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Changes

Published June 7, 2013 by admin

I haven’t forgotten that I’m due for some posts, but this has been a very taxing week all around. If you poke around or look at the sidebar, you’ll probably notice some changes. I got word this week that No Boundaries Press is closing, so those releases will be unavailable for a while. Right now I’m finding out what’s going on on their end, and also trying to look ahead as to what I can do with those pieces, since I feel they’re pretty good. Obviously this is not the easiest transition, but at the moment I just want to look ahead to what comes next. So, if you don’t see links/mention of those releases for a while, that’s why. I’m also trying to not use any images as of now from those covers/etc to comply with their wishes.

Holly&Ivy is still available with Mocha Memoirs, I believe a lot of the magazines I’m in are still in print (except for Stories for Children’s Magazine, which is out of business as well, though that issue may still be on sale.) Big Bad just came out and I believe Thunder in the Battlefield is due out this summer. I’m still waiting for edits on Hookerpunk and waiting for a confirmation of release time for issue 5 of The Realm Beyond.  Wicked East Press is also having some issues but working through them, so I also don’t have a date yet for Bedtime Stories for Girls.

Still working on Olde School and I’m hoping that will still be out this fall (That’s my bad; being sick in March really set me back), and I’ve got a few other things I’m submitting, as well. So I’m definitely not out, and as far as I can see, there are awesome things just around the corner!

Thanks to everyone’s well-wishes on FB, and for all those who are standing by me. As always, you guys rock my socks.

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JK Asmodeus is at it again!

Published May 20, 2013 by admin

I haven’t talked about In the Red for a while, so it’s always fun when I’m invited to delve into the story that I love so much. This time, my friend and amazing blogger Amy invited me to do a character post about summer plans. Of course, being the media whore that he is, JK Asmodeus reared his head and jumped at the opportunity.

So what constitutes a rock star’s summer plans? Does he actually plan to take some sort of high-end vacation or is he going to go skulking off to some of the more sundry spots in the globe?

Like I’d tell. See what JK Asmodeus is getting up to and how I deal with his unique brand of answering interview questions HERE

Talking about Vampires!

Published April 27, 2013 by admin

Since I’ve gone on (and on and on) here about my take on vampires, I wanted to share a guest post I did last week about just that. I talk about the works that I most enjoy, the vampire types I find most effective, and share an excerpt of my historical horror story Mooner at Ellie’s blog! It was awesome to have the chance to talk about my personal approach to writing the genre, the importance of combining the vampiric with the human, and how much a setting can really impact the story.  Curious? Be sure to Check it Out Here!

 

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Interviewed at Crimson Flower Reviews!

Published April 16, 2013 by admin

I’ve been cutting back on the promotional trail lately, but I did have an interview out the other day, so I’m not completely neglectful! I’m very flattered to be interviewed by Crimson Flower Reviews. They asked some great questions and really made me think. So if you’re curious about where I get my ideas, who is my support network, who I picture as Jeremiah/JK Asmodeus, what songs helped inspire In the Red, my advice to writers (such as it is), and other fun stuff, be sure to give it a read!

To see the interview, go HERE!

Author Interview: Jennifer Brown

Published March 20, 2013 by admin

This week’s author interview is with fellow NBP author Jennifer Brown!

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SJ: Every writer has some sort of process. Give us a glimpse into yours. Do you meticulously outline? Do you write depending on what calls are out there?

JB: School made me detest outlines. When I get an idea I just start writing, to see where it takes me. Things in the storyline usually end up changing even from the direction I see it going, but I always try to follow it through. It’s always fun to see where the characters end up taking you.

SJ: Are you a meticulous planner or do you believe in the muse? Where do your ideas come from? Do they filter in through your dreams? Do they show up at inopportune times and whap you upside the head? Do they result in a shady deal with a dark power?

JB: Ideas seem to come to me out of nowhere. At least the best ones do. I am always looking for new ideas but sometimes it seems like they like to come to you when they are ready and when you aren’t even looking.

SJ: What’s the book/story that’s closest to your heart? Is there a piece that you clearly feel is a piece of you? Do you play favorites?

JB: I really love All She Ever Wanted by Barb Freethy. It contains every aspect of a storyline I love, a mysterious death, lost memories, and a book written by an elusive author that mirrors a troubling past.

SJ: What’s your biggest frustration as a writer? What do you consider the downside, or is there one? Is there any cliché that makes you want to wring people’s necks?

JB: I love just about every aspect of writing, especially when the ideas are coming at a smooth flow. My biggest frustration is feeling like I am in an unpopular genre. Suspense seems to have taken a major backseat to every other genre. It seems like unless a book has a zombie, vampire, or witch in it, no one is interested.

SJ: If you had to be stuck in one of your own books/stories for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? If you had to stick a loved one in one of your own books, what would it be and why? An enemy?

JB: I think it would be cool to be stuck in Springwood, where In Jen’s Words takes place. I’ve enjoyed writing about the city and the characters so much, I can only imagine how much fun it would be to live there. I’d also love to see how I get along with Jacob Barnes, the oldest Barnes sibling who runs for mayor.

SJ: Do you think it’s possible to develop a sure-fire recipe/formula for success as a writer? Would you want to, or does that compromise the art or the fun of it?

JB: The only sure fire formula is to keep hard at work with promoting it. There is no guarantee of success but without the drive and determination, you’ll definitely go nowhere.

SJ: Everyone has words of wisdom for young writers, so I’m not going to ask you about that. With a few unknown writers becoming success stories, a lot of people seem to think it’s an easy career choice. What would your words of wisdom be to these people?

JB: There is a lot of work involved in becoming a successful writer. It’s not easy at all, but when it is a heart consuming passion it is worth it to stick with it in the long run.

SJ: It seems like everyone likes to gang up on certain genres as being inferior, less meaningful, or cheap entertainment (especially if it’s speculative in nature). Make a case for the genre you write.

JB: I like to write realistic fiction. With my work, I try to be different, engaging, and shock the reader. A storyline in my genre will also keep you thinking, leaving you in anticipation until the very last page. Suspense is the genre for you if you like being kept on the edge of your seat, as well as being shocked by unique twists.

 SJ: 

  • What do you want people to instantly think of when they hear your name or your work mentioned?
  • JB: Hopefully in time they will remember the character who drives my suspense series, Tammy. She is the alter-personality of Jen Barnes who introduces herself to the world via Jacob Barnes’s campaign website. She has so many secrets that are yet to be revealed to the world, and I can’t wait to write about them.

SJ:

  • Please tell us about your latest/favorite work or a little bit about what you’re working on right now. It’s plug time, so go for it!
  • JB: Right now I am working on the third book in my suspense series, as well as a story for an anthology my publisher is putting out near Christmas. The second In Jen’s Words book is also due out this year.

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In Jen’s Words blurb

             Jennifer and Justin Barnes have been raised by their older brother Jacob since they were teenagers…little did Jacob know, he was raising a third personality as well.

The Barnes have been through it all. The loss of their parents in a car crash, rape, and incarceration. But nothing could prepare them for what they are about to deal with.

When Jacob decides to run for mayor of Springwood, Ohio someone else decides to haunt him and his family, using his younger sister’s alter personality as leverage in their game.

After Jen’s mental disorder is made public, the first of many shocking revelations are made, including who her biological father really is. She is ordered into custody in the mental health wing of Springwood Memorial as a case is built against her for the murder of Davis Cauley, a former local news anchor.

Jacob gets his sister released in time for the holidays, only for another murder to occur. The body of Brenda Sowers, Davis Cauley’s sister is found in MercyPark, the same area where her brother was found—in a storage shed, with hedge clippers in his back, and Jen across from him with no memory of what happened.

More incriminating evidence links Jen to Brenda’s murder, as Black Friday looms. The big weekend draws Jacob to the mall, where he’s in for another surprise. A photo of his brother sent to his phone reveals another huge secret, involving all of Springwood.

As the Barnes recover from what has been a very turbulent Fall, other secrets are lurking and waiting to be revealed as a family faces a trial of issues to come.

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To learn more about Jennifer Brown and her work, please check out her website: www.jenniferbrownauthor.weebly.com

Women and Horror: Horror in the Everyday by Zillah Anderson

Published March 3, 2013 by admin

One last guest post we have to get in, but I wanted to include a piece by my friend and fellow NBP author Zillah Anderson!

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Horror in the Everyday

So often we think of horror involving the foreign or the supernatural. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, demons, giant animals, monsters…even the killers we encounter a lot of times in horror are pumped up and so brutal, genius, or unnatural that it’s easy to be scared but hard to relate.  While it’s obvious to see why those plot elements are used, I feel that sometimes people neglect to think of the other things that might provide not only tension, but some real chills. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman and tend to lean to the emotional side, but I love playing with relationships and friction in my stories. It’s intriguing to me to think of how a bond between two people is supposed to be, and then wondering what would happen if that reasoning was reversed or something put a wrench in the process. Kids all know adults know best, right? Well what about when they don’t? There are real-world instances of horrifying, terrifying moments when that turns out not to be the case. For something a little less on the edge, you’re supposed to be able to trust that those above you in a work or social situation are taking care of their end of the bargain. But what if you’re really a pawn in some other game? What if you’ve been hired simply so they have someone to pin their own misdeeds on? What if in their spare time they want to try to discover their inner predator nature, and you’re the perfect target?

Sometimes, I think people try to hard in the horror genre. Scary things are everywhere you look, right under the surface. Maybe the point of horror is to explore less real-world situations so that there’s something of a safety blanket, but are those manufactured situations really scary? Natural disasters are scary. Knowing that you can do everything in your power and still have your whole life ripped out from under you, to the point that you might not be able to rebuild it…that’s petrifying. Real-world incidents are scary, wondering if no matter how well you live your life, an institution or government or whatever suddenly decides to change the rules. War, disease, death…these are the very foundations of being helpless, yet they get overlooked for the bogeymen that hang out at summer camps, in dreams, and under beds.

Even the little things, little objects, can induce irrational fear. Sure, it’s obvious why knives would be scary, but clowns – what’s scary about those? How about balloons? They freak a lot of people out. And there’s the ever-popular creepy doll, a personal favorite of mine. Even if these things don’t come to life, understanding why they freak people out intrigues me. There are millions of landmines around us every day that writers don’t make use of. Maybe that’s pushing the envelope too much…maybe we don’t want to think about all the real ways we’re teetering on the edge of our own paranoia at any given moment.

I don’t know if I’m more thoughtful, or if it’s because of my gender that I favor considering these things over the RAWR! stuff. The testosterone-laden elements of horror almost seem too easy at times. Everyone expects that. Everyone expects there to be a guy with a hook when your car breaks down. Everyone knows about priests combating demonic possession, about super stalkers targeting families and not resting until they wipe out everyone who’s ever offended them. But what about things like dating? Beyond the usual horrifying results of my dating life, as a woman, there’s a hell of a lot that could go wrong. You don’t know who’s at the other end of the message box or dinner table. You have to decide whether to trust a person to pick you up, that they won’t drive you off to the middle of nowhere, and even if they do keep it to a public place, you have to wonder at some point if they could try to spike your drink, or if you’re going home with them to some sort of dungeon where you’ll meet all the other ex-girlfriends that are hanging out in their freezers. There’s all sorts of possibilities that go from 1 to 10 on the oh hell no scale.

And then there’s parents and kids – what if you just don’t click? I don’t mean in a bad or abusive sort of way. It has to be a parental fear that your child might not take after you, or might become something that you don’t know how to deal with. Or as a kid, what if you just don’t know if you can trust your parent to not do something ridiculous? What if something happens that makes you carry a grudge for years, only to make you question yourself when you get the chance to turn the tables?

See? Horror happens every day of our lives. Men may be well-known for it, but it takes a woman to really consider all the freaky possibilities of what it means to get through life.

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Kaylee has one night to re-connect with her ailing father, but they don’t have much to talk about. Inspired, she decides to read him a story that eerily mirrors their relationship. She wants to bury the hatchet so badly, but all she can remember are the pranks Zachary pulled and in an attempt to make parenthood interesting. But long ago Kaylee learned his Achilles heel, the one silly object that could undo him and change the balance in their relationship. Should she use it? Will she? Find out what happens when love and forgiveness become twisted by anger, retaliation, and disconnect.

Get it at No Boundaries Press! 

Never one to run from uncomfortable and unusual subject matter, Zillah Anderson is an author of the speculative, the dark, and the sexy – and sometimes all three at once. She is the author of The Inheritance and the young adult titleKnocking Down Heaven’s Door with No Boundaries Press, the erotic shortPower Chord with Rebel Ink Press, and has also had her work included in the Wicked East Press Anthology Halloween Frights vol. III. She resides in the Midwest, loves all things crafty and nerdy, and writes while she bides her time for her true purpose: total world domination.

Find out more about Zillah at the following places:
Blog – www.zillahanderson.wordpress.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Zillah-Anderson/126598154140694?ref=hl
Twitter – www.twitter.com/ZillahAnderson

 

Book Blitz: Mooner

Published March 2, 2013 by admin

So speaking of horror, today is the blitz day for my own horror title, the historical vampire story Mooner! This e-book means a lot to me. Not only was it my first release, but writing it really got my imagination going in different directions, combining my love of the more every day aspects of American history with my love of vampires. It hasn’t done too badly over this past year, either, earning book of the month at Long and Short Reviews in November; it really makes me happy that people are open to new angles in genre, especially in horror.

 

So today Mooner is blitzing at different locations, so be sure to check these blogs out and spread the word, or else the vampires will crawl out of the woods and steal your whiskey. Okay, okay, maybe not, but why risk it?

MoonerTour

 

Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

Lindsay’s Scribblings

Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Out There Reviews and Stuff

You Gotta Read

Harlie’s Books

Melissa Stephens

Page Flipperz

Full Moon Bites

You can get all sorts of information on the title at these places, so I hope you check them out!