Five Line Friday: It’s Never Over Easy

In this edition of Five Line Friday I’m going to share a little story I wrote called ‘It’s Never Over Easy’. I have subbed it to a very specific market and I’m hoping it makes the cut.

A loud noise from behind the counter drew Mark out of the conversation he was having in his head between the two older men a few tables in front of him. He looked toward the noise and saw Manuel backed up against the front counter. Thinking it might have been a fire, Mark looked past the cook, expecting to see flames radiating off the grill.

Nothing.

Manuel looked out toward the restaurant, his face contorted in fear. He screamed, “Esta vivo!! Sálvese quien pueda!

If you’d like to read more of this, let me know. I’ll be sure to tell you where to find it when it can be found!

All Rights Reserved © 2014 Julianne Snow

7 Questions with Simon Neilson

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of interview Simon Neilson. For those of you unfamiliar with Simon, let’s take a moment to get to know him better…

20130813_183617Born: South London, U.K.

Lives: Hertfordshire, U.K.

Been writing since the age of 13 but only decided to take the plunge into publishing approximately 5/6 years ago.  Has 3 novels, 1 novella and 1 audio drama already in the world and is currently working on 3 film scripts and an audio drama.

Welcome Simon – let’s delve into those questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.

I love to write zombie of apocalypse style tales

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Sixtysixsilversouls by Mosquito Project – it would just capture the essence of the style of stories I write.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Danny Boyle as director.  Simon Pegg to play me.

For some reason I’m not surprised by that Simon! What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

I always carry a notebook around to jot down sudden thoughts that enter my head.  When planning a story I use a kind of flow-chart to plot where I am going and so that I know when and where to put twists.  I started out as hand-writer, then as technology came along I started to go direct to word processor but I found my writing didn’t flow as much.  These days I jot down my notes and have them in front of me and I find that I flow with the story much better.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Don’t be scared of failure, use it to your advantage and use your experiences, good or bad, as a basis for your story.

That’s great advice Simon! What are the 3 (three) books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Z For Zachariah

The Hobbit

I Am Legend

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions!

    • Coffee or tea? Tea
    • Cats or dogs? Dogs
    • Snow or sun? Sun
    • Print books or eReader? Print Books
    • Nachos or potato chips? Potato Chips (crisps here in England lol)
    • Baked or fried? Baked
    • Candy or chocolate? Candy
    • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
    • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
    • Classics or Modern? Classics
    • Old World or New World? Old World
    • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
    • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Simon for taking the time to answer my questions. For those of you who would like to keep up with what Simon has going on, you can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re interested in Simon’s latest book, here’s a little information about it. Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon to view The Apocalypse Room!

The Apocalypse RoomWhere will you be when the zombie outbreak takes hold?

Stuck in line at the supermarket, at the shops, or in the comfort of your own home, will you be prepared?

Where will quick thinking have you running for safety if you are in the public?

This is the story of a zombie outbreak that takes London so fast, many of the survivors are just stuck. Each day the survivors “login” to a chat to get updates, to know that they are not alone and most important keep their sanity as the U.K. has gone insane and flesh-eating ghouls take over the streets of London.

What’s your username?

A Monday for Anything: An Update on Beware the Dark Magazine

Two weeks ago I brought you all news and a plea from Paul Fry and SST Publications. It was about Beware the Dark Magazine and I thought I’d share a few photos I’ve taken of my copy that came in the mail this week!

You can see the original post here.

The Cover

Back Cover

Interior Pages

Interior Art

Interior Page

And there was even a review for my book that I had no idea was there!! That was awesome 🙂

**Please excuse the photos, I took them on my phone**

Sunday Spotlight: Netherword by Lisa Morton

Netherword (Chronicles of Diana Furnaval) by Lisa Morton

NetherworldCoverIn nineteenth-century Victorian England, a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.

Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and prevent the apocalypse.

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Click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!

A Drabble for Saturday: Messages

MESSAGES

“Hi Harry. Had a great time last night. Would love to do it again sometime so give me a call. Bye!”

“Hi Harry. Still waiting for your call and wondering if you’ve lost my number – 457-8089. Talk to you soon. Bye!”

“Harry it’s been two weeks and I know you didn’t go out of town. Who’s the girl in your apartment with you?”

“Harry, I don’t think you get how this works… I call you, you call me. You’re beginning to make me very angry… And you won’t like me angry, so CALL ME!”

“That’s it Harry… I’M COMING OVER!”

All Rights Reserved © 2014 Julianne Snow

Five Line Friday: The Legacy

These five lines are from a story I write upon the invitation to a charity anthology for May December Publications. Since we’re allowed to talk about it now, I can tell you that the Anthology is called “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death” and I’m honoured to be one of the authors who grace the pages. All proceeds will be donated to V Foundation for Cancer Research.

And now here are a few snippets of The Legacy…

Figuring it was the best way to drown his sorrows enough to forget them, he dove into his work. Pulling up the newest data from the preparation of this year’s flu shots, he concentrated on the molecular formulas and recumbent DNA curled into them. His mind began to spin and within a few hours, he knew he was well on his way to creating his legacy. One last discovery to bring the collective world to its knees in awe of his brilliance…

Here’s the cover and the rest of the table of contents. I’ll be sure to update you when the anthology is released:

Z Children by Eli Constant
Of the Dead by Alyn Day
Memories by Heath Stallcup
Project Arizona by Gregory Carrico
Just Life by T. Fox Dunham
Choices by Claire Riley
Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamilia
Gift Wrapped Box by Catie Rhodes
Tunnel by J. Thorn
One Lonely Night by Chantal Boudreau
Sweet Release by Mark Tufo
Uncle by Michael McFarland
The Legacy by Julianne Snow
The Judas Contingent by Blaze McRob
My Name is Charles by TW Brown
Survival by Rhonda Hopkins

7 Questions with Mark Slade

Today I’m pleased to present an interview with author Mark Slade. But before we get to the questions, let’s learn a little about Mark first…

me 2Mark Slade lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife and daughter. In 2013, Horrified Press published A Six Gun and the Queen of Light. Currently working on an art book/stories with an artist. Darwin’s Mishap to be published by Sunbury Press.

And now it’s time for the questions… Welcome Mark, using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

A western-fantasy-horror set in post-civil war with harpies.

Sounds very interesting. What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Western Plains by Rory Gallagher. Because when I first started writing it that’s what I heard in my head.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

My life is too dull for a movie so the answer would be Michael Moore and I guess he would make up a political bent.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Typing on laptops or computers are much easier than anything else. I don’t have a good writing schedule. Not anymore. I need to set one.

Everyone needs a schedule 🙂 What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Keep submitting. Never give up.

That’s very good advice. What are the 3 (three) books that really inspired you to become a writer?

1984, Story collections of Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, and 87th prescient novels by Ed McBain

Okay, now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

•           Coffee or tea? Coffee.

•           Cats or dogs? Dogs.

•           Snow or sun? Sun.

•           Print books or eReader? Print

•           Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips.

•           Baked or fried? Fried, of course.

•           Candy or chocolate? Chocolate.

•           Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror.

•           Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Animated

•           Classics or Modern? Classics

•           Old World or New World? Old world

•           Sweet or spicy? Spicy

•           Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Mark for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to keep up with what Mark is doing, you can find him on Facebook. And now let’s take a look at A Six Gun and the Queen of Light

Mark Slade Book Cover wsSirus Logan rides into the town of Bedlam and discovers it’s like no town he’s been to before!

Logan is hired by the wife of a wealthy ranch owner to take her far away, only to find out she’s not whom she appears to be, and becomes familiar with other citizens of Bedlam: hordes, a demon, and harpies.

Will Logan’s mission for the Queen of Light deliver her salvation, or will the west never be quite the same again?

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A Monday for Anything: Of Monsters and Men

Following through some clicks for a video a friend of mine tagged me in, I came across a band I’ve never heard before. I listened to the song I first clicked – Little Talks – and it blew me away; both the song and the video.

The band is called Of Monsters and Men and they’re an indie folk unit out of Iceland. I find their songs infectious and their videos are stunning. Check them out!

Sunday Spotlight: Timothy C. Hobbs

Timothy C. Hobbs is skulking the internet this week in support of his Monsters Unleashed Blog Tour! Below is a smattering of Timothy’s work…

Please keep in mind that clicking on the covers will take you to Amazon.

“I am a drinker of human blood and an eater of human flesh, a monster dressed in the skin of a man.” So states Charles, the main character of the novel, after being infected with a virus transmitted by an insect vector.

The Pumpkin Seed opens in India near the Nepal border in the late 17th century. A commissioned officer of the East India Company is seeking a profitable new trade route into China. Indian bandits of the Thuggie clan attempt to stop this further invasion by the British and release a plague of insects, which carry a unique virus. This organism not only infects humans, it transforms the chemical and physical nature of the host’s body. Longevity, resilience and the need to feed on human blood and flesh make the host an efficient killing machine, especially in regard to the human race.

The novel follows the characters through 17th and 18th century England and India, culminating in present day Austin, Texas. Set in the orphanages of London and in the vile body snatching trade, a host of characters, who are as despicable as their deeds, search for the truth and a cure for their malady.

The Pumpkin Seed takes us through the vices of greed, hate, love and despair and creates a modern novel that puts colonialism in the spotlight and asks difficult questions about this generation’s guilt for the crimes of its ancestors. This novel is a classic vampire tale with a twist, told beautifully from the point of view of the vampire.

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At the top of a steep cliff, a derelict church serves its congregation of dust, cobwebs, and birds roosting in the rafters. One human occupant lives there hidden in the cellar. He is cursed to never walk in the tortuous sunlight, cursed to roam the woods on the cliff at night in the form of a hideous beast struggling with the violent desire to kill while striving to preserve remnants of his own humanity.

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It’s Halloween in Jasper, Texas and Butch and Suzy are driving with their dad to trick or treat at the strip mall and the local churches. They didn’t count on the truck breaking down, getting lost in the woods, or coming across the ordinary old cabin, but there’s nothing ordinary about the tenants – two spinster sisters who have been waiting eternally for children to call their own.

Music Box Sonata is the second story from Once Upon a Time in Texas, a collective series of dark variations of popular fairy tales by Timothy C. Hobbs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Timothy C. Hobbs (1950 – ) was born in Temple, Texas. His older brother was a lover of horror movies and literature. Tim naturally followed his brother’s lead and was seduced by all things that go bump in the night. Tim started writing horror stories in the sixth grade and has never stopped since.

The Smell of Ginger, The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata are published through Visionary Press Cooperative, where Tim is a contributing member. He has a novel coming out later this year with Angelic Knight Press.

You can find him on Twitter and on his Amazon Author Page.

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