or a black bear?”

“Right.”

“Or something else?”

Joe stroked his fresh whiskers. He wasn’t going to feed it to the man.

“No. I didn’t see anyone or anything there. I just saw…what was left.”

Joe nodded. “And you were there because…”

“I don’t know. I wish I hadn’t been. It’s just these killings…I sometimes cruise by the park and think, ya know?” Ted took a long drag, exhaled and continued, “All this shit and the storm and the moon last night…damn, I don’t know. It just made me think of what happened to Michele and Jack and Kelly.”

“Me too.”

Ted looked up at him. “You really think this was just some wild animal passing through town or coming down from the hills?”

Joe stood up straight and fixed his Stetson.

“Thanks, Ted.” He tapped the counter and started for the door.

“Sheriff.”

Joe waited at the door.

“Is that really what you think?”

Joe saw the empty grave. “Ted, I don’t know what to think. Just stay in tonight, okay?”

“Yeah.”

“G’night.”

Joe closed the door behind him. He stared up at the darkening sky. The moon was still round and bright. He hoped the legends were right. He needed some quiet tonight.

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Blood and Rain, Synopsis

The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen. Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend? One night can-and will-change everything.

Find Glenn Rolfe at: http://glennrolfe.com/ as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Biography, Glenn Rolfe

Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author the novellas, Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town, and the forthcoming, Things We Fear (March, 2016), the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain (October 2015). His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, will be released in March, 2016.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

Praise for Blood and Rain

“A major new talent rises from the Maine woods…Rolfe is the real deal, and Blood and Rain is a classic monster novel, full of blood and teeth and the kind of razor sharp writing that makes the pages sing. Small town horror is back, with a vengeance!” –Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Diablo: Storm of Light and Day One

“With slashing claws and blood-soaked fur, Blood and Rain will have you howling in terror and delight. A welcome addition to the werewolf mythos, and proof that we’re in the presence of a rising star in the genre. Highly recommended!” -Ronald Malfi, author of The Floating Staircase

“Rolfe tells a tale that captures your attention like King without all of the wordiness. He also spills the red stuff like Laymon…” – Into the Macabre

“Blood and Rain is a monumental piece of horror fiction. It represents everything I love about werewolves, creature features, siege films, and everything else in between. It is still early in the year, but this is a clear cut candidate for my favorite book of 2015.” — Horror Underground

“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon

“Some good ‘ol fashion violence and gore…” – Jason Parent, author of Seeing Evil

“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

“…not just another werewolf story, Rolfe has managed to take the werewolf to a-whole-nother level…” – Horror Novel Reviews

“The best werewolf novel I’ve read since Jeff Strand’s Wolf Hunt.”–Horror After Dark

Purchase Links

Amazon

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Samhain

Giveaway!!!

For a chance to win a print copy of Glenn Rolfe’s short story collection, Slush, or a chance to win your choice of any of his titles in e-book format, go to this link for the Rafflecopter sign-up. Good luck! The print copy is only good for those in the United States. Questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Excerpt

Stan Springs stared at the curse in the night sky. His curse. He clenched his jaw, and bit back the grunts that demanded release from within his sweat-covered body. His muscles tightened and took turns throwing fits. He could feel his heartbeat’s thunderous barrage at work inside his heaving chest. It was only a matter of minutes before the changes would come.

He ripped his gaze from the clouds, moved away from the window and knelt down next to the bed against the concrete wall. He slipped one shaky hand beneath the mattress and found the small incision he’d made when he first arrived at the institution. He had traded a guard, a heavyset fella by the name of Harold Barnes, his prized Ted Williams rookie card in exchange for a copy of the key. Parting with this gold mine had been necessary. Stan Springs had nothing else of value with which to barter. Harold trusted him enough to make the swap; he told Stan there were crazies here by the dozen, but he could tell that Stan was not one of them.

No, Harold, I’m something far worse.

Key in hand, Stan stepped to the unlocked door and cracked it open. The hallway was clear. He moved down the corridor, as stealthily as during his heydays working on the force in New York. Hearing footfalls ahead and to his left, he fell back and pressed his large frame against the custodial door. Hidden by the entryway’s shadow, he watched Nurse Collins—a tall, thin woman with a dark complexion—pass fifty feet from where he stood, before she disappeared into the nurses’ break room.

Barefoot and dressed in only a Red Sox T-shirt and his sleeping shorts, Stan made a break for the staircase across the hall. His breaths were coming faster now. If he didn’t hurry, he wouldn’t make it outside. He crept down the steps leading to the main hallway.

Through the small window on the stairwell door, he could see Harold Barnes’s haunted jowls illuminated by the laptop screen in front of him. The old man’s eyes were closed, his mouth open. Harold hadn’t even made it an hour into his shift before he was out. Stan knew Harold also ran his own antique shop in the neighboring town of Hallowell. He’d told Stan that working both jobs on the same day, which was sometimes unavoidable, made it difficult for him on the night shift. It was another shared nugget Stan had stored away for nights like this one—the nights the beast in him needed to get out.

Easing the door open, Stan skulked his way along the shadows on the wall, and tiptoed to the main entrance door. Despite the cramps now rampaging through his calves and thighs, he slipped the procured key into the lock, slow and steady. The door clicked open, and he stepped out into the night.

As the cool breeze brushed against the sweat of his brow, the tendons and bones in his face began to shift. The rest of his body followed suit. He dropped to one knee and cried out. His skin, his scalp, his eyes, his muscles were all too tight. He reached behind him and managed to push the door shut.

If you could see me now, Harold.

The private roads out front were deserted. He launched from the building’s stairs and landed on the lawn below, making a beeline for the woods to the left of the large property.

He was twenty feet from the forest when the change hit him like a massive wave, crashing him to the ground. His muscles clenched and squeezed and tore, while the bones of his face continued to crack and grow. His teeth began to fall out in place of the monster’s. Down on all fours, he crawled to the tree cover and vomited. A mix of last night’s cafeteria meat loaf, black coffee, loose teeth, and blood splashed the ferns before him. Stan’s fingers extended as his claws dug into the soft soil of spring’s floor. He moaned and grunted his way through the rest of the fluid process.

In full beast mode, Stan Springs stood and howled at the cloud-covered sky. The creatures of the night became ghosts among the trees. He felt the strength flowing through him and the hunger begging to be sated.

He burst forward, headed north. Despite Stan’s best effort to control the beast’s killing zone, he found himself heading home.

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Guest Post by Catherine Cavendish http://www.tamara-jones.net/guest-post-by-catherine-cavendish/ http://www.tamara-jones.net/guest-post-by-catherine-cavendish/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:08:23 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=382 Funayūrei – Avenging Ghosts of the Sea My latest novella – Dark Avenging Angel – is, as its title suggests, concerned with revenge. In this case, revenge of the most demonic kind. We’ve all heard the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for…” Jane learns the truth of this in graphic ways. Avenging angels […]

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Funayūrei – Avenging Ghosts of the Sea

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My latest novella – Dark Avenging Angel – is, as its title suggests, concerned with revenge. In this case, revenge of the most demonic kind. We’ve all heard the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for…” Jane learns the truth of this in graphic ways.

Avenging angels and demons abound in the traditions and folklore of people all over the world. From Japan comes the tradition of the Funayūrei.

These are vengeful ghosts of people who have died at sea in shipwrecks and are hellbent on ensuring they take others with them. They appear on board ships and fishing boats and, according to legend, they will often request a special type of ladle known as a hishaku. If their request is granted, the Funayūrei will turn the ladle over and water will start to pour into the boat until it sinks.

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In addition to appearing individually on board a vessel, there are, it appears, whole ghost ships full of them. They are more numerous at sea but there have been reports of them in rivers, inland swamp areas and lakes.

They are more often seen on rainy days and nights, or when there is either a new or a full moon. Stormy and foggy nights also seem to attract them. They don’t just sink boats either. They have been known to cause them to run aground or become wedged on a reef. They have also been known to cause a ship’s compass to malfunction, leading to tragedy and loss of life. In the past, in an attempt to avoid shipwrecks in bad weather, people would light a bonfire on land to warn sailors. But the Funayūrei are capable of lighting fires at sea, deceiving all who sail that day, or night.

They have been exorcised, appeased with offerings of incense, flowers and rice. Sometimes they go away, but not for long. Frequently they return, and each time they succeed in their mission, a new generation of Funayūrei is born.

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Now, to give you a taste of Dark Avenging Angel, here’s the blurb:

Don’t hurt Jane. You may live to regret it.

Bullied by her abusive father, Jane always felt different. Then the lonely child found a friend in a mysterious dark lady who offers her protection—a lady she calls her “angel”. But that protection carries a terrible price, one to be paid with the souls of those Jane chooses to suffer a hideous and eternal fate.

When Jane refuses to name another victim, the angel reveals her most terrifying side. Payment must be made in full—one way or the other.

And here’s a brief extract:

Something had woken me from a deep sleep troubled by my recurring nightmare in which I was in a wood, being chased by some unimaginable horror. I never saw its face, assuming it even had one. But I knew if I didn’t find sanctuary, it would kill me. I had just made it into the strange little house that always appeared in the clearing, when my eyes opened and I gasped at the white, smiling face looking down at me.

That night, my angel seemed different somehow.

Oh, she looked the same. Same black cloak, but this time it shimmered and I wanted to touch it. I was sure it would feel soft as velvet under my fingers.

She put her finger to her lips and stroked my hair. Her touch was like a gentle breeze in summertime. My eyes wanted to close, but I forced them to stay open.

I knew I mustn’t speak out loud, but I could still whisper. “I wish I knew your name. Who are you? Please will you tell me?”

She continued to smile. Her lips moved, but the answering voice I heard was again in my head. Do not be afraid, child. It is not yet time, but soon you will have the power to avenge yourself on those who have done you harm. Look for me in the shadows and I will be there, taking account.

I understood nothing of what she said. But, from somewhere, a calm I had never felt before emerged and wrapped itself around me.

I blinked in the darkness as she faded from sight.

Then I closed my eyes and slept. I never had that nightmare again after that night. But what if I’d known what was ahead for me?

Some things are better off left in the dark.

You can find Dark Avenging Angel here:

Samhain Publishing

Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

Kobo

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About the author:

Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Cat is now the full time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the 2013 joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor, which features in the anthology What Waits in the Shadows.  Her novels, The Pendle Curse and Saving Grace Devine are also published by Samhain. Her latest novella – Dark Avenging Angel – will be followed by her next novel – The Devil’s Serenade – in April 2016

You can connect with Cat here:

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Goodreads

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Thanks, Catherine for the great post and congratulations on your new release, Dark Avenging Angel!

 

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Crazy Busy Tambo http://www.tamara-jones.net/crazy-busy-tambo/ Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:16:22 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=380 SPORE’s two months old and it’s been an insane ride so far. From Horror Hound to Comic Con to bookfairs to OSFest just last weekend, it often feels like all I do is drive and talk to people about my work. There’s more coming up! I have three bookfairs scheduled in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids […]

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SPORE’s two months old and it’s been an insane ride so far. From Horror Hound to Comic Con to bookfairs to OSFest just last weekend, it often feels like all I do is drive and talk to people about my work.

There’s more coming up!

I have three bookfairs scheduled in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area on August 29, September 12, and September 19. ICON-Iowa is in Cedar Rapids on the weekend of October 16-18, plus I’ll be at the Barnes and Noble book signing in Cedar Rapids on Thursday October 15.

In November, I’m considering WindyCon, and I have no idea what else will pop up in the next couple of months! I’m willing to drive almost anywhere in the midwest, if there’s potential to connect with readers who might love Dubric or SPORE, so let me know if there’s a good convention or book event near you!

In the meantime, I’m also scheduled for a couple of online interviews and podcasts – more info to come on those as things get nailed down – and I’m constantly on the hunt for more online reviewers.

Lastly, I’m delighted to announce that Catherine Cavendish, author of the new novel Dark Avenging Angel, will be guest posting right here on Friday so stay tuned!

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I Yam What I Yam – Guest post from Michael Koogler http://www.tamara-jones.net/i-yam-what-i-yam-guest-post-from-michael-koogler/ http://www.tamara-jones.net/i-yam-what-i-yam-guest-post-from-michael-koogler/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 01:29:09 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=336  When Tambo extended the opportunity for a guest blogger to wax eloquent (or at least make a valiant attempt) on her Tamboblog, I was at first hesitant, wondering what I could say to a group of readers who do not know who I am and have probably never heard of me? What kind of interest […]

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koogler When Tambo extended the opportunity for a guest blogger to wax eloquent (or at least make a valiant attempt) on her Tamboblog, I was at first hesitant, wondering what I could say to a group of readers who do not know who I am and have probably never heard of me? What kind of interest will “Guest Post from author, Michael Koogler” generate for Tamara’s loyal fan base? So, at first blush, this was something I was just going to pass by, thinking maybe I’ll do something like that down the road as I get more established.

But wait a second, what does it really mean to ‘be established?’ I’ve heard this term come up a lot over the past three years as I’ve been journeying down this magical road of being an author. Does being established mean living in a huge 11-bedroom mansion with servants in every room, smiling as I count the piles of cash I have made as a world-renown author? Or does being established mean having an agent and a 3 book deal with a Big-5 publisher and making a modest living? Or does being established mean I can go out to Amazon during my lunch hour at my HR job and see that I’ve got a couple books for sale and “oh look, I got a review!

So, it got me to thinking about what that term really means. And do you know what I learned? Being established is truly in the eye of the beholder, specifically your own. Now, hold on to that thought for a second and let me expound a little, before I lead you back to it.

July of this year (2015) will mark my third year as a real-life actual published author. It was always my dream to get published, ever since I was in high school, many moons ago. Over those many years, I dreamed the dream and occasionally, I even worked toward it. I wrote some things and did the whole query letter dance a number of times. Even when I started getting serious about writing and finishing my all-American novel, I still spent 10 years in a co-writing relationship to crank it out. And finally, it happened. In July of 2012, Hade’s Gambit hit the Amazon and Barnes & Noble online bookshelves, published by a small press out of Dallas, TX called Mbedzi Publishing.

Oh no, there’s that word…small press. The horror!

Now, Hade’s Gambit is a great read, if I do say so myself. If you like apocalyptic fiction, this story turns that genre completely on its head. But again, Mbedzi is a small press and right there, some people tend to hitch up a bit.

Apparently, in the eyes of some, you aren’t an established author at that point. Interestingly enough, as I have progressed in my writing career these past three years, I’ve actually been told that if you aren’t with one of the mainstream publishers, you aren’t an actual author. I promise you, I was actually told that, word-for-word, by someone that is currently with a mainstream publisher.

Really?

Let’s see. I’ve got two novels published by Mbedzi Publishing. I have a pair of short stories in an Mbedzi horror anthology, and another story in one by 13Thirty Books. I also have two self-published novels, with a whole lot more creativity to come. My books are legitimately available and people actually do read them. Are they any less of a novel because they are small press or self-published? Is my story-telling any less captivating because it’s not printed by a major publisher?

Over these past three years, I have done book signings at various venues; I have been a multiple-time panelist at ICON, as well as one of the authors leading discussion groups at DreamCon. I have done ComicCon, where I actually put one of my books into the hands of Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), who absolutely loved the idea that someone was giving him something, instead of the other way around. I have been a guest several times over of High School English classes. I have done readings, appearances, and all-around glad-handing.

And yet, I don’t have a mansion or servants. I don’t have a 3-book contract with an agent. I don’t (or can’t yet) do this full-time, as being an HR Director is what pays the bills.

But am I truly established? Well, dictionary.com defines the word establish [ih-stab-lish] as a verb (used with object).

1. to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis: I published a novel. I’ve laid the founding stones for my career. I am established.

2. to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.: My novels are available at multiple locations; ergo, the business model of being an author is in place.

3. to show to be valid or true; prove: I actually make money when someone purchases one of my novels, so it’s a true and valid business.

4. to cause to be accepted or recognized: I get reviews!

So am I established? I would say so. I write novels and it is absolutely the most fun there is to have. I have books available on multiple venues, I have a website, a blog (shocking as that may be), a twitter account, business cards, and even a brand new YouTube channel where I uploaded my first book trailer! My revenue doesn’t come on a check from a publishing house using the ZIP code 10010. I don’t get advances.

But I put my pants on just like Stephen King, RA Salvatore, Terry Brooks, and JK Rowling…ok, maybe not Rowling. There’s that whole dress thing. But the truth of the matter is, I have an imagination, just like they do. I write books by putting together words and sentences and paragraphs, just like they do. I can read my books on Kindle or Nook or hold my book in my hands, just like they can. I may not have a zillion fans, but I have a few. And those, to me, are pure gold.

Am I established?

I yam what I yam.

I’m an author.

And if you’ve made it through this and still don’t know who I am, let me assure you that you will. More importantly, for any other aspiring or small press or self-published author out there, people will come to know you, too. You write and publish a novel to be established. Where you decide to go on that journey is all up to you.

Finally, thank you, Tambo, for the opportunity to do a guest blog. I’m established!  Whoo Hoo!

~ Michael Koogler is the co-author of Hade’s Gambit and Rise of Cain. He has short stories in the horror anthologies, Sadistic Shorts and Never Fear. He released his first solo novel, the sci-fi thriller, Antivirus in April 2015, and his epic fantasy, Convergence, releases on June 1st of 2015.  He would love for you to read his work.

Website: www.michaelkoogler.net

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Koogler

Twitter: @MichaelKoogler

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6434436.Michael_Koogler

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Graphically speaking http://www.tamara-jones.net/graphically-speaking/ Tue, 05 May 2015 01:59:06 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=327   Many folks know that when I created SPORE, I intended for each chapter to open with custom social media graphics. This one, a teenager named AmandaK tweeting about seeing a naked fat dude, opens both the book and Chapter 1 and, in a lot of ways, sets the tone for the novel. The actual person […]

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Many folks know that when I created SPORE, I intended for each chapter to open with custom social media graphics. This one, a teenager named AmandaK tweeting about seeing a naked fat dude, opens both the book and Chapter 1 and, in a lot of ways, sets the tone for the novel. The actual person in this example isn’t named Amanda, it’s Bill’s cousin Sammy (Samantha) who kindly let me use her photo. She and a lot of other people we know are sprinkled in the book. Bill’s in there several times, as is our daughter, my mother, Bill’s brother, my sister, friends, cousins, pets…. I’m in there too.

As the book progresses, the graphics expand. They leave the confines of Twitter and Facebook to hit CNN news articles, Craigslist, iPhone and android texts, even posts, comments, conversations, and pictures from other places in the world. One is entirely in Danish (a huge thanks to my friend Kenneth for that!), there’s some Spanish in there, even a worrisome conversation between potential terrorists. Since SPORE takes place entirely in small town Iowa, but the external ramifications of the toxin has a much larger impact, I tried to showcase glimpses of that story and its explosion – in all its quirky, overblown, misunderstood, opinionated or right on point glory – with the graphics. There are even a couple of independent stories told entirely through social media. There’s an older woman, ‘rescued’ from Iowa who brings a great deal of worry to her family out of state, another woman desperately trying to save children, and a man who’s commenting on Presidential hopefuls when they invade Iowa (like they always do!) the summer before caucus and primary season.

Anyway, I think they’re pretty cool, even if they are black and white in the final print and .pdf versions. The only real downside is that, due to size constraints, they’re not available in the .epub and .mobi versions. I don’t have any control over that, the files simply became too big and unwieldy. What I’m hoping to do, however, is show them all, in high-res full color, on their own page at http://www.tamara-jones.net/novels/spore/the-chapter-graphics/. The page will go live on June 2 (barring a ‘oh heck no!’ notice from my publisher. So watch for it!

Release day is less than a month away! Woot!  #GoSpore

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Guest post from Glenn Rolfe – We’re A Happy Family http://www.tamara-jones.net/guest-post-from-glenn-rolfe-were-a-happy-family/ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:53:11 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=319 I met fellow Samhain author Glenn Rolfe at HorrorHound weekend and found him to be a friendly, energetic guy with a passion for reading, writing, horror, and his family. When presented with the opportunity to host him during the launch of his new novella Boom Town, I jumped at the chance. So without further blabber from me, […]

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I met fellow Samhain author Glenn Rolfe at HorrorHound weekend and found him to be a friendly, energetic guy with a passion for reading, writing, horror, and his family. When presented with the opportunity to host him during the launch of his new novella Boom Town, I jumped at the chance.

So without further blabber from me, here’s Glenn and more info about Boom Town!

 

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“We’re a Happy Family”
by Glenn Rolfe, Author of Boom Town

My direct relationship with Samhain Publishing began in March of 2014 when Don D’Auria accepted my novella, Abram’s Bridge. Prior to that acceptance, I had been an avid fan of the horror work coming from the company. You know when Don’s the gatekeeper (as he was in his previous post with Leisure Books), you’re going to get top quality work.  Needless to say, I am humbled to now be a part of this wonderfully talented stable of fear-inducing writers.

At Samhain, it really is more like a family. I consider these guys and gals my brothers and sisters. Everyone is so open and willing to help with advice, encouragement, love, and support, and despite their busy schedules, they’re an eager brood willing to make time to read, review, and share each other’s works.

The team behind the scenes is just as raring to go. I attended (alongside my host, Tamara) the Horror Hound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2015 that Samhain Horror sponsors. Meeting the marketing team, and the office staffers who help make us look good and get us out there for the readers to find, was just as awesome as meeting my fellow authors. There’s a crazy love for what we all do. That feeling is contagious and I couldn’t help but smile the entire weekend.

There are plenty of indie houses out there with great rosters too—Dark Fuse, Dark Regions, Sinister Grin Press, Ragnarok (to name a few)— but I have enjoyed the vibe from top to bottom at Samhain as being warm, welcoming, and inspiring. Whether you’ve released a dozen novels or you are putting out your very first novella, Samhain authors and staff members make you feel like you belong. That’s an amazing feeling.

My newest release from Samhain is a novella called, Boom Town.

Thirty years after a famous UFO sighting over the town of Eckert, WI, a series of nightly mini-earthquakes have the town folk talking everything from mole people to the Rapture. Certain residents are hearing a whispered refrain: Take them. Bring them. Ascend. By the time they realize the voice is not their own, it is too late. Two pre-teens (you can call them Brady and Kim, I prefer to think of them as Kevin and Winnie) stumble across a broken pipe out back of Packard’s Flea Market that is oozing a strange blue goo. Mr. Packard approaches the young curious couple, but he does not look right. Mr. Packard hears the whispers: Take them. Bring them. Ascend.

And the terror fun begins.

I hope Boom Town succeeds in pressing as many buttons in my readers as possible. There is tension, fear, suspense, mystery, loads of alien ooze, and a heartwarming little love story to boot! I hope you’ll take a leap of faith and give Boom Town a read.

Lastly, I’d like to offer my host, Tamara Jones, my official “Welcome to the Family!”  Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to reading Spore!

More about Boom Town:

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Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 7, 2015)

Terror from below!

In the summer of 1979, Eckert, Wisconsin, was the sight of the most unique UFO encounter in history. A young couple observed a saucer-like aircraft hovering over Hollers Hill. A blue beam blasted down from the center of the craft into the hill and caused the ground to rumble for miles.

Now, thirty years later, Eckert is experiencing nightly rumbles that stir up wild rumors and garner outside attention. The earthly tremors are being blamed on everything from earthquakes to underground earth dwellers. Two pre-teens discover a pipe out behind Packard’s Flea Market uprooted by the “booms” and come into contact with the powerful ooze bubbling from within. What begins as curiosity will end in an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.

“…Stephen King-lite. (Boom Town) is quick, punchy and goes places you may not see coming before the final page is swiped or turned.” – Horror After Dark

“Boom Town is quick and entertaining read that harkens back to the 1980’s brand of small town (or intimate invasion) alien pieces. Like a reader’s digest version of Late Night Horror Television presentations (every region had one, for me it was “Fright Night Theatre”) of “Invaders From Mars”, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “Night of the Creeps” or “Xtro”” – Zachary, Mouths of Madness Podcast

“Rolfe weaves a wonderful tale of big, bad things happening to a small, good town. A sure winner!” – Hunter Shea, author of Island of the Forbidden and The Montauk Monster

GoodReads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23715851-boom-town?from_search=true

Purchase

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Boom-Town-Glenn-Rolfe-ebook/dp/B00TXBSL6M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1427669800&sr=8-4&keywords=boom+town

Samhain Horror

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5386/boom-town

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/boom-town-glenn-rolfe/1121271645?ean=9781619225923

Glenn Rolfe, Bio

Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author the ghost/mystery/thriller novella, ABRAM’S BRIDGE (Samhain Publishing, Jan. 2015) and his latest novella, a Horror/Sci-Fi mash-up, BOOM TOWN (Samhain Publishing). A full-length novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, will come out this Fall from Samhain Publishing and THINGS WE FEAR, a novella, is set to publish from Samhain in 2016.

His debut novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS (James Ward Kirk Publishing, 2014), is available now, as well as his short story collection, SLUSH (Alien Agenda Publishing, 2014).

Look for his punk rock band, The Never Nudes, on Amazon and Facebook.
Check out his website: www.glennrolfe.com

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Mid April SPORE & More Update http://www.tamara-jones.net/mid-april-spore-more-update/ Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:35:37 +0000 http://www.tamara-jones.net/?p=317 Last weekend’s bookfair went great and I’m gearing up for another this Saturday. I’ll be riding there with AR Miller, and we’ll likely do too much gabbing and laughing along the way. Reviews for SPORE are starting to trickle in to Goodreads, which is awesome and unexpected since the book isn’t released until June. None […]

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Last weekend’s bookfair went great and I’m gearing up for another this Saturday. I’ll be riding there with AR Miller, and we’ll likely do too much gabbing and laughing along the way.

Reviews for SPORE are starting to trickle in to Goodreads, which is awesome and unexpected since the book isn’t released until June. None of the reviews – so far – are from reviewers I’ve contacted, all are people who purchased it at HorrorHound, which makes it even more amazing! This past week or so I’ve been fielding a lot of interview requests from review bloggers, which is fun but difficult. I don’t know how to make my writing methodology interesting, but I’m trying. My calendar is starting to fill up! I have – I think! – a book launch in Cedar Rapids on June 6, another confirmed bookfair July 11 at a coffee shop in Fort Dodge, ICon Iowa in Cedar Rapids this October, at least one talk on craft to high school students, another to aspiring novelists, the annual Montezuma Writer’s Conference, possibly ComicCon Des Moines, and I’m looking at next year’s World Horror and World Fantasy. Plus the sixteen stop blog tour which might expand and probably six or seven things I can’t remember this moment. There will even be audio and video interviews!

Whew! That’s a lot!

I’ve been talking quite a lot with writer friends and have decided to open this blog from time to time for guest posts. That all starts this Saturday when Glenn Rolfe, fellow Samhain author and super sweet and energetic guy, will take over for a spell to talk about being in the Samhain family and his new novella Boom Town.  Next week, I’m hoping to have Aaron Bunce or Cheryl Corbin, whoever will let me twist their arm. So, Saturdays are for guest posts and my own brain musings mid week. I’ll see y’all again Saturday! {{hugs}}

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