Happy Anniversary, Beautiful Sorrows! And a Super Apex Sale!

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Five years ago I published my first book, Beautiful Sorrows, from Shock Totem Publications. Now it’s being re-released from Apex, and I couldn’t be more pleased! They’re running a killer deal where you can get all five books from Shock-Totem-Turned-Apex authors in the Shock Bundle.

Shock Bundle from Apex Book Company. 5 books to thrill! $10 digital and $50 trade paper back.

Includes:
The Wicked by James Newman
Ugly as Sin by James Newman
Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley
Shine Your Light on Me by Lee Thompson
Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt

You can buy the bundle HERE. Thank you for the love and support, and happy anniversary to my very first foray into being published. It’s been a beautiful and wild five years!

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The Best DIY Present For An Author!

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This gift is so insanely thoughtful, I can’t even tell you.

My Angry Ginger made these beautiful shadow boxes for my birthday. She took her favorite passages from each book, printed them out on gorgeous paper, and put them inside a shadow box she bought at a craft store. Then she put the corresponding book cover on top with a foam inert to give it some depth.

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Beautiful. Meaningful. Simple. I teared up when I opened it, and I can’t wait to hang them on my wall. She promised to do the same to the rest of the Bone Angel trilogy when it comes out. Won’t that be a thing of beauty?

I know many authors who frame their book covers and hang them, but this is the first time I’ve seen these shadow boxes. I adore them. Please let me know if you make one for yourself or the author in your life.

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).

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

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

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

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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!

Beautiful Sorrows is FREE This Week Only!

In celebration of Women in Horror Month, my publishers at Shock Totem have decided to give away my short story collection for FREE this week only. It will be free from Monday, February 23 until Friday, February 27.

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There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you–but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.

Beautiful Sorrows… delicate prose with devastating impact. Mercedes Yardley is a female Joe Hill, and I fear her ‘Broken’ will haunt me to my grave.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Keep and The Tomb

Mercedes Yardley’s debut collection, Beautiful Sorrows, holds its hands out, palms up, no tricks, no irony, no clever retreats from honest emotions. Life’s travails inhabit these pages, and she renders them beautifully.” —Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow and The Love We Share Without Knowing

Mercedes M. Yardley has the Right Stuff. She demonstrates that in her wonderful collection of short stories: Beautiful Sorrows. Each story is a different kind of gem, the bagful priceless.” —Gene O’Neill, Bram Stoker Award™-winning Author of The Taste of Tenderloin and Double Jack

I hope that you’ll take the chance to pick up my debut short story collection. You can do that here.

Beautiful Sorrows is my first book and it’s so very precious to me! Won’t you give it a try, or share it with your friends? Thank you, and happy Women in Horror month!

Audiobooks Coming Soon!

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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.