A YA novella… with werewolves!

I’m thrilled to be able to share some good news since this week has been pretty terrible for a lot of people. My novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, has been picked up for Radiant Crown Publishing’s Legion imprint!

Commence the happy dancing!

Not only will it be available in ebook and eventually print formats, but it will also be published as an audiobook.

I’m really loving how much RCP is letting me involved in the process too. It’s been a real treat to work with them so far, and I’m looking forward to moving forward! This will be the first book that will be published in print and only have my name on it. This will be the first book that will be on audio!

Okay, I’m done flailing – for now! Don’t worry, I’ll post more updates as I go, including a cover reveal soon. 😉

Is Gore Allowed?

If someone asks if gore is allowed, you say YES. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

You know, it’s been a while since I’ve had a horror story get published. Scary horror stories are especially tough to find love for, am I right?

Well don’t worry, come January you’ll have some gruesome, disturbing, creepy stories to keep you up at night.

I’m proud to announce that my gruesome short horror story, “A Slippery Customer”, got picked up by EMP Publishing. As you can guess from the title, it leans toward the weird. It’ll be included in their first publication of Creepy Campfire Quarterly, an anthology series set to be published 4x/year. Curious about what it’ll be about? Here are a few of my favorites from their call for submissions:

NO straight-up comedy. Levity is great, but we don’t want any full-tilt horror comedy, we want serious stories, designed to frighten, disturb, shock, or otherwise entertain readers.

NO YA. Remember, this Quarterly is subtitled (for Grownups).

Is Gore allowed? –Seriously? You asked us THAT?! Leave this website now. It’s a HORROR publication!

Seriously, what is not to love about this? I’ll post more details as they come in, but if you want to stay abreast of the coming bloody tides, here’s a link to the Creepy Campfire Quarterly Facebook page. Give it some love to show that there is support for these kinds of horrific anthologies!

Charlene has her own Ebook

Really it was excellent news to hear when I got back from vacation! To be fair, it looks like it got posted before we left, but I blame a whirlwind of activity (ie. work, last minute packing, boarding cats, etc.) for distracting me from the Ebook release of my short story, The Mysterious Disappearance of Charlene Kerringer. You can now pick it up exclusively on Kindle at $1.99. Just click on the big blue cover on the right.

If you’re more interested in anthologies than the single varieties, you can still pick up a copy of RealLies with all of its gorgeous cover artwork, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or even from Zharmae directly.

But the awesome news just keeps on coming.

On top of this, I found out that over at The A P Book Club, run by two friends who are total book lovers, they recently posted a review of RealLies. Ashley even went through and gave individual reviews for each short story, and had some kind words to say about Charlene’s tale.

While it starts out like your typical detective story, it soon takes a sudden turn in a completely unexpected direction. Things get weird, but I actually enjoyed where they ended up.
Ashley

If you would like to take a look at their full reviews, Ashley broke hers up into two parts. Paul also wrote a review, but didn’t include my story. It really is difficult to review every story in an anthology though. There are so many! Take a look at what they said, and also browse through their impressive review listing that stretches from My Little Pony and Transformers Prime to Two Boys Kissing and Skulk.

  • Ashley’s Review of RealLies Part 1: Curiosity
  • Ashley’s Review of RealLies Part 2: Control
  • Paul’s Review of RealLies

I guess it’s time to dive back into edits again. Doing some major changes on my Supernatural Western novel. Although I’m hoping to participate in NaNo in November, I’m thinking I might be stuck with edits instead of writing. Edits are supposed to be even more important than just producing though, right?

What to do After Landing the Agent

You can tell what I’ve been researching, can’t you?

A quick read on what to do once you’ve indeed landed the agent. In short, be professional, polite, and respectful. Treat it like you would any other business arrangement and you’ll be fine.

My favorite piece of advice? Make good art. Because isn’t that what this writing stuff is all about?

Jessica Negrón: CLIENT ALERT: Emmie Mears — 5 Ways to Show Your New Agent You’re A Pro.

Fingers are crossed!

So for the past few weekends I’ve found a good way to meet some much needed writing goals. It probably won’t be the best thing for my wallet in the long run, but it is definitely making me more productive. On Saturday mornings my sister and I make a trip to the local coffee shop and then it’s required writing time. It doesn’t matter what we’re writing, as long as we’re putting words down. To be honest I thought the change in scenery would be more helpful for her than me. It’s tough writing at home sometimes because there are far too many distractions: cleaning to be done, games to be played, decorating, gardening, etc. We don’t ever go to the coffee shop normally, especially not to stay, so we’re kind of conditioning ourselves to get in writing mode whenever we visit. Each time I’m able to write a little longer, and produce a few more words without even trying to churn out much. It’s something I’ve started to look forward to all week and it has certainly made my weekends more productive.

In other news, I’ve struck some luck with the Savvy Authors writing pitches last month. They finally posted the results from the final person I pitched to the other day. After seeing that I hadn’t made the cut on the last three, I wasn’t getting my hopes up. Then I saw my info listed and discovered that Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. wanted a query, synopsis, and the first 15 pages of Suzie’s Nightmare. Needless to say I’ve been stressing out about this for a good bit of the day trying to pull together all my resources. As much as I want to say that I expected my book to spark some interest, and my sis pointed this out, the fact that I’m having to put things together speaks otherwise.

Totally keeping my fingers crossed!