Monday, 28 March 2011

The Week Ahead - A to Z Challenge


The A to Z challenge starts this Friday and the last time I checked there were 654 bloggers signed up. I'll just repeat that - 654. Wow. STOP THE PRESS: it's now 885. April is going to be an amazing month. If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time.

There will be a few changes on my blog to accommodate the challenge. There will be no The Week Ahead posts until Monday 2nd May and I will not be posting again this week until Friday, as I haven't finished pre-writing all my posts yet. I will not be doing a Friday Five this week either.

Tuesday Teaser, Question Of The Week, and Friday Five will continue as normal from next week, but they will be influenced by the A to Z challenge. I will also be keeping the posts as short as possible.

As people have already figured out, there is no possible way we will be able to visit all 600+ bloggers on a regular basis. So, I will be giving priority to all those who comment on my posts and who I already follow. I will also be working through everyone who has signed up in numerical order; probably 20 a day.

What I would like to do today is to thank all those who will be working hard to make the challenge run as smoothly as possible. The following bloggers are hosting the challenge and are true stars of the blogging world:

Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out (who created the challenge)
Jeffrey Beesler at World of the Scribe
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jen Daiker at Unedited
Candace Gangers at The Misadventures In Candyland
Karen J Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain
Talli Roland
Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs

Please give them all a celebratory clap and I'll see you on Friday.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Write 1 Sub 1 Update


'Goals are dreams with deadlines.' Diana Scharf Hunt


It has been five weeks again since my last Write 1 Sub 1 Update and I do not intend to post about it during the A to Z Challenge. So, here's a quick update for weeks 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

I wrote four short stories and six pieces of flash fiction, and submitted seven of them. Five have been accepted for Pill Hill Press's Daily Flash 2012 and Daily Frights 2012, and I'm still working on three of the short stories.

Overall it has been a successful five weeks and though my main focus has been my WIP, Dreaming of Sleep, it has been a nice distraction.

What were your writing goals for March? Did you achieve them?

Friday, 25 March 2011

Friday Five: Beating Blank Page Syndrome


Picture the scene. You've sat down to start writing and the cursor pulsates on the empty Word document or a pen sits unused on your notepad. Your mind freezes and you can't think of a single thing to write; not even the title. You've fallen prey to Blank Page Syndrome.

So, what can you do to avoid this dream-destroying affliction?

1. Avoid distractions. Make sure you've completed or delegated your household chores, the family knows not to disturb you, your mobile is turned off, and that you have a flask of coffee and a plate of biscuits at your side. If you haven't, these distractions will occupy your thoughts and demand your attention.

2. Never start writing without a specific goal in mind. This goal can take any form, from a piece of flash fiction to another chapter of your WIP. The important part is to already have an idea of what you're going to write. If you really can't think of one, pick up the dictionary, choose three words at random, and start writing.

3. Always finish a writing session with the current scene or chapter not completed - this will give you an incentive to get back to it and there will be no blank page waiting for you.

4. Take a break and revitalise your creative juices. Spending hours alone at the keyboard can be draining. So, meet friends for coffee. Take time out with your family. Visit the beach. Walk in the countryside. Go to the cinema. You will be amazed at how creatively charged you'll feel when you return to your WIP.

and the most important tip:

5. Never give in to Blank Page Syndrome. Even if you only write 100 words or an entry in your diary, you have written something, and something is better than nothing. If you are serious about your craft you will not let the blank page beat you. Think of yourself as a marathon runner in training - you need to push through the pain barrier to achieve results.

How do you beat blank pages?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday (5): Henrietta Lacks & Seeds of Change


Today's book teaser is from a New York Times bestseller.


Title: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Author: Rebecca Skloot

The Lackses challenged everything I thought I knew about faith, science, journalism, and race. It's not only the story of HeLa cells and Henrietta Lacks, but of Henrietta's family - particularly Deborah - and their lifelong struggle to make peace with the existence of those cells, and the science that made them possible.

I found this book whilst waiting to meet someone in Waterstones and could not leave without it. It concerns one woman's quest to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and the cancer cells that were taken without her knowledge and used to inform science, Nobel Laureates, and make fortunes, and the devastating consequences of this to her family. I am expecting it to be a difficult read but something in me says I must read it.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.



Today's WIP teaser comes from a novel idea that I'm playing with for a future project and occasionally add a few hundred words to.

As her thoughts turned to the long walk to the extraction point – she would have to walk several kilometres to circumnavigate the alien group she had been observing – she noticed one of the alien males heading in the direction of her camp and cursed herself for not seeing him earlier. The information the scientists had given her to study suggested alien males were territorial and she'd forgotten, like all the other mornings, that on this planet she was male.

Seeds Of Change (provisional title) is about one civilisations use of alien seeds to re-populate their dying species. But only their females can collect the seeds and they pay a heavy price - their DNA is re-sequenced so that they can inhabit the alien planet as males and the scientists are still looking for a way to reverse the process. What happens when the female heir to the planet's throne is re-sequenced and then captured by the indigenous population, only to find herself drawn to an alien male?

Have you got any books or stories you would like to tease us with?

Have you ever felt the need to read a book no matter how harrowing the content?

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Wonders of the Universe Spoof

Courtesy of LLP81 (whoever he may be) and a tweet from Professor Brian Cox, here is a spoof of the first episode from Wonders of the Universe. Enjoy!

Warning: this episode contains a four letter swear word.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Book Blurb Friday (3): Alien encounters in Blurred

Today is week three of Lisa Ricard Claro's awesome new meme, Book Blurb Friday. The object of this inspiring meme is to take the cover image Lisa provides and write the back cover blurb you feel belongs to the book, in 150 words or less. Pop over to Lisa's blog to find out more and to visit the other entries.

Here is this week's image and my back cover blurb:


Six crimes scenes. Six mutilated corpses with alien DNA.

Agent Chip Pasalain must work fast to seal the dimensional rifts and catch the people who choose to exploit them. But when evidence points to face from his past, he is forced to question his own identity and the Presidential order he has sworn to uphold – to seal all rifts.

For Chip Pasalain the line between dimensions is about to become blurred and what he believes to be the truth tested.

Features the most shocking science fiction twist ever written.

What book do you see?

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

What makes a good back cover blurb?

Before I talk about this week's question, I have a couple of announcements to make:

Firstly, a huge thank you to Yvonne at Welcome To My World Of Poetry for the Friends for the Journey Award and to The Words Crafter at Rainy Day Wanderer for the Write Hard Award. They are both shining stars of the blogging world and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Secondly, I'm finally on Twitter. You can find me here or via the icon on my side bar.

Now to this week's question: What makes a good back cover blurb?


Since Lisa Ricard Claro's inspired new meme, Book Blurb Friday, started two weeks ago, I've been pondering what a book blurb should or should not do. In my opinion, a good book blurb does the following:

  • Introduces the main character(s) and antagonist(s).
  • Lets the reader know what conflict or challenges the MC faces at the beginning of the novel.
  • Lets the reader know what is at stake for the MC.
  • Hints at or teases the reader with the direction those conflicts may take.

It should not:

  • Be an excerpt taken directly from the novel or read like one.
  • Overload the reader with too much plot information.
  • Be too long.
Do you agree or disagree with me? What do you think makes a good back cover blurb?

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4) and Delusional Doom Blogfest

Today's book teaser is from a science fiction novel that won the 1976 Nebula Award and is featured among the SF Masterworks series.


Title: Man Plus
Author: Frederik Pohl

It is not an easy thing for a flesh-and-blood human being to come to terms with the knowledge that some of his flesh is going to be ripped from him and replaced with steel, copper, silver, plastic, alumium and glass. We could see that Torraway was not behaving very rationally.

When I first started reading this novel I was taken aback by the style - it reads as though you, the reader, are receiving a lecture on the events of the MC's life and Man Plus mission. Presumably the clinical way in which the story is told is because the POV belongs to a scientist, though I'm half way through and still have no idea to whom the viewpoint belongs.

What I can tell you is this is a horrifying vision of the future - a future where having an American living on Mars may be the only way to stop the world descending into another world war and the President will go to any lengths to achieve it. This is a science fiction novel that is just as much at home in the horror genre. Be warned - it is not for the faint-hearted.

Click here for how to take part in MizB's Teaser Tuesday.




There is no WIP teaser today, as I am taking part in Hart Johnson's Delusional Doom Blogfest.






The purpose of this blogfest is to do any of the following:

Predict your own death.
Predict someone ELSES death.
Write your own obituary.
Write someone ELSES obituary.
Plot a murder of someone sorely asking for it, step by step.

I must admit that it feels somehow wrong to be taking part in this blogfest after the tragic events in Japan, but this blogfest was planned way before it and I'd already signed up. Here is my entry, which takes the form of a rather over-optimistic obituary:

Ellie Garratt (1972 - 2073) passed away on the 29th June, just one day shy of her 101st birthday. Best known for her series of ground-breaking science fiction novels, two of which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2019/2021. She was a tireless supporter of literacy for all and campaigned for the eventual successful removal of student tuition fees. Much loved by her family and friends, she leaves behind her beloved dog, Tiberius.

Please don't forget to visit the other entries.

Back to book teasers, are there any books or stories you want to tease us with?

Monday, 14 March 2011

The Week Ahead: Tragedy, Google Reader, and Delusional Doom Blogfest

Until Friday, I believed I was having the worst week ever. Then the tragic events in Japan put everything into perspective. So I'd lost time and money fixing a problem, but had I lost my home, my life, or someone close to me? No.

I'm sure no one reading this post won't have already spared a few moments of thought for the people whose lives have been touched by power of the planet we live on; we have all been reminded of how small and insignificant we are. But, equally, we have been reminded of the courage, compassion, and ability of human beings to pull together in such times of crisis and sorrow. We are a resilient race, and my thoughts are with all the people of Japan at this time.

Now on to . . .


The Week Ahead

I started last week with the intention of pre-writing as many of my April A to Z posts as possible and that didn't happen. So, I will try again this week. I shall also be spending some time on Google Reader.

If you heard someone far off yelling "Nooooooo!" yesterday, well that was me when I opened up my Google Reader and found I had 457 un-read posts. Yes. I did blink my eyes and refresh the page several times to see if I was hallucinating. This week I shall be taking some advice I was given and dividing the blogs I follow into themed folders, so that I can break my blog reading up into more manageable chunks.

On Tuesday I will be taking part in The Delusional Doom Blogfest, which, as its title suggests, is a cheerful and light-hearted look at doom. Okay. Maybe not. Visit Hart Johnson's blog to see if the blogfest appeals to you.

That is it for this weeks The Week Ahead, but I'll leave you with this rather prophetic quote:

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." James Dean.

What quotes has the recent tragedy brought to your mind?

Friday, 11 March 2011

Good News, Apologies, and Friday Five.


Please click here for Book Blurb Friday.

Firstly, the good news. My laptop and memory sticks have been cured. I don't have to buy a new laptop or re-type my WIP. I can't tell you how relieved I am. It took the computer shop some time to find the virus, which kept moving and hiding within my Word documents, and they almost made it sound like it had a life of its own. They got it in the end, though.

Secondly, an apology. I need to apologise for not having visited any of your wonderful blogs in the last few days or replying to emails. I had a horrendous migraine Wednesday. Although I felt better Thursday, I didn't dare spend any time at the computer. Even my Write 1 Sub 1 mission got forgotten about this week. I shall be catching up with my blog reading on Sunday.

Now to Friday Five, which today has the theme of Five Things I learnt This Week.

1. Use every available option to back up your work. Memory sticks are not enough and can in fact spread viruses around with ease. Do use recordable discs, external hard drives, and email to keep your work safe.

2. Don't buy ink cartridges from a high street store - they cost too much. Shop around online and use places like eBay to save money.

3. Canned laughter doesn't work. I watched the pilot of William Shatner's new sitcom, S**t My Dad Says, and it was awful. I'll correct that, it was funny. But the funny moments were ruined by canned laughter; it seemed the producers thought canned laughter with every line of dialogue worked. It didn't.

4. You can make a living from self-publishing but only if you do it right. I had an interesting chat with Tony Benson this week about the pros and cons of self-publishing, after he told me about a writer who is earning four-figure sums every month from self-publishing. But going down that route is not the easy option. Your writing must excel. You will need the services of a good editor. You will need the right cover. You will need to promote yourself. And all of those things cost money. But if four-figure sums are achievable then the outlay may just be worth it.

5. I couldn't be without blog scheduler. The only reason my Tuesday and Wednesday blog posts were published this week was because I pre-wrote and scheduled them.

So what things have you learnt this week?

Book Blurb Friday (2): Branching Out

Today is week two of Lisa Ricard Claro's awesome new meme, Book Blurb Friday. The object of this inspiring meme is to take the cover image Lisa provides (donated by her talented daughter) and write the back cover blurb you feel belongs to the book, in 150 words or less. Pop over to Lisa's blog to find out more and to visit the other entries.

Here is this week's image and my back cover blurb:


Clara Mathews has inherited her grandfather’s cottage, apple orchard, and cantankerous dog Harold. A city girl at heart, she believes a quick sale is the only sensible option. But when she travels to the beautiful New Forest and stays in the cottage for the first time in years, an overwhelming sense of peace and nostalgia places the seed of an idea in her urban heart – could she give up the manic life of London and move to the country?

But life is never that simple. Her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. The cottage is in a state of disrepair, and her sister Prissy is insisting she be allowed to invest in it and share the profits from a quick sale. And just as Clara decides that moving to the countryside is a terrible idea, local vet Adrian du Brett enters her and Harold's lives and changes everything.

A non-speculative blurb for me this week. What book do you see when you look at the picturesque scene?

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Can you write 60 words in 60 seconds?


Do you remember when you reached 50 followers and how good that felt? Well in celebration of reaching 50 followers, Nahno McLein is hosting his first blogfest - the 60x60 Challenge. Originally the challenge involved writing 60 words in 60 seconds, but the most Nahno could reach was 47. Now I'm a fast typer, but I only managed 53 words. So, Nahno has now amended the challenge to submitting (or posting in the comments section of his blog) a 60 word piece of writing that contains art in any form. Here is my entry:

Cut to Pieces

It was a simple matter of finding your weakness; charting a path to your withered soul and holding fast. I sliced and diced with a joyless grin, then carved names upon your forehead for all to read. Murderer. Blasphemer. Husband.

I took back what was stolen. My. Life. For. Yours. You’re not laughing now. You can't hide what I’ve become.

60 words (excluding title).


As you can probably tell, I was feeling in a dark mood on Monday. I promise to lighten up by the time I'm let loose with the customers at work this afternoon.

Can you write 60 words in 60 seconds?

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Urgent Virus Warning

Click here for my Tuesday Teaser.

I and two work colleagues have been hit by a severe-graded computer virus in the last 24 hours (I am not in email communication with either of them, but all my emails will be going via my uninfected desktop computer until the problem has been resolved).

This virus comes via an email attachment, and then attaches and replicates itself throughout your Word documents.

It will do any or all of the following:
  • Cause your anti-virus software to repeatedly block the same threat.
  • Cause Word documents to open without your consent, especially those with passwords.
  • Attach itself as a rogue file on your memory sticks.
  • Repeatedly close your Internet browser.
  • Block any attempts to access ANYTHING to do with viruses online. It will block access to your anti-virus provider's site and Google searches.

I have tried deleting all my Word documents, but it will not allow them to be deleted. I have been able to delete the rogue file - called Recyclers - on my memory sticks and scanned them with anti-virus software.

However, I have run a full scan on my laptop and no viruses were detected. Clearly, there is one there.

If you are confident you do not have the virus, I suggest doing the following:

  • Create a Restore Point for today's date.
  • Keep one memory stick with your files saved until that date and don't use it until your anti-virus provider has found a solution and updated your software.
  • Email a copy of all your Word files to an online email service, such as Hotmail or gmail. Should the worse happen, you can access your writing via another computer.

As my laptop is nearly three years old and I had to pay for a new hard drive last year, I have decided it is not worth the expense of repairing it. But I'm sure there are plenty of you with fairly new laptops/computers who don't want to be paying for a repair or lose their priceless writing.

Do not open any attachments unless you are 100% confident they are safe.

Tuesday Teaser (3): I Am Legend & Cataclysmic (Re)Connection

Today's book teaser is from a sci-fi classic that has spawned two films, The Omega Man and I Am Legend. Of the two films, I much preferred The Omega Man, but now I want to see how far the films deviated from the book.


Title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson


The arms caught him, the men in canvas and masks drawing him back. His shoes gouged frenziedly at the earth, digging two ragged trenches in the earth as they dragged him away.


I shall be starting I Am Legend tonight, but if the introduction is anything to go by, it will be a rivetting read.




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.


Today's WIP teaser is from Cataclysmic (Re)Connection, the first short story I have co-written with another writer. Chris Allinotte and I received notification on Sunday that it had been accepted for the The ePocalypse: e-mails at the end anthology.
Tony says that if the scientists are wrong, and it hits somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, we'll get hit by a tidal wave. He wants me to go with him to Scotland. He says it will be safer there and he can look after me. I don't know what to do, John. I know he'll be there for me but I can't help feeling he'll want something from me in return.
That is it for this week's Teaser Tuesday. Are there any books or stories you want to tease us with?

Monday, 7 March 2011

The Week Ahead: A to Z Challenge, Sh*t My Dad Says, and A Unique Bestseller


In April I will be taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, where participants will be posting 26 times in one month. I've read quite a lot of advice as to how to prepare and take part in this challenge, and this week I'm going into full preparation mode.

I've already brainstormed my 26 blog post topics, and will be writing and scheduling as many of them as possible during March. This should allow me more time to visit the other participants. But the best piece of advice I've read, and would like to pass on, is this: keep your posts short.

There is no way that you will be able to get round every blogger and every post; it is a mathematical impossibility. I've already calculated you'd need 25 hours to visit 300 participants in one day. You are only going to be able to visit a few at a time, but we can all help make it more by keeping the length of each post short. I will be brutally honest, if I visit a blog and the post is paragraph after paragraph of text I'll probably hit the backspace button. I simply won't have the time to read it.

Do you agree with me or do you think I am being unfair?


Now for two unrelated items that you might find interesting:

1. The pilot episode of William Shatner's new series, Sh*t My Dad Says, airs this week in the UK (22.30 on Channel 5, Tuesday 8th March). What interested me about this, other than Shatner, was that the series is based on a Twitter feed. I still haven't got a Twitter account, but I'm beginning to appreciate the power of Twitter to attract readers.

2. Have you heard of the literary phenomenon that is What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex by Sheridan Simove? What is amazing about this book is that apart from the front and back cover it contains 200 blank pages. Yes. You read it correctly. Totally blank. And yesterday it was ranked the 87th bestseller at Amazon.co.uk. If you want to be amused, read the reviews; they are hilarious.

That is it for this week's The Week Ahead. Have a great week.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Wonders of the Universe - BBC2, 9pm tonight

In honour of the return of Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe, BBC2, 9pm) here is a spoof opening to Wonders of the Solar System. The visuals are real but the dialogue is dubbed. The accent is pretty near, though.

Warning: this contains a four letter swear word throughout.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Friday Five: World Book Day

Please click here for Book Blurb Friday.

Thank you to everybody who offered advice for naming my MC; I shall be putting it all to use and will reveal more next week. Now on with today's Friday Five:


Today, as Old Kitty rightly pointed out on Monday, is World Book Day. So, I've decided to list a few facts and figures pertaining to the world of books:

1. The word 'book' comes from the Danish word for book, bog. Early Danes wrote on the bark from Birch trees, as opposed to the Romans who wrote on the thin layer between bark and wood known as 'liber'.

2. According to Geek.com Google Books calculates the total number of books ever written as 129,864,880. It would take you 350,000 years to get through the TBR pile.

3. There have been 171,849 books published so far this year.

4. It is likely the question 'what is the oldest book in the world?' may never be answered. If you define it as being in printed form, some believe the Gutenberg Bible, printed about 1450, is the oldest.

5. The largest bookstore in the world is the Barnes and Noble bookstore in New York. It has 12 miles of shelving and covers an area 0f 14,330m squared.

Well, I'm not sure about you, but I'm planning a holiday to New York. In the mean time, as part of my own effort for World Book Day, I'm donating ten books to our work library - I've seen the same books doing the rounds for about five years now and it is in dire need of some new reads.

What are you doing for World Book Day?

Book Blurb Friday (1): Green Star

Today is the first Book Blurb Friday, hosted by the lovely Lisa Ricard Claro. The object of this inspiring new meme is to take the cover image Lisa provides and write the back cover blurb you feel belongs to the book, in 150 words or less. Pop over to Lisa's blog to find out more and to visit the other entries.

So without further delay, let me introduce a fantastical new science fiction novel called . . .


Keiko Verde has lived her entire life on Earth, a refugee from the planet of her ancestors. But when night falls on the summer solstice, and the moon she believed would one day guide her people back home fails to appear, she must flee the only planet she has known and find the path to a distance and fabled star.

The Prophets have told her to trust no one but a Keeper of the Words and the man from Earth, but in her haste to escape a dying planet she finds herself on the only ship mad enough to embark on such a mission and without anyone of her kind. Can she trust the human pilot who promises safe passage or is he hiding a more sinister motive? And without a Keeper of the Words can she find her way to Viridis Astrum, the Green Star?


Has my book blurb done the image justice? What book do you see from the startling green eye?

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Can you help me name my MC?


I have a problem. When I wrote Dreaming of Sleep - a flash fiction piece for Pill Hill Press's Daily Flash 2011 - in March last year, the MC's name, Myron, came to me as all names do - it just popped into my head. Don't ask me how it happens; it just does.

Flash-forward to October 2010 and I've decided to use the title, MC, and idea behind Dreaming of Sleep for my NaNoWriMo novel. I was confident and happy with the choice bar one thing - the name Myron. There were two reasons for my unhappiness. Firstly, I had not long finished reading Alex J. Cavanaugh's brilliant debut novel, CassaStar, and the lead was called Byron. Daft as it might seem, I didn't want my MC's name to be so similar. Secondly, Myron just doesn't fit the character that emerged from my 50,000 nano words - a 21st Century astronaut/time-traveller and romantic lead.

So, here I am four months later and I still haven't found another name. I'm not sure if I'm just procrastinating or if it's because the name is so important to me I'm putting myself under undue pressure.

Can you help me name my main character?

Any tips on breaking through the procrastination or even name suggestions would be gratefully received. I don't like to beg but I'm not ruling it out.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Tuesday Teaser (2): Ender's Game & The Vegas Screamer

Today's book teaser is from a classic science fiction story that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.


Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card

"Because we've taken some terrible risks, Ender, and we don't want to have every net on earth second-guessing those decisions. You see, as soon as we had a working ansible, we tucked it into our best starships and launched them to attack the buggers home systems."

I first read Ender's Game over 20 years ago and decided that now was the time to re-visit it. Today Scott Card is as well known for his writing advice books as his novels, but if you've not read his fiction before, start with this book - it will not disappoint.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.




Today's WIP teaser is from The Vegas Screamer, a short story I've just had published in the Serial Killers Anthology by Static Movement. I throught I'd give you er . . .a taste.

They passed a partially burnt road sign that suggested Sam’s Diner was the place to eat. A phrase came into Sol’s mind – you kill um, we cook em. He dismissed it fast; there would be plenty of time for killing later.




That is it for this week's Teaser Tuesday. Are there any books or stories you want to tease us with?