Whitney Awards Recap

So I was a triple-nominee at the Whitney Awards, but I lost to a man I’ve never heard of named Brandon Sanderson. :P


Who is this guy?

And I’m kidding. I love Brandon’s books, and I’m not at all upset about the loss. It was  a pleasure to be nominated, and Brandon was such a genuinely kind man to everybody. He had fans lined up like crazy and took the chance to speak to each one. That’s phenomenal.


I had a chance to go to the BEST conference I have ever attended, called LDStorymakers. It was run beautifully and the classes were astronomical. You go to horror cons mostly to network. You come to Storymakers to learn. Two different types of conferences with two different goals. Both are wonderful, but my soul needed some classes.


I wore a red dress! This is my friend Mike Bacera and his fabulous hair.

Although mostly I needed time to sit in my room and breathe. That happened, too.

Writing heals me. I’ve been struggling with it of late, but I’m breaking through. It gives me happiness. :)

But the winners and their books are:

Middle Grade – Marion Jensen for ALMOST SUPER.


General Youth Fiction – Chris Crowe for DEATH COMING UP THE HILL.


Speculative Youth Fiction – Kiersten White for ILLUSIONS OF FATE.


Historical – Carla Kelly for SOFTLY FALLING.


General Fiction – Amy Harmon for THE LAW OF MOSES.


Speculative – Brandon Sanderson for WORDS OF RADIANCE.


Romance – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.


Mystery/Suspense – Josi S. Kilpack for WEDDING CAKE.


Best Novel by a New Author – Jennifer Lunt Moore for BECOMING LADY LOCKWOOD.


Best Youth Novel of the Year – Julie Berry for THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE.


Best Novel of the Year – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.


Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Blair Young

Margaret Young

I’m Mailing Out Signed Books Tomorrow! Would You Like One?

Three sweethearts requested signed copies of my books. This delights me! So I’m trekking to the post office tomorrow to mail them out.

The post office in Vegas is a frightening place with tape and stamps and long lines and angry people who seem to shake keys at each other a lot. Okay, so it’s like every other Big City post office on earth, but I try to send things out in batches because that’s what Responsible Adults do.

If you’d like a signed book, let me know ASAP so I can get it out tomorrow. I’m also adding $3 for shipping.

Beautiful Sorrows is $12 plus $3 shipping ($15).

Beautiful Sorrows 14 (Final)

Nameless: The Darkness Comes is $14 plus $3 shipping ($17).


Pretty Little Dead Girls is $14 plus $3 shipping ($17).

Pretty Little Dead Girls

Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu is $8 plus $3 shipping ($11).


Just email me at mercedesyardley (at) gmail (dot) com if you’d like to order. Or if you want to say hi. Or if you have a recipe you’d like to share. Or a good anime to watch. Or especially a great book recommendation. I’m reading up a storm lately and I love it.

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

WIP Wednesday: Long Overdue

WIP_WednesdayI haven’t done a WIP Wednesday for a while! It’s about time. I love hearing about other creatives and the projects they’re working on. I’ll share mine, and then will you share whatever art/music/writing/creative project you’re in the midst of?

Right now I’m in the midst of a short story titled “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon.” It’s a haunting thing about a woman who tries to feed herself to the stars. I’ve been going through a tough literary patch lately, actually having panic attacks when I open documents to write, but this one has been nothing but joy. It’s cut from starlight.

I’m also in the midst of a novella that’s a companion for a table top gaming series. And another novella that’s part of a very intriguing world. I’m not sure that I can announce that I’m attached to the project yet, but I can’t wait until I can! It’s a dark and magical thing, and I’m excited for it.

I had planned to have the second book of THE BONE ANGEL trilogy out by now, but I realized that Apocalyptic Montessa, Nameless, and Pretty Little Dead Girls all came out within a year, and I was exhausted. I took a little time off from the series, but I’m thinking the sequel will be out later this year. It’s titled Heartless: Carnival of Isolation, and my intention is to break Luna in this book. Do you think I can? We’ll see.

That’s what I’ve been up to. Will you share with me what you’ve been working on? I’d love to hear. :)

Join an Awkward Conversation Tonight!


So we were all hanging out in the secret Geeky Writer bunker (which is not to be confused with the Free Hugs bunker—that’s down the street from Love Train Station) when we realized it’s been three months since our V-Day broadcast! With that in mind, The Geeky Writer Gang™ has a special hangout in store for you.

See, our very own Eryk Pruitt has a new novel coming out on May 26th. It’s called HASHTAG, and it promises to be just as dark and twisted as his debut. Since Eryk’s a pretty cool guy, we all thought we should host a special broadcast to kick off his new book, and to engage in the usual nightly shenanigans you’ve all come to know and love.

Join us on Tuesday, May 26th at 8 PM as we go live on YouTube to congratulate Eryk, talk about his latest release, and discuss whatever else comes to mind. Maybe we’ll finally find out who’s tied up in his basement!

There may even be giveaways, and you know what that means, folks: if you want a chance to win, you have to show up and PARTICIPATE! As with previous events, links to the broadcast will be posted here on the event page a few minutes before we go live. You can tune into YouTube to catch our antics and ask any questions you might have right here on the event page.

We hope you’ll consider joining us!


Who are the Geeky Writers?

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, was released earlier this year 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 most recent novel, PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS.

Todd Keisling is the author of A LIFE TRANSPARENT, THE LIMINAL MAN (a 2013 Indie Book Award Finalist), and the bestselling 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.


Join us tonight at 5 PM Pacific as we celebrate the release of Eryk Pruitt’s HASHTAG  Write in here and ask questions that we’ll answer live via Youtube.

May is Williams Syndrome Awareness Month

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Williams Syndrome Awareness Month

Most of you are familiar with the fact that my 11 year old son has Williams Syndrome. It’s an exceptionally intricate genetic syndrome that affects so many things about him. His heart. His mental capabilities. He’s going to middle school next year and he doesn’t have the dexterity to manipulate a button. But he loves. Oh, how he loves!

I posted about WS here and here and here.

If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, or you’re just interested in our story from the beginning,  you can read my WS blog, A Peeko At Niko.

And, as always, there is wonderful, wonderful information at The Williams Syndrome Association.

Have a wonderful May, everybody!

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This Mother’s Day Thing Is A Mixed Bag

Mercedes M. Yardley:

I wrote this last year but it feels like I could have written it today. I love you, mothers/nonmothers/friends. I’m proud of you and support you.

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We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we have never met them. Perhaps we like it that way. Perhaps we spend our entire lives searching for them. What if we lost them to death and the thought is still to much to bear? Mothers fill us with emotion. But they make us So. Very. Tired.

No matter how you feel about your mother, somebody will tell you you’re wrong. She’s sweet but overbearing. She was abusive but at least you had a mother. She was missing or dead but at least she wasn’t abusive. Be grateful for what you have. Think of all of the other…

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An Amazing Acceptance!


You guys! I received some astronomical news this week. My story “The Dead Collection” was accepted to Michael Bailey’s Chiral Mad 3. I can’t tell you how wild my happy dance was. I love Bailey’s work and his Chiral Mad anthologies are top of the line in every way. I’m also floored by the lineup! I’ll be sharing a TOC with people like Ramsey Campbell, Gardner Goldsmith (who wrote the foreword to my collection Beautiful Sorrows. What a dear!), Bruce Boston, and an author you may have heard of, Stephen King.

Stephen. Frickin’. King.

Glenn Chadbourne is doing art for all of the stories, and for some of the poetry as well. In fact, he’s already created a piece for my story! You can see it and the rest of the lineup here.

This is wonderful news to me. I’ve been in a bit of a literary slump, which I’ll address a bit on Wednesday. So this is a dream come true and also a kick in the pants/high-five from the universe. :)

Thank you for sharing in my joy with me.

Dehydrating Pineapple! An Easy Tutorial.


Okay, so maybe I went a little crazy when I bought 32 pounds of pineapple .

I’m not sorry.

Fresh pineapple. Frozen pineapple. Pineapple on homemade pizza. Finally, though, I knew I had to dehydrate it or lose it. Woman cannot live on pineapple alone, although she may try.

Cutting and dehydrating it was incredibly easy! You can do it yourself quickly.


First lop off the top and bottom of the pineapple.


Cut off the rind and then quarter it, as my handsome husband demonstrates.


Cut out the core and then slice.


Load up your dehydrator and set it to the “fruit” setting. That’s it. You don’t need to put anything on the pineapple. It will be crisp and delicious when it’s finished. I ran mine for about 18 hours or so.

image(116)A delicious, natural snack that tastes better than any candy on the planet. If you’re looking for a healthy snack that still tastes sweet, this is the way to go. I hope you enjoy!


An Interview with BOOM TOWN Author Glenn Rolfe

I adore Glenn Rolfe. I adore him so much that he had a cameo in my novella Little Dead Red. I received emails saying that Glenn was their favorite character, and that doesn’t surprise me at all. Not at all.

Glenn just came out with his new novella, Boom Town.

boom townGlenn was kind enough to sit for an interview, and he starts off by giving us a quick description of his book!

Glenn, gimme your pitch! Tell us about Boom Town.

  1. A famous UFO sighting in Wisconsin. A couple witness a flying saucer blast a blue beam into the earth. The ground rumbles for miles. Thirty years later, a series of nightly mini-earthquakes, or “booms” as the locals refer to them, begin to happen in different parts if the Wisconsin town. Rumors fly as to what the actual cause may be. Two pre-teens (you can call them Brady and Kim, I like to think of them as Kevin and Winnie) stumble upon a busted pipe sticking up from the ground out back of Packard’s Flea Market. Blue ooze is coming from the pipe. Mr. Packard approaches the young kids in his yard. Mr. Packard doesn’t look well. He hears the voices. Take them. Bring them. Ascend.

What happens next? You’ll have to read Boom Town and find out.

Novellas are a fun and tricky form to work in. Tell us why you chose a novella format for this book.

Usually, I don’t go in with a planned length. I start with a scene and let that dictate where the story goes. Boom Town was slightly different. I was trying to beat a submission deadline for a publisher that was open for novels and novellas. With three weeks to go, I knew I didn’t have time to craft a whole book, so I aimed for a novella.

I re-wrote the novella for Samhain. Right after I finished the edits with them, I got an idea for more adventures in my little Wisconsin town. There will be more to come from Boom Town, but don’t hold your breath. I’m looking at a follow-up novel a couple years from now.

What is your favorite scene and why?

There are a bunch of gross and creepy parts to this story, but my favorite scene is an emotional moment with Brady and Kim on Kim’s back porch. They’re going through a lot before all of this shit starts going down. In this particular scene, it spills over and they’re there for each other. Call me a sap, but I love a moment of tenderness in my horror.

Were any of the characters inspired by real people?

There’s always bit here and there, right? Kim has a paralyzing fear of dogs. That’s mine. I got bit in the face when I was five. I was pretty scared of dogs all through my childhood and well into my teens.

The flea market is totally based off from the flea market my dad used to bring me to a couple times a month. The front of the place always looked like it could fall down on you at any moment.

What’s the hardest relationship to write about in the book?

Writing the two pre-teens and keeping them young was a test. They are more mature than your average 12 year olds, but I attribute that to the things they’ve been through in their relatively short lives up to that point. I have a niece that was 12 going on 16. Life sometimes deals you a shitty hand. It can make you grow up pretty fast. That played into these two, for sure.

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Can you give us a couple of non spoiler quotes?

Here’s a snippet for ya:

“It’s Gus. I need him.”

Nat leaned back, eyes wide. “Alan, what’d ya do? What’d ya do to Gus?”

“The same thing I’m going to do to you.”

“Fuck you are.”

Alan hit the brakes. Nat cried out. Nat’s forehead slammed into the windshield. Alan cut the wheel and took a left down the promising darkness of Gilson Road.


What are you working on next? And how is your music coming along?

My next novel is finished. It’s a werewolf book called, Blood and Rain. That will be out this October from Samhain. My finished novella, Things We Fear, will be out from Samhain in March of 2016. I’ll have something else out from them that month, but I can’t officially talk about that yet.

I also have two separate novels that are nearly complete. When and where they wind up is still to be determined.

The Never Nudes called it a day. Too many things to juggle. We may revisit it someday, but we all have multiple things going on.

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It was a pleasure having Glenn stop by on his Boom Town blog tour! The book is out on April 7th. I wish Glenn luck. :)