Monday, 30 September 2013

The Ghosts of Aquinnah Cover Reveal & Creepy Freebies

Can you believe tomorrow is October 1st? My favourite month of the year is nearly upon us. To start the build up to Halloween, I have a ghostly cover reveal from Julie Flanders and news of a month full of Creepy Freebies.

Let's start with the cover reveal.


The Blurb

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? ...

Who is she? ...

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects ...

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

Author Bio

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.



Find Julie at:


The Ghosts of Aquinnah will be released by Ink Smith Publishing on December 5, 2013.

Congratulations, Julie. Sounds like my kind of read. 


Now for Creepy Freebies.


During October, Milo James Fowler has teamed up with some talented writers to bring you a month of free stories. 


Creepy Freebies starts this Friday, October 4th. Please help to spread the word.

That's it for today. Please stop by Wednesday, when Misha Gericke will be this week's Speculative Fiction Writer. Until then, happy reading and writing.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Milo James Fowler - Speculative Fiction Writer



Today I'm extra happy to be welcoming back speculative fictioneer, Milo James Fowler. He agreed to answer some of my questions. Did he know what he was letting himself in for?




Q: Where are you from, and what do you do when you're not writing short stories or novels?

I'm a San Diego native, and when I'm not writing, I'm teaching 7th & 8th grade English and a creative writing workshop – or I'm grading papers. When I have the time, I enjoy swimming, surfing, and mountain biking.

Q: What three words would you use to describe your writing?

Speculative pulp fiction

Q: You are a prolific writer, with over 70 publications. What inspires you to keep writing?

I want to share my characters and their stories with as many readers as possible.

Q: What are you working on now?

I'm currently neck-deep in revisions on a future noir / time travel novel; 90K down, another 60K to go!

Q:  Do you have a favourite writing quote and, if so, what is it?

"The worst stuff you write is always better than the best stuff you don't." – Anonymous

"Never give up, never surrender!" – Galaxy Quest

Q:  Now for the compulsory random question: If you were spending six months on the International Space Station, what five items would you take with you?

1.  Gizmo (my Kindle) with all my favorite books fully loaded
2.  Gizmo's charger, since he'll run out of juice every few weeks
3.  iPad to take photos/video of the amazing view and to type up stories the space station will inspire
4.  iPad charger, since it will run out of juice every day
5.  My toothbrush

I don't like reading on the iPad with all that back-lit glare, and Gizmo is my sidekick. We travel together often, and he's good company. As for the toothbrush…well… It doubles as a phaser.



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.


You can find Milo and all his latest news over at In Medias Res.


Thank you, Milo. I know someone with a cat called Gizmo. I'm not sure how he'd feel about you taking him to the ISS, though. But if I were going, my Kindle would be top of the list. Before I forget, in October I'll be teaming up with Milo and a few other authors to bring you...you'll have to wait! Evil chuckle.

I'll be back on Monday. Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, 23 September 2013

It's Time I Made A Business Plan


In trying to decide what my next big publication should be, I'm being faced with some tough decisions. Do I write what I love or what is more likely to sell in today's fiction market? Can I do both? Do any of my works-in-progress stand more of a chance of selling than the others? What have my readers told me they like or want more of? To earn enough money for my writing to start supporting itself, should I chase the market? Or can I both write what I love and write what will sell?

The problem with all these questions is that they sap creativity, pleasure, and willpower. At least for me they do. But I do need to answer these questions for financial reasons. Self-publishing costs money, and neither of my short story collections have recouped their investment yet. They are selling well, especially since I re-vamped the covers, but there's a long way to go until their cost is paid off. So, my next publication needs to be well thought out. I need to consider more than just what I want to write.

It's time I made a business plan.

I'll be honest - I hate thinking of my writing as a business. It's an alien concept that baffles me. Yet if I'm to achieve my dream of supporting myself solely through my writing, I need to think of it in that way. At least when I make the big decisions - like what should my next publication be? Once the decisions are made, I can launch myself into the chosen project confident I've made the right choices. At least that's the plan.

So, over the next couple of weeks that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to lock myself away in my writing cave and answer those horrid questions. The creative side of my brain will likely protest, so I'll have to trick it into thinking this is another fun project by drawing a few mind maps and charts. But I'm determined to have a long-term plan in place.

How about you? Do you have a business plan? If so, what advice can you offer me or anyone else considering making one? For those of you earning a living through writing, how much importance do you place on writing for the market? Does it really matter if you're writing what you love, because in the end your passion will shine through and create prose people want to read?

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kate Kelly - Speculative Fiction Writer

I'm thrilled to introduce this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, Kate Kelly. Many of you will already know her through her blog, The Scribbling SeaSerpent. Today she's going to talk about when science fiction becomes science fact. Over to you, Kelly.



Today’s Science Fiction – Tomorrow’s Science Fact

None of us can know the future. The possibilities are endless. We can only guess at what might be the fate of our planet. It is these endless possibilities that are the fuel for today’s science fiction.

But what when science fiction becomes science fact?

Wind the clock back over a hundred years to those first Victorian writers who defined the genre. Take one of my all-time favourite authors – HG Wells - a lot of his predictions seem so silly to us now. No-one’s invented a Time Machine. The Martians didn’t invade.

But look a little closer. Look at the technology. Look at the heat ray the Martians used. Now we have lasers, but at the time such a weapon was pure fiction. So was the idea of a man walking on the moon? The First Men in the moon was written in 1901 and must have seemed pure fantasy – while for us today the lunar landings are part of history.

And moving forward in time – you only have to look at a few star Trek episodes to see science in the making – Captain Kirk with a mobile phone before anyone had heard of such a device, Jean-Luc Pickard with his IPad.

In fact some Science Fiction can be eerily prophetic.

And what of the future? What of today’s Science Fiction technologies?

Will interstellar space flight become a reality? The concept of Warp Drive is based on scientific theory – we just don’t have any way of making it work – at least – not yet. But maybe, one day, we really will set up colonies on other worlds.

Of course, this is assuming that we don’t destroy ourselves first. There is an awful lot of post-apocalyptic and dystopian science fiction around at the moment – darkly imagined futures, society in ruins.

Let’s hope that these predictions don’t come true! 


The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone and only scavvers now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn't the first time... Living with her uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Danni s world is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a strange, small rock. Danni must not tell a soul that she has it. But what is the rock for, and to what lengths must Danni go to keep it safe? This action-packed adventure takes the reader from the barren terrain of Greenland, to the flooded ruins of Cambridge, and on to a sinister monastery in Malta. In her effort to save her uncle and evade a power-hungry space agency, Danni discovers that friends aren’t always what they seem, and a rock isn't always just a rock...

Available from:





Kate Kelly is a marine scientist by day but by night she writes SF thrillers for kids. Her love of the sea inspires many of the themes in her writing. Kate’s debut novel Red Rock is published by Curious Fox.

She can be found at:


Thank you, Kelly. As much as I love post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, I hope the predictions don't come true either. I only wish that I could still be here when humanity ventures out into space. Alas, I think that is a long time away. In the meantime, Red Rock is going on my TBR list!

That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday. Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Taking The World By Storm & Indiestructable

I'm starting the week with a long awaited release - CassaStorm by the mighty Alex J. Cavanaugh - and Indiestructable: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle. Did you know Indiestructable features Alex? How brilliant is that?

Firstly, the book I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of through my letterbox (I love this series so much, I have to hold the books in my hands).


CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh


From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

On sale from September 17th

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse 
“Cavanaugh creates such an unforgettable world, and these characters will stay with you long after their story is over.” 
- Cassie Mae, author of Friday Night Alibi and How to Date a Nerd

“…the racial conflicts propelled much of the plot in this story, driving home a message that's relevant to our own world and giving the book an interesting texture.” 
- C. Lee. McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera

Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:



Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.


Your chance to win a prize!

Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!

Lastly, I got to ask Alex a question. Do Alex clones really exist and, if so, where can I get my own Ellie clones?

Come visit me here in the States and I’ll let you run through the clone machine a few times!

Sadly, no clones though. However, if you can secure a job like mine where you can work, watch movies, and blog at the same time, it will appear as if you have clones.

Where can I find such a job? I need it now!


Now on to Indiestructable.


ONLY 99c TO HELP SUPPORT THE INDIE AUTHOR & AN AMAZING CHARITY!
by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder …  what’s everybody else’s story?
Then Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?
What are you waiting for?
Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!


eBook: $0.99 USD
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
ISBN 10: 0987593102
ISBN 13: 9780987593108
Language: English
Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors:

About Jessica Bell:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet, and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.


Connect with Jessica online:


If you haven't read Indiestructable yet, I urge you to get a copy. This is one eBook every writer should own.

That's it for today. On Wednesday Red Rock author, Kate Kelly, will keeping the excitement going by asking the question, 'But what about when science fiction becomes science fact?' Until then, have a great week.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Indie Life & Speculative Fiction Writer

Before I start, I must apologise to the Indie Life group. Unfortunately, I managed to triple book myself today. I have Blood Family author Mark Knight joining me as this week's Speculative Fiction Writer. What should have been my Indie Life post is now appearing at Jessica Bell's The Writer Unleashed weekly guest spot - please pop over and read about why size really does matter when it comes to cover art - and finally, I'm being interviewed over at Mark Knight's blog.

Phew. I think I may need some strong coffee.


Now back to today's featured writer, Mark Knight. He's going to tell us about some of the creatures appearing in his upcoming book, Solomon Grimm & The Well of Souls. Over to you, Mark.




When we think of Ireland and folklore, our brains automatically tune in to a familiar image of a little man with green breeches. Yes, leprechauns are pretty much pretty much inextricably linked with the Green Isle, thanks to movies like Darby O’Gill and the Little People and the Irish Tourist Board. I am Irish on my father’s side, and lived there for the latter part of my teen years – and I can tell you that nobody ever mentions the green-clad little people. Not because it is bad luck to do so, or anything like that … but because leprechauns aren’t nearly as fascinating as the hundreds of other supernatural creatures that haunt the Green Isle.

And so, back in 2009, I set aside a few months to research these entities and Irish folklore in general, consulting family, Irish locals, and folklorist Dr Bob Curran, who has written several books on the subject if Irish fairies.


Far Darrig. The Far Darrig or Red Man is very similar to a leprechaun – short and stocky, but dressed in red rather than green… that is, when he can be seen at all. Mortal terror amuses the far darrig. Occasionally, he invites a mortal to enter a lonely bog hut, then he orders him to make dinner out of a hag skewered on a spit. The man usually faints. When he recovers, he finds himself alone with the sound of laughter filling the air, but coming from no distinguishable source. Far Darrig is a terrible practical joker, using his vocal talents to make it sound as though hollow laughs are coming from graves. He loves pranks, but is actually good natured and will bring luck to those whom he approves of.

Sheehogues. There are some creatures in folklore which don’t really fit into the recognized descriptions of ghosts or fairies but seem to fall somewhere between the two. But they can be incredibly dangerous. For example, on Rathlin Island there is a story concerning a creature called the Canaan-dhu which is half man-half horse (rather like a centaur) but which can come and go like a ghost. It has a massive spear right in the centre of its chest with which it can spear its victims. Few people have ever seen it but they know it's there and can hear it going about during hours of darkness. This might be classed as ‘a sheehoguey thing.’

The Marbh Bheo. Yes, there are zombies in Irish folklore, believe it or not. The Marbh Bheo (pronounced merv-ee-oh) is taken to mean ‘the nightwalking dead’. The term ‘zombie’ might be a bit too specific for them however, as they are simply the dead who have risen and either go to places with which they were associated when living or simply aimlessly wander the roads. Some of the Marbh Bheo may be seen in various stages of decomposition. A number of these are people who have died before their time – that is, from disease or in an accident.  Suicide victims were especially prone to becoming these creatures.

These creatures, and many more, will be incorporated into my upcoming teen adventure novel, Solomon Grimm and the Well of Souls.


Mark Knight’s Written Worlds:
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Thank you, Mark. What a fascinating post. I learnt a lot today. I'm looking forward to reading your new book. I'm also eagerly awaiting a sequel to Blood Family.

That's it for this week. I will be back on Monday, when an awesome person we all know will be Taking the World by Storm. Any guesses?

Why Size Really Does Matter

We all know the importance of having a great book cover when it comes to attracting potential readers. When you consider that along with your blurb and opening lines, a cover is your most important selling point, getting it right is a must.

In the world of indie publishing, it's too easy to release our masterpieces with a second-rate cover. You know the ones I'm talking about. Clichéd images. Themes that don't match the book's genre. Unreadable or inappropriate fonts. A mix of cheap clip-art and unprofessional-looking fonts. The list could go on. Like with most aspects of publishing a book, when it comes to cover design, it really does pay to hire a professional or spend the time and money needed to produce the best cover you can.

But have you stopped to consider how good your cover looks at thumbnail size?

I hadn't until I read an interview with bestselling indie author, Talli Roland. You can read the full interview here. In it, she stresses the importance of having covers that work well at thumbnail size. Why? Because that's how your book will appear on most sites and apps. What she said struck a chord with me, because if your cover is unreadable and nothing more than a blur, who will bother to look at it?




I loved the covers my designer created for my two short story collections, especially the neon-styled title font.

Here's the one for Passing Time.










Now look at it at roughly the same thumbnail size that appears on my Amazon phone app and in an Amazon book search.

It's just about readable. In fact, it looks even worse on my phone.


So, I went back to my designer and told her that much as I loved the font, it had to go. I needed to replace it with something that would look good at all image sizes.

I now have a much bolder, clear title and author name. It's already made a huge difference to my sales. They tripled in the first week alone.


I've learnt my lesson. When it comes to any future covers, I will be automatically checking how they look at the smallest sizes, because size really does matter.

What about you? Do your covers look good at thumbnail size?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Do You Gender Discriminate? & Other News

Last week I followed a fascinating debate regarding gender bias in reading. A Facebook friend referred to a man who upon discovering his favourite author was a woman, declared he would never buy a book by her again. I'd like to bring the topic up here by asking, does the gender of an author stop you reading a book?



My answer is a resounding no. I can honestly say whether an author is a man or woman never has or will be a factor in choosing a book. For me, the deciding factors are genre, blurb, and I will admit it, sometimes cover art.

It's common thinking that female authors are not seen as doing so well in some genres traditionally associated with men, such as thriller and science fiction. There are authors who have been asked by publishers to use an initial instead of their first name, so as to disguise their gender. Some indie authors do the same.

Gender bias also affects genres traditionally associated with the female gender, such as romance or chick lit. In last week's discussion, some people admitted that they won't or don't like reading romance books written by men. Male authors are seen as not being able to get the female character in the same way a woman can.

While I think it is true that we do understand our own sex more than the opposite, for me it isn't about getting the gender right. It's about the character, setting, and plot. It's about the world they inhabit.

And is gender bias really that prevalent? I asked a few friends the question I started this post with. The response was mixed. Around half agreed with me - the gender of the author makes no difference. The other half stated gender did play an important part in choosing a book. Even if a book came highly recommended, if it wasn't written by their preferred sex, they wouldn't read it. Worse still, the gender of the person recommending it also affected their decision.

So, where does that leave the writer? If we're striking out into what are seen as genres traditionally dominated by one gender, do we hide our identity? Or do we simply say, accept me or not?

I think you probably already know my answer to the final question. What about you?

Other News




If you haven't already heard, science fiction and fantasy author, M Pax's annual Realms Faire will be happening this November 11th - 15th. For endless fun and competitions, sign up for one or more of the events taking place that week. I will see you there.










Following the difficulties I experienced updating both of my eBooks on Amazon, Passing Time and Taking Time are now available again in the form of a second edition. They've both been re-formatted and had cover revamps. Other eBook formats will follow soon.










I'll be back on Wednesday with a guest post by Blood Family author, Mark Knight. I'll also be guesting on his and Jessica Bell's blogs. Until then, happy reading and writing.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Jeremy Hawkins It's Time Book Tour

Today the super-cool Jeremy Hawkins is visiting for his It's Time Book Tour, and he's talking about his own unique way of meeting William Shatner. Over to you, Jeremy.




We all know who William Shatner is right from Star Trek to the host of 911, yeah you are right he has been in many of things too. I wanted to focus on him as a body of work and that when he makes presences at a convention; well he makes his presence known. Over the years I have seen him from a distance sitting in the audience and that one lucky year I got him right in front of me. Now the question is how to grab his attention, how to get him to look your way… let him know you are here. Well I came up with this stupid idea at his poorly guarded signing booth and me able to stand about 10 feet away from him, close enough for us to hear him talk. Now I won’t tell you which convention this was, because I did sort of get kicked out because I figured if I can hear him. He could hear me and guess what he did and this is where the train wreck begins.

Now in low voices my friend and I started to chant “Danny Crane” [Boston Legal] and added a few others to do the same as we got louder and louder. You know where this is going so I will just tell you, we got the nose up and the evil stare from Shatner once or twice he continued to sign away. At some point the crowd was becoming unruly; he knows we were the ones who started the mild rousing. William Shatner stopped signing and finally made his voice heard… “Damn you it’s Denny Crane, if you are going to chant something… chant it right”. A round of applause comes from us as we knew we could break him. He was very cool about it I think, but we walked up and gave a fist bump to the captain and he smiled. I think I heard jack-ass from a quiet voice, so in my world I was called a jack-ass from the great William Shatner.

Thank you all for stopping over and to the lovely Ellie for letting me host my crazy stories, if you would like to continue to the next tour date, I can let you know my encounter with a tall man named Angus….


The Books

It's a four book series 40 pages each and it is the art/design from things I had designed over the years. It's a mish-mash of things that I had seen in my head... and some are future designs that will become shirts. Places I wanted to go artistically as you travel from where I was to where I am now. Is it great journey!  Titles came from the idea of time "12:34, 35, 36 and 37” seems that is when my best ideas came to me... day or night. It's funny I never considered myself a "writer" just a man who likes to paint a canvas if it be words or my art/design.

Giveaways: Some great prizes being given away please stop over at my main page “BEING RETRO” and look just below the header for the “It’s Time” Tour Giveaway link and enter today.

Thank You, for letting me play host and to all who took the “time” to read this… you are all the best.

Jeremy Hawkins
Being Retro


Thank you, Jeremy. Angus? I'll be stopping by tomorrow. I've actually met William Shatner myself. Nothing as exciting as your encounter, though. Congratulations on the books!

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

Thursday, 5 September 2013

The World Ends How?! Blogfest


I love end of the world/post-apocalyptic books and movies. I also love really cheesy horror movies. So when you call a blogfest The World Ends How?!, there's no way I'm passing it up. Plus, it's being hosted by the awesome Hart Johnson and she has an exciting new series coming out today. More about that later.



So, how am I supposed to end the world?

Write 50-250 words about how YOU think the world will end (all in fun): is it nuclear war? Aliens? Zombies? Asteroid? [Is it clear yet I think way too much about this?] Giant Spaghetti Monster? Attack of the Interrobang!? Or are you on board with my flu scenario?

I thought, I can do that. Giant sharks in mega-asteroids. Lasers guns full of piranhas. Then I thought, I wonder what crazy ideas my Facebook friends would come up with? So, I asked them. Here's what they said:


Chris Moss A Verne-Shot, and whats more its REAL!!

Ellen Brickley Everyone in the US and Western Europe orders a coffee at the exact same time and the earth floods.

Jeremy Hawkins we finally reach the last number in all the series of numbers.

Crystal Hicken Collier Swallowed. By Cheese.

Dave Durrant The Chinese all jump up and down at the same time & Ok how about a space cruise liner that's going to crash into London.

Lexa Cain A parasite burrows into all food and causes world wide flatulence and someone flicks a Bic.

Jessica Bell Everyone's minds revert back to 3 years old. Imagine it.

Colin Thomas And the monkey flicks the switch .......... & King Dog Whelk and his mollusc army rise up on a huge spring tide and devour all human life except Boris Johnson whom the king takes as his wife.

Carol Coffelt Very heavy asteroid (very heavy) hits the earth turning it inside out like a sock. Did I say, Very Heavy?


They're all mad, I tell you. Mad. My favourite is Colin's monkey, King Dog Whelk, and Boris Johnson. Just don't tell him that - I'll never hear the end of it.

Now back to Hart Johnson and her exciting new release. 



Deadliest virus in a century, or a social experiment gone awry?

Every year they warned about the flu and more often than not, it amounted to nothing. Sidney Knight, a young freelance reporter had certainly never written on it. But a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon cut short by a beach full of dead seagulls and a panicked warning from her brother the scientist catch her attention. This batch is different. Deadlier. And the vaccine doesn't seem to be helping. It almost looks like it's making it worse...

A Flock of Ill Omens: Part I is the first episode of A Shot in the Light, an Apocalypse Conspiracy Tale about what happens when people play God for fun and profit. There will be approximately ten episodes, each the equivalent of about 100 pages.

Good Reads has a sneak peak posted. You can find the purchase link and more information about the book here. And if you want it FOR FREE, I will be offering it free on the release dates of at least the next two in the serial: September 19 and October 10.



Hart Johnson writes books from here bathtub and can be found at Confessions of a Watery Tart, though be warned. She is likely to lead you into shenanigans.









Thank you, Hart. That was fun. Congratulations on your release. This is one series I will definitely be reading.

If you're on Facebook and would like to be a friend, please click here or on the badge on the left side of my blog. 

So, how would your world end?