The First Day of School!

And my baby is off to kindergarten. I can’t believe it.


It’s thrilling, confusing, and a bit sad. I snuggled the and sent them off with so much joy and so much sorrow. Get it together, Mercedes.😛

I’ve had a little buddy at home for thirteen years, and this is quite literally my first day without that. Oh, there are plans, of course. I’m hoping to clean the house and settle into a new writing routine. Not today, though. Today I’ll wander around and make treats and marvel at the very fact that I can go to a movie in the middle of the day if I want to. In the middle of the day. The heart stops. I can’t even.

I hope you have a wonderful day today.


Pimp A Friend Friday: Crystal Lake Publishing

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Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer

Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce

Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson Woe

Violent Water by Lily Childs

The Cruel by Harper Hull

Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds

Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce

Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward

The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll

The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells

Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith

Hush by Sergio Pereira

The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain

Effigy by Kate Jonez

Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner

The Bet by Amy Grech

A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh

The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent

The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.



Miss Murder at the Ferron Library



I had a speaking engagement at the Ferron library today, and it was so much fun! The smell of books, old friends, and new ones. I enjoyed every second.


It was such a friendly, cozy environment! Middlest came up and sat next to me, ready to field any questions. Littlest fell asleep on my lap and I rocked her as I spoke. There’s something so cool about small towns and being able to kick off your shoes and simply be a person.


I loved learning what the members of the audience were working on. They were working on poetry. Short stories. Novels, journals, cookbooks. It made me smile. I looked around and realize that my dreams are coming true, and now I’m in a position to share any information I have an help others realize theirs, as well.🙂

You Guys! I’m Back!


“What?” You ask. “Were you even gone?”

Well, I was. Due to computery things and my lack of knowledge about computery things, I was literally two days away from losing my blog and domain name, etc etc etc. But I figured it out and A Broken Laptop is still mine. I can’t tell you how relieved I am.

(Hint: I’m pretty relieved.)

I realize that my blog brings me joy. It’s a place where I can slow down and enjoy those I love. I was loathe to lose it.

I’m at my parent’s house for a few days, and I love it. I picked peaches from the tree and made a cobbler. I put together two quilt tops. I played with their cats. They make my eyes swell shut but I can’t resist their sweetness.


On Wednesday from 4:30 -5:30, I’ll be talking about writing at the Ferron Library. If you’d like to stop by, that would be a fantastic thing. It’s always so fun to do that.

I’m happy to be back here, and happy to be back home.❤


Pimp A Friend Friday: MichaelBrent Collings (and me!)


Wait, what, is that my name (among others) on the cover of Michaelbrent’s book? Why, yes it is! And MB explains why.

It’s such a fun, brilliant idea. I read the book and it was an absolute delight. It was full of tension, snark, death, people you love, oracles, guns, and everything that makes a con cool. Plus you know what else makes an appearance? Lula, my ukulele.


I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read by MB (especially Apparition) and this was no exception. The Longest Con should be out on Monday, which gives us something to look forward to. Read something fun, support a writer, and realize that the first time I met Michaelbrent, I really was wearing those rain boots.  Enjoy!


Gamut is Now Open to Submissions!


I can’t tell you how exciting this is!  Gamut is now opening its doors to submissions. Stop by the website and check out the sample stories, poetry, non-fiction, and columns. We are also offering  subscriptions, merchandise, and consultations. We’re looking forward to reading your work.❤

****Edited to Add****

Well, that was quick! Gamut has chosen to cap submissions at 300 a month for two main reasons. 1) We want to reply in a timely manner, hopefully in 31 days or less, and 2) we don’t want to suffer staff burnout, which is a real thing. I know because I’ve been there. We reached the 300 submissions cap within 24 hours of opening our doors, and now we’ve closed until September. Please be patient while we read your work, and we’ll open again next month! Thank you so much for sending such wonderful pieces in! We’ve already said yes to two.


Get Little Dead Red and Pretty Little Dead Girls for 99 Cents!

99 cents for a short time only!

The Wolf is roaming the city in this Bram Stoker Award winning Mercedes M. Yardley novella, and he must be stopped.

“LITTLE DEAD RED is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. But make no mistake; it isn’t that story in modernized form. That would be dark enough, but Mercedes’ version would horrify a Grimm brother. Yardley masterfully doles out little tidbits of Grim Marie and Aleta’s backstories while simultaneously developing the story, taking us into the black recesses of her protagonist’s mind, and developing her characters with exceptional aptitude.” – Shane D. Keene, Shotgun Logic
Stop him before it’s too late:


A dark yet lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count – Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy by Mercedes M. Yardley.

“PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS features a heroine who, despite the “smudge of impending doom” and an unrelenting, seriously perverse serial killer in hot pursuit, “challenged fate, challenged the universe.” Imagine Neil Gaiman and Wes Anderson penning a dual, simultaneous re-imagining of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and PRETTY IN PINK and employing the late, great television show PUSHING DAISIES as a conceptual framework and you’ll be in the neighborhood.” – Fangoria Magazine
Can Bryony survive her destiny?:

Little Dead Red and Other Stories! Win a Limited Edition Copy!


So the most amazing thing happened.Vault Books is a new publishing company that  creates limited editions of new and existing works by some of the most noted writers of speculative fiction, and they took me under their wing.  Pre-orders for my new limited edition short story collection Little Dead Red and Other Stories are now live. And this thing is going to be wonderful! The details make me swoon. I mean, literally swoon.

Table of Contents

  • Little Dead Red
  • Taking the Storm as a Lover
  • Charms for the Dark Season
  • Milk and Moonshine
  • Deadened (Previously Unpublished)
  • The Quiet Places Where Your Body Grows
  • A Cypher of Spring
  • Big Man Ben
  • Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon (Previously Unpublished)
  • Black Eyes Broken


  • Hide the Sickness
  • A House Without Corners
  • Monarchs (Previously only available in audio)

Little Dead Red & Other Stories will be available in two different editions. Here is what they will have in common:

  • A new, original cover, as well as three additional full-color interior illustrations by Marcela BolĂ­var
  • A rich and horrifying collection of Miss Murder’s short fiction, containing two brand-new, unpublished stories (“Deadened” and “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon”), as well as the exclusive print version of her essay, Monarchs.
  • A new Foreword introducing the Bram Stoker Award winning novelette and the other stories
  • An in-depth interview with author, Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Brief explanations from the author discussing each story in the collection, giving readers a window into the author’s mind (safety not guaranteed)
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine

Numbered Limited Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 500 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-numbered

Lettered Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 52 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-lettered
  • Housed in a custom slipcase
  • Will contain one additional art piece not in the numbered edition


The beauty of this stops my heart. I can’t fathom my work being housed so wonderfully, and I can’t wait. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can do so here. The cover and illustrations will be done by  Marcela BolĂ­var, whose work is jaw-dropping. The cover shown on the Vault Books page will NOT be the final cover. It’s simply a placeholder until we get the art. But you should check out Marcela’s gallery, because I think my words and her art were meant to go together.

May I just say that being released alongside Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Brandon Sanderson is insanely cool and humbling? It blows my mind that people believe in me this much.

Now here’s the part you’ve been waiting for! Here’s your chance to win a free copy of my limited edition book! (Or a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s new book. Or books from Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Steve Diamond. Seriously, this is amazing.) Help spread the word about Vault Books and enter for your chance to win. Thank you so much! Have an amazing day.