• Interview: Michael G. Williams

    Today I’m interviewing Michael G. Williams, who has just released his new book, A Fall in Autumn, with Falstaff Books. Here’s a bit about him. Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality, and Nobody Gets Out Alive; a new series in The Shadow Council Archives featuring one of San Francisco’s most beloved figures, SERVANT/SOVEREIGN; and the science fiction noir A Fall in Autumn. Michael also writes short stories and contributes to tabletop RPG development. Michael…

  • Poetry From Fruit of the Dead

    Today I’m posting a bit of poetry from my latest collection, Fruit of the Dead. See if you can catch the references and leave a comment if you do. Twelve He knocks Four times. You won’t answer Because you know Who’s there. And you don’t want to go. Even the timeless can’t Stop time. Four times He knocks again. You can’t answer Because open doors Invite death. And you don’t fear leaving. Even the brave can’t Weather endings. Four times Three knocks. You must answer Because your master Is time. And you scream protest. Even the defiant can’t Stop progress.

  • Here Be Dragon (Professional Individual 15).

    I’m unleashing the Dragon because it’s drafty in here. This post is a bit more for writers than readers. It’s about working with Dragon dictation software by Nuance. I haven’t been at it for too long but here’s my take. First of all, it’s not natural at first. I know the name says “naturally speaking: but remembering to give commands like open quotes, period, and new paragraph along with the story takes practice. I’ve talked to more than a few authors who gave up on it after a trial period. It’s not the easiest software to work with. The settings aren’t intuitive. But I had a little help from a friend.…

  • New Release: Grave Dealings

    I interviewed R.R. Virdi because he’s had a ton going on since the last time. Here’s the shiny new cover of book three in The Grave Report series, Grave Dealings. Read about R.R. and then check out the description below. D.R.- You’re ready to write and have your pen and paper or computer or microphone ready. What else do you need during your session? R.R.- Music (without lyrics) really helps me focus. I’m ADHD, so the constant engagement without distracting lyrics helps me tune out other things and set a constant workflow/pattern. I prefer what some people call, “Epic music.” It’s bombastic, orchestral, evocative, stuff from movies, games, anime. D.R.- Tell us about…

  • Untamed by Madeline Dyer

    Autumn Authors: Madeline Dyer

    Happy Halloween! Today, I’m interviewing Madeline Dyer, which is appropriate because she loves everything spooky. Here’s a bit about her. ​ Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England and holds a BA honours degree in English from the University of Exeter. She has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, Untamed (Prizm Books, May 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged. Madeline’s second novel, Fragmented, released in September 2016, and…

  • A Change In Crime

    New Release: A Change In Crime

    It’s live! You can find A Change In Crime here in both paperback and ebook. Change comes with the strike of a match. Leo Riley loses his whole family when mobsters burn his home to the ground. His only ally now is Oguina, a vengeful woman-turned-monster. If Leo walks her path, at least they’re not alone. As Leo plots his demise, Giacomo Bianco gazes into an abyss that stares back. His fall to madness is a one-way trip Leo aims to stop at all costs before Bianco orders another hit. Monster and Mafioso fight for dominance over Fall River’s streets. But powers change everything. Can Leo roll with the punches…

  • Beautiful Rose

    Autumn Authors: Scarlet Rose Bonnett

    Hello! It’s Monday and that means it’s time to meet a new author. Here’s Scarlet Rose Bonnett, author of Call Me Ana. Here’s a bit about her: Scarlet spends her time writing, chasing feral children (her own, mostly), and caring for her chickens, dog, cats, mice, and guinea pig. Scarlet writes romance and has some lovely quotes over at her Twitter page. I also found out that Scarlet has some flash-fiction writing prompts on her blog. Fun city! She likes to post some of her own there, as well. She’s got a novel coming out on October 12th, just two days from now. Here’s a picture of the cover! You can…

  • The Longest Night Watch 2

    Have a Good Read and Help #ENDALZ!

    “An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s).” www.alz.org/facts/ On March 12th, 2015, the writing world lost one of its greatest contemporary heroes – Sir Terrence “Terry” Pratchett. To honor his life, a group of writers published an anthology of stories that showcased his influence on their writing, and which also helped bring awareness of the disease that contributed to his end, Alzheimer’s Disease. That anthology was The Longest Night Watch, volume 1. It was a success, and the group–now…

  • Ellie Mack

    Special Announcements!

    I’m here to tell you about Roundtable Redcap. It’s just about done, but I’m waiting on my cover. I’m expecting it, still, by the end of the month, September 1 at the latest. So, because I don’t have a beautiful, awesomesauce cover of my own to show you right now, Here’s one from another author. Her name is Ellie Mack, and her book is called Quotidiandose: 30 Days of Sass, and it’s high in freaking lariousness, which I know all of you like. Check out that smirk! Here’s a bit more about Ellie’s Nonfiction Humor book. This collection of daily musings combine edgy, funny, practical, everyday reality with a dose of…

  • Dragon My Heart Around

    PPC Book 4 is Live!

    It’s live! Well, the ebook is, anyway. For a limited time, Dragon My Heart Around is just $0.99. It’s also available in Kindle Unlimited. The paperback version will be out as soon as Createspace is done doing its thing. Click the cover image to get the book. Here’s your Release Day Recipe! This time, it’s for cinnamon waffles with spiced pears. Have a listen to the song while whipping up a batch. ​ Waffles 2 eggs 3/4 cup milk 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon In…

  • Of Wolf And Peace

    Of Wolf and Peace Is Live!

    You can get it here. Here’s the description: If you don’t own your mistakes they’ll own you. Wolf shifter Josh Dennison shouldn’t tempt coincidence, or he’ll end up ill-fated, like his missing brother and maimed sister. The wolves pledged neutrality when the Goblin King and Sidhe Queen split up centuries ago. But he’s falling for the one woman he can’t have, a Kelpie whose magic comes straight from the Goblin King’s court. Nox Phillips has hidden on campus since she undid the Queen’s punishing spell. When she and Josh work together again, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But for any favor shown to one Faerie court, a price must…

  • Fangs for the Memories

    Fangs for the Memories Is Live!

    The second PPC book is live! Fangs for the Memories launched in Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited. Click here to get the book! Here’s the description: Memory is a tricky business. No one remembers Maddie May. That’s fine with her; just a side effect of Umbral magic. Unfortunately, she has to take the Magic Theory Lab at Providence Paranormal College. Maddie won’t pass if the Professor can’t remember her. Henry Baxter’s a psychic vampire who can store total recall for himself and others. He’s been in business since 1986, but new regulations mean he needs a degree to keep operating. Going back to college after sixty years on earth is…

  • Bearly Awake

    Story and a Snack

    Barely Awake just went live on the Kindle store! Click here to find it at your favorite retailer. Bear shifters love their food. Here’s a recipe that’s from Louisiana, just like our hero, Bobby Tremain. Enjoy!