Monday, 8 February 2016

WRITE CLUB, The Undead Road, & IWSG Anthology

I am thrilled to announce I'm one of 12 slush pile judges for WRiTE CLUB, the annual event that pits writers against each other until one writer takes the much-coveted title. The best part - the winners are decided by you!


But to step into the ring you have to get past the 12 slush pile judges, one of them being me. Do you think you've got the WRiTE stuff? Are you up for submitting an anonymous 500 word writing sample? Submissions are open until Feb 26. For full details on how to take part and all the stages involved, click here

Thanks again to DL Hammons for offering me the chance to be a judge.

David Powers King has a new release, and it's my kind of book. Zombies - what's not to love? 



Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.


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Praise for The Undead Road:

"For me, zombie stories are never about the killing. They're about the survivors and how people deal with the apocalypse. To this undead end, David Powers King has come up with the most original spin on zombies I've ever read." - Michael Offutt, author of Slipstream and Oculus
  

About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.



Finally, the Insecure Writer's Support Group have a title, synopsis, and cover for last year's anthology contest winners. I can't wait to load this one onto my Kindle!


Enter the realm of parallel universes! 

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever? 

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. 

Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan. Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension! 


That's it for today. Happy reading and writing, my friends.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Catherine Stine's Heart in a Box Blog Tour - My Road to Publication


Please wave hello to one of my favourite YA writers, Catherine Stine. I'm thrilled to have her guesting here as part of her Heart in a Box Blog Tour. You can follow the rest of her tour by clicking on the banner above. Don't forget to enter the giveaway found at the end of this post.

Over to Catherine!


I’m a hybrid author. I’ve published with big companies such as Random House and Scholastic, and also with great digital first companies like Inkspell and Evernight Teen. I’ve also indie published with my Konjur Road Press label. It’s all good! I love the freedom and power that comes with indie publishing: choosing my dream team, cover artist, editor and setting my own deadlines and launch dates. But the distribution strength of a large established press is also quite alluring. Each writing project is unique and there’s no one right way.

It took me a while to get published because I was a visual artist first, showing my work in galleries, and I had a serious career underway. But I had a compelling desire to tell stories and I was always writing, even when I was doing art. In 2003 I decided to stop painting, in order to focus only on writing. It’s hard when you have more than one craft that compels you, but very worth it to focus on your one greatest passion.

In a writing class, someone announced that a publisher was looking for middle grade series ideas. I sent an animal-related novel to American Girl. They thought it was charming but not exactly what they were looking for. A year later, I got a call from them, saying that they needed a writer for a series about kids who volunteer at a vet clinic, and since they knew I was good at “animal stories”, they thought of me.

Bam! This was my first job, first real contract, and I had to write a chapter a day because those work-for-hire deadlines are manic. This proved that I could plot and write fast, and it fired up my confidence and passion.

Next, I earned an MFA in creative writing and sold my thesis, a YA called Refugees, to Random House. Skipping ahead a few years, I published more middle-grade stories and some YA novels. I decided I like writing dark fantasy and futuristic thrillers when I wrote my Amazon bestselling Fireseed series, and Dorianna, a new twist on Dorian Grey. I have also branched out into romance, using a pen name, Kitsy Clare. Heart in a Box is YA romance, yet for that I used Catherine Stine. You don’t have to stick to one genre, but you certainly can. Only do what you have a true passion and feel for.

In 2016, I have at least two novels launching, one is a historical romantic suspense, Witch of the Cards. I also have a romance out in June called Girl and the Gamer. There will both be under my pen name, Kitsy Clare. A likely third novel will be YA—the third in my Fireseed trilogy. You are welcome to subscribe to my newsletter for all the launch details (at catherinestine.com).

That’s my path. I’m curious to know about yours!

Thanks, Catherine Stine aka Kitsy Clare


Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home.  Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.



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Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.


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