Monday, 8 February 2016

WRITE CLUB, The Undead Road, & IWSG Anthology

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

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

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

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

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

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

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

Buy Links: 

Amazon  /  Amazon.CA / Amazon.UK / 

Praise for The Undead Road:

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

About the Author:

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

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

Enter the realm of parallel universes! 

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

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

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

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


  1. Oo, judge! Cool. The Write Club is a fun event. I didn't even realized it was here already.

  2. My Zombie Summer sounds interesting. Even more so because I have travelled most of the places listed in the synopsis, but I never saw any zombies - I think...

  3. Hi Ellie - that's great to see you're one of the slush judges! What an honour to be a judge on The Write Club ... lots of fascinating stories and ideas are put forward. Congratulations and also to David with his zombie book, and the anthology .. cheers Hilary

  4. What fun! I'm reading David's book right now. :) Have a great week.

  5. This is so awesome! Thank you, Ellie. :)

  6. Thanks for mentioning the IWSG anthology! Just wait until you read the stories.

  7. Good luck with the Write Club!

  8. You've got to stop the writers if they bleed too much.


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