Women in Horror Annual 2 out now!

Women in Horror Annual 2 is out now and includes one of my short stories, Backseat Driver.

The Women in Horror Annual 2 is the second volume of an anthology of horror fiction and nonfiction written by women. WHA promotes and celebrates female voices in horror, and the stories and papers contained within represent a diverse group of writers, each with their own unique vision. Ranging from supernatural tales of horror to quotidian terror, and touching on themes of empowerment, insanity, and freedom, the stories herein run the gamut from melancholic to darkly humorous. As was the case with the first volume, WHA 2 is further proof that horror has something for everyone.

 

Contents:

Rumspringa by Melissa Burkley

The Coffin Builder by Caroline Katz

Eyes like Kali by Tanya Smith

Behind the Music by Madison McSweeney

The Girl in the Stairwell by Victoria Dalpe

Backseat Driver by Nicky Peacock

Taphonomy by Melanie Wanghorne

Red by Kathleen Danielson

Mother Love by Alyson Rhodes

Revenge of the Combine Killer by Lesa Pescaris Smith

We’re the Weirdos, Female Empowerment in the Craft by Horrorella

All Our Rooms are Ensuite by Tracy Fahey

Inside Out by Ruschelle Dillon

The Fiddlers by Pam Farley

 

Buy the book in the UK on Amazon here…

 

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Tales of the Undead – Includes my story: Unlucky, Geoff

 

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New anthology out now, includes one of my original stories. Short stories inspired by the artwork of Stephen Cooney and published Horrified Press. My picture was very gruesome indeed – a zombie holding a severed head. Now, you know I love zombies so coming up with a scenario that includes that visual was not exactly difficult. ‘Unlucky, Geoff’ was born from my sadistic musings and inspired by a truly great piece of artwork.

You can download your copy here: 

 

 

Book Spotlight: Fangs and Furs Box Set

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Things don’t shift any better than this. One cutting edge read after another, of Fur & Fangs brings you six steamy paranormal reads from five best-selling authors.

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FANG CHRONICLES: MANDY’S STORY

By D’Elen McClain

Every beastkind knows you don’t mess with a Kodiak bear—everyone that is except Mandy, the wolf-pack Alpha’s sister. When Mandy hears whispers that the bad attitude bear, Honey, has chosen a mate, she takes matters into her own hands because her wolf decided months before that Honey was hers.

Website/Blog- www.fangchronicles.com

BIG BAD BEAST

By Skhye Moncrief

Each wants the other, but neither can stand to be in the same room together…And each has secretly lusted for the other like a dark explosive sin. Stand back and watch the fireworks light up the Minnesota Territory’s post-apocalyptic sky because the BIG BAD BEAST can’t help but to huff and to puff and to blow Josie’s house in…

Website- http://skhyemoncrief.com

FERAL FASCINATIONS

By Skhye Moncrief

Their blood lust flares hotter than a solar storm…She seduced an earthling to create their were-assassin blood bond. Shanghaied to fight a war between vampires and werewolves, his gut shouts escape. But humanity needs a hero. Colliding in a universe of psychic mind-reading games, each realizes trusting the other is as dangerous as buying into their FERAL FASCINATIONS.

Website- http://skhyemoncrief.com

THE GEORGIAN EMBRACE

By Sky Purington

When Devin, a mysterious stranger claiming to be from the future, appears on her Georgian’s worksite everything changes for eighteenth century Isabel. Even as smoldering, unavoidable desire ignites between them they must struggle to stay one step ahead of the time-warping house caught in Calum’s Curse. Better yet, the rival werewolf determined to finish the legacy it began.

Website- http://www.skypurington.com

CARNAL THIRST

By Celeste Anwar

When Danior found the woman being drained of life by one of his clan, for some unfathomable reason, he knew he could not allow her to die. Against the ruling of the council, Danior secrets her away, taking her through the change from human into vampire and forever changing life as she knows it. But the move ensures they will be outcasts–hunted to the death by his people.

Website- http://www.romancewiki.com/Celeste_Anwar

THE PROTECTORS DAMON

By Teresa Gabelman

The Vampire Council Warriors have been ordered to train social workers how to protect themselves against vampire attacks. VC Warrior Damon DeMaster’s and social worker Nicole Callahan clash at their first meeting. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races against the new drug hitting the streets, Crimson Rush.

Website www.teresagabelman.com

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Book Review: Paranormal Nights – Anthology

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling authors C.J. Ellisson and Celia Kyle have teamed up with SEVEN more sizzling Bestselling paranormal writers to create a pulse-pounding read like no other! Eight stories. Some of the hottest authors in the industry. One place.

WOLF PROTECTOR by Milly Taiden: A woman with a secret. A man with one desire. A case that pushes them to the edge…

WHY THESE TWO by Jackie Ivie: Reika has found her mate.  Darryl Bailes.  He’s big.  Brawny.  Black Ops trained.  Brutal.  And stubborn.  He’s not interested in being anyone’s mate – especially a vampire’s.  Well.  The knives are out.  Challenges made.  And somebody is going to lose.

DEATH TIMES TWO by C.J. Ellisson and Boone Brux: The V V Inn has a ghost problem, one that requires the help of Lisa Carron, resident Alaskan grim reaper. Tasked with helping her, fledgling vampire Asa soon realizes that not only can she provide the dead a peaceful passing, but offer him solace in a way no other woman can.

HUNTER’S BLOOD by Marianne Morea: Revenge. It’s what Lily Saburi craves since the brutal murder of her best friend. A vigilante bent on striking a blow for humanity against the shadowed world of the supernatural, one bullet at a time—until she meets Sean Leighton, Alpha of the Brethren. Sexy, powerful, Leighton is charged with destroying anything threatening his pack, and that includes Lily. Dangerous passions ignite and confuse, but can they rise above hate and distrust to find love?

A WICKED PRELUDE by Calinda B: Chérie Manhattan has sworn off men – until colliding with the sexy, blond, hotter than Hell, Cam Tyson. Her choices: play it safe, yet unfulfilled? Or take a chance on love? Evil demons are heading her way. Will she take the plunge into passion or fall prey to her doom?

DRAGON’S HONOR by Mina Carter: It was supposed to be a simple job. But the Paranormal Protection Agency don’t do simple…So Shadow-dragons Baron and Duke are uncover. As humans. Redcaps and trolls attacks pale in comparison to the most startling revelation of all: the woman they’re protecting is Baron’s mate.

PLAYING THE ODDS by S.A. Price: A shadow demon grifter looking for a big score meets a sexy stripper with the ability to grant luck to anyone she deems worthy. She is everything he’s ever wanted, and he is everything she’s been told to stay away from. But he knows she’s the answer to all his problems, and plans to show her that a life with a card player is worth taking a gamble on.

NIBBLED BY THE VAMP by Celia Kyle: Wren Minix knew vamps were real. Totally.  But mean fairies?  Fairies weren’t supposed to be mean!  But they are, and she really thought she was gonna become fairy dust if it hadn’t been for the super hunky vampire that saved her.  Had she mentioned hunky?  And, hey, giving him a little snack in return was no bigs.  He helped, after all.  Except she wanted one nibble to turn into two and then…oodles.

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My Review:

I do love a good anthology. I truly feel that they’re a great way of finding authors, and for authors to find their audience (its why I’m in so many myself;)

Again though, there are some stories in there better than others, but this will always happen. Readers will choose their favourites and hold all others against them. Death Times Two was probably my favourite due to it’s developed plot and fast pace, it was also very well put together in terms of writing and how the whole story weaved together perfectly.

From a writer’s perspective, there could have been some serious slashing of parts of some stories and there were some characters in there that could have done with a bit of a make-over. In fact I stopped reading two stories simply for that reason alone – nobody likes a confused character or one that its easy to take an instant dislike too – unless you’re writing a survival horror!

The front cover is a half naked man, which I never mind and I can see how difficult it would be to show all the creatures/ troupes from each story – so I think that this kind of works. I also think it was a nice thought to have all the authors of equal font size on the front. All too often a ‘big’ author gets top billing and over shadows the other just as talented authors that are also included. This way the reader gets to decide on who they want to read and it’s not dictated to them by the publishers.

There weren’t anything really new in this anthology, however as paranormal romance goes, it does what it promises. Overall I’d give Paranormal Nights 4 out 5 stars – a nice introduction to some talented authors.

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New Anthology out soon – O Little Town of Deathlehem

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Includes my short story “The most Wonderful Crime of the Year”

Prefer scares over cheer? Check it out!

http://www.grinningskullpress.com/blog/2013/09/01/O-Little-Town-of-Deathlehem.aspx

Interview with Anya Karin

30A00_8506Tell us about your publishing journey

It started with kind of a weird whim. I was working in academia, teaching history, and it was… we’ll just say “a challenge” to keep myself motivated. So, I figured why not give what I always wanted to do a shot?

A year later, I’d written and published about a hundred short stories, and realized that yeah, I could do it. I could make a living writing. It’s kind of a crazy realization that this thing that’s supposed to be impossible – you know, the “oh you have to win the lottery to do this!” kind of mentality – is really not at all. It just takes a lot of learning, and a lot of work.

What part of being a writer do you love most?

I’ll just explain my day so far. I got up, stared at my coffee pot for about five minutes while my eyes focused, and then drove my kid to school. Then I came home, stared at the coffee pot a while longer, poured some this time, and sat down. As I type, I’m sitting in my office with a corgi and a bulldog snoring behind me and breeze coming through my windows. It’s… honestly pretty hard to complain.

I’ve got my book outlined, I’m ready to go.

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That it doesn’t always go like what I laid out in the last question.

There will be times when books don’t work. When they get halfway done and fall apart, and require a week to fix. There are times when I finish a book, think it to be a good story, good book, and it just utterly fails to generate any sales. Those are the hard times.

The hardest part, I guess, is the up and down. But the longer you write, the more you release, the less you depend on each individual book, and so while you still get really excited about the successes, the failures hurt less and less.

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I’ve recently fallen totally in love with werewolves.

I should clarify – the OLD kind of werewolf. The mythical skin-walker sorts that you find in myths from all over the planet. The Twilight sort of werewolves never did it for me, but the idea of being a creature who could change their skin, run through woods, just go wild when I felt like it? Seems like a good time to me!

cover37920-mediumIn Western Kisses, what is your favourite story? (apart from your own)

I loved Flora Dare’s novella. One of my favorite things in a good romance is a rugged, rough around the edges hero, and Jonathan delivered.

If you had a time machine, what era would you like to visit and why?

Tough one. I think the problem with being trained in history is that I know TOO much about the gritty parts of the past!

I’d go with the 1920s though. The glitz, the glamor, all the incredibly lavish parties and weird cocktails… that seems like my idea of a good time. Also, they had plenty of antibiotics, which is one of my requirements for a place and time to live. Just… call it a safety measure!

What life advice have you been given, that you wished someone had given you sooner?

“It’s a lot worse to live with regret at not trying than it is to fail at something and get over it.”

Thistle and Flame Final Cover bn koboIf you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Abraham van Helsing. I’ve read probably a million books or so in my life, and he’s the one who always sticks out. He’s got such a curious way of looking at the world, and sticks with what he knows to be true even when it seems like the silliest possible way to think.

Also, that would give me the excuse to have a really lavish late-Victorian meal with all the trappings. Roasted quails, those incredibly rich pies, all the sweets… yeah, I could really go for that right about now!

Who are your favourite authors and why?

My favorites are the ones I’ve learned from. The big names – Nora Roberts, Stephen King – people like that who have been working, and prolific for years, have always inspired me. Recently though, the people in this very bundle have been more inspirational to me than anyone else.

We work together – often a handful of us sit in a chat room and write while we keep each other company. The ideas we exchange and the camaraderie we share is just incredible.

What are you working on at the moment?

Two things!

I’m currently working on a paranormal romance series under my PNR name “Lynn Red” and the follow-up/conclusion to my Scottish historical series under Anya. I’ve got my life scheduled out pretty well until after Christmas, which is a pretty comfortable mental space for me to be!

Where can fans find you online?

Twitter: @AnyaKarin

Facebook: facebook.com/anyakarinromance

email: anya.romance@gmail.com

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Book Spotlight: Beneath the Veil by Aimee Roseland

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Anthology – Books One through Five

Synopsis:

A Kiss Beneath the Veil

Daphne became a ghost whisperer when the Veil was lifted and the others came out of hiding. Now she’s intent on using her new ability to track down a serial killer who’s been terrorizing children in her small town. Isaac is an ancient vampire pursuing Daphne as she runs from his love and the promise of his immortal kiss. He will do anything to prove that they belong together, forever, including slaying a real monster for her.

A Taste for Moonlight

Anne gave up on finding her Prince Charming exactly one divorce, two kids, and (ahem) several pounds ago. Besides, she’s too busy building her business and being a good mom to even miss love anymore…usually…sometimes. But all that changes when she finds herself tricked into going to a werewolf strip club on her birthday. That’s when Thomas sees her for the first time and realizes that she is the mate he’s searched centuries for.

A Darker Shade of Dawn

Roschana doesn’t have many friends. Maybe it’s that whole I-eat-sex-for-breakfast thing? Too sexy? Too creepy? Whatever. She can’t help that she’s a succubus or that when most people find out about her eating habits they usually get the wrong impression and bolt, or drop trou on the spot. Eeww. But Thomas isn’t like most people. He’s a nerd who understands the stars better than he understands people. Who knew that the fastest way to a succubus’s heart was through a telescope?

A Heart of Stone and Fire

Athena is dying. There, she admitted it. So now what? In a world made topsy turvy by the lifting of the Veil, a girl ought to be able to find a cure for something as banal as cancer. And if she can’t? Well, then there’s always shopping. Gestein has guarded Athena since their paths first crossed when she was just a child. He would do anything to save her from the fate she has in store, but he’s bound to honor the vow he made not to interfere in her life. And a gargoyle always keeps his word.

A Constant Rapture

Constance is searching for a miracle; because that’s the only way she’ll be able to save her little sister and herself from the Ochi’s grasp. Xavier is working as a stage magician on the Vegas strip when Constance barges in and disrupts his carefully ordered plans: work, drink, rinse, repeat. He doesn’t see how his one shite talent could possibly help in her search until he’s already neck deep in Ochi mercenaries. By then there’s the complication of him starting to fall for his dream girl…


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I was born and raised near Las Vegas, NV and grew up dreaming of rain. I also dreamt of heroes and villains and the women that inspired the best and worst in them.

It seemed like every book I read as a teen was a classic bodice-ripper. Wimpy-virgin-heroine always making bad choices and getting herself in trouble, cue the macho hero, yadda yadda yadda. Those books are what inspired me to write my own stories, not because I loved those retro-romances, but because I constantly found myself tossing them aside and fuming. I would think of all the ways the story would have been better: if she had just picked up the sword and stabbed the bad guy when she had the chance…

I LOVE writing and I love the new direction that fiction has taken over the last decade. So many amazing, strong female leads now! And so many new writers that finally have a voice in the indie publishing community.

I was blessed with a wonderful husband who supports my passion for writing and reading and who really helped me focus my desire to publish my work. When I’m not busy enjoying my daughter and husband I’m usually developing a new story idea or sneaking in a bit of free time with my favorite authors.

I’m a bit of a hermit, they called it being “shy” when I was a kid, but I love hearing from fans. I also love ferrets, hiking, chili dark chocolate, strong coffee, nursing mamas, and rain.

 www.aimeeroseland.com

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Available on October 1st.

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Guest Blog – Something Borrowed…

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Fifty Shades of Decay is an anthology of zombie erotica, yes you read that right. It shouldn’t work, but somehow it does.  I share this book with 49 other authors  – and one, Armand Rosamilia has kindly let me guest blog on his site. To read how I managed to make zombies sexy and why you should buy this book, click here

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