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The gang is back.

I can’t decide if we’re like a really fierce Las Vegas gang, or more like the Apple Dumpling Gang. Or maybe the Buttercream Gang.

No, wait, we’re the Geeky Writer Gang. FEAR US.

Anyway, tonight at 9 PM Eastern we’re meeting up once again to discuss life, writing, and anything else that you want to know. Here, I’ll let Todd tell it. He does it beautifully. You can find the Facebook event page here.

I bet you thought we weren’t going to do another one of these, didn’t you? You were wrong. The Geeky Writer Gang™ is getting together one more time to talk about their work, publications past and present, and any other inappropriate topics that come up during the conversation (and yes, folks, there will be plenty).

What? This one’s on a Monday night? Yeah, you read that correctly, folks. We’re mixing things up a bit by kicking things off at 9 PM on a weeknight. We’re calling it the “Late Night Edition” because it’s catchy and sounds better than “Monday @ 9 PM Edition.”

As with past iterations, we’re going to broadcast live via Google Hangouts and stream to YouTube. Links will be posted a few minutes before we go live. You can tune in to YouTube to catch our antics, and ask any questions you might have right here on the event page. We’ll do our best to respond to them.

We hope you’ll consider joining us!

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author, and filmmaker living in Durham, NC with his wife, Lana, and his cat, Busey. He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning short film FOODIE, and his first novel, DIRTBAGS, is due this spring from Immortal Ink Publishing.

Anthony Rapino resides in Northern PA and is the author of the novel SOUNDTRACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD, the short story collection WELCOME TO MOON HILL, and most recently the audio book REALITY ENGINEERS, produced and published by In Ear Entertainment.

Mercedes Murdock Yardley, aka Mrs. Stabby, is the author of NAMELESS, the first book in The Bone Angel trilogy, the short story collection BEAUTIFUL SORROWS, and the novella APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU.

Todd Keisling is the author of A LIFE TRANSPARENT, THE LIMINAL MAN (a 2013 Indie Book Award Finalist), and the UGLY LITTLE THINGS series, all published by Precipice Books. He lives and works with his wife and son somewhere in Pennsylvania. He’s awkward and weird, and if you were to live next door to him, your grass would probably die.

 

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Thank you to the talented and likeable Danny Grigsby for painting this amazing painting! I can’t tell you how excited I am!

 

Mercedes M. Yardley

My Angry Ginger and I dressed her up.

First in my old ball gown. (Everybody needs a red ball gown.)

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And then in my wedding dress.

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Now she’s hanging on the wall where she belongs.

Thank you so much, Danny!

 

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Really checking in.

I don’t want this to become a blog of updates and “Woo, this came out” and “Yay, I’m doing this!” even though I’m proud of those things. I work hard and it’s so delightful to see something come to fruition. I want to share that.

But tonight I realize that I’m looking at the moon and it makes me want to walk outside and stand under it. I do that during the night sometimes. I’ve been sad and depressed and lonely. It’s summer. I hate summer in Vegas. It’s been three years since my girls passed, and it’s getting more difficult, not easier. I’m desperate for a way to ease the sorrow. I throw myself at projects like a bird throwing herself against the bars of a cage. I made trifle. I made soap. Last night I made earrings and attempted a ring before calling it a night. The earrings were a success. The ring will be, I think, once I rethink it and try it again.

I’m craving Marshmallow Honey Nut Cheerio treats, which is what I make because it’s sweeter than Rice Krispie treats. That said, I’m wondering about going sugar free and seeing if that helps my mood and body.

I was supposed to be lying on the beaches of Mexico this week. I’m thinking about how much I love the water and how much I love writing, but suddenly writing has become more of a responsibility than a joy. When did that happen? Why did that happen? Too many deadlines, I think. I put everything on pause for a bit and I’m writing a short story titled Last One Awake. It has a Big Man Ben feel to it, if you’re familiar with that story of mine. It’s beautiful and dark and full of sorrow and love and, best of all, I’m writing it just for me. No deadline. Not intended for anywhere in particular. I love the characters, Kelly and Joy. They’re so loyal. I’m almost sorry for what has to happen to them.

Glass has been breaking left and right about this place. That happened last year, too. I stepped on some several times, and left an impressive blood trail. The children were impressed.

I love our rabbit. I love our chickens, who are hysterical. Both hamsters passed away and the children had never lost a pet before. It was a bad time but also a beautiful time. I scheduled a hair appointment on Friday and I’m going to cut off about half a foot of it. I’m going back to blonde for a minute. I’m even going to lose the bangs.

But only for a while. I’m just visiting the Old Me. I still feel at home with New Me.

That’s it. Checking in. :)

 

 

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You guys.

You GUYS.

I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I’m thrilled to officially announce that my favorite thing I ever wrote will be coming out this fall! Ragnarok Publications will release my book Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy this September.

“Run, Star Girl.”

 Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

 Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count.  It will be released by Ragnarok Publications in September of 2014.

One of my favorite artists of all time, Galen Dara, agreed to do the cover. She creates some of the most feminine, darkly beautiful art that I have ever seen. If you’re not familiar with her work, run and check her out.

There will also be a special limited edition hardcover that will feature a tip-in insert of Orion Zangara’s work. It’s stunning, and makes a wonderful edition. The pre-order only hardcover will be available in October.

Ahhhh! I’m so excited! This book is the reason that I started describing my work as “whimsical horror.” There simply wasn’t another genre that it fit into. I hope it’s something you’ll read and enjoy, and will hopefully make the world a little bit more magical for you.

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FEAR HER!

Everything floats down here.

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So I really like Todd Keisling’s work. It’s dark, solid, varied, and super creepy. I mean, suuuuuper creepy. I know I’ll never read his The Harbinger again. Twisted little dolls? Ahhhhhh!

ANYWAY! He has been releasing short stories digitally online as part of his Ugly Little Things series. Now he has come out with a hardcover edition of the series with tons of cool extras. Seriously, it’s awesome and worth checking out.

You can read about everything that is included here. 

But there’s a catch. This is preorder only, and the preordering window closes on August 16th. If you haven’t ordered your copy by then, then you have lost your opportunity.

This is the preorder link. Have fun! And to get to know Todd a little more, here’s a video Q&A with Todd that I had the chance to moderate. So, uh, there may be a little goofing off. But just a bit. ;)

 

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How many times do you hear people say that?  In my case, it’s truth. Games are how I relax. If I’m not playing, I’m not relaxing. Sometimes I feel like the only woman in the world opening up her calendar to see if she can fit 20 minutes of gaming in there.

When I went to college, I used my very first paycheck from the new job to buy a Super NES and a game from the pawn shop. (Pawn shops in college towns are incredible. I snagged the most amazing CDs there.)Image

The game? Illusion of Gaia. Check out this action. You slide under things. And have a sword. And fall down nearly dead of scurvy. I’m not kidding. That’s my favorite part!

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I would come home from school, finish work at 11:00 pm, and play Illusion of Gaia for half an hour. Then I could go to bed.

I realize that I associate specific events with what game I was playing at the time.

Senior year in high school was Tekken  with my dad and brother. The fact that my daughter’s name is Nina? Yep. Tekken.

I was dating my husband while playing Secret of Evermore and Earthbound.

9-11 happened during Chrono Cross.

I moved to Seattle during Devil May Cry.

My son was born during OKAGE: Shadow King. I literally played with his tiny, new body wrapped up on my chest.

And there the timeline stops. Children plus writing plus more responsibilities equals no game time. And this makes me sad. I realize that it is also unhealthy. I need that escape. That respite.

Thanks to my dear friend’s urging, and physically putting the game in my hands, I played BEYOND: Two Souls
last night. And it was incredible. An experience, to be sure. I’ll be making time for it in my life. A simple pleasure that pays dividends.

Plus! Games! YAY!

So what about you? I know I’m not the only one who loves my console. What do you guys play? Any fantastic games you’d suggest?

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Reading

Littlest reads to the rabbit and turtle. Because, why not?

Happy 4th of July, everybody! I hope you have a blast. (Oh, the puns!)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m delighted to say that Nameless: The Darkness Comes and Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy will both be turned into Audiobooks! That contract was inked, and I’m quite excited. I will not be recording them myself. They’ll actually hire a new, amazing actress who has oodles of talent.

I am, however, narrating Beautiful Sorrows.  It’s completely ready except for a few overdubs. The only problem is that Mason and I have a heck of a time getting together in order to finish the final recording. But hopefully it will be soon!

And yes, I’m recording in a closet. That picture makes me laugh.

Recording it has been a dream of mine, and I’m quite happy. I’m also thrilled to hear somebody else narrate my work. This is just cool all around.

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Dark Side of the Sun

You guys, this is exciting! Author Bryan Cohen put together a fantastic event featuring sixteen authors with sixteen books, each dropped to 99 cents. My debut novel, NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes, will be included in this.

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That’s right. You can pick up SIXTEEN dark fantasy/horror/contemporary fantasy ebooks for SIXTEEN BUCKS. Hello, birthdays and Christmas! Yay!

This is an all-day event, and there will be several giveaways going on. In fact, I’ll be there from 12:00 -3:00 PM Eastern to answer questions, give away my own prizes, (books, handmade items, and a query critique), and just banter, so please stop by! There’s something for everybody, please show up for this online event! It’s here.

 

 

Here are the books for the “Dark Side of the Sun” event! On June 27, 2014.

The above book covers are all clickable links. Click on each one of the books above to open the Amazon page in another window. You can also click the links or covers below to buy the books on Amazon. See all the descriptions below.

- Grace Lost by M. Lauryl Lewis
- Blade Song by J.C. Daniels
- Canes of Divergence by Breeana Puttroff
- A Gift of Thought by Sarah Wynde
- Rock n’ Roll Heaven by Shawn Inmon
- Plague of Angels by John Patrick Kennedy
- Nameless by Mercedes Yardley
- Dark Bayou by Nancy Duplechain
- Celestra Series, Books 1-3 by Addison Moore
- The Complete Portal Arcane Trilogy by J. Thorn
- Hidden by Megg Jensen
- Netherworld by K.N. Lee
- What Hides Within by Jason Parent
- Cattle by Joseph Duncan
- Dying for a Living by Kory Shrum
- Plague of Coins by Aiden James
- Crimson Night by Marie Hall

I hope you can make it, my friends! This will be a great Friday event! :D

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