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So this was a project I did the other day. With Pretty Little Dead Girls coming out and the other stories in the works, I knew it would be crunch time. Not cooking dinner every night would give me an extra hour of writing time.

I spent five dollars and bought this menu plan. You can put it together yourself, but believe me, the five dollars was worth it.

First I gathered the ingredients. And made my daughter peel potatoes. Bwa ha!

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We diced everything up.

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And then we bagged the dinners. I ended up with twenty, including things like Italian Chicken, beef roast, pork chops, etc. It’s a heavily meat-based plan, but we eat a lot of veggie soups, so they’ll be great in rotation. I thaw the bag in the fridge overnight, toss it in the crockpot the next morning, and then life is beautiful.

10636449_10152374412781446_5937253101559782605_oWe had one of these for dinner yesterday while I attended the PLDG Facebook release party. Who has time to cook when there’s a celebration to be had? :D

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Pretty Little Dead Girls

Tonight’s the night, my friends! My favorite thing ever, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, is finally live and available! For less than five bucks you can have the story of Bryony and her dark destiny zapped to your Kindle in under a minute. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!

Tonight we have the Facebook release party. There will be guests, including Galen Dara, who did the gorgeous cover art, and Orion Zangara who did the beautiful tip-in cover art available in the special limited edition signed hardcover. The party starts in an hour! There will be fun conversations, games, and tons of prizes! Please stay and play. You can find us here. I’d love to have you. <3

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Oh, you guys! I’m so excited about this! A while back I wrote a sequel (A sequel. Not THE sequel. Semantics are important) to “Black Mary”, which can be found in Robert Duperre’s THE GATE 2: TALES OF ISOLATION AND DESPAIR and was later reprinted in my short story collection BEAUTIFUL SORROWS.

“Black Mary” is my most popular story and I’m happy to have the sequel included in this beautiful, exceptionally intricate and complex shared-world anthology. Mr. Autumn himself, Anthony Rapino, and I actually entwined our stories together, which was just a lot of fun.

Also, please don’t forget that I have a live PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS Q&A on Friday and the Facebook release party for PLDG will be on Monday! There will be TONS of prizes, so come out and play!

Without further ado, here’s the MADHOUSE information!

Dark Regions Press Launches Indiegogo.com Campaign for MADHOUSE, A Shared World Horror Anthology

Portland, Oregon based specialty publisher Dark Regions Press (World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories, Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition) has launched a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com for their anthology project MADHOUSE, a shared world horror anthology edited by Brad C. Hodson and Bram Stoker Award (R) winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge and first title in the new Dark Regions Horror line that can be found at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Featuring award-winning and renowned authors like John Skipp, Lisa Morton, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson and illustrated by critically-acclaimed artist Aeron Alfrey. MADHOUSE takes place in the Golden Canyon Behavioral Health Center during a sandstorm, causing a plague of madness to sweep through the asylum.

During the currently live MADHOUSE Indiegogo.com campaign, backers can reserve their copy of Dark Regions Horror #1: MADHOUSE in campaign-exclusive editions that won’t be offered for retail sale. Every contribution during the campaign brings the project closer to stretch goals that will add more stories, more illustrations, an audiobook version and much more to expand MADHOUSE as a whole.

Join the campaign for MADHOUSE on Indiegogo.com in the Writing category at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Description

In the middle ages, it was thought that insanity was contagious. Centuries on, we label such ideas as superstitious ignorance. But when John Doe begins to speak after decades of silence, the staff and patients at the Golden Canyon Behavioral Health center begin to realize that behind every superstition lies a horrid truth.

On the night that a vicious sandstorm closes the roads and seals the doors, a plague of madness spreads through the hospital. Two staff members try desperately to hold onto their sanity while searching for the cause – and, hopefully, the cure – of the outbreak.

But they’re not alone. In this shared world anthology edited by Brad C. Hodson and Bram Stoker Award (R) winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge, some of the genre’s most talented authors present their own sanity shattering tales. With fiction by John Skipp, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Morton, John Palisano, and many others, the horrible truth is revealed bit by awful bit. Step inside and find out what it’s truly like in the MADHOUSE.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Release by John Palisano
Chapter 4
Skating the Shattered Glass Sea by Christopher Conlon
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Heal Thyself by Scott Nicholson
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
The Yellow Bug by Erik Williams
Bathroom by Sara Brooke
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Jen-Jen Is My Friend-Friend by Thersa Matsuura
Chapter 11
Enter the Sandman by Sheldon Higdon
Where Immortals Sing In Key by Anthony J. Rapino
Howl For What Was Yours by Mercedes Yardley
Chapter 12
Birdman by R. B. Payne
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
The Champion of Roshambo by Max Xavier and Sam W. Anderson
Drake’s Cake by Meghan Arcuri
Chapter 15
Cognition by Lisa Morton
My Dearest Gwendolyn by G Daniel Gunn
Saving Dollie by Kim Despins
Chapter 16
The Writing on the Wall by Robin Spriggs
Chapter 17
Sky Is Falling by Rena Mason
The Fraud by Jeff Strand
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Food Fight by John Skipp
Chapter 20
Epilogue

Indiegogo.com Campaign Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/madhouse-a-shared-world-horror-anthology

Media Contact: madhousedrp@gmail.com

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Yesterday was Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is always fun.

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What made it even more fun is that Krispy Kreme had this thing where you could get a free box of donuts for dressing up like a pirate and ARRRRRging at an employee. It was a Friday. The kids had been good. My wardrobe lends itself horrifyingly beautifully to pirate wear.

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The Yardleys became the YAAAAAARRRRRdleys, and we earned our donuts!

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That’s my Stabby writing award that I’m licking. Delicious!

Fun, easy, and free. That’s what it’s all about, matey!

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The marvelous Glenn Rolfe, author and member of The Never Nudes, interviewed me on his blog. We discuss kitchen duty, Pretty Little Dead Girls, and shattering psyches. Please stop by and give it a read!

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There’s a video going around. I won’t post it, but you know the one. A couple of teens beat up a mentally disabled man in Newark, Delaware. They knock him to the ground. Hurt him badly.

That man on the ground is Coran. He has Williams Syndrome, just like my son.

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Here is our story.

Here’s more information on Williams.

Of course I’m heartbroken and afraid. This is the kind of thing I worry about Every. Single. Day. My son was physically abused by a teacher when he was four years old. That changed our lives and opened my eyes to the world that we truly live in. It’s ugly, but we can make it beautiful.

I have a desire to be more proactive in comforting and soothing. To not only step in when there’s a crisis, but also to actively add something positive to my area of world. I have a project coming up called The Joy Rock Club. I’ll tell you more about it later, but it has to do with my idea that small things lead to great things. Minutes = Novels. Tiny acts of kindness can cheer somebody, who in turn can hopefully cheer somebody else. Let’s stand against the tide, my friends. Counteract what we can with our Care Bear Stare.

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If anybody would like to send a card or goodie box to Coran and his family, the Delaware police department said they would make sure he gets it.

Attention Det. Sendek
C/O Coran
3601 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE. 19720

Let’s stop bullying. Let’s not participate or merely stand by. Let’s be proactive in not only stopping the bad, but also equally active in spreading happiness.

You guys are awesome for that. :)

********UPDATE********

Two teens were arrested and one turned himself in. They were charged with misdemeanors and released to their parents. You can read about that here.

A misdemeanor? They’re videotaped attacking the same person TWICE, and if this isn’t a hate crime, I don’t know what is. Also, yesterday in the same town, a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy was assaulted by teens while in his wheelchair. Let’s pray it’s the same group of kids because I’d hate to think there are more monsters running around.

I, along with others, am writing a letter to the governor of Delaware pointing out the severe medical problems that people with Williams Syndrome experience, and how seriously this beating could be affecting Coran’s health. I’m asking him to take a long, hard look at this case and stand up for those who need protecting.

If you’re interested in writing him, the contact link is here.

Also, here’s a link from The National Bullying Prevention Center about bullying people with disabilities. It’s wonderful to read and share. Now let’s go out there and be the front line between bullies and victims who can’t stand up for themselves. Because you know what? I can stand up for you, little guy. And I’m willing to do so.

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Pretty Little Dead GirlsThat’s a mouthful!

Author and publicist Melanie Meadors wrote up a splendid press release for Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. You can read that here.

If you’re interested in the signed hardcover limited edition with an exclusive piece of art created by Orion Zangara, you can preorder one here.

Only 100 copies of the special limited edition will be printed, so this is your only chance to grab one. Preorders will be taken until all 100 copies sell out.

This is so exciting! I hope you enjoy!

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