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State of Selahville

Published March 7, 2016 by admin

Alright, I’ve been getting some questions so I figure it’s a good time to lay out some answers. So, basically, what’s going on?

Eh, everything.

Seriously, the point I’m currently at is that a lot is in process, but not a lot’s ready for public consumption. What I can tell you is:

Stories:

I’ve got an interesting ghost/town lore story called Murder Capital of the World involving California that’s been sold to the State of Horror: California anthology. Convenient, I know. Waiting on edits for that one.

Also sold a somewhat unconventional vampire romance story called You’re All I Need to the Carpe Noctem anthology. Edits are forthcoming still on this one, as well. Although I swore I would never touch this genre, the thought of a triangle between a loose cannon of a slayer, a vampire wronged by said slayer, and the slayer’s ex-wife was too interesting to resist, especially since the two humans are in their fifties and the vampire was once in an eighties metal band. While there are feelings, no sparkles, I swear.

I’ve got an interesting, pioneer-horror piece called Seamless set to be in an unnamed upcoming horror anthology, as well. I love this story, and it’s yet one more reason why my parents really should have taken me to Disneyworld more as a child instead of all the educational vacations I lived through. Seriously, it’s kinda Little House meets ghosts meets insanity meets I don’t even know what. I love it, and I’m glad it finally has a home.

The post-apocalyptic anthology about the world’s oldest profession, Hookerpunk, which has my story ATM, should be forthcoming some time soon. Ever proof that I like variety, it’s actually a really interesting book and was an interesting concept to write around.

I’ve been asked to write a story for another, unnamed, secret anthology, as well. All I’ll say is this is going to be an emotional, historical/Americana piece, and I’m going to delve into my inner Bradbury and Bowie, so that should be interesting.

Books:

In the Red is one step closer to reprint. I’m working with just an incredible, award-winning editor to really polish this up and get it ready for a new incarnation. Super excited that JK Asmodeus and crew are getting a second chance at life, especially since this is a book that so many people that are important to me have supported me through.

Kingdom City 2: Yeah, I know. I’m actually slowly researching sleeping princess stories, rereading the first book so that I can get my timelines right, and trying to make sense of everything in my head for that world. I’m also playing with writing out some of the Kingdom City versions of fairy tales/history in the meantime. I suppose I should let Clyde out to play here on the blog to get the juices flowing, and it would be a fun way to revisit the million con photos I took last year and never put up.

I’ve hinted that I’d like to go back to the world of Mooner, and that’s true. I’ve started playing with other things that happen in those woods, and while I’m not sure what’s going to become of it or where that will go to live, it is something I’m very much exploring, especially since this seems to be the thing besides Kingdom City I get asked about the most.

I’m also kinda sorta trying to figure out a coherent timeline for The Family stories and playing with them here and there. I’m not sure if that’ll be a book or a serialized thing, because those vampires seem to prefer vignettes for the most part as opposed to coherent chapters.

I also have a million other ideas, and have been researching a few other things, as well. I should probably just get my butt in my chair and get started, eh?

Media:

I’ve been emailing this week about finally (finally) progressing on a website that would fuse info about my writing with actually getting my design and costume work up in something resembling a portfolio. Not sure on the timeline on that, but it’s actually being talked about other than me saying it needs to happen sometime before I die. Trying to figure out how to reign in the media and get that on a better schedule is something I’m attempting, as well.

I’m way behind in my comic/graphic novel reviews, but I do plan to keep that going for I Smell Sheep, as well. I did finally get a kindle fire to help out with that, but given that I despise technology, you can guess how well that’s going for me at the moment. Plan to have that up and running in the next decade at some point.

Plus all the typical life, sewing, other stuff. I swear I’m here, just doing a ton in the background at the mo!

 

 

 

 

 

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News, Contests, and Opportunities!

Published August 24, 2015 by admin

I want to catch everyone up on some things going on, and Monday seems to be a good time to do it!

Interested in marketing your book?

  • The Author’s Guide to Marketing With Teeth is now available for Pre-Order! Stoker Award Winning author Michael Knost has put together an amazing book of essays by various successful authors, including Charlaine Harris and Kevin J. Anderson. Plus, if you pre-order, you can take part in an online workshop Michael has going on in October.
  • If you’re looking for more immediate marketing help, be sure to check out Bitten by Books I’ve worked with Rachel for a while and have nothing but praise for her site and services. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to get monthly info on sales and free promo ops!
  • Somewhere on my blog here is a graphic with a certain word…if you find that word and fill in a form at Night Owl Reviews, you could win some awesome prizes. A lot of authors are taking part in this and it goes until Sept 17, so there’s a bunch of chances to enter! Be sure to check out the info at the link! And pssst…you may want to check out my page links at the top of my home page…
  • I recently did another blog post for Mocha Memoirs Press,this time about writing characters I’m not overly fond of. Some good stuff, if I do say so myself, so check it out!
  • And as I’ve already said once today, if you’re into writing or want to discover some new-to-you authors, be sure to check out the Imaginarium Convention Sept 11-13

SJ’s Writing: Anthology Answers

Published July 15, 2015 by admin

It occurred to me that like so many things, my perception of my creative life is way different than everyone else’s, because I actually know what’s going on behind the scenes. I’ve been asked if I’m still writing/working on things, and the answer is a resounding yes. I took a bit of a break last year for various life reasons, but I’m slowly getting back to fighting form, and will at least have a few things out in the somewhat-near future. At the moment, most of these are anthology projects of various types, ever-proving that it is my life purpose to destroy all the genres.

Hookerpunk – post apocalyptic look at the oldest profession in the world, if the world depended on it as currency. I don’t remember how I was talked into this one, but Sean Taylor allowed me to put a more literary spin on things, for which I am grateful. He’s also probably weirded out at my futuristic concept of ATMs.  I’ve been told it’s in the editing stages and I’ve seen early cover art, so progress is being made!

Carpe Noctem: Truly, Madly, Deeply (Charon Coin Press) – Jerry’s mysteriousness on the Star Chamber Show weeks ago is confirmed – I actually have a piece in this anthology! The book focuses on what a relationship between a human and paranormal entity might actually like. It also proves that Siobhan Kinkade is the only person alive who can incite me to write vampire romance. Sigh. Yeah, I know. To my credit, my vampire does use his teeth, and it’s a very unusual take at a vampire/human relationship in that the female lead is middle-aged and is also dealing with her ex-husband who is the most prominent slayer in America.

State of Horror: California (Charon Coin Press) – Just turned in the contract for this one, and am surprised and delighted at the acceptance into this amazing series. Obviously this volume focuses on California, and my story takes on all the weird, interesting, and macabre goings-on throughout Santa Cruz’s history. I also feel like the subtitle to my story should be Google is my friend, but that’s another tale, entirely.

I’m still waiting to see where it’s going so it’s not official yet, but I’ve been in discussions about a piece of mine being used in another horror anthology as well. Let’s just say, with my story, you’ll never look at a woman’s view of westward expansion the same ever again if this comes into being.

Otherwise, I’m fussing with a few solo projects, researching stuff for the next Kingdom City book, and am otherwise keeping busy and trying to keep putting stories out there!

Monday Must-Reads

Published July 13, 2015 by admin

I tend to collect links as I go through my Triberr feed, so I figured why not share them with people who might find them interesting, too? Plus, there are several other opportunities going on this week you should totally take advantage of!

CALLING CREATIVE TYPES OF ALL SORTS:

Alex S Brown and I are hosting The Star Chamber Show this week (Wed, July 15 9pm EST) and we’re going deep. We’ll be talking about what it means to be an author, the creative process, and some other stuff. This is a trial run for a panel we’ll be doing at Imaginarium, and hopefully something that will lead to future collaborations, since talking art is something we’re both extremely passionate about. Our intent is to see just how in depth we can get, in hopes of inspiring people and giving some insight to what it actually means to work in the creative field. So, is there anything YOU want to know? Any topic you want covered? Lay it on me in the comments, and if we can’t work it into the show (we’re blind to the other’s questions for each other), I’ll do my best to answer them here in a post.

Also, I’d eventually like to bring in people for interviews here on the blog, so if you’re an artist, an actor, or use some undefinable creative, artistic skill in your work, let me know and I may hit you up for a short interview.

CALLING ALL BOOK BLOGGERS AND REVIEWERS:

If you’re looking to get on book tours, I’ve got some excellent opportunities for you! Seventh Star Press is looking for hosts for two upcoming tours:

Silver Tongue by AshleyRose Sullivan (alt history, Aug 31-Sept 6)

Blue Spirit by E Chris Garrison (paranormal/contemporary fantasy, Aug 24-Aug 30)

LINKS AND THINGS

Childhood Inspirations – Recent roundtable at Sean Taylor’s blog that I was lucky enough to be a part of. We’re talking about what we read as kids and if it’s still relevant, plus the importance of reading when you’re young

Avoiding Fantasy Fatigue by Philip Overby – This is a fabulous post that really resonates with me. Mythic Scribes is a fabulous resource for writers, anyway, but this post is especially good (and honest).

Change the “you know this author” policy – The Masquerade Crew is always good about pointing out changes in marketing for authors, and this post brings to light a disturbing trend on amazon. Check it out and see what you think.

7 Unusual Ways Female Entrepreneurs Can Conquer Self Doubt – I’ve started reading a lot on She Owns It, and I found the tips in this article good for creative types, and really, for all sorts of types. A lot resonates with me, and it’s just good advice in general.

Promote Your Business on Facebook – Eight Actionable Ideas – although I have mixed feelings about FB’s marketing possibilities, I will admit that this is a good, effective list of tips that are worth keeping in mind.

Fun stuff round up!

Published June 29, 2015 by admin

I wanted to touch on a few new releases, titles of note, upcoming things today. It’s always fun to see what everyone is up to, and I know some insanely talented people.

jackolanternAlex is one of my favorite people. We co-host our eps of Star Chamber together, we’re looking at developing panels together,we enjoy similar things. He just rocks, okay? He’s also an amazing horror author, and I appreciate anyone who writes about Halloween. This is actually a series, so I’ll give you the links to all four, because hi, they’re each 99 cents and that is worth gearing up for Halloween, isn’t it? As soon as a figure out my Nook, I’ll be getting these, myself.

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Halloween. A holiday that inspires memories, excitement, and a little bit of fear in everyone. A single day where all the ghosts and ghoulies come out to play and sometimes its hard to tell which of the creepy crawlies are human and which ones truly rise from beyond seeking unsuspecting souls. Author Alexander S. Brown explores all the wonderfully terrifying possibilities Halloween has to offer in his Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series- The Night The Jack O’ Lantern Went Out! Each month Brown delivers a new short story of terror laced with just enough nostalgia that makes us all hope Halloween comes sooner…and stays far enough away that the monsters don’t get us!

The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out    Lord of the Garden    Outhouse    Faceless

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If you’re into alt history, unusual titles, or YA, you need to check this out. AshleyRose is a unique talent, and this is definitely a unique title!

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The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives. Claire has a magical way with words-literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse. But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.

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RJ always has an interesting take on things. This collection of short stories is no exception. Plus, the beauty of collections like this is that they can really give you a well-rounded feel for an author, especially one you’re just discovering.

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Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find:

“The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed.

You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.”

Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.”

A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.”

A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton.

A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.”

A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”

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Are you a blogger looking to make friends and contacts? Do you have a special memento or object you want the world to know about? Join the Cherished blogfest! This is such a cool idea, and I’m looking forward to participating. Those who don’t have blogs can also weigh in on facebook! Get all the info here

Also, don’t miss this week’s episode of The Star Chamber! Hosts Stephen Zimmer and Michael West are cooking up some fun topics to talk about, so be sure to check it out. You can also stream or download the eps after they initially air, so you also have a whole archive to peruse!

It’s the MMP Anniversary Sale!

Published July 13, 2014 by admin

Looking for some e-books to fill your Kindle or Nook? Want to stock up on romance and select horror and holiday titles? Want to be considered for some great giveaways? Then look no further! Mocha Memoirs Press has got you covered!

For information on the giveaway (which includes select horror and romance titles, as well as swag), and select sales on parts of the catalog, be sure to check out this mmp blog link!

 

For information on the sale on speculative titles, check out this link!

 

Now  Mooner and The Other Man are MMP titles, but my story, Holly and Ivy, is on sale for $0.99 as part of the Christmas in July sale! Check it out now to beat the heat, or save it for December!

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Amazon     Barnes and Noble   Mocha Memoirs Press Store

After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect, Ivy not only shares her strong oninions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keepinga promise to an old friend?

G Tom Mac on The Star Chamber Show!

Published July 8, 2014 by admin

 

 

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It’s not often you get to actually interact or interview one of your inspirations, but I’m incredibly excited to have this opportunity tomorrow (Wednesday, July 9). Join us 9PM EST on The Star Chamber Show when we put G Tom Mac in the hot seat and ask him about his songwriting, his upcoming game and movie projects, and whatever else strikes our fancy! I feel like I mention G every time I do a panel or an interview and I’m asked who I listen to when I write. This guy is a source for a lot of the music I listen to when I work on character development for my urban fantasy pieces. His songs are dreamy, dark, hopeful, and every type of emotional time capsule in between. It’s a thrill to have his time for an hour, so y’all better show up and make it worth his while! We’ll be taking guest call-ins and will be keeping an eye on the blog talk radio chat and twitter.

And if you have any doubt about this man’s credentials, may I hit you in the face with his bio…

In writing, singing & creating the masterpiece “Cry Little Sister” singing as the theme song to the now classic film “THE LOST BOYS,” GERARD McMANN hit a deep & provocative nerve in his artistic career of creativity in doing so.

Only thing was, when the film released in 1987, he was fed up with the music scene’s “business” and stopped touring. He then changed his name to G TOM MAC as a result of no one ever pronouncing his real name correctly.

G Tom Mac went on to write songs for legendary singers such as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey of The Who. An array of contemporary Hip Hop artists, such as Ice Cube and Digable Planets, as well as KISSCarly Simon and Eminem started to cover G Tom Mac’s songs. Last year, G Tom Mac earned a Grammy on EMINEM’S “RECOVERY” album in which Eminem sampled him in the song “You’re Never Over.”

Having had songs in over 50 films & more than 100 TV shows that still continue to license G Tom Mac’s music, it all adds up to in his words “staying fresh and being true to my fans in creating believable music that they feel from me. That’s my thrill!”

After 6 album releases, G Tom Mac opens yet another chapter with his NEW album “UNTAME the SONGS” that has already been received & talked about as one of the best albums of the year.

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Tune in Wed, July 9, 9PM EST when G Tom Mac rocks The Star Chamber Show! 

Check out G’s Website and Music!