Sunday Spotlight: Wicked Tales for Wicked People

My good friend and colleague Brent Abell recently released his dark fiction collection…

Wicked Tales for Wicked People

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The moon hangs full and bright in the night sky above. Below, the people scurry in their own worlds ignoring the shadows around them. Something lurks in those shadows, a wickedness hiding in each person’s heart. What are their stories? How deep does the wickedness go in those walking around in the day and the night? Collected here are 18 wicked tales that examine how wicked people truly are and how when confronted by our darkest fears, we find our greatest hope.

This volume brings Brent Abell’s dark fiction together for the first time into one tome. What will you find when you look into your heart? Beware and lock your doors, the wicked ones are coming for you…

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FanExpo Canada – August 28th to August 31st, 2014

Well my lovelies, the time has come – FanExpo Canada runs this weekend (August 28th to August 31st) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada!

The good news is that I will be attending, listed as a professional guest!! How cool is that?? Oh and have I mentioned my name sits sandwiched between Matt Smith and Ian Somerhalder?? Further sandwiched by two Star Fleet Captains?? I think I might be in fangirl heaven!

My table is L63 outside the entrance to Hall G in the South Building, and I will have copies of Days with the Undead: Book One and Glimpses of the Undead available for sale. In addition, I’ll have a few anthologies my stories appear in for sale but they’re limited. If you purchase a book, I’ll sign it for #FREE!!

To help celebrate FanExpo weekend, Phrenic Press has reduced my short story The Dead of Penderghast Manor on Amazon to #FREE! Go and download it!!

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7 Questions with Arden Aoide

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with Arden Aoide. If you’re not yet acquainted with Arden, or her writing, here’s a little information about her…

ArdenI’m the ringmaster to two mad daughters, three madder cats, and a very patient husband with an infinite sense of humor. My world basically revolves around them, by choice and necessity. I’m also an obstinate insomniac. Actually, I’m a bit obstinate about most adult things, and that influences almost everything I do. I hate rules and regulations. People find me too permissive in my parenting, but only because my goal is to raise kind humans with an edge of anarchy, and not those who know their place. It’s not up to me to choose their place, but only to help them find it.

Welcome Arden! Now let’s get to the questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Ancient Hunger is a lavish historical romp, creating ravenous mythologies.

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

Dark Parts by Perfume Genius because “I will take the dark part of your heart into my heart”. It’s simple, yet beautifully emotive.

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

The ghost of Stanley Kubrick. And Kate Winslet circa Titanic.

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 plan everything in minute details. Then, to stick it to the man, I don’t follow any of them. I type.  My handwriting is horrible.

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

Start writing now.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

The Little Prince—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Witching Hour—Anne Rice

Stardust—Neil Gaiman

Stardust is such a great book! Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • Cats or dogs? Cats.
  • Snow or sun? Snow.
  • Print books or eReader? Print.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos.
  • Baked or fried? Fried.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Comedy.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction.
  • Classics or Modern? Classics.
  • Old World or New World? Old World.
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet.
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Arden! For those of you who would like to connect with Arden and keep up on all of the news surrounding her and her writing, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, her website, Goodreads, and her Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a look at Ancient Hunger… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

AHHe loves her.

He wants to make that clear.

He will love her until the sun swallows the Earth or burns out entirely.

He is very patient.

He only wants to keep her safe.

Even from herself.

Especially from herself.

Because he knows what is best for her.

Because he loves her.

Ancient Hunger is an erotic urban fantasy soaked with the blood of a southern gothic romance.

7 Questions with Shah Wharton

Today I have the distinct pleasure of featuring an interview with Shah Wharton, author of Finding Esta. If you’re not quite yet acquainted with Shah, here’s a little bit of an introduction into her world…

Assorted Pics 696Horror, paranormal mystery, dark fantasy, and sci-fi are Shah’s favourite genre, although she also enjoys dark comedy, some romance, and an occasional young adult fantasy.

She also writes poetry (two published in anthologies), short stories (one published), and she ghost writes as a freelancer.

Shah is a psychology graduate, trained in hypnotherapy and counseling, and enjoys theatre, movies, varied music, travel, and fine dining.

Her father taught her to appreciate the written word, and you’ll usually find her immersed in story, while slurping tea and cuddling up to her little family.

Shah lives with her huge German Shepherd and husband in Dubai, but originates from the West Midlands area of the United Kingdom and misses the cold, the rain and her extended family every day.

Welcome Shah! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Um. Something like, “Psychic journalist loses herself in Cornish supernatural underworld.”

I’d say that’s pretty spot on Shah! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Love this question! Off the top of my head – R.E.M.’s version of ‘Mad World.’

Great song choice! 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’m a panster who longs to be a plotter. Of course, bipolar disorder does have a huge say in how things progress with my writing process. If I’m a little manic, I can write so much more and juggle so many ideas all at once, so notes aren’t even needed. But when I switch to a much lower mood, those ideas became like sludge and I find it difficult to get much done.

I’m still very much learning my craft and it changes all the time, but one thing seems unchangeable–I write the first draft without a plan, directly onto my MAC, and add layers with little notes scattered about. I have never been organised, unlike my family. I try, but it’s just not how my head works.

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

Don’t rush. Be the turtle not the rabbit. This is another issue with my moods. The low mood Shah is cautious and slow, but the manic me is like a bull out of the gate.

I published Finding Esta December 2012, but s changed so much since then because every time I re-read it, I improved it. It wasn’t ready then, I think it is now, hence marketing it as a second edition. I’m trying to convince Amazon to email those who already bought it, to inform them there’s an update. If that’s you, go update the file. 🙂

If not, it’s discounted at Amazon right now at £1.99. I have no choice about this discount and no idea when it will end. Sigh!

Another tip is to really think about which publishing route you would like to take. I chose to self-publish, partly through lack of confidence but plenty of ignorance, and partly because it seemed the easier route. WRONG! It’s a lot of hard work, and it takes commitment. Essentially, unless you have a lot of money to throw at it, you are on your own. Self-publishing the first of the Supes Series means I have also scuppered my chances of publishing the rest of this series through a publisher.

I now wish I’d taken my time, and my chances, but hey ho. I can always try my luck at publishing something else in the future.

Also, I highly recommend you work with critique groups and beta readers. Julianne was a superb better reader for me on the original version of this book. It’s been a long process, hey Julianne? 🙂  I’m still trying to build those relationships, and envy those who already have consistent support with their writing and craft improvement. This is a big issue for me out here in Dubai. I feel cut off from resources, like critique circles, book clubs, writing groups. Thank heaven for the online writing community!

Writing a book is a long process regardless of how you undertake it and it only serves the book in the best way to take you time and ensure you do it to the best of your abilities. And if you find areas to improve, even after it’s published, do it! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Most of Charlaine Harris’s True Blood. Stephen King’s On Writing. There are loads more, but these popped into my head, first.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Tea
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Snow or sun? Snow
  • Print books or eReader? eReader
  • Nachos or potato chips? Pot Chips
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Dark Chocolates
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action & Sci-Fi
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? Both
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Great questions Julianne! Thanks for letting me visit me at your blog. 🙂

You’re very welcome Shah! If you’d like to connect with Shah, you can find her on Twitter, Google+, her Amazon Author Page, Facebook, or her blog.

Now let’s take a look at Finding Esta… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

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For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival.

Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; her psychic issues do make her a little odd and her only friends — Flo and Ada — are Shadows who exist inside her troubled mind. Although the normal world is all she’s known, it’s a place where she’s never belonged, nor been understood.

For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. That is, until her work as a journalist leads her to investigate the disappearance of baby Esta, snatched from her home over twenty years earlier. Soon, our psychic heroine stumbles upon a series of revelations in a clandestine realm of vampires, weres, and magical alien-supernaturals. Revelations that make her oddities appear perfectly banal in comparison, and obliterate every preconceived idea of the normal world.
Her hunger for truth drives her forward. Yet, the constant physical changes, the undefined blood in her veins, the heightened power of psychic gifts she’s always hated, and an ache to finally belong somewhere, to someone, all force her to make discoveries about herself she could never have imagined.Ignorance may be bliss, but the truth will set Luna free, if only she can face it.

7 Questions with Clarissa Johal

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Clarissa Johal. If you’re not quite acquainted with Clarissa, let’s take a moment to get to know her better…

Clarissa Johal headshotClarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Welcome Clarissa! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

I’ll leave you with my tagline for STRUCK.

The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

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

Nothing Else Matters by Apocalyptica. It has that dark, gothic feel and the music is beautiful. It’s a nice blend of longing and fury.

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

Tim Burton is my favorite director, hands-down. Johnny Depp could play me…haha. Okay, that came out wrong. I would like Meryl Streep to play me. She’s a wonderful actress.

Oh I love Meryl! 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?

Initially, I’m a panster. I will do a straight write-through from beginning to end to “channel” my characters and story. Then, I go back and do the research and editing. And I have to use my computer Word program—my handwriting is awful, even I can’t read it.

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

I would tell myself to focus on a writing career earlier! I started working in the veterinary field, which I loved, and wrote on the side for many years. It didn’t occur to me that writing could become a career until after my daughter was born. I wanted to be able to stay home with her and started writing my first book, PRADEE. Though I’ve changed genres since then (fantasy to paranormal and gothic horror) I’m SO happy I pursued writing.

What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

There were so many of them. The first that come to mind are; Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock, Krampus: The Yule Lord by BROM and The Shining by Stephen King

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee—always coffee. Gevalia French roast to be exact
  • Cats or dogs? I love both, but cats especially. I like their independence.
  • Snow or sun? Snow. I don’t like hot weather.
  • Print books or eReader? Both, it depends on how impatient I’m feeling.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Neither
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Neither. Well…unless it’s Red Hot Tamales.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? I’m a European history geek, so we’ll go with Old World.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy food.
  • Comfort or Speed? Speed. I like to get things done, plus I’m a stickler for deadlines.

Thank you Clarissa! If you’d like to keep up with what Clarissa is up to, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, her website, or her blog.

Now let’s take a look at STRUCK… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

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The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift–one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister… for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.