Monday, October 30, 2017

Release day! FULL DARK: An Anthology

We made it! FULL DARK is now available!


Cover designed & donated by Dark City Designs
Thank you, Harper L. Jameson! 


What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.



Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

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FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Publisher: Obsidian Books
Official release date: October 30, 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9960397-4-1

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I'd like to send a huge THANK YOU to all the contributing authors, as well as Harper Jameson and Diane Wolfe, who worked so diligently on this project, stuck with me through the rough spots, and met some insane deadlines. You guys are the best. I'd also like to thank all the friends and bloggers who helped promote FULL DARK. We appreciate you!



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Teasers, last one!


This is the last FULL DARK teaser, my baby. Enjoy!

Retribution by Melissa Maygrove
Paranormal Flash Fiction


Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a mother, nurse, freelance editor, and author. She normally writes romance, but she busted through the genre boundary and crossed over to the dark side for this project. You can find her and her books at www.melissamaygrove.com

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FULL DARK releases TOMORROW, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11.

Thanks for visiting!



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Teasers, Part V


We're almost done. Just a few more stories to go.

For those who like ghosts with a historical element...

Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Paranormal Short Story



Kimiko escapes hectic Boston with her boyfriend to a peaceful, waterside retreat in New Hampshire. A chilling brush with the past soon shows Kimiko and Chris why it’s called Haunted Lake.

Michelle Athy is a native New Yorker, costume drama addict, and history nerd. She's often found reading. You can find her on her blog, The Sunflower's Scribbles.


www.michelleathy.com

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And witches and demons...

Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Paranormal YA



Indira Valaithan is a fifteen-year-old martial artist whose biggest problem is beating the new kid in the annual tournament. When a series of murders involving a rare coin—just like the one she was found with when she was orphaned as a child—take her on a nighttime hunt through Kerala for answers, she only finds more questions and a new purpose in life—to hunt the demon who killed her family.

Laura Rich is an emerging author of young adult fantasy fiction about witches. She loves to read in a hammock with a glass of iced tea, bake cookies, garden and dress up for Halloween as (you guessed it) a witch. She lives in Texas with her family and works as full-time project manager. Magic may be involved in pulling all this off.

www.laurarichwrites.com

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There's one more! But you'll have to wait till tomorrow to see it.

FULL DARK releases Monday, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Teasers, Part IV


Are you getting excited about the anthology? I am!

The back cover blurb for FULL DARK touts "impressive depth and range." These next two stories prove it. They're about as opposite as they can get, yet each is still dark in its own way.

Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Suspense Short Story


Cold, desperate, and on the run, she has nothing to lose until she crosses a stranger’s path, and nothing becomes everything.

Celeste Holloway lives in Arkansas, is a mom, a lover of tall tales, and a spinner of word-webs. Celeste is the author of the highly rated YA fantasy Sebastian Falls.


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Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Paranormal Mystery


When several people are found dead with Mariah’s cupcakes in their mouths, she's sure she and her cafe have nothing to do with it. But truth often hides in the shadows.

After finishing her BA in International Studies at the University of Denver, Tonja Drecker spent many years in Europe devouring chocolate, cheese and wine while investigating the birth places of myths, legends and mysterious tales.  Her stories can be found in several collections and on various publishing corners. Currently, she writes away while tending chickens and cows, and can't wait to see where the next adventure leads her.



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FULL DARK releases Monday, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Teasers, Part III


Ooo. More dark twisted tales, just in time for Halloween.
I can hardly wait till release day!


The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Paranormal Flash Fiction


(This is another story that would be spoiled by a blurb. All I'll say is it's a creepy, twisted tale that involves a street artist and a tourist.)

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He is the author of A Change of Mind and Other Stories, a collection featuring a novella and five short stories, four of which were previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Part 1 of his YA dystopian trilogy, Black & White, is available now. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew.

www.nickwilford.blogspot.com

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Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Contemporary Romance Prequel


Shifting Sands is a prequel to Past Due, the first book in the Coulter Men series. In Past Due, Healing Summer and Fate Intended, each of the three Coulter brothers has his chance to tell his story and find his happily ever after. In this story, Angel, the broken girl who sets the stage for her sister’s tragedy, gets a chance to tell hers.

(Jealousy and conflict with a romantic element--whoa yeah!)

Elizabeth Seckman lives in the hills of West Virginia with too many pets and far too much testosterone. She is a multi-published author of women's fiction, a graduate of Marshall University, and the mother of four boys, five if you count their father.

www.elizabethseckman.com

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FULL DARK releases Monday, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11.

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Teasers, Part II


Mm. More suspenseful goodness!
Here are the next two stories in FULL DARK...

Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
Flash Fiction Suspense


(Trust me. This story doesn't need any more of a blurb than that. *shivers*)

Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...

www.carrieabutler.com

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The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
Paranormal Flash Fiction


Sometimes your gut feeling is all you have.

Lisa Buie-Collard's novel Evangeline’s Miracle won first place in the Mystery category of the Royal Palm Literary Award, sponsored by the Florida Writers Association. She has written six novels and numerous short stories. In past lives she has been a dental assistant, teacher, journalist, gardener, architectural admin assistant, project manager, medical assistant, and even waited tables. She's traveled in Europe, New Zealand, and the US, and speaks French and English.

www.lisabuiecollard.com


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FULL DARK releases Monday, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11.

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tease me, baby


That post title was a bold, self-serving hook, I know. But I AM going to tease you - every day from now till MONDAY!

Ten talented authors joined me to produce the FULL DARK anthology. I want to showcase their work, but if I save it all for Monday, the release day post will be a mile long! So here goes. Enjoy!

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Paranormal Short Story


(Loni had to nix the blurb, because it would give too much away. Good thing, because you don't want any spoilers for this. Wowza!)

Loni Townsend - Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel. By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head. People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don't let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That's part of being a ninja--blending in.

www.lonitownsend.com

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Forerunner by David Powers King
Paranormal Short Story


A prisoner accused of murder on a submersed oil rig is about to come face to face with a dark truth. There is no escaping yourself.

Born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California, David was inspired by all things science fiction and fantasy and began writing stories of his own. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and four children.


www.davidpowersking.com

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FULL DARK releases Monday, October 30th and benefits the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for veterans and first responders.

Like us on Goodreads and tell your friends about the book. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #FullDark11

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Somebody thinks I'm special

I have no idea why... but thank you!

Today, author Sally G. Cronin was kind enough to post about me and my books. You can find us here.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm back

...but not for the reason I thought. Not entirely, at least.

Today I came across some sad news. I discovered that writer / blogger Diane Carlisle passed away. I'm heartbroken for her family, and for her. She was a bright professional and a budding author, and she will be missed.

There's more to the story.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Good Book, Bad Luck

I've come out of hiding, I mean hiatus, to help a fellow author and blogger. 

Many of you know Joylene Nowell Butler. She has a book releasing today, but unfortunately, she can't promote it because she's on the injured list. She'll be okay, but you can imagine how frustrated she must feel over missing her own release party--especially of a book that's an IPPY Silver Medalist!