Sunday, November 27, 2022

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and ever. Amen.
- Collect for the First Sunday in Advent (BCP)

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

ResAliens Relaunch

 ResAliens Zine is back with a brand new issue!

Remember the days of underground zines and fan-fic newsletters? When indie readers and writers came together to create something magical? Then you might enjoy becoming a fellow alien sighter (and project backer!) as I relaunch of Residential Aliens, a #zine of spiritually infused speculative fiction.

Drop by my Kickstarter page here and check out the various reward levels. Lots of options and you'll get some great reading in return. Thanks for your interest. Should be a fun ride!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Monster Fight at the O.K. Corral Anthology

Let's do this thing! Accepting stories for a new Weird Wild West anthology to be launched via Kickstarter in March, 2023. Title: Monster Fight at the O.K. Corral.

Looking for 12 to 15 new and original western horror tales, from 3k to 5k words each. Artwork, too. Funded via Kickstarter. Contributor paperback and $40 one-time payment (with bonus incentives). 

Sub window open now through Dec 31, 2022. Email me (see graphic) for complete guidelines and payment proposal. All writers welcome.

Saturday, October 08, 2022

A Signal of Change - Fantasy Story

Here's a free S&S related short story available to read online or via PDF download for later viewing. (click this link) There's a bit of a backstory to Tauric, whose berserker tale will appear in Swords & Heroes antho (Jan 2023). The setting is the Citadel, and my grimdark fantasy "To Tame a Demon" (which is set there) will appear in Innsmouth Gold's Feast of Fools anthology coming soon.

The image comes courtesy of Iron Age Media.
Four stories follow this week's visual prompt.

Friday, October 07, 2022

Story Bundle - Witches Bundle

How Does StoryBundle Work?

Do you like getting a bundle of books all centered around a common theme? Do you like "spook-tacular" deals and Halloween-inspired stories? Then this month's "Witchy" Bundle is for you!

This month's StoryBunde - Witches Edition - is live!

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous!), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format. Here's the list:

  • Waking Dead Things by Ryan M. Williams
  • The Library, the Witch and the Warder by Mindy Klasky
  • The Reluctant Witch by Kristen S. Walker
  • By Dark by T. Thorn Coyle

But if you go to the StoryBundle Website here, you'll see that there are 12 books available. What if you want all of them? Well, if you pay the bonus price of at least $20, you get all four of the regular ebooks, plus eight more ebooks listed below, three of which are StoryBundle exclusives!

  • Desperate Housewitching by Dayle A. Dermatis (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • The Unturned Stone by Sonia Orin Lyris (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Cat Potion No. 9 and A Cauldron of Cats by Lyn Perry (my two novellas combined!)
  • In Too Deep by Leah R Cutter (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Wands and Witnesses by Laura Greenwood and Arizona Tape
  • Harpy - Coven Book 1 by David Neth
  • Witches: Cutter's Final Cut - Issue 4 edited by Leah R Cutter
  • White Haven Witches Books 1 and 2 - Buried Magic Magic Unbound by TJ Green

This bundle is available only for a limited time (through Halloween, I think). It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides:

• Get quality reads - fun books from great authors in one convenient package. Plus, it's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

• Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that's fine. But if you want extra books, just beat the bonus price, and you'll get a lot of bonus books! And you can support a worthy cause at the same time. Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Doctors Without Borders!

• Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.

StoryBundle was founded Jason Chen who has covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo and Lifehacker. For more information, visit StoryBundle or tweet @storybundle and like the Facebook page.

Monday, October 03, 2022

Kickstarter Campaign Wraps Up!

Less than 3 days to go! Still time to back "Secrets & Scents" e-book for only $5 and receive a free bonus e-book - my two magical cat novellas combined into one - "Cat Potion No. 9" and "A Cauldron of Cats." Other add-on options available. Or if you like signed paperbacks or hardbacks, those tiers are available too! 

What's the advantage of buying a book via a Kickstarter campaign? Well, in this case, you get an early release of my latest novel before it gets wide distribution in December (via Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.). Second, you can get signed copies direct from me. It's fun to interact with project creators, at least I think so! 

 Generally, people who back projects on Kickstarter get the satisfaction of helping the author or artist or designer launch something new. It's a relatively new way to 'eliminate the middle-man' and support creators themselves. Thank you for considering backing my new cozy mystery! I appreciate your interest! Here's the link!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Book Date Monday #7

Welcome to Book Date Monday! In today's episode...

  • Some Cover Fun!
  • Hurricane Update
  • Kickstarter Update
  • Stacking the Shelves

First, Some Cover Fun...

Part of the process of writing and publishing stories that I enjoy is creating a simple cover image for the tale. Nothing fancy, just a basic cover design with a title, byline, subtitle genre description, and a free image from Pixabay. I use PowerPoint, create a slide, and then save it as a jpg or png.

Here are two recent covers along with an older cover (in the middle) for your consideration - combined into one slide using, you guessed it, PowerPoint. (My space monkey pirate collection is available a number of places, by the way; the other two stories are exclusive to Patreon supporters.)

Each month I format a short story that I've written (or write a new one!) and make it available for my Patreon backers. I usually create a PDF version and upload it direct so that supporters can download it any time. My plan is to eventually create little e-books of all my individual stories. That should keep me busy!

Also, each Friday I send out a free flash fiction story via Substack (free subscription here). I'm trying to make these available on Patreon as a freebie to help expand my platform there, but there's only so much I can do each week, lol. Sometimes life gets in the way!

Puertor Rico/Hurricane Fiona Update...

Speaking of life... I interupted my latest "freebie" series with a Hurricane Fiona Update. You might know that we live in Puerto Rico now - and can read some details of what we went through (not much, btw) on my wife's blog, Boom Travel & Wellness

My "office" the other day when we were without electricity.

But the quick recap is - we have power and water again after about 5 days without. The rest of the island is hit and miss, many are still without services. If you want to help out and give to those in need - by buying an e-book, in fact! - I'll explain how when I talk about my Kickstarter Update next.

'Secrets & Scents' Kickstarter Update...

We've got 10 days to go and we've almost reached the first Stretch Goal! Pretty exciting. The project funded within a week, so that was great. The details are here - check the project out! But basically, you can back the campaign and get an early release ebook of my newest book & candle shop cozy mystery.

Cool, right? What's cooler is that I'm donating the proceeds of every $3 purchase of the add-on, Ma Tutt's Donut Hut, to a church in Orocovis, PR (in the middle of the island). They are distributing water, food, supplies throughout the community where landslides and floods destroyed homes and roads.

So check out my new cozy, and if you back it and buy the Ma Tutt add-on, I'll send those extra funds to some folks who'll make sure it's put to good use. Thanks for considering it!

Check out the campaign here.

Finally, some Book Date Monday updates...

1) Stacking the Shelves. Each week I've been downloading Cliff Hamrick's short stories featuring his likeable rogue, Jarek the Scholar. They've been free on Amazon lately - one per weekend. This series is fantasy but in a variety of settings - some are on the high seas, others in dungeons. Very enjoyable. Titles include: The Silent Ship, City of the Dead, Desert Nightshade, and The Secret in the Library, among others. Check them out if you like short fantasy adventures.

2) Currently Reading. In addition to Hamrick's stories, right now on my tablet I'm reading a collection of fantasy tales called Lost Lore: a Fantasy Anthology. I think it's still free on Amazon. The first two stories were really good, so I think I'll enjoy these offerings.

3) Just Finished. Finally done with Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter. This is the first Inspector Morse mystery and it was quite well done. A number of red herrings and it got confusing in the middle - but then Morse was confused, so I think we were supposed to be as well! This is a slightly different Morse than what we were used to on PBS - and definitely not the Endeavor we've come to love. So if you read the original mysteries, be prepared to have a different Morse stuck in your head!

4) On My TBR: Ashamed to say that Book 3 in my friend's sword and planet series, Laws & Prophecies, is still unstarted. The series is called Sword's Edge Chronicles and I'm happy to report that she's updated the covers. They are very appealing now and the writing is solid. I just need to jump in to this last novel and finish the series!

Well, that's it for my roundup. Tell me what you're reading this week in the comments below! And have a great week. Go here to participate in this week's blog hop.