Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: 99 Cents!

Two posts in one day? I know, man. Craaaaazy.

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Stabby-award winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love is on sale for 99 cents. Grab your Kindle version here. This is a Kindle Countdown, which means the price will increase by a dollar every 24 hours until it’s regular price. Right now it’s 99 cents for another 18 hours.

HER MAMA ALWAYS SAID SHE WAS SPECIAL.

HIS DADDY CALLED HIM A DEMON.

BUT EVEN MONSTERS CAN FALL IN LOVE.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Aplocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed ‘Nuclear’ Lulu crisscross the country in a bloody firestorm of revenge.

 

 

Pretty Little Dead Girls is on sale for 99 cents!

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The Kindle version of Pretty Little Dead Girls is on sale for 99 cents! Don’t miss it. You can pick up your copy HERE. It’s a Kindle Countdown, so that means the price goes up by a dollar every 24 hours. You can get it for 99 cents for ten more hours.

“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, and features a cover by Hugo award-winner Galen Dara.

Includes “Oliver Bloom” by Ryan Johnson, a short story featuring characters from Pretty Little Dead Girls.

Interior Artwork Release for “Water Thy Bones”

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This piece by Luke Spooner (who is also the resident artist for Gamut Magazine!) makes me swoon. I want to hang it on my bedroom wall. This is the interior art for my story “Water Thy Bones,” which will be coming out in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories.

The first line? “There’s a loveliness to bones.”

Gutted will be released this June. I’m so excited for this! Stay tuned.

 

 

These Cats Should Be More Miserable Than This.

These cats belong to my friends and fellow writers, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty. I have laughed and laaaaaaughed at these pictures of their cats until I couldn’t laugh no more. BEHOLD!

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His human swears he likes it.

 

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This sweet stray was matted everywhere, and nicely shaved from neck to super furry bottom.

 I die a little inside when I see these pictures. And I’m grateful for their owners to love them enough to force some indignity on them in order to let them medically heal. But you guys. This is funny. FUNNY.

Dark Discoveries Issue 34!

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Dark Discoveries is putting out its special Vampyre issue. I’m delighted to be included with a lovely little tale titled “Night’s Ivy.”  Look at the names on this cover! Eeeee! It thrills me to be part of it.

“Night’s Ivy” is a vampyric tale of a different sort. Perhaps you’re quite familiar with that type of soul-sucker yourself. You can pick up your issue at Dark Discoveries. 

 

LampLight Volume Three

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This beauty is a toothsome delight, and I’m delighted to be included as a featured author. It contains my story “A Love Not Meant to Outlast the Butterflies” and also an in-depth interview. The book is about an inch thick and chock full of goodies! Jacob Haddon does beautiful work, and I hope you’ll pick up your copy!

This is the third Volume of LampLight magazine, collected into a single volume, featuring issues from September 2014 – June 2015

Featuring the full novella by Kelli Owen – Author, *Wilted Lilies*. Fiction and interviews with Yvonne Navarro, Mercedes M. Yardley, Nate Southard, and Victorya Chase.

Fiction from: Gary A. Braunbeck, Sana Rafi, Nick Mamatas, Roh Morgon, Writer, Tom Brennan, Salena Casha, Author, Rati Mehrotra, J.J. Green, Damien Angelica Walters, Gwendolyn Kiste, John BodenKristi DeMeester, T Fox Dunham, Davian Aw, John Bowker, and Kealan Patrick Burke.

You can pick your copy up here.

A Warning From Zoltar

There’s a town called Primm about 45 minutes south of Vegas. And there’s an old casino that is dirty, seedy, smoky, and all kinds of wonderful. It has a movie theater. There’s a death-defying roller coaster and a log flume. And there’s an old arcade with our buddy Zoltar.

He was most famous by making Tom Hanks Big in the movie by that title. I wanted to see what he could do for me.

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I coughed up a buck in order to get my fortune.

image(180)And, with trembling hands, I waited to see what he would say.

0809141014Zoltar pretty much used flowery language and incantations to tell me that I ought to be more careful with my spending money and people are waiting to take advantage of my sweet nature. Sort of like giving a machine a dollar and getting a “meh” type fortune instead of buying a Coke, I guess. Good call, Zoltar!

You should stop by sometime. See what the Great and Powerful Zoltar reads in the stars and sees for you.

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.

From the Vein to the Page: Harnessing Your Personal Demons

namelessPeople used to ask me how I’d write. Was there a magical formula? Did I have the writing room set up just so? Was there a special snack or drink or set of pajamas, or something specific that made my Muse lay a hand on my shoulder and unfurl her wings?

“It isn’t like that,” I’d say. “I simply open a vein and let it seep onto the page.”

This, of course, is when I get the funny looks and that cool one-raised-eyebrow thing. Then they usually take a step back. Perhaps two steps. Then they’re simply running full-tilt away from me.

Screaming.

The “bleed onto the page” metaphor is one that is often used, and there’s a reason for this. It’s truthful. It’s powerful. And it captures the grit of using your personal demons in order to strengthen your work.

I wrote a novel called Nameless: The Darkness Comes. This book was exceptionally fun to write. The characters are quirky and quite flawed. Yet despite those flaws, they struggle to do their best for each other. They pull themselves together as best they can while facing the most awful of adversity.

What most people don’t know if that I lost two children while writing this book. I was carrying triplets, and while all three were in peril, one of them managed to survive. (She’s currently a powerhouse toddler with wild curls and an even wilder personality.) Her sisters were lost. Two identical little girls, one lost in utero while the other lived for five hours, long enough for me to become lucid after the delivery and hold her in my arms.

She was a perfect being. They both were.

It was difficult, to say the least. It hurt my heart and my soul. Thank goodness I was writing. Thank goodness I had somewhere to channel the grief and pain.

A child goes missing in this book. Gee, I wonder what inspired that event. The characters, who are rather hapless, drive themselves crazy trying to get her back. They fall apart. They can’t deal with it. They pick the pieces back up, sometimes. They move on. They break. They carry on with humor, supporting each other as best they can. They work through emotions that I hope seem realistic and true-to-form for somebody dealing with loss. I know they felt true while I wrote them. While I certainly never would have chosen this experience, I took the personal demons that I was dealing with and bled them directly onto the page. Not only did it help me, but I’m hoping that it helped to create a stronger, more realistic novel.

Everybody has something that turns their life inside out. Our emotions are beautiful things, and we can’t keep them under wraps all of the time.  We shouldn’t. As writers, it’s important to let those feelings flow onto the page. Maybe we’ve had a terrible day. Write it into your book. Perhaps something so remarkable happened that you’re absolutely giddy. Let the excitement infuse your writing. By letting your personal demons claw their way into your work, you’ll be giving your readers a more well-rounded experience with characters who feel developed. After all, you’ve instilled your emotions into them. This will help them sparkle. It will help them shine.