A lot can happen in 48 hours…

Just ask Las Vegas.

Oh, nothing so drastic is happening in my life, I assure you. But I have managed to (almost blindly) stumble onto a writing competition, write a short story inside of 48 hours, and submit it for judgment.

The skinny: The NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2016 is a competition to create a 1000 word (or less, but certainly not more) story  in 48 hours – based on 3 thematic criteria submitted to contestants at the beginning of the competition. Contestants are divided into groups, each group having their own criteria. After two challenges, the top 5 in each group will move on. I’m hoping to be part of that Top 5, but I have no idea who I am competing against.

Well, that’s not completely true… I’m competing against a lot of people from around the world.

My group represents 20 different states and 5 countries… of which, I am one of 35. Stiff odds already, but then consider that my group is one of 60. My chances of success are diminishing the more I think about numbers, but what can I do?

I can stop thinking about the numbers.

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The fact of the matter is this:

Someone handed me a list of requirements and said, “Hey. Write a story with this stuff in it. Oh, and it’s due in 48 hours.” And I did exactly that. I reached into my brain and pulled out what I think is a pretty good story – especially for the circumstances. I can control nothing else in the situation, so I’m not going to stress about it. I’m going to wait, and I’m going to see what my score is when it comes back.

The optimist in me says, “Hey, you wrote another story. You’ve already won!” I’m going to run with that.

And yet, we May…

Another month has passed without pause or hesitation. And just like that undeterred passage of time, a new chapter of At Calendar’s End is also upon us.

May begins, and with it, yet another step in the ever-escalating tragedy that is the ongoings of the Intercalary. Are they any closer to unmasking – much less stopping – the terror that stalks them? Am I laying this on too thick? Am I stringing you along too much?

I have to admit that it is very difficult to look back from where I am in the story, knowing what is coming, and not share spoilers with you. But the secrets are slowly coming out in the story, and won’t you be surprised over the summer…

Click on Brian Ritson’s gorgeous cover art below to find your way to the next installment.

May-Final

Fools Rush In…

It was a difficult decision to make, but I have a grand mistrust of April Fool’s Day and didn’t want anyone to pass over the announcement because they did not necessarily believe… I made a post to the Facebook page, and then declined to promote it any further.

That said, April is here and so is Part Four in At Calendar’s End.

The story so far: As the rest of the Intercalary scrambles to figure out who or what is behind the attacks, other members begin to reassemble – completely unaware of the danger they are in. Can Ember and the rest get the warning out and protect the members currently being hunted? Or will they find their missing ranks too late to help?

Click the beautiful artwork by Brian Ritson below to go to the Amazon page. Links to the previous installments, as always, are in the description.

April

 

Ladies and Gentlemen…

Get your costumes in order, put out your jack o’lanterns, and get yourself settled in.

It’s going to be a dark and stormy night around here. The best time to settle in with a supernatural tale.

For those of you who have pre-ordered, you should already have it in your Kindle library. For those who didn’t, it’s far too late.

Fortunately, House of Thirteen is available in paperback and ebook right now.

Order now.

Enjoy – and Happy Halloween!

The long wait for House of Thirteen is almost over…

Actually… it IS over. Technically.Copy in hand

House of Thirteen, Book One is now available for pre-order for Kindle! The official release date is Halloween, but you can order your copy now to be delivered to your devices as your very own personal trick or treat from me. The book will also be available on Halloween, but those can’t be set for pre-order. If you are planning to buy the paperback, e-books will be automatically discounted for you to acquire the matching set.

Can’t wait for Halloween to get your reading fix? I also have a new story out in a horror anthology. Tales of Horror on Halloween Night – curated by the amazing Samie Sands – is out now for Kindle and paperback.

I hope your Halloween is going to be as exciting as mine!

One week away…

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an event. I have to say, I’ve missed them. They are a lot of fun, on both sides of the table. I love talking to people who stop by the table, whether they want to talk about my books, the magic of idea crafting, or the art of writing itself. I also really enjoy my boothmates. An event is really only as much fun as the people you surround yourself with and this time around, I’m pulling out all the stops.

September 13, in the Kerrytown district of Ann Arbor is the 13th annual Kerrytown Bookfest. Not only will I be there, but I will have books, and merchandise, and ye olde Bad Drawings sketch pad. I’ll also be sharing my space with fellow author J. Thomas-Like, who will also be offering her wonderful words to the masses. And right next door, I’m proud to say we’ll be neighboring with Kate of ChicalooKate – it promises to be some awesome fun YOU should be a part of!

I don’t want to ruin all the surprises, but I will say that this is the first time you will be able to purchase Empty Hallways and House of Thirteen notebooks and magnets!

Notebooks!

Glorious notebooks for all your writing wonder!

Upcoming Events!

September 18 – 19, 2015:
Author Extravaganza at the Made in Michigan Market
Fri. 1 – 8pm, Sat. 11am – 5pm

October 25, 2015:
Books & Authors event at Leon & Lulu
11am – 2pm

November 7, 2015:
House of Thirteen Book Launch at Book Cottage
12pm – 3pm

So happy about this post, I forgot a title…

House of Thirteen

House of Thirteen, coming very very soon.

House of Thirteen is in the hands of the beta readers. This is both a milestone of success and a stomach of butterflies for me.

Getting this book to a point of release this book has been harrowing, arduous, and – at times – almost not worth the effort. But here it is, and I am very (terrified) excited to see what the beta readers have to say about it.

Depending on how much work they think I still have, I may be able to push up my release date – which would be a first, really. 😉

But right now, I can say with confidence that House of Thirteen will be out in the universe by Halloween. What happens to it then is anyone’s guess.

There is no way to fully communicate the sensations I am feeling about this. It is my second novel, and the start of a monumental adventure in itself. It is exactly what I set out to write when I started, yet nothing I expected and so much more than I could have hoped for.

I hope it will live up to expectations, because it has already exceeded my own.