Monthly Archives: April 2014

Suspended In Dusk Anthology – Table of Contents Reveal


On my second round of edits for my tale. The ToC for this is amazing!


Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since  I’ve had a chance to post. Work has been flat out, my beautiful wife is pregnant with twins that are due mid-June and I’ve been buried deep in the second round of edits for the Suspended in Dusk anthology.

Because of all these hectic goings-on, I’ve neglected to give you all a teaser about Suspended in Dusk, so here I am to remedy that.

Here is the (unordered) Table of Contents for the anthology; a fantastic list of authors and a fantastic line up of stories.

Alan Baxter – Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Angela Slatter – The Way of All Flesh
Anna Reith – Taming the Stars
Armand Rosamilia – At Dusk They Come
Benjamin Knox – The Keeper of Secrets
Brett Rex Bruton – Outside In
Chris Limb – Ministry of Outrage
Icy Sedgwick – A Woman of Disrepute
J C Michael

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Guest Post: Alyssa Cooper



The Motel Room, a modern twist on the classic ghost story. Only $0.99!


Since his death, our Narrator has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never pay him any mind. Then one morning, a maid turns her head and the two lock eyes – the first time he has been seen since his death. Only then does he begin to discover the true power behind his ghostly form.


Alyssa Cooper was first published at the age of eighteen, and is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life. The Motel Room is her first foray into the wide world of self publishing. Look for her second self published title, Whispering Peak, coming soon!

Guest Post: Gary R. Eddings


Gary Eddings

Excerpt from Hollow Point by Gary R. Eddings:


It is told that a Great Serpent caused extreme distress and threatened the Salish people. Chief Kitsap called down the Double-Headed Eagle from the mountains to fight it. The two creatures engaged in a horrible battle and the Great Serpent eventually pulled the Eagle down, presumably to his death, plowing a huge trench that filled with water and became Agate Pass, separating the Kitsap Peninsula from Bainbridge Island.

The people mourned. Then the ground shook and the Double-Headed Eagle rose from the water in victory, having killed the Great Serpent. To this day the symbol of the Suquamish is the Double-Headed Eagle, their protector.

That type of power is needed once again for the Tribe.

Hollow Point

Title:  Hollow Point

Author:  Gary R. Eddings

Published:  January 2014

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count:  60,000

Genre:  Suspense, Thriller

Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis: There is no such thing as an ordinary traffic stop, something Tribal Officer Pat Colson is reminded of when pulling over a dusty old Buick. Before he knows it, shots are flying and he is huddled behind his police cruiser for cover.

In the ensuring investigation, a sizable amount of methamphetamine is discovered in the suspects’ vehicle. Uncut and very potent, the question is where does it come from— the Reservation or elsewhere?

With everyone on the Reservation becoming a suspect, and little information to go on, Colson must act fast to stop the dangerous drug from killing more innocent victims and stop a murderer in his tracks.

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About the Author:

I retired as a fire department EMS Division Chief for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue in 2005. I have been writing seriously since mid-2009, and this is my second novel with Champagne Book Group. I am also a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. I am the father of four and the grandfather of three; a two year old grandson and newly-minted twin girls.

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Writing: The Pregnant Pause and Slacking to Win


Wise words of wonderful wisdom from Robert Chazz Chute

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

One thing about being an indie author that nobody ever seems to say is, relax and stop running from time to time.

Sometimes, the Internet seems like it’s all about motion. We push books and try to pull people in. We follow endlessly and sometimes joylessly. It should be fun to meet new people and find out about what’s new and cool. But everybody needs a break, if it’s at the right time.

I’ve found the right time.

You haven’t seen me lately, unless you checked out my review of Transcendence at or my article on food and emotion at After doing a major promotion for my crime novel, Bigger Than Jesus, I felt it was time to step back. I’m still busy, but sometimes it makes a lot of sense to get out of your followers faces for a bit. Give your tribe some time…

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Name My Podcast



Within the next few weeks I’ll be embarking on my latest foray… a podcast, which will be about my own writing career as well as bringing in a new co-host each week to talk about anything they want when it comes to their writing, the scene and whatever else we want to talk about. 

But I need a good name for it. This is where you come in. Simply vote on the names on the poll or choose your own suggestion and let me know what you think. The winner will get some snazzy swag from me… and if more than one person voted on the winning answer in the poll I’ll treat a couple/three people to the winning stuff… Voting ends in a couple of weeks, so hurry up and let me know what you’re thinking! 

Thoughts on WHC 2014


I’ll see Carl Moore at this year’s WHC and finally officially meet him!

The Crimes of Heaven and Hell

Further to announcing I will be attending World Horror Convention this year, I thought I would add a short blog entry. The last WHC I attended was in 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah. At that time I was totally new to the genre and just beginning to meet people. I attended the Bram Stoker Awards and various panels and parties and started to get a sense of the who’s-who among authors and publishers.

Between the last conference and this one I’ve published several short stories, a novella, and made connections with many new authors, editors and publishers. I’m looking forward now to reacquainting folks with whom it’s been too long, as well as finally meeting in person, folks with whom I’ve only interacted online—people like Ross Lockhart, Armand Rosamilia, Sydney Leigh to name a few, as well as perhaps getting to attend panels, hear readings with some…

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Guest Post: Joyce Proell


Joyce Proell

Three things I learned while writing A BURNING TRUTH


  1. Be Certain of Your Facts. Recently I read a novel where the main character fled an assailant along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago just north of the Loop. Anyone familiar with the area knows it’s a street with tall skyscrapers, not suburban houses with fenced-in yards and gardens as depicted in the scene. The lesson here? If an author mentions actual places, make certain the setting is accurately reflected. I learned this the hard way when I used two different names for the same minor character in separate books. It is essential for me, particularly when writing a series, to keep an updated list of important dates, character names and profiles, location and setting details. Nothing jars the reader more than meeting a character in book fifteen that was killed off in book three. Readers don’t like to be introduced to Ellen in the first chapter and discover she is Evelyn later in the story.   

  2. Maintain an emotional charge. A book that has lots of zing between the hero and heroine is a book that engages the reader. It sizzles with intensity. This is what I wanted to achieve in the Cady Delafield series. I envisaged the series as three books based on the standard romantic theme of: Boy meets girl; Boy loses girl; Boy wins girl back. As I began writing book three, I realized that Doyle and Cady, now planning their wedding, had to maintain that sizzle. In order to achieve this there had to be some obstacle which got in the way of their happiness. Happiness is what we all seek, but we like to see our characters work for it. I wanted readers perched on the edge of their seats, cheering for the couple to find that blissful place again.   

  3. Characters must evolve.  Life is ever changing. People struggle against obstacles, gain insight, grow, and hopefully achieve their heart’s desire. Often they realize what they most value and gain at the end of the story is not at all what they wanted in the beginning. As a reader, I like and expect to experience that change along with the character. When it isn’t there, when nothing has changed, I feel cheated. So in the Cady series, I made certain that she learns and becomes a better person because of her experiences.

Thanks for inviting me today.  It’s been a hoot!  Joyce

A Burning Truth 

Excerpt from A Burning Truth by Joyce Proell:


Doyle sat in the carriage, his brain frozen and his limbs unable to move. He watched Cady run up the steps and disappear into Ophelia’s impenetrable stone manor. When the front door boomed shut with the noise of a cannon blast, he jumped. He lurched forward and exploded out of the vehicle. She wasn’t getting rid of him so easily. In fact, she wasn’t getting rid of him at all. He had a voice in the matter. He intended to be heard.

Just as soon as he thought it, his steps faltered and he ground to a stop.

Now was not the time to try to reason with her, not when she was in a cold fury. He pumped a fist against a thigh and stared at the mansion’s rock façade, aware her current state of mind was as solid and unshakable. Even if he managed to get beyond the front door, she wouldn’t listen. Not now.

His head fell back. A piercing ache tore through him, as if his heart and soul had been shredded and tossed aside. Gunmetal storm clouds reeled over the sky, bleak and threatening. The bite in the air made his cheeks sting. Inside he was hollowed and gutted. His fingers curled and uncurled. Muscles coiled, he pivoted with a fierce twist, snapped an order to Phelps then threw himself back into the carriage. His next move must be deployed with utmost care. The carriage jolted forward and thrust him back against the seat cushion. She needed time to cool. Then he’d be back, and she’d listen to what he had to say.

Radio Gigs, Podcasts and Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chips


Surf FM

I’m once again moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky… OK, maybe that’s the wrong opening line.

When I first started back in June on 1700 AM The Surf it was truly a dream come true. Not only did I get to talk writing and publishing with two co-hosts (which then became one co-host), but I got to broadcast a music show live with all the killer tunes I grew up on and love.

1700 AM in Flagler Beach is morphing into 97.3 FM very soon, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Station owner Vern Shank has some really great plans for the station and you’ll still be hearing me on the air on Friday nights. But in a slightly different format…

I had a sit-down with Vern yesterday about my role at 97.3 FM and how I could stay on while balancing my writing career/movie writing career/radio gigs/personal life without too much fuss. Vern also tricked me into eating a hot dog flavored potato chip, which tasted like mustard and ketchup. I hate condiments. I still have the horrible taste in my mouth.


Mando’s Manic Melodies will still air in the 10 pm til midnight EST slot, but most shows won’t be live anymore. I recently purchased a podcast kit, which will be perfect for recording hours of the show. I’ll also be tightening the format up a bit to include a block of cover songs, a theme block as well as a Mandatory Stryper or Mandatory Steel Panther song. Other than that it will be whatever I decide to play, as usual. Whenever I get the chance to drive down to Flagler Beach I will, and do a live show with any requests you might have.

You might now be asking yourself two questions… first, why did Vern force you to eat that disgusting potato chip? and second… what about Friday Night Writes?

I will be stepping down from FNW and handing everything over to Tim Baker. The last couple of weeks he’s filled it with temporary music and I’m sure he’ll have something fresh and new planned for the 8-10 pm EST Friday night time slot. With everything going on for me right now, there is no way to commit to driving down to the station (I now live almost 75 minutes away – one way) and not getting home until 1:30 in the morning and killing my Saturday writing time because I need to sleep. I didn’t want to string The Surf, Vern or Tim along anymore, but I will miss the show. I had a lot of fun doing it.

So much fun, in fact, that at some point in the near future, I will be returning to a show about authors and publishing, but on my own time. Because I bought all this fancy podcast equipment, I’ve also decided to do my own podcast from home. I don’t have a name for it (but will take suggestions!) and I can tell you it will be a one hour format dealing with the same basic issues FNW dealt with, but I’ll have a different guest host each week talking about writing and publishing. I’m excited to still be able to talk about writing, and the shows will be in as many places as I can get them and archived as well.

Is that it for me? Nope.

I’m also excited to announce I will also be doing another music show each and every week, this time on Monday nights from 6-8 pm EST on Metal Messiah Radio! The show, Mando’s Metal Covers, will play harder songs and nothing but covers… and it will be broadcast live each week, so I will be creating a FB group so people can chat with me in real time and request some brutal Metal covers. I’m excited to be getting yet another opportunity to play music live, and doing it from the comfort of my own office. More details will be coming, but my first show will be live on Monday, May 5th. 


Anything else? Other than still being mad at Vern for trying to kill me? 

Nah. But as always wish me luck!



99 Cents Month Week #3 from Armand Rosamilia


A day late and 99 cents short, but here is this week’s three new 99 cents releases… get ’em now because they’ll go back up in the near future



The end of the world is upon us… the zombie plague has taken over… and your former friends and loved ones don’t want to just kill and eat you… they want to violate you… 

includes the bonus short story “Rear Guard” 

The kickoff to the extreme zombie “Dying Days” series! 

warning: extreme violence, extreme sexual situations, extreme zombies

Highway To Hell



“Metal Queens: Best Of The Bands” features 19 Interviews taken from the first six issues of the “Metal Queens” eBook series Bands including Arch Enemy, Vixen, Girlschool, Echoes of Eternity, Holy Moses, Queen Diamond, Battlelore, Wykked Wytch, Seven Kingdoms, and more!

Metal Queens: best of The Bands



No one had ever connected Daniel as the brains behind seven brutal concept albums about Satanism and the dark figure Natas, but when a teenager quotes lyrics from his musical work, Daniel fears his ten-year old daughter, Missy, is in trouble. His fears are founded when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Daniel to complete the last three albums for his former band – and return him to the demons he had tried to escape. Daniel can save her, but can he save himself?

“Rosamilia jams the E-major of dark crime in Death Metal. That scream you hear is the electric-soaked feedback of scorching prose.” ~ Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Death Metal is a sharply written tale that starts quick and works its way to an edge-of-the seat ending you won’t forget. It’s one of those stories you just can’t stop reading. Bravo! Or should I say Rock and Roll! ~ Laura J. Underwood, Author of The King’s Wind and The Green Women 

With Death Metal, Rosamilia keeps you anxious to turn each page, and leaves you wanting more. A spectacular read that will not disappoint. ~ C. S. Johnson, author of The Watching

Death Metal

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 used the garage door opener to open 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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PRESS RELEASE: State of Horror Acquired by Charon Coin Press


Charon Coin Press takes over the State of Horror series

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


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

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”

Fashion & portrait


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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Spotlight On: Eric A. Shelman #HorrorWithin


Shelman Crime Scene

SPOTLIGHT ON: Eric A. Shelman


What is the title of your book in Horror Within box set?

Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle  (Book one in a series that currently consists of six full-length novels – with number seven being written now.)


Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Flex makes a phone call to his sister, Jamie.  During that call, he can tell she is deteriorating fast, and by the end of the call, his two nieces screaming puts him on the road in his truck. 

After discovering his brother-in-law’s mutilated body, and finding his sister and older niece are nowhere to be found, he encounters Gem Cardoza, his ex-girlfriend, who has come there to find him.  She tells him of similar experiences in Miami.

Now they set out together with Flex’s infected sister wrapped in a pool cover and her six-year-old daughter, Trina.  It is the beginning of an epic ride unlike any other zombie apocalypse series you have ever read.


Something unique about it.

My zombies are slow shamblers, but they have a special ability, borne of their decaying insides combined with the component that turned them, allowing them to paralyze their victims for later consumption.


Your promo links.


Your short Bio.

Eric’s married to Linda – for nearly 28 years – and lives in south Florida.  His first book came out in 1999, and around 2001 he simply quit writing for eleven years, finally picking up his pen again in 2011 to write Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle, his first zombie novel.  From there, people liked it so much he wrote another and another, then decided to write a witch novel and a serial killer novel.  Then he wrote another couple of Dead Hunger novels, and side-stepped again to write a time travel / serial killer novel called Shifting Fears.  Now he’s completed book six of the Dead Hunger series, entitled Dead Hunger VI: The Gathering Storm, and while nobody’s disappointed in ANY of the series, they certainly think that book six might be the best so far!  

When Eric’s not writing, he likes to sing … search, and you’ll find over 300 videos of Eric on YouTube.  Try searching for:  Eric Shelman Brown Eyed Girl.  That video is approaching 4,000,000 views.

Oh, by the way.  Eric is thrilled to be included among the other talented authors in The Horror Within collection – and it’s just the beginning …

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Writing: How to get it done


Read this post. Because I read every Robert Chazz Chute post each and every day.

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

1. Write what you’ll finish and publish soonest, first. Propulsion increases closer to payoff.

2. Don’t tinker forever. Set a deadline. Stick to it, on penalty of noogies.

3. If you’re a slow writer, outline first so you’ll stay on track. Stop at a place where you know what happens next. You’ll start tomorrow without pausing, stopping or getting stumped.

4. Think of how great it’s going to be once you’ve published. Alert your readers to your progress so they know when to expect the next book launch. You’ll keep your momentum going with a little positive pressure. There are numerous free word count bars you can put on your author site to display your daily progress. That which is measured, improves. That which is not, is rued.

5. Give your graphic designer enough warning so when you’re ready with the manuscript, he’s ready with the cover. You’ll deliver rather than stretch it out…

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My Writing Year – Halfway Point



October 1st 2013 was a Tuesday. I know because that was the date I got really serious about keeping track of my daily writing and Special Gal put together a very cool Excel spreadsheet so I could keep track of my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly writing. My goal is 2,000 a day Mon-Fri and the weekends off, if possible. 

If I average 1,429 a day I will hit 10,000 words per week and 520k for the year. Not too shabby, especially when most of the stories I’m writing are going to be printed at some point. At this point in my career about 85% of what I write already has a home, so I’m very thankful for being able to build this to where I am now. 

Am I bragging? You bet your sweet candy ass. 

It has taken me years to get to this point in my career, where the sales of my self-published books, such as the Dying Days series, are paying the bills. My work with AK Waters Productions LLC has me venturing into movie deal territory, and I’m being invited to invite-only books with some impressive names. The goal for the rest of 2014 is to keep building it and maybe find a suitable match for some graphic novels. I’d love to see Dying Days in comic book form…

But all is not well in the Kingdom of Mando…

Remember the 1,429 a day goal I spoke of? I’m falling short. Yes, I write almost every day, but not every day. And not every day do I hit my 2,000 word daily goal. There have been a few weeks lately I’ve fallen quite short, in fact. A few weeks ago I wrote 575 words. In the entire week. Followed by 5 straight weeks well under 10,000 words. 

Why am I telling you this? Because I like to see it down on paper. I like the world to know when I succeed and when I fail, because it puts it out there and helps me to see I’m only human. It lets me know that you know when I’m not doing well, and when I need to step up my game. Several people online call me The Machine because I write and write and write, but sometimes I don’t write as much as I want. 

Last week I did, hitting 12,000+ words, but my average is still well below where it should be…

March 31st marked the 182nd day and halfway point for my first year actually keeping track. 

I should be:

182 days @ 1,429 words = 260,078

Instead, I’m currently:

182 @ 1,369 words = 249, 157

I’m about 11,000 words behind… but now that I have it in black and white (on this nifty blog) I need to re-focus and catch up so I can hit my 520k yearly goal… or write even more and break it. 

The hope is this post will be my reminder about where I’m failing and get me back on track to succeed. 

Now, back to writing about zombies and whatever else I feel like writing about…


Spotlight On: Robert Chazz Chute #HorrorWithin


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Robert Chazz Chute

What is the title of your book in Horror Within box set?

This Plague of Days, Episode 1

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

A pandemic is killing billions. A strange boy on the autistic spectrum in Kansas City, Missouri will become our unlikely champion against people who become bio-weapons.

Something unique about it.

Well, the autism angle is pretty weird. Also, the protagonist, Jaimie Spencer, is a selective mute. He hardly ever speaks, but when he does it’s in Latin phrases because words and the depth of their meanings is his special interest. Like me, he can get lost in a dictionary.

Your promo links.

You can check out all my books from the author page at That’s also where you can hear the All That Chazz podcast. To find out more about This Plague of Days, go to

Your short Bio.

I have a worthless degree in journalism. I’m a former journalist and columnist who spends most of his time writing and podcasting now. I worked for major newspapers and magazines, back when that was a thing.


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Spotlight On: Loren Rhoads #ASOT2014



SPOTLIGHT ON: Loren Rhoads


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I saw the announcements popping up everywhere, but once Sumiko Saulson participated, I was inspired to follow in her footsteps.


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I’m co-author (with Brian Thomas) of As Above, So Below, an urban horror/fantasy.

 AS Above cover

Quick description of it.

As Above, So Below is the story of Lorelei, a succubus who sees an angel across a crowded bar and decides he’ll fall for her, no matter what she needs to do. It’s also the story of Azaziel, an angel who came to Earth as a Watcher before the Flood and has searched for the perfect love ever since. Aza rescues the soul of one of his mortal charges and uses it to possess Lorelei – which drags in a defrocked priest to perform the biggest exorcism LA has ever seen in front of a virtual Who’s Who of Hell.


Something unique about it.

It’s the only book I know where a teenaged girl possesses a succubus.



Links for people to buy it.

Paperback at Amazon:



Black Bed Sheets:



Your promo links.



Twitter: @morbidloren


Your short Bio.

Loren Rhoads is the co-author of As Above, So Below (with Brian Thomas), author of Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year TwoThe Dangerous Type, her Hong Kong revenge space opera trilogy with a Hammer Horror villain will be published in Spring 2015 by Skyhorse. She believes genre boundaries are for wimps.


99 Cents Month Week #1 from Armand Rosamilia


As promised, I have two releases I’ve lowered the price down to 99 cents beginning this week and running until the end of April!


Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

Flagler Beach Florida is quite the small town, eclectic and quirky… and filled with many unique characters. 

Kokomo’s Café owners Mac and Ginny see their fair share day in and day out. Come meet the locals and the tourists! 

Contemporary Fiction and a fun beach read! Includes Ten Short Stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe!


Zombie Writing!

So, You Want To Write About Zombies?

Learn secrets, opinions, styles, and get advice on creating your own zombie story, from 44 Masters of the Zombie Genre, whether they’re talking about books, short stories, movies, television and influences for your work, and talk about their own Undead Tales. 

Neil Kloster * Mark Clodi * Richard Lee Byers * Joe McKinney * Jason S. Hornsby * Rie Sheridan Rose * Christian Jensen * Mainak Dhar * JD Gillam * Mark Justice * Michael D. Griffiths * Dane Hatchell * T.S. Charles * David Moody * Todd Brown * Craig DiLouie * Lee Pletzers * Andy Taylor * Kevin Coryell * Brent Abell * Sharon M. White * Kelly M. Hudson * Chantal Boudreau * Carole Gill * Marissa Farrar * Tim Waggoner * W.D. Gagliani * David Lee Summers * Lou Antonelli * Shawn M. Riddle * Keith Gouveia * Ian DG Sandusky * Tony Monchinski * David Dunwoody * DA Chaney * Adam Millard * Thomas Scopel * Jeremiah Coe * Jasper Bark * Ray Wallace * Eric S. Brown * Blaze McRob * Kate Madison * Armand Rosamilia

Writers: Fire Your Guru


More words of pearly wisdom

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

As I suggested in my quotes for this post at (by Jerry Benns), we learn more from our allies than from self-publishing’s outliers and traditional publishing’s pundits.

Time for a reality check about perception and consequence.

This week I met a lovely and lively someone who was pleasantly surprised to learn I’m friendly and actually quite nice in person. After reading this blog for a long time, she thought I’d be snarky and “difficult”. I was a little shocked by this news. I thought I was funny, but I guess sometimes I do have a tone. I regret that when it leaks out. Mostly, I try to be a people pleaser. She suggested I let people in on my secret niceness by saying a spider crossed my desk and I let it live. That made me laugh because any spider meandering across my desk must die. Horribly.

Anyway, that experience got…

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Interviewing Armand Rosamilia about Authors Supporting Our Troops


I’m interviewed about the #ASOT2014 event! Thanks, Loren Rhoads!

The Home of Author Loren Rhoads

Armand Rosamilia, modeling a limited-edition t-shirt Armand Rosamilia, modeling a limited-edition t-shirt

Last month, I discovered a charity collecting books for America’s soldiers overseas.  I sent a handful of Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues — and have watched the project getting bigger all the time.  I was curious about it, so I decided to interview the brains behind it, Armand Rosamilia.

What’s the history of Authors Support Our Troops?

The idea for the actual event came from author Joe McKinney, who did a similar idea last year. He knew a soldier overseas and collected books from authors to ship. I gave him a few books. When I read an old interview with him talking about it, I asked if he was going to do it again. Luckily the soldier was no longer overseas, but I asked if I could pick up the ball and run with it. He thought it was a good idea. I thought it was…

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