Guest Post: Julie Eberhart Painter

Mortal Coil

Excerpt from Mortal Coil by Julie Eberhart Painter:


There was nothing like physical activity to allay anxiety, so Friday afternoon, Ellen took off work early to tackle cleaning the kitchen and laundry room floors. She had only an hour left before Patti would come in and undo her efforts. She didn’t want her daughter skating around on the wet floor. Ellen had changed into old jeans and a loose-at-the-neck blue T-shirt. Her feet were bare.

Public radio was running a fundraiser, so she turned the living room stereo to the country western station—music to clean by. Ellen had opened the garage doors to take advantage of the warm, dry breeze blowing from the west. She danced around the kitchen, pushing the mop in time with the music. About half of the kitchen corners were now free of dirt, a testimony to what Millie would call Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She’d moved the kitchen table into one corner and stacked the chairs on top. A rap on the screen door alerted her to a visitor.

She unhooked the screen and motioned Bill inside. “Watch the wet spots.”

“What are you doing?” he asked, raising his voice to be heard over the loud music.

“Cleaning the floor,” she said, raking the back of an arm over her wet forehead and wiping her hands on her jeans.

“Isn’t there an easier way?” Bill asked. “How about the old Irma Bombeck trick?”

“Any solution in a storm. What is it?”

“I’ll show you. Do you have any old towels?”


“You need to put old terrycloth towels on your feet and dance around the floor.”

“Well, I’ve got the music. Let’s see if I can get some towels.” She placed the mop back in the wheeled bucket she’d borrowed from maintenance and headed for the garage. All the old towels Patti used to wash the car had been washed and dried and left on top of Tom’s abandoned toolbox.

Grabbing a handful, she came back into the kitchen. “Demonstrate,” she said, handing the bunch to Bill.

He wrung out the mop and set it aside. Soaking and pulling the towels through the wringer, he handed them to her one by one. “Okay. Put a towel under each foot and dance like you were dancing, slide, two, three, four, slide…”

Ellen smiled. “Terrific.”

Just then the announcer went to a commercial. They stood there looking at each other waiting for more music. Ellen dropped two more wet towels and stepped on them. Bill shucked his shoes and socks and dropped his towels. The next tune was a bouncy number that set Ellen’s head bobbing.

“More like this,” he said, sliding and dipping in dance mode. “Ever do the Texas two-step?” Bill called over the twanging guitars.

“No. But I’ve seen the contests on TV.”

Julie Eberhart Painter

Title:  Mortal Coil

Author:  Julie Eberhart Painter

Published:  May 2009

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count:  79,000

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Recommended Age:  14+

Synopsis: When two residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home die, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail Crimes, it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South…

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About the Author:

Julie Eberhart Painter raised in Bucks Count, Pennsylvania, boyhood home of James A Michener, is the author of Mortal Coil, Tangled Web, and the 2011 Book of the Year, Kill Fee, and sequel, Medium Rare from Daughters of the Sea, e-book and print. Julie’s first paranormal romance, and Morning After Midnight are available from MuseItUp Publishing.

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Cover Art: State of Horror Anthologies

Armand Rosamilia:

Ash is one of the few cover artists I use, and easily the top one for me. Check out her “Dying Days” covers!

Originally posted on Charon Coin Press:

StateofHorror_logo When it comes to book cover art, look no further than Ash Arceneaux . Her style and art grace the covers of books from all genres of the literary world. Preparing for the relaunch of State of Horror , we knew we needed great cover art. We could not think of a better artist to bring on board, knowing she would capture the feel and standards we had planned for the series. The uniformity of the collection in its entirety is important for the upcoming releases. Book covers should encapsulate the feel of the stories within while catching the attention of potential readers.

I reached out to Arceneaux, with some ideas for the feel of the series. Spending time with her outlining the vision we were trying to achieve was a pleasure. Arceneaux’s experience and talent in creating book cover art shown throughout our discussion. After giving her the last…

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PRESS RELEASE: State of Horror Acquired by Charon Coin Press

Armand Rosamilia:

Charon Coin Press takes over the State of Horror series

Originally posted on Rymfire Books:

SoHlogo1small Rymfire Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of the popular State of Horror Anthology series by Charon Coin Press . State of Horror will become the flagship under the banner of publisher Charon Coin Press. The move occurred after the publisher, helmed by current State of Horror editor Jerry Benns, sought to solidify the launch of the new publishing press with an established series. The acquisition by Charon Coin Press , includes the anthology series: “ State of Horror ”, “ Heavy Metal Horror ”, “ Post-Apocalyptic Raid ”, “ I, Executioner ”, “ Revenant 1 & 2 ”, and “ Vermin ”. Charon Coin Press announced each of these anthologies will receive the same re-launch treatment that the State of Horror Anthology is currently undergoing.

When asked about the driving factor for the sale of the anthologies, Armand Rosamilia had this to say, “I didn’t start out…

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Solopreneur Writers: 10 Nitty Gritty Pickies

Armand Rosamilia:

Sweat the Small Stuff… but do something about it, too

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

Thousands of little details afflict us as artisanal publisher-authorpreneurial Han Solo writer-heroes. A couple of authors publishing books for the first time have asked me about nitty-gritty details to watch for. Here are ten that came up in our discussions of new book launches.

1. When you set your price on Amazon, the calculator will automatically set comparable prices in other countries. Set it lower for India. The “comparable” price would actually buy three books in India (and so, is too expensive.)

2. If you have a list of book bloggers to whom you wish to send Advanced Reading Copies, check their guidelines carefully to see their preferred reading mode. PDFs are free to email but some people don’t want to sideload their e-reader or read on their computer.

The easiest solution is to gift the book to your list of reviewers, preferably during a pulse sale at 99 cents to minimize the…

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Guest Post: Annette Gisby


My Five Favourite Female Writers



1) Lynn Flewelling – Fantasy


I discovered Lynn Flewelling by accident at the local library, who had a copy of The Bone Doll’s Twin. They didn’t have any other books and because most of them were with American publishers, they couldn’t get them either. Needless to say it was a trip to the internet and I’ve since bought every book she’s put out and pre-ordered the most recent one. He fantasy worlds are so extensive and her characters are amazing. I just adore Alec and Seregil from the Nightrunner Series. It was one of the first set of mainstream books I’ve read where gay and bisexual characters were the main protagonists.


3) Elizabeth Chadwick – Historical


I have quite a few bookshelves devoted to Elizabeth Chadwick. Her medieval historicals are amazing. You really get a sense of the time and place, yet at no point do any of the books turn into a history lesson. You might learn some history as you read, but everything flows so well within the stories and her characters are so vivid that the books just sweep you away.



3) Carol Berg – Fantasy


Another fantasy author whose worlds and characters are just awe-inspiring. Her Song of the Beast is one of the most original fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I was left gobsmacked by the end. I just didn’t guess what was coming at all.


4)J.K. Rowling – Fantasy, Contemporary and Mystery


We’d gone to a special midnight screening of the first Harry Potter film and quite enjoyed it, so later on that year for my birthday my husband bought me the books that were out, four at the time I think. I devoured them all and was anxiously waiting for the next installments. The Order of the Phoenix is still one of my all time favourites, with Deathly Hallows a close second. The books were just such a rip-roaring adventure, I loved them. My poor husband didn’t know what he started – I am quite a Harry Potter fanatic these days. You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve read the books and watched the films :)


5) Sarah Rayne – Psychological Thrillers


This is how much I love this author – years ago she wrote fantasy under the pen name Bridget Wood and horror under the name Frances Gordon. I had every Bridget Wood and Frances Gordon book on my bookshelves before I realised it was the same author :) Her style is wonderful, a complex mix of lyrical descriptions and down-to-earth prose and characters. All of the books seem to have a twist and, unusally for me, I never guess it.

About the Author


Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.


When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.


She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.


The Chosen

by Annette Gisby

M/M Fantasy Romance

Cover Art by Ravven

Available in ebook and paperback







The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.


Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.


With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air , and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

99 Cents Month Week #2 From Armand Rosamilia

As promised, another 3 of my releases have been temporarily knocked down to 99 cents each. Get ‘em while they’re hot… and 99 cents



Frozen Limbs… falling sheets of snow… blood on the ice… frostbite… and the undead trying to bite through your icy neck… 

Nine Zombie Tales from Armand Rosamilia, Brent Abell, Suzanne Robb, Jonah Buck, R.S. Pyne, Tim Lieder, Blaze McRob, Lisa McCourt Hollar, and Carole Gill



Nine tales of Horror from author Armand Rosamilia, including “Memorial Site”, “Vacation’s End”, “1920 Gallery Card #4″, “Stairs To The Ocean”, “Beastie”, “Crow Mill Bridge”, “Rainforest of Bones”, “South American Death Cap”, and “The Devil and The Cenote” plus a preview of the urban horror novella “Death Metal”

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Featuring Kindra Ravenmoon, Eden Celeste, Demoniccunt, Sinna DeVeigh, Rachael Death, Elenyx, Gypsy Rhodes, Brittany Blasph3my, Alecto Mania, Acid Candy, Laureli Slaughter and more!

Guest Post: Demelza Carlton

Thongs: The Essential Accessory

In Western Australia, everyone wears thongs. They’re ideal beach wear, really, especially with our hot summers. Women, men, even little kids all wear them.

I mean, look at the benefits. They’re light, easy to slip on and off, they feel like you’re wearing almost nothing at all, and come in almost every colour and fabric imaginable.

My favourites are some made of leather and sparkly silver fabric that I bought for a trip to Broome a few years back for a family wedding. I’m proud to say they still fit, too!

My husband wouldn’t wear anything else to the beach and he’s definitely a typical Aussie bloke. His are certainly more manly than anything I’d wear – plus a lot bigger, too.

The problem with thongs for kids is that the kids grow so fast, so you have to keep getting them in bigger sizes before they’ve properly worn them out. They’re not really the sort of thing you give away as hand-me-downs, either, as they’re cheap to buy new and usually aren’t too clean after extensive wear and use.

On a trip to the Cocos Keeling Islands, where parts of Ocean’s Infiltrator are set, I discovered that the item most likely to wash up on their beaches were thongs. There were hundreds of them, strewn across the rocks and beaches near the outer reefs. That and toothbrushes, though I have no idea why. Maybe they were so light they floated easily on the ocean currents.

So, while writing books set in Western Australia, I could hardly include a story or a beach scene that didn’t include thongs. Joe Fisher, the electrician-turned fisherman in Ocean’s Gift and Ocean’s Infiltrator, happily wears his to breakfast in the hotel restaurant before flying home, on the boat when he’s working and generally most of the time he’s at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

I believe many romance heroines (and the authors who write them) would agree that thongs are an essential part of their wardrobe, but I have a slight problem in that the heroines of Ocean’s Gift series are mermaids, who aren’t really used to wearing anything at all.

Right, now I’m done with my paeans of praise for thongs as essential for one and all, it’s time for the obligatory author photograph.

Here’s the photo, showing not only me but my daughter – both of us in thongs at Exmouth in Western Australia. My husband just had to wear his sneakers that day…

Of course thongs are shoes. What did you think I was referring to?


Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.

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