Friday, 28 June 2013

Cover Reveal - ENDURE by Laura Diamond

Today I have the pleasure of helping to reveal the cover for ENDURE by YA author Laura Diamond. Isn't the cover stunning? ENDURE is book one in the Endure Series and promises to be a thrilling read.


Seventeen-year-old Justin's anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.

To most of the immortal Vie, his blood is a scourge: untouchable and useless. To some Vie, his blood is a drug. To Justin, it’s something that gets him in a lot of trouble. Being poisoned by a Vie is just one example. His sister getting kidnapped is another. Whether it’s being coerced by a deluded cult leader, or negotiating with Alex—an Vie scientist addicted to Anemie blood—Justin struggles to keep every mutated drop of blood he’s got.

His fight for survival gets more complicated when he meets Alex’s slave, Cara. Despite coming from different worlds, they’re both prisoners, at risk of being drained by a hungry Vie any moment. When she risks her own neck to help Justin find his sister, he's left with a terrifying choice.

Saving what's left of humanity.
Saving his sister. Saving the girl he loves.
Or sticking a stake in Alex’s chest.
Justin can't decide which option will get him killed first.

Publication Date: July 12, 2013
Genre: YA dystopian

Please visit ENDURE on Goodreads.

About Author Laura Diamond

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette, NEW PRIDE, and novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. A spin off short story based on the lions of Tsavo, TSAVO PRIDE, is now available on Amazon. Forthcoming novels include EVOKE, Book Two in the ENDURE series, from Etopia Press, and a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, from Spencer Hill Press. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

Find Laura Diamond on the web

Facebook Author Page
Amazon author page
Goodreads author page

Another fabulous book to go on my TBR list!

I'm taking next week off, so that I can catch up with a very long to-do list. Horror writer Nikki Spencer will be my Speculative Fiction Writer guest next Wednesday, but I won't be posting again until July 8th. Have an awesome week.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Samantha Geary Jones - Speculative Fiction Writer

This week's Speculative Fiction Writer is the inspirational, Samantha Geary Jones. She's going to tell us about a very special collaboration between film music and creative writing that started during this year's A to Z, and how you can get involved. Over to you, Samantha.

WriterlySam: Unlocking Imaginations

I’m a homeschooling Mom of two little girls by day, fiction author by night. Which loosely translates to full-time Mom/ part-time sanity. I have an affinity for cheese crackers and a manageable addiction to coffee. A biochemist by degree –- creative and comical by design -- my background includes lots of “nerdy” science stuff, like genetic research, pharmaceutical drug development, regulatory affairs (not to be confused with regular affairs) and a brief, bad-ass stint in the FBI, recruited as a forensics Special Agent  (truly the nail in the coffin for running).

Years of being subjected to toxic fumes has taken its toll on my neural pathways, resulting in an unusual development. No, it’s not a cool superpower. If it were, I would be in Hollywood sipping mojitos with Henry Cavill instead of revealing my handicap to you fine folks. Brace yourself! I cannot write without listening to music. Not just any music, mind you -- I am a slap-happy fan of film scores. Only these brilliant compositions will unlock my imagination, transporting me to a world of endless possibilities (drowning out the demands of domestic life and offspring alike).

Which leads me to my next revelation: Country music makes my ears bleed *no offense to country music fans*

Which, in turn, leads me to my actual revelation: During the A-Z challenge, I featured scores of music from the major motion picture production house, Audiomachine. Many excerpts from my epic YA novel series, “The Essence of Memory” were written while listening to their tracks. I am now collaborating with Audiomachine’s composers on a unique promotion for their next album release: 

Beginning July 15th, I’ll be revealing daily excerpts of a brand new serial solely inspired by their music. There will be approximately 26 posts, each highlighting an album track. When the story is complete, readers will be able to vote for their favorite posts. Three lucky commenters from the top three posts, who’ve previously “liked” Audiomachine’s FB page (and, should they feel moved to “like” My FB page, I won’t stop ‘em) will be eligible for “fan prizes”. So, it stands to reason, the more you comment, the better your chances of winning, say, a phone call from Henry Cavill or the lovely Amy Adams *disclaimer: celebrity contact is not a guaranteed prize*
In addition to this endeavor, I’ll be hosting a "Tree of Life: Branching Out" writing challenge for guest writers, each contributing their own 150 word excerpt to a continuing story collectively written over the course of 25 days. These clever crafters will spin the story in whatever direction they choose, picking up where the previous writer left off, resulting in the ultimate collaborative tale! They, too, will discover what magic the music unlocks!
When the collective story is complete, fans will have a chance to vote for their favorite guest excerpt -- the top three writers will be awarded prizes. Prizes will include autographed copies of Audiomachine's new album "The Tree of Life", original, signed tree-inspired artwork and Biltmore Coffee Traders coffee! The first guest writer will post on July 15th, the second on the 16th and so on until August 9th. I hope you all will join us during this exciting collaboration - where music unlocks the imagination!

Thank you, Samantha. As a long-time fan of film scores (I was lucky enough to see both Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone in concert), I am fascinated by this project. I can't wait to see it unfold over the coming weeks.

I'll be back on Friday with a cover reveal for Endure by Laura Diamond. I'm super-excited about this one, as I've known Laura since I first started blogging in 2010. In the meantime, happy writing.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Cover Reveal Thank You, Beating The Blues, & Debt Collector Trailer Reveal

I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped me with Taking Time's cover reveal last Monday. The following people are all stars in my opinion and if you've never visited their blogs, please do:

Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh
Donna Hosie
Suzanne Furness
CD Coffelt
Simon Kewin
L Diane Wolfe
Cherie Reich
Milo James Fowler
Christine Rains
Mary Pax
Laura Eno
Gwen Gardner

Beating the Blues

The end of last week was a tough one for me. I was balancing line edits with work and other non-writing commitments. I went through my usual period of self-doubt, especially after seeing my editor's notes. I told myself I couldn't write and that I was too tired to carry on. Two things helped me through it.

Firstly, the members of Untethered Realms, the group of speculative fiction writers I've joined. I posted how I was feeling in our private Facebook group and they rallied round to support me and offer invaluable advice. Being part of group or network like Untethered Realms is vitally important. Although writing is by its nature a solitary profession, no writer can do it all alone. I'll be discussing this in more detail in July's Indie Life post.

Secondly, I had an awesome review from a writer I did not know until the end of last week. Tony Todd is a science fiction writer (who also writes with his wife) and he featured Passing Time as his Goodreads Review of the Week. It's always great to make new writing friends, and I have a feeling we will be friends for a long time to come.You can check out his blog here.

What do you do to beat the writing blues?

Debt Collector Trailer Reveal

Over the last few weeks I've been reading a future-noir science fiction serial by the talented Susan Kay Quinn. It's a new type of fiction release, where you get a novelette-length episode every two weeks. I can't recommend it enough. If you like your fiction dark and gritty, Debt Collector is for you.

I'm thrilled to be helping to reveal Debt Collector's trailer. Here it is:


Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn  

Series: Debt Collector Serial (currently has 8 released instalments)
Genre: NA Future-Noir


What's your life worth on the open market? 

A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages. These are the first three of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. Episode 4, Broken, releases 4/17/13. For more about the Debt Collector serial, see

Purchase (Debt Collector episode 1 is currently FREE!):


Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

Author Links

That's it for today. Don't forget to call back Wednesday, when Samantha Geary Jones will be this week's Speculative Fiction Writer.

Happy writing!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Cherie Reich's Men of Foxwick

On my blog today is the always inspirational Cherie Reich. She's also a fellow Untethered Realms member. On June 5th she released her second Foxwick Chronicles short story collection. Congratulations, Cherie!

The Blurb

Men of Foxwick by Cherie Reich is now available! This fantasy short story collection features five men from the Kingdom of Foxwick.

A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.

For more information about Men of Foxwick, please visit Cherie Reich’s blog. Also, Cherie has a special announcement for her email newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for her updates and receive a coupon for a free copy of Women of Foxwick.

To purchase: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Kobo / iTunes / Nook

Click here to add on Goodreads. 

About the Author

A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her books include the horror series Nightmare, the futuristic space fantasy novelette trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy stories. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club. Her debut novel, Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, is scheduled for release on May 23, 2014.

That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Shevi Arnold - Speculative Fiction Writer

The always fabulous Shevi Arnold is back for a second Speculative Fiction Writer guest post. Today she's talking about what it means to be a geek.

On Being a Geek 

By Shevi Arnold

See that girl sitting in the food court?

She’s wearing the right clothes, listening to the right music on the right phone, and gossiping with her friends—who also wear the right clothes and listen to the right music on the right phone— about the right celebrities. She’s cool, and what makes her cool is that she looks down on anyone who likes anything that isn’t exactly right right now. And she also looks down on anyone who likes anything that’s right right now a bit too much. She’s cool, because she’s above it all, indifferent, what-e-VER.

And she’s nothing like me.

See that other girl stepping into Game Stop?

She’s wearing a Doctor Who tee, and she’s going to see if she can get her hands on the latest Professor Layton game.  Her phone is uncool, the games on it—like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope--are nerdy, and she couldn’t care less about celebrity gossip. She is a geek, and what makes her a geek is that she loves what she loves to the extreme. She’d never look down on you for liking anything. She’s geeky, because she cares deeply, she loves with all her heart (or both her hearts, if she’s a Doctor Who fan), and she’d love to tell you all about it.

She is like me.

She finds her game, squeals with glee at the thought of finally being able to play it, and passes the food court on her way to Hot Topic, where’s she’s going to check out the Big Bang Theory tees before heading to Barnes & Nobles for fantasy and sci-fi books, graphic novels, and manga.

The cool girl sees her, and the cool girl and her friends laugh. The geek overhears one of them say, “What a dork.”

And it hurts.

But what the geek doesn’t realize is that the cool girl and her friends are really thinking, “She’s brave. I wish I had something I loved that much. And I wish I had the guts to show it.”

Being a geek is awesome, because it means you care. A lot. Don’t let the so-called cool kids take that away from you.

My latest, funny novel, Why My Love Life Sucks (book one in The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer), is about the ultimate teenage geek—Gilbert Garfinkle—and the ultimate geek’s nightmare. Gilbert has a compulsive need to take apart, figure out, and fix things. One night Gilbert meets the one thing he’ll never be able to take apart and figure out: a gorgeous teenage vampire girl named Amber, who wants to turn him into her platonic best friend—literally forever.

In one scene, Amber asks Gilbert how he does it.


She silently stares off into space for a long time, and then raises a finger to her lips. Very quietly she asks, “How do you do it?”

“Do what?”

“Like yourself so much you don’t care what other people think?”

“What’s not to like? Don’t answer that. It was a rhetorical question.”

“Haven’t you ever been picked on for being, you know . . . ?”

“A geek?”


“Geeks are awesome. If other people can’t see that, it’s their problem. The very definition of being a geek is that you love something just because you love it, not because someone is telling you you should, but in spite of them telling you you shouldn’t. There’s no greater love than geek love. If you’re lucky, maybe someday you’ll find it too.”

She looks at me with her eyes narrowed and tilts her head sideways. I can see she doesn’t get what I’m saying.

“You know, that one thing that makes you so happy, you won’t care what anyone else thinks,” I explain.

“Then you won’t need other people to like you, because you’ll like you.”

“But you still have other people who really like you.”

“Yup, that’s another great thing about being a geek: because you’re not trying to hide who you are, your friends like you for you, not your hair, or makeup, or clothes. Just you.”


So don’t let the cool kids tell you what you should and shouldn’t love and how you shouldn’t love it so much. Show off your geek colors. Wear them proudly, because there are other geeks out there who love that thing as much as you do, and they will love you with all their hearts, no matter what anyone else thinks.

Thank you, Shevi. I'm a geek and proud of it. For years I was to embarrassed to tell people, though I suspect it was pretty obvious. Now I embrace who I am and love it!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Taking Time Cover Reveal!

I am thrilled to reveal the cover for my second eBook short story collection, Taking Time. 

The Blurb

Science fiction stories of time and space...

The future of humanity must be decided in Next Phase. Winning the Planetary Lottery is not as lucky as it first seems in Schrodinger's Gamble. An apocalypse and its aftermath threaten to tear one couple apart in Daiker's Children. In Life As I Know It a reclusive man finds both his heart and home invaded during an alien harvest. In Taking Time a demon seeking shelter on a distant planet finds himself facing a very different kind of demon, after answering a frontier settlement's plea for help.

Stories range from flash fiction to novelette in length. 

Publication date: July 15th, 2013

A massive thank you for everyone who has supported and encouraged me and offered invaluable advice. An extra special thank you to all those helping to spread the word via their own blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Finally, thank you to Ida Jansson at Amygdala Design for another stunning cover.

I'll be back on Wednesday when this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, Shevi Arnold will be talking about what it means to be a geek. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Angela Brown - Speculative Fiction Writer

If you are looking for this month's Indie Life post, please click here.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, and fellow Untethered Realms member, Angela Brown. She's discussing her latest release, and what influenced her choice of main character.

First let me say how cool it is to rock this spot with Ellie ((Big Hugs!))

And now, on to the post.

I released Atone this week. It’s a novella, a quick read with a little romance…oh, and assassins.

My assassin isn’t the usual kind of guy. I’m a speculative fiction author, just can’t help myself lol! The story begins with Caine Fordham in his element. That is where I’ll pause.

When I started the process of building this story, Caine was supposed to be Victoria. Yes, a woman is who I imagined for the main assassin. But as I reached the moment for writing, Victoria remained silent, comfy in her steampunked getup, politely pointing at a reserved, mysterious gentleman in a tailor made suit. As the author, I started to make it my duty to write the story my way. But I chose to listen to what Caine had to say. In a tone filled with regret, he shared about a first kiss, painful departures, a life of longevity and a desire to atone.

“I’ve already got a flash fiction piece and another possible romance tale swimming in that brain of yours. Roll with Caine,” Victoria said, giving me a nod.

I wasn’t sure exactly how to help him atone, but darn it! I had to try. Thus, here we are with Atone.

I’m pleased as punch with the result, mostly because I’m glad I didn’t force control of the characters. It felt wonderful to let the story flow onto the screen, to simply be a conduit. Sometimes, it happens. A story takes a life of its own, detouring from the friendly skeletal guidelines set up for the novel and venturing off into fun-jungle-like-yonder.

So what would you do? Would you take control of the story or let the story free-flow?

***What harm can come from a kiss?***

Caine Fordham knows the danger all too well. 

As the Kill Circuit’s top lady-killer, business is good. Yet Caine knows the life of an assassin isn’t meant to last forever, just as love is impossible for him. Who could love a man with poison lacing his veins and a kiss that kills?

When Caine decides to take one last job, deal out one last kiss, he discovers there’s more to life than death, and more to love than pain.

Atone is the second in a series of Characters Revealed novellas/short stories for...

NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies:

Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO.

But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues and interests that didn’t involve saving mankind.

Book Links:


Author Bio: 

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate /chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Author Links:

It was a pleasure hosting you today, Angela. Thank you again for helping me out at such short notice. Yay for Caine, and for Victoria for bowing out so graciously! I am a definite free-flow writer. My characters have their own lives and will (sometimes) politely tell me to head off in a direction I never even envisioned. So, I understand exactly where you are coming from.

Well that is it for this week. Don't forget to call back Monday when I'll be revealing the cover for my upcoming science fiction short story collection. In the mean time, happy writing.

Indie Life: How To Handle Negative Reviews

It's time for this month's Indie Life post, a monthly feature run by the awesome writers over at the Indelibles blog. Every second Wednesday of the month those taking part will post something related to indie life, such the highs, lows, triumphs, struggles, and milestones of going it alone.

Today I'm talking about negative reviews.

We've all hopefully experienced the joys of receiving a positive review - when a reader has not only liked your book, but liked it enough to tell the world they did and why. We've also (or at some point will) experience the lows of a negative review. The question is how do you as a writer handle those negative reviews?

To answer that question, I'm going to break negative reviews down into two types:

  1. The one or two-star review that gives you no indication as to why they disliked your book, other than to say it was rubbish and/or to avoid it.
  2. The one, two, or three-star review that tells you why they didn't like your book.

My opinion with regard to the first type is to just ignore them. As painful as they are, there will always be people who do not like or get your writing. It's a fact of life. Most importantly, do not comment on or react to these reviews. Take it on the chin and accept it will happen.

With regard to the second type of negative review, treat it as a type of constructive criticism. If a reader has taken the time to say what they disliked, pay attention. Of course you may not agree with everything they say, but is there anything in there that actually may hold some truth? In a recent three-star review I received for Passing Time, a reader said they felt my stories were rushed and needed more time. One thing I have heard from friends who have read my stories is 'make them longer'. So, I have taken their advice and the negative reviewers comments seriously. I am working to ensure my stories are longer and do not leave anything out. 

No writer wants to hear someone disliked their work. It does hurt. We are human, and we have fragile egos. But we can choose how we react to them, turning a negative into a positive.

What about you? How do you handle negative reviews?

Monday, 10 June 2013

Write Club, Optical Osmosis, and Untethered Realms

There are so many exciting things happening in the blogging world at the moment, I don't know where to begin.

WRiTE CLUB is back. If you haven't heard about it (and the number one WRiTE CLUB rule is you MUST talk about WRiTE CLUB), get yourself over to the club's founder, DL Hammon's blog. You can read all about the legendary writing club, how to take part, and how to join here.

Congratulations to Jeff Beesler, who published Optical Osmosis last week. I have to say his book has one of the most stunning covers I've ever seen. Read all about his dark science fiction novel here. He's also looking for hosts for his upcoming blog tour during July, so if can help drop him a line.

Available at Amazon and

Finally, the Untethered Realms website will officially launch tomorrow. Each Tuesday a different member of the Untethered Realms group will be posting about something related to the group's motto, 'tap into worlds, wings, and spec fic things'.  Angela Brown will be kicking things off on June 11th.

If you have time, please drop by to say hello and find out who the members are and the latest news.

Well that is it for today. If you have any news you'd like to share, please let me know in the comments section. I'll be back on Wednesday with my monthly post for Indie Life. Don't forget next Monday is the cover reveal for my science fiction short story collection. Big gulp.

Happy writing and reading.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Rhiannon Frater - Speculative Fiction Writer

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, Rhiannon Frater. She is the award-winning author of the As The World Dies zombie trilogy. My kind of fiction!

Q: You could have chosen any place in the world for your characters to hole up in during the end of days, yet you chose to keep your setting close to home. What were the perks & drawbacks to writing about a setting familiar to you, as opposed to choosing one you must research or create?
Actually, the characters are in a setting that is not familiar to me. I live in a big city.  I’ve not experienced the small town community that exists in the book. I observed how these small towns operate during my former job and was exposed to the reality of a small town. I remember marveling at how a city secretary knew the name of every person in her town and where they lived.  I was amazed.  During my travels, I absorbed the whole energy of these small towns and the people who lived in them and transferred that into Ashley Oaks.  It was a great experience.
I think the only book I have written so far where I didn’t have to do research on the location was PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES because it takes place mostly in Austin, Texas where I live.  That made writing a whole lot simpler!

Q: What was your inspiration for Nerit’s character and do you know anyone with similar military background?
I was inspired by three women I met at various points in my life. One was a young Israeli woman that inspired Nerit’s name, the other two were older Israeli women who were beautiful, intelligent, kind, and former Israeli snipers.  While speaking to one, she explained that women made better snipers than the men because they are better shots and she shrugged off her talent as if it was nothing really unusual.  She alluded to having taken lives, but didn’t seem particularly ruffled by this fact because she was doing her job. I marveled that someone so normal could have done something so extraordinary.
Nerit was born in a split second when I was writing the book and saw her standing on top of the old hunting store. I instantly understood the character and what she was all about.  I think she is such a popular and fascinating character because she is the person who does what no one else can do. She is the master of doing the monstrous and terrible, yet retains her dignity.  I love the fact that she’s 62, a woman, and yet a complete bad ass.

Q: Did you do any research on psychopathology to write about the after effects on your character’s psyche?
A ton of research.  Both by reading and speaking to people who have gone through terrible calamities.  I was able to talk to survivors of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and it gave me enormous insight into the mind of someone going through a life-altering experience like a national disaster.
Also, I read up on historical events that adversely affected humanity and how we survived. I remember one article that really struck me was how humans survive through community. That was just a profound realization. Most of the time zombie fans are in love with the lone survivor, or the groups of people fighting and destroying each other, but the reality of our history is that in the end we survive because of community.
As for the personal struggles, I did a lot of research on battered women for Jenni.  The real challenge was Calhoun. Since Calhoun is schizophrenic, I had to understand how the illness affects his perceptions. I watched several videos where they depicted how someone who has schizophrenia and is unmedicated sees the world. It was extremely eye opening.
I’m a firm believer in creating realistic characters.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island (with electricity?) what 3 things could you not live without?
My computer, my husband, my pets.

Q: What book would you absolutely have to have with you, and why?
My novel THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE.  It is the one book I definitely wrote just because I wanted to read it. 

Q: What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Texan, author, Goth, goofy, boring.

It’s the End of the World as We Know It
But all is not lost.  A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have defended their new home—the fortified town of Ashley Oaks, Texas—against ravenous zombies and cruel bandits.  They have gathered supplies, established a civil government, and even found love among the ruins.

An excellent tactician who has led the town’s defenders more than once, Katie has made peace with the loss of her beloved wife.  She is remarried and pregnant with her husband’s child.  Jenni, a zombie killer beyond compare, fled an abusive husband and formed a new, loving family with her stepson, his dog, and her new love.  Jenni’s still the first to volunteer for any dangerous mission—but now she has a reason to survive.

A deadly supply run leads to the discovery of hundreds of survivors trapped in a failing shopping mall, their lives controlled by a power-hungry U.S. Senator and the military men and women who follow her.  News that there are civilians living in peace outside the mall is earth-shattering for all of them.

The final battle for the fort—and, in a way, for the soul of America—is about to begin. 

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other horror novels.  She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

You can find her online at:

Thank you, Rhiannon. I'm sure boring is not a word anyone would you use to describe you! I can't wait to start reading the As The World Dies trilogy.

I will be back next Monday, when I'll be starting the seven day countdown to my next cover reveal. Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Taking Time Update & Immaterial Evidence

Can you believe it's June already? I've spent the last few days preparing Taking Time for my editor and working on it's blurb. I received my new cover last week, and can't wait to share it with you all. If you've offered to help with the cover reveal on June 17th, I will be emailing you everything you need later this week.  Thank you again for offering to help.

Last Friday speculative fiction writer Milo James Fowler released his longest story to date. Immaterial Evidence is a future noir detective story, and promises to be an exciting and edgy read. It's available from Musa Publishing here.

A detective with a price on his head. An invisible 
criminal with nothing to lose...

The vault door never opened. The bank went into lockdown in less than a minute. Yet the security footage was unmistakable: a hundred silver bars had simply vanished. 
Ever since the city’s most dangerous crime boss put a price on his head, private investigator Charlie Madison has lived as an exile in Little Tokyo. But now an old friend and police sergeant has lured Madison back into the city to hunt down an invisible criminal—if he can. 
As Madison makes his clandestine return, high-profile people start disappearing. And when federal agents swoop onto the scene to take matters into their own hands, they offer Madison a deal he can't refuse—as long as he agrees to work with them. With Japanese freedom fighters and refurbished killing machines threatening to take the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust, the United World government needs all the help it can get.
Embroiled in an unimaginable mystery, one private eye must rely on his wits to solve a case where the evidence is immaterial, and the odds are stacked high against him at every turn.
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That is all for today. I'll be back on Wednesday, when I'll be interviewing the award-winning author of the As The World Dies zombie trilogy, Rhiannon Frater. Until then, happy writing.