Bearing Up: A Release

I’ve been focused on writing horror and dark fantasy for quite some time now.  But not everyone knows the first story I had published was an erotica tale.

So when I saw a call for submissions from Changeling Press requesting “weird shifter” erotica stories, I couldn’t resist writing a short story to fit the challenge. (My romance and erotica stories tend to be a bit quirky and offbeat.)

And it was accepted for publication! Here’s the cover:

Teddy bear shifter... the gift that keeps on giving.

Teddy bear shifter… the gift that keeps on giving.

The Blurb:

Hard-working assistant bank manager Ellie is having a hard time getting over getting dumped by her cheating ex. After a particularly tough week, she visits her best friend Tippett at her job, a local carnival.

There, she plays a boardwalk game run by a mysterious and intriguing carnival barker and wins an adorable stuffed teddy bear. Later that night, the bear shifts into a tall, flame-haired lover with the ability to make her forget everything except the passionate games he wants to play.

Pick up a copy of the first in the quirky, sexy Carnival Magic novella series.  It’s  available now on Changeling’s site and coming soon to Amazon and AllRomance.com.

Eve’s Requiem: A Review

I had the privilege to read an advance copy of Spider Road Press’s release Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery, and Horror.

Eve’s Requiem is a compelling compilation of tales in tribute to the resiliency of women who are placed in dangerous situations.

Many of these tales have paranormal elements, while others are firmly grounded in realistic, everyday situations that spiral out of control. Historically in much of horror fiction, women have been regulated to helpless victims or sexual conquests. This collection of stories places women in positions of power.

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The women in these short stories are relatable: they assert themselves, make choices, and take action. While they feel fear, these women are not stymied by it. I found it heartening that the focus was not on their physical descriptions—the characters could be any of us. The essence of these stories was centered on their strength, their reasoning, their decisions, their need to survive.

That fight for survival is what makes the stories in Eve’s Requiem such an engrossing and relevant read. To purchase, head over to the Spider Road Press Bookstore.

An added plus is that 5% of the proceeds from all Spider Road Press titles are donated to charities which address the issues of sexual assault, supporting American veterans, empowering youth and fighting hunger at home and abroad. I’m sure editors Fern Brady and Patricia Flaherty Pagan would love to have a review from you as well.

Happy Reading!

Sapiosexual Love Monkeys: Lucy’s Own Top 10

Eden Royce:

This is the perfect post to describe every hero I think I’ve ever written. Now back to writing all things sapiosexual….

Originally posted on lucybluecastle:

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My baby sister was the first person I ever heard describe themselves as a “sapiosexual” – someone who’s turned on by brains more than looks, who has to have their intellect stimulated before they open access to their pants.  I was shocked and charmed; what an awesome word!  Apparently it’s been rattling around the interwebs for more than ten years, yet somehow I managed to miss it.  Love monkeys, on the other hand, are all me.  Well, me and my best friend, Petey.  We’ve been labeling our fictional lust objects love monkeys for decades (long before Kyle Smith or Edward Monkton used the phrase as the title for their two very different books).  It always refers to an unreal person in a book, movie, TV show, or videogame, and it means exactly what it sounds like.  Here, I’ll use it in a sentence:  My husband loves Gladiator as an action…

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Guest Blog Post and Book Release: Tom Olbert

Today, I’m taking a break from my blog and handing the reins over to sci-fi and horror author Tom Olbert. Tom is talking about his new release, Long Haul, a Science Fiction Action-Adventure novella.

 Space truckers? Yes, please.

This trucker’s haul takes him to the end of time and space, and beyond…

Take the wildest ride of your life!

In the near future, physicists have stumbled on a way to open rifts into other universes, making it possible to transport goods and people anywhere in the world in nothing flat. The unscrupulous corporation that owns the new technology uses it to monopolize shipping worldwide.

Thrill-seeking, death-defying truckers like veteran army driver Garth Jenkins and his gun-toting trucking partner Sally Drake earn hazardous duty pay by hauling rigs through perilous alien universes often infested with deadly alien monsters and many other dangers besides.

Garth and Sally accept a shady corporate contract to deliver some unknown cargo to an alien universe, no questions asked. It looks like an easy way to score big money. But, things go south fast when their truck is hijacked by the beautiful and mysterious Keira Takahashi, and they find themselves pursued by hideous alien parasites in undead human bodies.

On the run and in danger, Garth and Sally find themselves on a crooked cosmic road leading to bizarre other worlds and exotic time periods. They have one chance to unravel the company’s twisted plot and save themselves. Whether they succeed or fail may decide the fate of a universe…

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Garth Jenkins is the kind of guy who just can’t stay out of trouble, as both his ex-wives will testify. But, when trouble comes (and, to him, it always does BIG TIME) there’s no one you’d rather have in your corner. Sally Drake has her hands full trying to keep Garth on the straight and narrow. They fight over everything (including women.) But together, they are an unbeatable team. To hear Garth tell it in his own words:

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Three suns burned brightly in the sky, the Earth was breaking apart, and giant moths were attacking us. For most guys, that would describe a bad dream after a bender, but when you’re trucking a load on the long haul, that’s business as usual.

A big mama moth was comin’ straight at me, and she looked pretty damn pissed. Wing spread of about fifteen feet, jaws bigger than my head. Yeah, that’s how big they grow in the crazy gravity in this parallel ’verse.

I squeezed the trigger of my flamethrower. A long, twisting stream of fire snaked out and nailed that sucker right between its foot-wide sparklin’ silver eyes. The shrieking noise those mothers make when they burst into flames cuts to the marrow and curdles the blood. Kinda like my ex-wife when I’m late with a payment.

It was still coming straight for me. I felt the fire on my face as it swooped in. Those things go up like freakin’ gas balloons, y’know. As it passed over, I held onto the rearview side mirror, crouched down on the running board, and nudged that big flaming bug with the muzzle of the flamethrower. It passed on over, stinking, singed pieces of it falling onto my hair and coveralls.

“Damn!” I yelled at the top of my lungs as the truck hit the guard rail, sparks flying, metal screeching. My feet slipped off the running board, and the rearview started coming loose in my hand. I looked down. My feet dangled over a damn long drop into a kind of island floating in mid-air, a jungle landscape splitting apart, volcanoes erupting and lava bubbling up.

There was nothing but sky all around, filled with other floating islands, and swarms of those moth things were taking off from them. Behind that, the moon filled half the sky. It looked close enough to touch. I held on for dear life as the rubber screeched over the tar. My trucking partner, Sally Drake, was spinning that wheel blind, trying to keep the damn rig on the highway. A highway that was built in mid-air, stretching out from one floating island to the next. Don’t ask me how. Our road crews just paved over old highways that were already there. Built by aliens from another ’verse, maybe. Or by humans from our future. I just drive. I don’t ask questions.

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Coming from Musa Publishing on Friday, Aug 1, 2014.  Find Long Haul here.

 

Rise Up, Kittens! Or at least stop lying down . . . .

Eden Royce:

Truth. It’s easy to become jaded about publishing. Ask questions. Take the time to find people willing to help. They are out there.

Originally posted on lucybluecastle:

Without writers, publishing as an industry would not exist.  Well, duh, you may well say; how obvious; how trite; how could any sane person not know that?  And I would agree.  But I begin to suspect that this truth we declare self-evident is in fact the greatest of mysteries to the rest of the monstrous machine.

One of the great traditions of traditional publishing is treating the people who write the product they sell like galley slaves, a necessary inconvenience that whines too much and smells kind of funny.  Myself, I’ve spent immense slabs of my professional life waiting around on some agent or editor to give me an answer on something even when they called me first.  Hurry up and wait and don’t ask for anything has always been the order of the day, and writers have had the choice to either take it on the chin or head…

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Dark Gothic Resurrected: A Publication

I am pleased to announce that I am the first (first!!) short story in the Summer issue of the award-winning Dark Gothic Resurrected magazine.

It was wonderful to work with author and artist Cinsearae Santiago. She is super talented and also adds graphic designer, editor, jewelry crafter, and publisher to her list of achievements.

Here’s the cover (and Cinsearae designed it):

Is that my name on the cover?   *Peeks, rubs eyes* It is!

Is that my name on the cover?
*Peeks, rubs eyes*
It is!

 

In addition to short stories, art, and poetry, the mag has interviews with authors and filmmakers, and the fascinating column of Ask Mambo.

The magazine is available in print or on Kindle, so show some love and support for small press publications!

Also, take a peek at her Etsy shop for creepy dolls and one of a kind jewelry and accessories.

Butcher’s Road: A Review

I’m a bit behind on my blog posts at the moment.  Things have been… incredibly busy. Writing, editing, beta reading… Whew!

Anyway, I am intent on catching up. So here’s a review for a book that you need to read:

 

Butcher's Road: A gangster paranormal mystery.  And that's just the beginning.

Butcher’s Road: A gangster paranormal mystery. And that’s just the beginning.

Read the full Hellnotes review here.