*dusts off Blog page* Hi Guys!! Long time no Post!! Today I bring to you an amazing collection of short stories. I was given an advanced copy and you can find my review on Amazon! I will tell you they are are all FABULOUS, FUN, FANTASTIC!!
Now for the details!!
NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE!
Shooting off hands with lasers. Gambling fingers in a supernatural poker game. Poking a bear. These are just some ways to lose a finger that are not covered in this anthology.
This collection of fantastical stories follows a theme of “ways to lose a finger,” so you can bet someone is having bloody, handy trouble in each one. From comedy to creepy, from heroics to hopelessness, these light fantasy nibbles will entertain and enlighten about the human condition, even if that enlightenment only consists of “don’t stick that in there.” So settle in for some mythological comedy, cyberpunk noir, ghostly horror, superhero satire, and a big, fat, trans-dimensional cat!
Featuring four all new tales from Seattle authors Z.D. Gladstone, Michael G. Munz, Tiffany Pitts, and Janine A. Southard, Four Fantastical Ways to Lose Your Fingers is a brilliant short story collection that’s guaranteed to waste at least 30 minutes of your time. Maybe even 3 hours, depending on how fast you read.
To prevent physical injury, please keep all hands and fingers inside the book.
LOOKS GREAT RIGHT??? Trust me it is!! GO, run, don’t walk! Grab your copy on Kindle today!
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She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.
Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyonce would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.
Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.
Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.
Book 1 in the anticipated Heart Lines series, a spin-off of the bestselling Dirty Blood series. Note: you do NOT have to read Dirty Blood first. You can start here!
Hey gang! So sometimes authors let me borrow their characters for an interview. I haven’t done one in a while. However, I just finished, “A Memory in the Black” by Michael G. Munz. AND, he is letting me interview Felix Hiatt. If you are TOTALLY unaware of WHO I am talking about you can find Felix in both “A Shadow in the Flames” and “A Memory in the Black”. Which you can buy HERE: http://michaelgmunz.com/new_aeneid/ I also hear he is in book 3, WHICH I will get to reading soon. Also, book 1, “A Shadow in the Flames” is currently FREE on ebook! So you might as well get started!
So, enough of my rambling. Let’s get to Felix!
Christina: Hi Felix! I am so glad you could spare a few minutes to talk with me! How are you doing today?
Felix: Disoriented! I mean, are you from a parallel universe? Am I? Are we both? Are there nachos? I’m not seeing any nachos, but it’s always smart to keep an eye out, just in case. (You know what the ancient Celts used to say: “Sometimes life gives you nachos.”) But otherwise I’m good, thanks! Excited to be here! Slightly caffeinated.
Christina: Tell the readers of the blog a little about yourself. You know, where you are from, favorite activity, favorite food, favorite planet, that sort of thing.
Felix: Born in raised in Northgate, which you may not have heard of, though it’s a rather large metropolis in the Pacific Northwest. My favorite activity would have to be finding out things people don’t want me to know, especially if I’m being paid to do so. Some people have tried to call me a private investigator, but “information bounty hunter” has a much better feel to it. Favorite food? Phad Thai with shrimp, three stars, when I can get it. Favorite planet? Kepler 22-B. Or maybe Pluto. I’m glad they reclassified that one back in 2038.
Christina: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Felix: How about Area-51? I know it’s been over a hundred years since something was alleged to have crashed there, but there’s surely still some top secret stuff going on there, right? I mean, maybe. I never let myself get one hundred percent sure of anything, but I’d absolutely love to dive into that place and roll around in its secrets.
Christina: Who do you get along with most out of your fellow book characters?
Felix: That’s got to be a toss-up between Marc and Caitlin. I’ve known Marc far longer, of course, and he’s a great straight man for my joke-cracking. Plus we both share certain secrets about the AoA so I don’t have to censor myself along those lines. On the other hand, Caitlin shares my passion for investigating secrets, and is letting me kiss her for the past six months or so, so it’s hard to pick a clear winner!
Christina: What is the WEIRDEST thing you have ever done? I know there has to be SOMETHING *smiles*
Felix: You mean in addition to taking part in an experiment that put a little implant behind my ear that contained the memories of a 75 year old donor? Because a lot of people might say that’s pretty weird. I also once dipped a chocolate chip cookie in jalapeno cheese dip.
Christina: Felix, I find you hilarious and witty. Do you find that those help in tense situations?
Felix: You do? Oh, I’m sorry, you must have really poor taste. *winks* But yeah, I tend to crack a lot of jokes, or at least up the wiseass quotient when things get stressful. Sometimes it helps, but, honestly, sometimes it just makes things worse. After a bunch of navel-gazing, I realize it’s one of my coping mechanisms, and my filter doesn’t always keep me from saying something stupid or insensitive. But I can’t help it! Well, sometimes.
Christina: Speaking of tense situations, what is the most harrowing situation you have ever been in?
Felix: Aside from what I wound up getting myself into with Caitlin up there at the Omicron Complex? Or, geez, what happened at the RavenTech facility in—well, I probably shouldn’t talk about that. Spoilers and all. Once, when I was a little younger and a lot more foolish, I walked right into the stronghold of some gun-running gangers (whose name I’d prefer not to mention) and tried to sell them some information on a competitor with nothing to protect me but my wits and a pair of mirrored sunglasses. They were less in the mood to pay me than they were to try to beat it out of me. Long story short, that wound up with me fleeing across some rooftops at the edge of worst part of Northgate wearing nothing but some boxer shorts and those aforementioned sunglasses.
Christina: Ok I like to play This-or-That in my interviews with characters. So ready? Here we go. Chicken or steak?
Christina: Fruit or veggies?
Felix: Fruit, definitely. I have a sweet tooth. Though the fresh stuff is hard to come by in Northgate anymore.
Christina: Boots or sneakers?
Felix: For me? Sneakers. For sneaking! …And yes, I realize the irony of shouting the word “sneaking,” so no fair pointing that out.
Christina: Milk shake or smoothie?
Felix: Milk shake. Ha! How is this even a choice! Unless there’s milk and ice cream in that smoothie. And I should probably make a joke about a yard here, but I live in an apartment over a nightclub, so…
Christina: Wine or beer?
Felix: Neither, really. I’m not much of a drinker. But hey, drink eight glasses of water a day everyone! Kidney stones are a pain the ass. Er, figuratively speaking.
Christina: Michael or Gideon?
Felix: I’m going to need a bit more criteria for the choice here. Can you elaborate?
Christina: Which do you prefer working with?
Felix: Aha! No offense to Gideon, but the answer here is easily Michael. He’s a heck of a lot more stable. Granted, I can’t really blame Gideon himself for that. From what I understand of what he’s gone through—and been put through—I’m shocked he’s doing as well as he is, really. Plus Michael laughs at my jokes more.
Christina: Well Felix, I think I have taken up enough time, I am so happy that you sat down and talked with me. This has been fun! Anything else you want to say before we go?
Felix: I know you haven’t gotten Star Wars Episode IX yet in your corner of reality, but damn, it’s absolutely incredible. You’re in for a real treat. “Dance Party Tatooine” won’t seem like a great title at first, but trust me, it grows on ya. Thanks for having me here!
That was a super fun interview. Thank you, Michael Munz for letting me borrow Felix for a little bit.
Hey Gang, pop to the top of the post and grab the books. You will love them!
*dusts off cobwebs* WOW Hi Guys!!! What a better way to have a shinny new post than to share the release of Serengeti 2 by J.B. Rockwell! WOOOHOOOOOO!!! I am excited about this!! Lets get Started!
ISN’T it BEAUTIFUL?!!!
Blurb: Fifty-three years Serengeti drifted, dreaming in the depths of space. Fifty-three years of patient waiting before her Valkyrie Sisters arrive to retrieve her from the dark. A bittersweet homecoming follows, the Fleet Serengeti once knew now in shambles, its admiral, Cerberus, gone missing, leaving Brutus in charge. Brutus who’s subsumed the Fleet, ignoring his duty to the Meridian Alliance to pursue a vendetta against the Dark Star Revolution.
The Valkyries have a plan to stop him—depose Brutus and restore the Fleet’s purpose—and that plan involves Serengeti. Depends on Serengeti turning her guns against her own.
Because the Fleet can no longer be trusted. With Brutus in charge, it’s just Serengeti and her Sisters, and whatever reinforcements they can find.
A top-to-bottom refit restores Serengeti to service, and after a rushed reunion with Henricksen and her surviving crew, she takes off for the stars. For Faraday—a prison station—to stage a jailbreak, and free the hundreds of Meridian Alliance AIs wrongfully imprisoned in its Vault. From there to the Pandoran Cloud and a rendezvous with her Valkyrie Sisters. To retrieve a fleet of rebels ships stashed away inside.
One last battle, one last showdown with Brutus and his Dreadnoughts and it all ends. A civil war—one half of the Meridian Alliance Fleet turned against the other, with the very future of the Meridian Alliance hanging in the balance.
If you have read the first installment in this book you should be squealing about now, and asking where do I get it??? Well, you can get it right here
J.B. Rockwell is a New Englander, which is important to note because it means she’s (a) hard headed, (b) frequently stubborn, and (c) prone to fits of snarky sarcasticness. As a kid she subsisted on a steady diet of fairy tales, folklore, mythology augmented by generous helpings of science fiction and fantasy. As a quasi-adult she dreamed of being the next Indian Jones and even pursued (and earned!) a degree in anthropology. Unfortunately, those dreams of being an archaeologist didn’t quite work out. Through a series of twists and turns (involving cats, a marriage, and a SCUBA certification, amongst other things) she ended up working in IT for the U.S. Coast Guard and now writes the types of books she used to read. Not a bad ending for an Indiana Jones wannabe…
NOW, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GO EXPERIENCE SERENGETI !!!
It’s Release Day for Michael G. Munz’s third installment of the new aeneid cycle, A Dragon at the Gate! Following are a few details about the book. AND…. AND…. You can get the first two books for 99 cents! Get started!!
Michael Flynn has lost time. An operative in the worldwide conspiracy known as the Agents of Aeneas, the last thing he remembers is the struggle to retake Paragon—the derelict alien spacecraft found crashed on the Moon. Yet that was three months ago. Now, as he wakes in a hospital back in the high-tech, urban strife of Northgate, his struggle begins anew.
The Agents of Aeneas have vanished.
His friends are either missing, in danger, or altered. Hired killers shadow his every move. And Jade, the mysterious, cyber-enhanced woman watching over him, will give no answers. Thrust into a blind search for the truth, Michael needs allies. Yet whom can he trust when once loyal friends may have turned against him?
Meanwhile, an intelligence thought trapped within Paragon has escaped to Northgate. Driven to fulfill the goals of the mysterious “Planners,” it, too, seeks allies. When it finds them, it will transform the face of Northgate, the world, and the entire human race.
The year 2051 draws to a close, and nothing will be the same.
What do other Authors say about A Dragon at the Gate?
“Not a book to read before bed unless you aren’t planning on going to sleep until sometime next week. Munz has a way of developing female characters that are believably badass and likable. I especially fell in love with the cybernetic implant technology. Damn it, now I want some glowing hair.”
—Tiffany Pitts, author of Double Blind
“In a time where so many stories are re-hashed sequels and re-boots, Munz has created some truly spectacular science fiction. The entire series delivers what it promises, and so much more. Every time I believed I knew what came next, I found myself very pleasantly surprised.”
—JM Guillen, author of The Paean of Sundered Dreams
NOW….. You’re excited to buy this RIGHT????? well here you go!!
Hey everyone!! It’s been a while since a great post came this way, but today I have the extreme pleasure of interviewing MULTIPLE people at one time!!! If you haven’t heard of Human 76 then I don’t know where you have been hiding! I’ve tweeted about it and many multiple folks have as well. Today you will get to see my interview with many awesome folks! They were all part of this awesome book. Stick around, learn about it, and then go buy and or download the book.
“Quiet, you fool! You’re safe now!” Rough hands gripped Ghabrie. A kestrel swooped but Ghabrie could not hear its call. She could hear only Nahria’s shriek. Ghabrie strained to glimpse her little sister through the mass of rebellion warriors and Prometheans. The two sides were withdrawing, both claiming their spoils and retreating. Ghabrie thrashed: kicking, biting, struggling against strong arms that restrained her. “Nahria, I’ll come for you!” The butt of a rifle thumped the side of her head as her words still echoed across the barren landscape. Ghabrie slipped into an oblivion brought by the hands of her liberators.
Fourteen authors take you on an unprecedented post-apocalyptic journey.
Now…… for the interview!! I was able to talk to Michael Wombat, KJ Collard, Lisa Shambrook, and Miranda Kate. Enjoy!
Christina : How was this idea born? (Who thought of it, brought it all together)
Michael Wombat: We all bow down to Lisa. The first I heard of the project was when she and Bekah were questing for authors, and because I’d long been a fan of her writing I threw my hat in the ring. When the project stuttered I offered Lisa my help, having already edited several previous anthologies.
My family wanted an unusual family portrait, so Bekah set up her tripod and we went post-apocalyptic! Later, when we shared the photos on Facebook, one of Bekah’s selfies was highlighted by several people and as more people commented, more of my writing community said they wanted to write for the character. So Bekah and I created a world and background for Ghabrie and thus breathed life into Bekah’s post-apocalyptic character!
It was a long way into the project when stories were being finished that Bekah and I realised we didn’t have the know how to publish, and we stalled, but reading KJ’s excited tweets about the stories encouraged us and we brought Michael Wombat on board, and it was full steam ahead!
Kendall Jaye Collard: I think it was several of us that asked permission to use the Shambrook family photo posted on Facebook as inspiration for writing.
CP: I noticed a map in the front, how was it decided what story would take place where?
MW: As anthology editor I had to put this seemingly random collection of stories into an order for publication. Some clearly belonged at the beginning of Ghabrie’s journey, and others at the end. Others naturally paired up, and eventually they all settled into a satisfying order, not only in terms of Ghabrie’s quest but also with a dramatic rhythm. Now, I’ve always loved maps – who doesn’t? So I knocked up a map for my own amusement, trying to match landscapes to stories. Eventually, Ghabrie’s world lay there before me. You’ll notice that no story takes place in the port of Forlorn Hope. I had intended to write a tale for that location, but ran out of time. It may appear as an extra standalone, or maybe if we get around to a second anthology…
LS: Wombat made the map and we loved it! The original idea was everyone could write about their own characters anywhere within the world we’d created and given basic specifications for, the amazing thing was watching the stories develop in so many areas with so many different characters! But it was Wombat who put the map together and made it cohesive!
KJC: That’s all Wombat Genius.
CP: How did you come up with your story to fit in with everyone?
MW: Glint was one of those tales where I had NO idea what might happen. I just wrote an opening scene and let the story take me where it would. Then one day Alex, KJ and I were chatting and our stories just kind of melted together. My second tale in the collection, Sand, was written entirely because of inspiration from Rebecca’s The Oasis.
LS: I was lucky in that I got to write the opening quote which spurred on the theme of Ghabrie searching for her lost sister. I also wrote the first and last stories, the first seeing Ghabrie leave on her journey, and at that point it was wide open and I had no idea how or what anyone would write! I think Miranda had one of the most exciting jobs, as she read and edited all the stories, watching them begin to fit and flow one into the other!
KJC: I was so afraid to dive into this whole heartedly. I kinda purposely isolated my tribe because I didn’t want to “screw up” anyone else’s story. I knew Ghabrie would need to be included, so I used my story to get her some geographical movement toward her sister.
CP: What goes in to creating an anothology such as this?
MW: A GREAT idea, foremost. Plus lots of time, imagination, co-operation, tolerance, and talented writers.
LS: A beautiful amount of creativity, hard work, cheerleading, encouragement and love, in equal measures!
KJC: This is my first time being published. Everything is a new experience, so I can’t really detail how this is different.
CP: What is the main thing you want readers to take away from this book, full of stories?
MW: Clearly enjoyment, that goes without saying, but I hope readers will be inspired to seek out other works by the authors of their favourite stories.
LS: I want them to marvel at the world and its characters and the amazing writing that has gone into it. And I want them to seek out the authors they’ve enjoyed and read them. Writing stories is often looked at as a romantic hobby, but this is work and passion and our authors are so amazing we want to give them recognition too!
KJC: I want them to be entertained; I want them to cry; I want them to laugh; I want them to fall in love. CP: I thought I saw proceeds are going to charity? If so what charity? (If not leave this blank)
MW: Water Is Life, who provide clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education programs to schools and villages in desperate need worldwide. The charity fits well the main theme of the anthology: helping those displaced or struggling to survive in a harsh world. WiL is a global charity, reflecting the fact that our authors are scattered all around this small blue planet.
LS: When Bekah and I first talked about charities we wanted any proceeds to go to people within this world who are displaced or who struggle to live. We are lucky, that isn’t even the word, we’re privileged. We have hard times but there are those who struggle hugely, way beyond our comprehension, and we want to help. The charity would have to represent our theme of survival against the odds and Water Is Life does that and so much more.
NOW….. a Note from Editor Miranda Kate:
CP: How did you come to Human 76 as an editor?
Miranda : I had seen the pictures Lisa Shambrook and her family had taken of a Post Apocalyptic family on Facebook as we are friends, as I am with most of the authors in this anthology, and I remember seeing mention of this anthology in another writing group we shared, and asked to join the group that was created for it. I did consider writing for it and read the story specification, but decided that it required too much detail for me, length being my biggest concern as I either write really short pieces (Flash Fiction) or really long (Novels). But I offered up my services at an editor when the time came because the story line intrigued me, and knowing the writing of many of the authors: Michael Wombat, Lisa Shambrook, K J Collard, K R Smith, Jeff Hollar, Nick Johns – I really wanted to read it. Editing it meant I got to read it that little bit sooner!
The editing of stories was divided between the authors, so they edited each others. This not only enabled everyone to practice their editing skills, but it gave them the chance to interlink their stories further, which I think makes this anthology particularly unique.
I was allotted a couple of stories initially, and then stepped in when another author had something come up and was unable to do their assigned one. Then, because I am fortunate that Michael Wombat rates me as an editor, he asked me to help him with the final proofs, which meant I got the chance to read everything, including introductions and authors note. *big smiley face*
CP: What did it feel like working on the anthology with all the other authors?
Miranda: I felt privileged to be a part of the creation of this anthology and be included in the close interaction between the authors. There was much discussion about interlinking the stories: how it could be done; what worked, what wouldn’t – even down to creating swear words that several authors would use in their tales. I gave my input, but as a reader rather than a writer. Everyone enjoyed the collaboration. Writing can be an isolating business, so it kept everyone connected.
CP: What did you think of the stories as you read them?
Miranda: I enjoyed all the stories, all the different styles of writing, and different perspectives on the storyline, particularly how the central character Ghabrie would show up in each one – she was a constant and everyone relayed her in the same way, which made the tales feel even more different pieces of one story.
CP: Was it difficult working with so many authors together?
Miranda: My main interaction was with Michael Wombat as he would let me know when a story was ready for the final edit. But through the online group I would also rave about each story as I read it, giving each author ‘their moment’, reassuring them how good their tale was.
As an editor it’s important to both support the writer as well as give them constructive feedback about their writing and story, and that can be tricky. In those instances I always refer to my own experiences and things I have found difficult when writing to let them know they are not alone or not the only one having those problems. But with the stories in Human 76 I did not have to give a lot of feedback because the authors provided such high quality stories and writing.
Now you WONDERFUL Readers probably want to know how you can find these lovely folks I talked with. Well here are there awesome faces and media information:
Today is cover reveal day for M. Leighton’s upcoming new release entitled The Empty Jar.She wanted to say a little something about the cover before she revealed it and the description, so here she is.
First of all, a huge, heartfelt thank you to every single one of you amazing women who is helping me reveal this cover today. I appreciate everything you do for me, for authors and readers in general and for this community.
IT’S FINALLY TIME FOR THE EMPTY JAR COVER REVEAL!!!
I feel like I’ve been waiting AGES to share this with you!
This cover… GAH!Y’all, it took me forEVER to get it just right. There was a certain “feel” that I wanted to achieve with it and I wasn’t happy until I felt that it jumped right out when I looked at it.I wanted the cover to speak of the book, wanted it to show the highs and lows, the sweet and the poignant, the depth of it, if you will.And finally…finally, I feel like it does:)
You might not realize just how much NOW, but once you read it, you’ll be like, “Yeah. It’s perfect for this book!”
When I got the paperback proof in the other day, I held it in my hands and I just stared at it. Not only is this story extremely special to me, but this is probably my favorite cover of all my books.Ever.
When I look at it, I see so much more than just a picture.I see all the things that I find in life as well as what I put into the story that is The Empty Jar.It’s a blend of happy pinks and brooding blues. It’s light and it’s dark.There are highs and there are lows. There is morning and there is night.But if you notice the sky on this cover, there are little flickers of brightness in the bodies of the lightning bugs.Life is that way, too.Even in the darkest part of the night, there is a spark of hope.
There is beauty. There is the romantic glow of a full moon, the silvery face of your mate, the delicate twinkle of fireflies. It’s all there if we look hard enough—that balance of beauty and tragedy.
Below is a little more about the book. It’s hard to tell you much without spoiling anything, but I think you can get a feel for it.It’s such a special story. So raw, so real.
I honestly can’t wait for y’all to read it!I hope you love IT and the cover as much as I do:)
The Empty Jar
(May 8, 2016)
Three months touring Europe. Romantic. Dazzling. Unforgettable. The trip of a lifetime.
But some lifetimes are shorter.
We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.
No one could. No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.
But it is tragic.
Yet so, so beautiful.
That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something or someone you love.
And this is the ultimate sacrifice. One stunning act of true love.