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Sunday, December 20, 2009

reBlog from Sthrnwriter: Ghost Stories

I found this fascinating quote today:

Spinning Moon Press, April 2009Paperback, 255 PagesISBN: 978-0-9800369-0-9Tweens 12 and upAuthor Interview - Coming SoonOrdering | Time Bandit BooksSthrnwriter, Ghost Stories, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.


I won Ghost Stories' Spook the Truth Contest!

This soo rocks!! (does the happy dance)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SEO campaign

8 Tips on How to Start an SEO Campaign

8 Tips on How to Start an SEO Campaign

Several small & mid size businesses contact us daily for SEO consultation and helping their websites rank well on search engines. One common question we always hear is:

"Where and how do I start my SEO Campaign from?"

A couple of points to note before we start -

We are assuming that you already have the domain name because finding a good domain name would be a separate topic.

Here are some of the most important steps that you can yourself take care of before going to any SEO company to manage your search engine marketing campaign.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

IROSF (via shareaholic)

The Twelve Issues of Christmas
(Or Your Winter Holiday of Choice)

We celebrate our latest milestone and look toward the future of IROSF.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Putting together a new e zine

Friday, November 13, 2009

With Many Shades: JUPITER

With Many Shades: JUPITER
Reviews!! Sweet!!!
Advertising can be obnoxious - CMA Awards & Twitter
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Romantic Suspense, Killer Career, gets 5 stars from The Midwest Book Review


Marianne Manscui is LIVE at BBB Come Enter to Win an iPod Nano!
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Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:46 am (PST)

11/11 Release Party, Chat and Contest with Author Marianne Mancusi. Event
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until 11:59 pm Central on 11/12. Description: Join us with author Marianne
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re-releases, Boys that Bite, Stake That and Girls That Growl.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book out in Jan

Gots a book coming out in Jan., but not sure which one. I write dark fantasy, comedic fantasy and horror/urban fantasy.

I have 5 books in the dragon thing series, one dark fantasy book and one horror that have been accepted by the publisher, but since she's a personal friend I told her to bring them out however and whenever she wanted to so she can use them to strengthen her catalog.

Dragon Creed
introduces the main characters,
Dragon Insurrection shows them fighting their local govt for rights,
Dragon at Law has one of the characters accused of murder and another defending him,
Dragon Rampage brings the trial to its conclusion,
Damned Dragon follows one of the characters into Dragon Hell as he tries to escape.

Deathwind is a historical dark fantasy which follows an old mage on his quest for redemption.

Tina's Moon is a horror story with urban fantasy elements. It is set on the Texas Coastal Bend.

Will post an update when more news is available.

Goodreads | Bitten_by_Books - The United States

Goodreads | Bitten_by_Books - The United States

Goodreads | Release Party, Chat and Contest with Author Marianne Mancusi

Goodreads | Release Party, Chat and Contest with Author Marianne Mancusi

Monday, November 02, 2009

Abandoned Towers

Abandoned Towers #4 is packed full of all sorts of goodies you don't want to miss.

Starting with the front cover with is a very cool painting by M.D. Jackson based on the featured story, A Warm Welcome By Rob Mancebo. Here's an excerpt:

Looking down the ugly barrels of that bartender's scattergun sort-of made me reassess my craving for a drink.
"Are you planning on going hunting, ol' hoss?" I inquired politely of the whiskered gent with the cellulite collar at the other end of that twelve gauge.
"Naw, I think I done found what I was looking for," he replied with an irritating amount of smugness in his voice.
I looked around the Number One saloon like some sort of an idiot. It was vacant except for him and me, so it was pretty obvious just who he thought he'd found.
"Say now, you couldn't be hunting me." I wasn't overly articulate because the business end of that sawed-off shotgun looked as big as a pair of stove pipes!
I was sure ready to try to talk my way out of getting my head blown off so I added, "I haven't been in town long enough to bruise nobody's feelings."
"We hang thieves in this country!" he informed me with a wave of that shotgun. "Drop them guns and hoist your hands!"
I hadn't a clue as to what he was talking about. I put my hands up, then remembered he'd told me to drop my guns so I began to lower them again, at which point he objected in the crude vernacular such as a body is liable to hear in saloons.
"Well do you want I should drop these Colts or not?" I demanded.
"I'll get them," he came around the bar in a huff and put those cavernous barrels under my nose while he fumbled at my left-hand gunstock. It was something of a tactical error on his part. When he glanced down to find that gun, I dropped my left hand across the action of his shotgun and took hold.

Other fiction pieces include Recall by Shawn Scarber, The Final Wave by TW Williams, Penderfyn's Goal by David M Pitchford and Central Park by Badley H. Sinor.

In issue #4 you'll also find a nice selection of poems such as Forgotten Friendships: A Voice of Arthur Pendragon by Chad Weiss and Goya’s Painted Faces by John William Rice.

Nonfiction articles include a short piece by Lyn McConchie that discusses the creativity of New Zelanders entitled Number Eight Wire and a scrumptious set of recipies that Jaleta Clegg calls Sherezade's Repast.

Remember you will never find anything that's in one of the print issues online, so if you don't want to miss out on all this coolness you gotta buy the issue.

Don't wait. Don't put things off. Get several copies and give a few as gifts. You can purchase AT #4 at this link:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Serpent's Quest

Serpent's Quest

* Sep. 28th, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Woot! it's out!!
Serpent's Quest (Paperback)
by Janrae Frank (Author)

Price: $14.75 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

Originally published in 2006 by Renaissance Ebooks, this first novel in the Lycan Blood series spent six weeks on the Fictionwise Dark Fantasy Bestseller list. It now arrives in a print edition, expanded and revised.

Red Wolf was the strongest of the Nine Great Chiefdoms of the lycan clans, which had long suffered under the yoke of the blood-drinking sa'necari necromancers. Thirty years ago, the realm of the sa'necari, Waejontor, was conquered by the amazon nation, Shaurone. The Sharani brought the lycan people three decades of peace and freedom that is now threatened by the sudden rise to power of a young Waejontori Queen.

Clan Redhand, the family that rules Red Wolf, is plunged into danger when a sa'necari bounty hunter and mercenary named Malthus Estrobian arrives in their valley, posing as a human refugee from the battles beyond their borders. Unknown to them, Malthus is the "Butchering Serpent," the genocidal mastermind behind the hidden laboratories where hundreds of lycans perished in vicious experiments. He infilitrates Red Wolf with two goals in mind: find out what happened to his brother, Troyes, who disappeared in the valley several years ago; and destroy the Redhand family in order to subjugate Red Wolf for his queen.

The only person standing between Malthus and his objectives is a young guardsman with a concealed heritage: Kynyr Maguire. Trained by the greatest armsmaster the lycans have ever known, and educated well beyond the norm for his kind, Kynyr must find a way to defeat the dark arts of the Butchering Serpent or see his people destroyed, including the woman he loves.
Praise for Serpent's Quest:

"Janrae Frank is more than a writer, she is a world-builder. Serpent's Quest defies the limitations of genre because it is bigger than any one label can contain. It's an epic adventure, filled with unbridled horrors and sweeping romance, but more than that, Serpent's Quest is populated by characters who are visceral and alive. Serpent's Quest captivates you not only because of its larger than life drama, but because you become invested in the world as a living and breathing place."

Bob Freeman,
Author of the Cairnwood Manor series

Janrae Frank's books are always something I grab the moment I have the chance. They are wonderful reads, well written, dense and richly evocative. She makes the reader see the worlds and characters which she has created and want always to see more of them as well. Her work is brilliant, hard-hitting, and the sort of thing I for one tend to be reading still at 2am since I can't put it down until I know how things are going to turn out."

Lyn McConchie,
Author of Beast Master's Ark
Three time winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

"The prose is tight, the characters utterly believable, and the plot is so fast and slick it threatens to run you over like a steamtrain. An incredible piece of storytelling."

Gareth Owens,
Author of "Fun With Rainbows"

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Abandoned Towers Magazine

Link to Abandoned Towers!

It's a worthy magazine
Abandoned Towers Magazine: "The link, in case you don't have it is"

Monday, September 07, 2009

heh heh

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Time in a Bottle, Vol. 1

ghost posts - Time in a Bottle, Vol. 1

Time in a Bottle, Vol 1

Time in a Bottle - Volume 1 TOC :: SFReader Forums

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From Crystalwizard:

Thought you might like a look at the table of contents for volume 1 of the Time in a Bottle anthology. So here it is:

Goblin Lullabye by Jim C. Hines
Two Seconds Ahead by Rob Rosen
After Nightfall (a Ydaire Story) by Jonathan Shipley
Dallas Through the Looking Glass by Ken Goldman
Saving the World From Sleeping In by Rachesl Swirsky
The Time Machine by Courtney Burback
Of Fire and Time by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Reparations by Merrie Haskell
The Time Traveler's Happily Ever After by Jordan Lapp
The Second Gift by Seth Skorkowsky
An Honorable Race by Colin P. Davies

The Neverstone by K.C. Shaw
The Worth of a Man by Lyn McC
Azieran: The Seal of Mon'Ta'Set by Christopher Heath
The Master of Time by James S. Dorr
What Does Luck Taste Like? by Danny Birt

The Plot to Kill Claus by Erik Lenhart
On Camlann Field by Charles Kyffhausen
Zen and the Art of Time Travel by Robert Neilson

Now, you notice I said volume 1? We had so many submissions that were good and that we hated to pass on that we're doing more than one volume. Not sure how many just yet. I'll keep you posted.

I'll also update this thread when Volume 1 is finally in print.

New content added on a regular basis.

Visit Abandoned Towers at

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

2009 Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Guidelines

2009 Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Guidelines

"2009 Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Guidelines

"To celebrate the birth of Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine, we are running a flash fiction contest. The Flash Fiction Contest is open for submissions now and the reading period ends on August 31st , 2009. We will award prizes and post the pdf edition of the magazine on September 20th, 2009..."

Read the rest at 2009 Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine Flash Fiction Contest Guidelines

Tom Piccirilli

A Choir of Ill Children A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wonderful, with lush scenery and strong characterization. Great plot, pacing and character development! Descriptions detailed so that you can almost feel them, and the prose is lyrical.

View all my reviews >>

bondo_ba: The New Polymaths

bondo_ba: The New Polymaths

xkcd - A Webcomic - Sheeple

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Bitten by Books » Release Party, Chat and Contest with Author Jeaniene Frost

Bitten by Books » Release Party, Chat and Contest with Author Jeaniene Frost

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2010 EPIC’s eBook Competition

from the web site:

EPIC is ramping up for our annual EBook Competition, one of the premier contests in the e-book and e-publishing world. Please be sure you read ALL of EPIC’s 2010 EBook Competition Guidelines as some of you may be surprised by the changes that have been made to the competition this year:...

to read go to

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Resident Aliens interviews Mike Lynch and Brandon Barr
Interviewing Mike Lynch and Brandon Barr

WhenSkyFellWhen The Sky Fell (Silver Leaf, 2009)
by Mike Lynch and Brandon Barr

The year is 2217, and Commander Frank Yamane is the captain of the stellar cruiser, Corona, stationed at Titan. A battle-hardened man who has experienced a series of personal tragedies, Yamane is guilt-ridden over his inability to prevent the death of his beloved wife, Liana. Plagued with doubts regarding his ability to lead, he will soon face the ultimate crisis when an alien race known as the Deravans attack the Earth without mercy. Knowing he cannot stop them alone, Yamane has no choice but to seek the assistance of an enemy he helped defeat in a war ten years before. The problem is, Commander Yamane knows they have every reason not to come to Earth’s rescue.

For he rest of the interview, go to

Saturday, July 11, 2009

new article!

Cussedness (Janrae Frank) is being featured in a story on Kim Smith's Blog.
She's the author of the Lycan series and the Publisher at Daverana Enterprises.

It should be up Saturday, the 11th. Stop in and say hi, and don't forget to tell everyone.

husband back home!


He saw his Dr. today and the meds were adjusted. I got to bring him home. :D :D
He's sleeping now, and is more focused and in control; more like the guy I married. :)

Thanks you all for caring. It was nice to see the replies to my last post.

We've been married since 1982, so we have a long history dealing with his illnesses. It's cool that medical advances were available to help him. He didn't have any real help for so long; the meds we tried before this didn't do any good, but these seem to be giving him some relief.

Friday, July 10, 2009

tired. loooong day

spent the better part of the day getting my husband admitted to two hospitals. ugh. First his meds weren't helping him, so we started out getting him into a local crisis center. Then, during the final admission process, he spiked a b/p of 200/123. We got him to the local general hospital and admitted him to the E.R. They medicated him for pain and lowered his b/p, then released him.

Back to the crisis center, to admit him for a few days. This will fast-track him for treatment with his clinician. Rick has Bipolar Disorder, S. A. D. and Anxiety attacks.

Feels wierd with him out of the house.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

MG Ellington’s Slice of Life

MG Ellington’s Slice of Life

LinkedIn: Published Authors Network Group News

LinkedIn: Published Authors Network Group News

The Internet Review of Science Fiction -- Issue

The Internet Review of Science Fiction -- Issue

Fantasy Literature (FanLit) on Twitter

Fantasy Literature (FanLit) on Twitter

How Will Al Franken Make a Difference in the Senate?

How Will Al Franken Make a Difference in the Senate?

...there are sure to be times when Franken's vote will make a difference. And not always in ways that will ease Senate majority leader Harry Reid's burden..
read this article

How Will Al Franken Make a Difference in the Senate?
By Jay Newton-Small

The true cost of online privacy

The true cost of online privacy
The true cost of online privacy
Jeff Bercovici

Do you like your privacy? I bet you do. What about being able to read all kinds of stuff on the internet without having to hand over your credit card number -- do you like that, too? I bet that's another yes. But which do you like more? You'd better figure that out quickly, because, if you don't, Congress just might decide for you...

read Jeff Bercovici's article

Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews: Cover art - The Riyria Revelations

Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews: Cover art - The Riyria Revelations

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

Strange Horizons Fiction Department: Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often

The following list is an attempt at classifying the kinds of horror-story plots that we receive too frequently. We have a separate page for non-horror stories we've seen too often.

Note that we're not generally interested in horror of any kind; this page simply lists some particular kinds of horror stories that we see especially often.

Main plot types are numbered; subspecies and variants receive letters.

This is not a canonical list of bad stories or story cliches. This is a list of types of stories that we at SH have seen too often; it's not intended to be a complete list of all types of bad stories, nor are all the items on the list necessarily bad.

We recognize that horror stories are often more about mood or tone than about original plots. Still, these plots and ideas are particularly common in the horror stories submitted to us.

for the full article go to

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine

Whispering Spirits Digital Magazineghosts,paranormal,fiction writers,magazine ezine
Life has finally allowed me to continue working this publication and we're celebrating with a 2009 Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine Revival Flash Fiction Contest!

Gather your stories together and send us the 1,000 word masterpieces you have lying around, or create new ones for us. We're open for submissions now.

Bragging Rites Unleashed

Bragging Rites Unleashed: "Abandoned Towers Magazine now accepting subscriptions
Okay, I told myself that after AT had been in production for a year, and I felt fairly comfortable with putting it together, that I'd start taking subscription.

It's been a year."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Google Reader (220)

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Arecibo Message, Cyberwizard Productions and Abandoned Towers Magazine are offering a reward to kick off a new puzzle page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lilley Press

Writer's Platforms

Last Sunday, I posted a blog post at the Lilley Press blog about writers and the recession, which gave a link to an interview featuring Jane Friedman.

A writer's platform has been becoming more and more important over the past years and shows to increase in importance over the upcoming years. Writer's who establish their web presence and connect with their fans on a continual basis are really going to attract agents, editors and publishers a whole lot easier.

As many authors are introverts and hate the idea of having to market themselves, this is important. If authors do not step out of their comfort zone and make an effort to connect with the readers, they risk losing matter how much a publisher helps them.

At Lilley Press, we are trying to increase the ways in which we help our author's books get in front of people, but even we can only do so much. Readers really don't want to hear from the publisher, or the marketing director (such as me). They want to hear from the author...they want that personal connection that only a properly attended blog or website can give.

If you're in the process of writing a book, start your blog now. Start telling people your experience of your day and your writing work. You don't have to write much, and it can be weekly if you prefer. But if you start now and get some part of you out there, it'll pay off for you in the long run.

Diana Cacy
Sales/Marketing Director

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Flashing Swords - Issues - Issue 12

Flashing Swords - Issues - Issue 12


Stilts & Straw
Tony Pi
Black God's Burden
G.W. Thomas
Ye Olde Word Jumble
Race for the Night Ruby
Seth Skorkowsky
Bitten by the Blade
Bill Ward
with Jim C. Hines


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Friday, May 22, 2009

J. A. Konrath's tips for touring

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Firebrand Fiction Reviews at

Not enough Space and Time
by Robert J. Santa

It's fitting I find myself reviewing the Summer 2009 issue of Space and Time while I'm in the middle of my Spring Cleaning. After going through the girls' bedroom and discovering too many clothes and shoes that don't fit, stuffed into drawers and piled on shelves, boxes under the bed overflowing with toys and fuzzy animals things, hats and belts they never wear...I've learned I don't have enough space in my life. And it goes without saying we could all use a little more time, especially the kind needed to pursue my favorite pastime: reading. So with a box of shoes and two bags of clothes bound for the Salvation Army as a footrest, I settle into my favorite chair with issue #107.

First and foremost: love the cover artwork! It's classic pulp science fiction. A bikini-clad girl kneels beside a swimming pool, hand covering mouth, eyes wide with shock. Tentacled skulls the same color as her swimsuit bob in the pool, the nearest grinning and leering. It's all set at a Hitchcockian angle, and it immediately brought to mind the kind of bug-eyed monster, girl-thrown-over-shoulder covers I used to find in the used book stores of my youth....

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Phobia magazine

Phobia has its first review and a thumbs up! -

Sun 11:37am
Crafty and tawdry, artwork to die for and words to kill you.

Visually enticing, you'll be hooked!

~Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc Best Selling, Triple Award Winning Horror Sinisteria Author.

Check out a copy now from only £1 at -

Great news!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

a canticle?

Previous Entry | Next Entry
en Rantus Corpus ... or, something like that.

* Apr. 18th, 2009 at 2:43 PM

after hearing about it I finally got my hands on A Canticle for Leibowitz. It's brilliant, funny, with sharp dialog. The plotting is clever and telling, a warning of the proliferation of arms, post apocalyptic absurdism, almost.

but it's so heavily dependant on the religious and political structure of the catholic church that i feel as if i'm missing half the story, both in attitude and in actual text.

it feels like an affectionate nod to the church as well as a satire, not only of their structure (and therefore man's penchant to complicate religion) but a comment on man's tendency to worship, or at least lable a mystery, anything he doesn't understand. a bit biting, if taken to mean that man has made a god out of a misunderstood man, and yet very like some people to do so.

it seems like the church is a metaphore for man himself, and there is its brilliance, and the wonderful irony of having a jewish man turn out to be a catholic saint, whose to do list is considered a holy relic, oh, i love it.

but there we go with that darned latin. hey, i'm a southern baptist. the only latin i know is coitus interruptus.

and what the hell is a canticle anyway?
and why should i care?

( Leave a comment )
[info]ghostposts wrote:
Apr. 18th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
did you follow the link?
if you think it sounds ok i'm gonna cross post it
The Chasetown Arms says:
sounds fine
susie says:
i'm pissed at the world
a perfectly wonderful book and i'm only getting half of the damned thing
The Chasetown Arms says:
lol that is really annoying
susie says:
so much for our local educational system
texas sux
insert really obnoxious lolspeak here
The Chasetown Arms says:
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susie says:
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Old Monster Speaks

Old Monster's Abattoir

Reader Mail

Another letter to the Old Monster for your perusal, and it is a dilly! Nothing like throwing a near imponderable to put you into bad case of writer’s block is there? Questions like this one make me sweat frankly so I think I’ll just scratch the surface a bit and hope she can get her research on. Poor kid has one hell of a learning curve ahead of her.

Dear Old Monster,

I have been locked in my parents basement for the last eight years. What should I know about the real world?

In The Dark And Out Of The Loop

PS: Please help me Old Monster, you’re my only hope!

I’m sorry to have to break this to you, Leia, but if I’m your only hope then I think you’re boned. I’ll have to assume you are somewhere around eighteen for simplicity’s sake as there is no single answer to a question like this. After all, most adults don’t get locked in the basement by their parents, do they? A lot of them should be, but that’s beside the point.

I hardly know where to start. Politically it’s been a hell of an eight years. We’re wrapped up in a war in Iraq that we started over, now get this, a person who didn’t orchestrate an attack the World Trade Center killing thousands, didn’t attack us, didn’t attack our allies, and didn’t have illegal weapons of mass destruction stashed around his country in violation of UN sanctions, and wasn’t hiding Al Quiada operatives in his country. Not when we attacked anyway. Don’t even get me started on who and/or what Al Quaida is… you’ll figure it out soon enough if your Google Fu is strong.

Soooooo– we fragged his country… yeah. Oh, before I forget we also attacked another country and overturned it’s government… sort of. The women still wear Burkas but I hear three men in Kabul have started using toilet paper. Worth every penny of the billions we’ve spent on the invasions, yes?

On the home front we’ve become obsessed with trivial celebrity and shallow attention whoring marketed as reality television. You’ll note that Reality Television is an oximoron. It’s no more real than a cartoon and frankly it barely qualifies as television. This, and its pornographic counterpart the “Girls Gone Wild” videos, allow shows to be made at very low overhead. It’s easy to make a show that doesn’t require plot or storyline (or script writers) and it will likely make a ton of money even if it flops. Television like this almost makes me miss Gilligan’s Island. Almost.

It never took much to achieve celebrity status of course. If you don’t believe me take a look at Paris Hilton. She bought her way into the spotlight regardless of her complete lack of talent, common sense, and a measurable IQ. These things aren’t necessary these days if you start out rich or know who to screw. And before you older folks get on that high horse of yours save it… does the name Zsa Zsa Gabor mean anything to you?

Culturally we aren’t much better off. Wonderful devices such as The cellphone and the PDA and the bastard offspring of both have spared us from the hardships of communicating on the go, personal organization, and literacy; to say nothing of reading comprehension. But you’ll sure look bitchin’ with that Blue tooth headset on behind the wheel of your SUV so no worries, image is everything!

The internet has performed the same purpose of course, but with better graphics and easier input. It seems that the improvements in ease of use of a given bit of technology are inversely proportionate to the decline in most people’s ability to make use of said device. A quick, comprehensive way to frappe’ a human brain in record time. Go Hulu Go!

A few more advancements like these and we won’t need schools. Some fencing around the back forty will keep the sheep contained during class and graduation can be simplified greatly. A quick trip to the kitchen and a sharp blow with a cross-peen hammer and VOILA!.

The Religious Right as a whole and individually is acting the same as it always has: foaming at the mouth, flailing like a drunken hooker in a pig waller at everything that isn’t to their liking. You know, all that post McCarthy bullshit. No change here except a lot of them are managing to get elected to public office. Scary.

If this gives you the impression I’m stalling then you’re half right. More has changed in the last decade or so than can be recounted in a single letter, or for that matter a single book. You have a lot of catching up to do and for this I can only offer my sympathy.

Blood & Stitches,

The Old Monster

Jim Butcher's New Book

Contest! Win a Book, Save The World!

I know this is going to break your heart, BUT we have another amazing book contest for you. We are excited to offer up TEN shiny new hardback copies of Jim Butcher’s Turn Coat book 11 in the Dresden Files series that just released on 4/7/09! Penguin Publishing is sponsoring this amazing giveaway here at Bitten by Books! For the next week you can enter everyday to win one of these copies for your very own. The contest is open to readers worldwide.


Learn more about Jim Butcher here:

Read reviews of the author’s work here.
To visit the author’s website go here.
To visit the author’s blog go here.


Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do ONE or ALL of these things, and each one will give you additional entries at a chance to WIN. We will be giving away TEN brand new hardback copies of Jim Butcher’s latest release Turn Coat! Book 11 in the Dresden Files series. The contest IS open to readers worldwide.

Please note, the prize stated IS the prize you will receive, there will be absolutely no substitutions or changes the prize is non-transferable. If you don’t want the prize being offered, please don’t enter the contest. If you ever win an electronic copy of a book, please note that it is ILLEGAL to forward, give away or copy it in anyway once you receive it. Doing so violates copyright. If we find out that it has been done, you will no longer be eligible to win any of our contests.

1. The easiest way to enter is by purchasing copies of any of Jim’s books in any format! Yep, it is true, if you purchase Jim’s by using this link HERE:
Jim Butcher’s Amazon store
You will get SIXTY entries to the contest for EACH copy you purchase in ANY format from AMAZON.
Books in the Dresden Files series in the order they should be read:
Storm Front
Fool Moon
Grave Peril
Summer Knight
Death Masks
Blood Rites
Dead Beat
Proven Guilty
White Night
Small Favor
Turn Coat

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whispering Spirits

Until last night, I suppose the scariest thing I ever saw was in the summer of 1977. My little brother Tommy, Greg Boutter and Danny Harbin (or Leadbutt as we called him because he moved so slow) and myself were down by Black Oak Creek. The Creek, so called because of the fire that raged through these parts a long time ago (my dad said sometime around 1900), wasn’t much more than a stream starting just south of Elberta and never making it into Miflin, which wasn’t more than a mile or two south of Elberta itself.

We built the tree house in an old oak tree east of the creek, pretending we were defending the land from the Indians and keeping the creek water safe for the people inside the fort. Keeping them safe from the ghosts that were supposed to haunt these woods. There were ghosts, what with people dying in the fire, but we weren’t afraid. We were soldiers. Besides, there were
four of us, and together we could kick any apparition’s butt, especially if we were safe behind the walls of our tree house.

We had regular guards posted at the foot of the tree, between the fort and the creek. The remainder of us soldiers kept the tree house headquarters in top military shape. As usually happened, we made Tommy stand guard while Greg, Leadbutt and myself read and debated the newest adventures of Spiderman and The Avengers..

Read Harvest Moon by Ray Kolb at get the free doownload.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ever Day Fiction

Dangerous Skies, by Gustavo Bondoni on everyday

blogtalk radio: Kim's latest press release

Event: Chat with Charlotte Hughes
"author of Nutcase"
What: Informational Meeting
Host: Introducing WRITERS! radio show
Start Time: Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30pm
End Time: Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm

Sunday, April 12, 2009

from armand rosamilla

"Vermin" eBook Horror anthology Reading Period Opening
Yesterday at 9:28am
Passing along some information for my fellow Horror writers out there...

Rymfire eBooks Anthology Info

Horror eBook anthology - "Vermin"

Reading period will be April 15th - July 15th 2009

Stories submitted before the reading date or after the reading dates will be returned unread, NO EXCEPTIONS!

What the "Vermin" anthology's theme will be...

Stories about those tiny, menacing feet inside the walls, creatures watching you from the darkenss of the halls at midnight... you tell me, and make it creepy! And PLEASE no generic 'rat-creature in the attic, kills the exterminator, etc.' tales... be original!

Length and submission...

We are looking for tales in the 2,500-7,500 word range. Nothing more, nothing less. We will return (unread) anything not within these guidelines. You can submit a story as either an attachment to the e-mail address in Word or in the body of an e-mail. We do NOT accept snail mail. Please put "Vermin Sub" in the subject of the e-mail and give a word count in the e-mail itself, even if the story also has it listed. Our reading time is usually 6-8 weeks NO multiple submissions, NO exceptions. Reprints accepted.

Payment info...

We pay $3.00* for each story accepted via PayPal. That's it. We are a brand new eBook-only publisher looking to get the name out there and get some quality releases under our belts without making the mistake of so many other small-press publishers and overdoing it in the beginning. We pay everyone once the anthology has been officially filled. If this is acceptable, kindly submit to us.

* Our eBooks will generally sell for around $2.99... we offer the $3.00 flat rate, but an author can earn royalties after each 150 eBooks sold as follows:
~ 1-149 eBooks sold = $3.00 flat advance
~ 150-300 eBooks sold = an additional $3.00 per author
~ 301-450 eBooks sold = a additional $3.00 per author
~ 451-600 eBooks sold = You get the idea...
ALL of the authors will receive monthly sales statements to see where your eBook stands and how your sales compare to the other anthologies

Rymfire eBooks Website

Friday, April 10, 2009

talk talk talk

so nice to see the thread for witchfinder.

kim smith is broadcasting on blogradio tonight. cool

met someone through facebook who suggested doing a wikipedia and did one on himself. cool idea.

may do one on whispering spirits, diana casy, daverana, all our authors, flashing swords mag, ect.

weather front

came through last night. grr...

gonna take it easy for a few days and just fool around.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

a new site for writers. I posted "Green Like Her Eyes".

Monday, April 06, 2009

Brooke interviews Paul Levine

Please Welcome Author Paul Levine!

Please help me to welcome author, Paul Levine. This former lawyer’s many books have been acclaimed as “Genuinely Chilling” by the Washington Post and as “Mystery Writing at its very, very best” by Larry King on USA Today.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

on the web...

Molly Harper Release

Release Day Round-Up

Thanks to all that have purchased NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS in these first few days. And to those who have left comments on my blog and web site. I still can't believe the book is out on the shelves!

and sold out in a few bookstores...

Kim Smith Hosting Bob Farley on Blogtalkradio

Upcoming Episodes
Techno-thriller author, Bob Farley

Introducing WRITERS!

Date / Time: 4/5/2009 2:00 PM

Category: Writing

Call-in Number: (646) 478-0319

Robert(Bob) Farley will be with me to talk about his extranormal techno thriller, THRIPZ. I hope you will check out his website, and read the first few chapters FREE!

Mark Your Calenders!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shades of Geay

Book of the Year Finalist!
Shades of Gray has been named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's
Book of the Year Award contest. Winners to be announced in May.

Shades of Gray was chosen as the FAVORITE BOOK across
all genres in 2008 by The Book Connection and Bookworm's Dinner.
Shades was also chosen among the Best Books of 2008 by Printed Page.
Shades of Gray reached #3 on Amazon in the Romance/Historical/
U.S. category!

Don't forget!
April is Confederate History Month.

Rymfire eBooks

Rymfire eBooks

will be opening its doors SOON...

and we'll be posting our full submissions information as well...

For now...

Besides working with Carnifex Metal eBooks with their

Metal Queens and An eBook Tribute To... series and upcoming Heavy Metal Horror eBook

we will be announcing our own upcoming titles

such as... we will be continuing the Carnifex Press anthology series

Revenant, Florida Horror (as a themed eBook anthology series State of Horror), the cancelled Vermin anthology, and more!

We will also be accepting novella-length horror tales for eBook releases as well!

Rymfire eBooks
David A. Rose

Friday, March 27, 2009

Writers Chat Room


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eastern USA Time.....7 PM

Not sure what time that is wherever in the world you are?


The Writers Chatroom at:

Scroll down to the Java box. It may take a moment to load. Type in the name you wish to be known by, and click Login. No password needed.

Please note: The chatroom is only open for regularly scheduled chats.

Don't forget the open chat on Wednesday nights, 8-11 pm EST!

After having been a straight-A student, Karina Fabian has made a career of Fs: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun.

Karina has donated a copy of "Magic, Mensa and Mayhem". This will be award to a lucky chatter during the chat. Remember, you MUST be present to be eligible!

Please feel free to pass this announcement on to anyone or any groups that you think may be interested. Thank you.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Mosque Among the Stars


Edited by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmed and Ahmed A. Khan, this anthology features 12 SF stories (originals and reprints) that portray Islam or Muslim characters in a friendly light.

Pages: 260
Price: $20 + shipping
To order: email

ISBN 978 -0-9783057-1-0

Cover art by Lee Kuruganti

Mr. Khan and Mr. Ahmad have gathered eleven short stories and one novella into a sharp, thought-provoking anthology featuring Islamic or Moslem characters and/or themes that show us their world in a positive light. I found it a quick read. Many of the stories stayed with me long after putting the book down. To mention a few,

Lucius Shepard’s “A Walk through the Garden” is intelligent, with strong characterization and a graphically drawn setting. It explores not only the possibility of a literal Islamic Hell, but the minds and souls of the U.S. soldiers who find themselves trapped in a surreal situation. I loved the discussions of faith and religions and the depictions of the landscapes and dangers of this hell. The main character is Wilson, a combat veteran who at first doesn’t question his role in life. By the end of the story Wilson’s character has gone through loss, disillusionment and Hell itself, and we care what becomes of him. No wonder Mr. Shepard won the Hugo award, among others. He knows how to take the reader into the depths of the human mind, which may be an even more fantastic realm than Hell itself.

Donna McMahon’s “Squat” introduces a society where cruelty, death and injustice are everyday occurrences. The plight of a young boy is described and his fate hangs in the balance. A dilemma presents itself when Mike, a guard at an interstellar prison, is called on to witness the execution of young “Pajit”, the only name we are given for the innocent boy who is to be killed. Governmental red tape has condemned him to die, yet Mike wishes to save him. Khalifa, the executioner, begins as an adversary but by the end of the tale we find that the one Mike expected to fight him has been a true friend.This story has much to say about social prejudices. It's a solid read.

The rest of the stories are wonderfully written, with tight plotting, sympathetic characterization and close attention to internal logic. The settings are descriptive. The suspense is chilling.

This is a must read for anyone who appreciates great fiction.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

from Horrorscope

The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best SF novel published in the UK in 2008 has been announced. The winner will be announced on April 29.

* Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod (PS Publishing)
* The Quiet War by Paul McAuley (Gollanncz)
* House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)
* Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic)
* The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper (Gollancz)
* Martin Martin’s on the Other Side by Mark Wernham (Jonathan Cape)

from Nate Kenyon

Bram Stoker Award Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel (2008)

COFFIN COUNTY by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure Books)
THE REACH by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books)
DUMA KEY by Stephen King (Scribner)
JOHNNY GRUESOME by Gregory Lamberson (Bad Moon Books/Medallion Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

MIDNIGHT ON MOURN STREET by Christopher Conlon (Earthling Publications)
THE GENTLING BOX by Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart Press)
MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin (Delirium Books)
THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS by David Oppegaard (St. Martin's Press)
FROZEN BLOOD by Joel A. Sutherland (Lachesis Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

THE SHALLOW END OF THE POOL by Adam-Troy Castro (Creeping Hemlock Press)
MIRANDA by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
REDEMPTION ROADSHOW by Weston Ochse (Burning Effigy Press)
THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. ZACH by Gene O'Neill (Bad Moon Books)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

PETRIFIED by Scott Edelman (Desolate Souls)
THE LOST by Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance Publications)
THE DUDE WHO COLLECTED LOVECRAFT by Nick Mamatas, and Tim Pratt (Chizine)
EVIDENCE OF LOVE IN A CASE OF ABANDONMENT by M. Rickert (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
TURTLE by Lee Thomas (Doorways)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

LIKE A CHINESE TATTOO edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts Books)
HORROR LIBRARY, VOL. 3 edited by R. J. Cavender (Cutting Block Press)
BENEATH THE SURFACE edited by Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing)
UNSPEAKABLE HORROR edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder (Dark Scribe Press)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

THE NUMBER 121 TO PENNSYLVANIA by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance Publications)
MAMA’S BOY and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel (Apex Publications)
JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King (Scribner)
GLEEFULLY MACABRE TALES by Jeff Strand (Delirium Books)

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

CHEAP SCARES by Gregory Lamberson (McFarland)
ZOMBIE CSU by Jonathan Maberry (Citadel Press)
A HALLOWE'EN ANTHOLOGY by Lisa Morton (McFarland)
THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR by Amy Wallace, Del Howison, and Scott Bradley (HarperCollins)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

THE NIGHTMARE COLLECTION by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
THE PHANTOM WORLD by Gary William Crawford (Sam's Dot Publishing)
VIRGIN OF THE APOCALYPSE by Corrine De Winter (Sam's Dot Publishing)
ATTACK OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty (Skullvines Press)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

fictionwise reports that barnes and nobles has bought fictionwise

Monday, March 23, 2009

J.A. Konrath forum

In 2003 I signed a three book deal with Hyperion for the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series. Since then I've sold over fifty articles and short stories. I also wrote the horror novel Afraid under the name Jack Kilborn. There's a word for a writer who never gives up... published.

My name is JA Konrath. I'm the writer of six thrillers in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series, all of them named after drinks, the newest, Cherry Bomb, comes out July '09 from Hyperion. I'm currently on a blog tour, appearing on different blogs every day in March, to promote my new horror novel, Afraid, which was written under my pen name, Jack Kilborn. It's being released March 31, from Grand Central.

On my blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, I talk a lot about the writing biz. A question I get asked a lot is: Should I submit my book to a small press?

Before I respond, you need to know a bit about my background. Before I sold my first novel in 2003, I'd gotten over 500 rejections, and had written nine books that never sold. The rejection were from agents, and publishers. Big publishers.

My two current publishers, Hyperion and Grand Central, are both big publishers.

I chose to only submit to big publishers for two reasons.

1. Big publishers pay more.
2. Big publishers have wider distribution.

As you may know, the money you're paid when you sign a publishing contract is called an advance. It's money the publisher gives you, assuming you'll sell a certain number of books to cover the amount.

For example, an advance of $10,000 means your hardcover publisher hopes you'll sell at least 3333 copies. A $24 hardcover at a 12.5% royalty rate means each book sold earns $3 for the author. If you sell 3334 copies, or more, you've then earned out your advance, and each book you sell earns you another $3.

If you received a $10,000 advance for a mass-market paperback, your publisher hopes you'll sell at least 15625 copies. A $7.99 paperback at an 8% royalty rate means each book sold earns 64 cents for the author.

In each of these cases, you're going to have to sell a lot of books in order to break even. That means libraries have to buy a lot of copies, and as many bookstores as possible need to stock you on their shelves.

Big presses are very good at selling to libraries, and to bookstores. They have large marketing and sales departments, they make deals with large distributors, and they offer bookstores discounts and coop for ordering their titles.

In short, a large publisher gets your book out there, meaning you have the potential to sell a lot of copies.

But does that mean you should always go with a large press? Aren't there also disadvantages?

It's said that sometimes large presses are more hands-off in regard to authors. This hasn't been my experience, but we've all heard stories about authors who are picked up by a large press and then lost in the shuffle. Large presses publish a lot of books, and they might not spend a great deal of time or money promoting yours, or nurturing you as an author.

Small presses, on the other hand, often have a rep for being very involved with their author's careers. Calls and emails are immediately answered. Less money is involved, but a small press has higher stakes in a book succeeding, so there tends to be more communication, more collaboration.

Or not. Any press, no matter the size, can be terrific to work with, or a nightmare. And this is often on a case-by-case basis, as one author can love a particular press, while another loathes it.

Ultimately, because this is a business, it comes down to numbers.

Are there excellent small presses? Yes. I edited an anthology called These Guns For Hire, and it was published by Bleak House. They have a lot of clout in the mystery genre, and their distribution is good enough to get their books into the bookstores. The experience was great for me.

But there was a smaller print run, and a smaller marketing budget, which meant fewer sales.

If both a big press and a small press want your work, it's a no brainer. Go with the big press. You'll sell more books.

Are there exceptions? Sure. But do you want to base your career on exceptions, or go with the average rule?

I write horror. I love the small press horror market. I wrote a novella with Jeff Strand called Suckers for Delirium Books, and they're a great publisher to work with. I recently had a novella in Like a Chinese Tattoo, for Dark Arts Books. I've got a Jack Daniels novella, co-written with Henry Perez, in the Echelon Press anthology Missing.

I'd be happy to work with any of these publishers again. Not only that, but as a fan, I've got a few hundred small press novels on my bookshelf. I love small presses.

But ask any small press author what their dream is, and it's usually to be picked up by a large press, so they can get that large print run. After all, writers want to be read by as many people as possible. A limited print run of 500 is great, and nothing to look down your nose at. But a print run of 60,000 is better.

That's why agents always start by submitting to the largest publishers first. That's why some agents don't even bother submitting to small presses. This isn't snobbery. It's a numbers game. If an author's first book is sold to a small press, who prints 1000 copies, those numbers will forever be associated with that author. So when the agent tries to sell book #2 to a big press, that press will look at the author's prior sales figures, see small numbers, and take a pass.

Unfortunate, but true.

Leisure Books is an exception here. They take a lot of small press horror, and give it the big press treatment. But Leisure published only a few dozen books a year, many of them reprints from known authors. Your small press book getting picked up by Leisure has even longer odds than submitting to big presses in the first place.

So if you're an author, what should you do? Is it better to go with a small press, or not publish at all?

It comes down to your goals.

If your goal is to see your book in print, have a cult following, and be on some panels at writing conferences, then submit to a small press. Many of them are terrific, they'll do their best to sell your book, and you'll be a legitimately published author. You won't make a lot of money, but it is tremendously satisfying, and a lot of fun.

If you want to get into chain bookstores, or even better, non-bookstore outlets like Wal-Mart (non-bookstore outlets sell as many as 50% of all books), and perhaps make a living as a writer, then hold out for a big publisher. You'll sell more books.

Of course, I recommend listening to your agent (if your book is good enough to find a publisher, you should be able to find an agent.) I also recommend asking a lot of questions before signing any contract with any publisher. At the very least, talk to a writer who is with that publisher and pick their brain.

In the meantime, I'm heading over to and checking out some small press horror novels, because a lot of them rock.

Joe forum

Saturday, March 21, 2009

love this!!!

cute pictures of puppies with captions
see more dog and puppy pictures

great review

Review of Abandoned Towers Magazine

"Abandoned Towers head honcho Crystalwizard writes that there has been a total redesign of the website. The reason for the redesign were that a lot of the areas were not being visited..."

of Abyss' and Apex's

Rejectomancy in Haiku
wonderful!! an editorial by Wendy S. Delmater, Managing Editor of Abyss & Apex

read a review of Abyss & Apex in the article "Into The Abyss"
by Robert J. Santa" on

Firebrand Fiction

An excellent site, btw.

Sympathy for the Forgotten

Sympathy of the Forgotten, by Angeline Hawkes, is available at amazon

Symphony for the Forgotten is a devilish dish of delectable tales of historical horror. The stories run the gamut from the time of David and Goliath to near future twists on reality. Angeline Hawkes is an exciting new writer and accomplished storyteller. Read her now, because in a few years, everyone else will be. – Brian Keene, author of Terminal and City of the Dead.

# Paperback: 104 pages
# Publisher: Daverana Enterprises (December 18, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0981662617
# ISBN-13: 978-0981662619
# Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
Morrígan Books announces the official line up and cover for The Phantom Queen Awakes.
Release Date is 31 October 2009

Official Table of Contents
Rising Tide: Ruth Shelton
Kiss of the Morrígan: Anya Bast
I Guard Your Death: Lynne Lumsden Green
Gifts of the Morrígan: Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Cairn Dancer: C. E. Murphy
Washerwoman: Jennifer Lawrence
The Raven's Curse: Sharon Kae Reamer
Ravens: Mari Ness
The Lass from Far Away: Katharine Kerr
The Trinket: Peter Bell
The Dying Gaul: Michael Bailey
The Children of Badb Catha: James Lecky
Plain of Pillars: L. J. Hayward
The Silver Branch: Linda Donahue
The Good and Faithful Servant: Martyn Taylor
White Heifer: T. A. Moore
She Who is Becoming: Elaine Cunningham

Extreme Sheepherding

Introducing Haxon

by Kenneth Mark Hoover

Do you night-walk? The people of Haxan do! Find out how in FIVE days!