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Guest Post: Scott M. Sandridge

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, guest blog, Heavy Metal, short story on May 21, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Heavy Metal Faeries

By Scott M. Sandridge

 

The Fey love music. Okay, okay, they love all forms of art (well, most of them), but they love music. It’s as much a part of the Fey as the Fey are a part of nature. From ancient to modern, every genre you can think of, the Fey are a part of it. They play it, dance to it, revel in it, and some are even birthed by it.

 

And Heavy Metal is no exception. Indeed, Metal has spawned the most interesting Fey around. The following are just a few examples of the faeries currently known as the Heavy Metal Faeries:

 

Headbanger: A cross between a troll and satyr, this big horn-headed lug has a very thick skull, and he’s not afraid to use it to bash through brick walls. He loves the drums.

 

Nymphosiren: She’s hot, she can sing (or scream), and can kill you with sex. She’s also pretty good with knives and guns.

 

Axer: Don’t assume this music-loving Sidhe is frail. His guitar can slice off your head with ease.

 

Base Boy: He might look cute with his fluffy ears, but he can bash you into goo with his spiked club tail. He also plays a mean base.

 

Gratuitii: Creatures of various sizes and shapes, often female gender (but not always), they have a tendency to pop up from out of nowhere to then strip down to their birthday suits and start dancing for no discernible reason. And as quickly as they arrive, they disappear. On rare occasions, they have been known to get violent, but the majority of the time they’re just too drugged out to bother.

 

But are these faeries Seelie, Unseelie, or something else? Ask any two among them, and you’ll get five different answers. In many ways they have transcended the stifling ancient labels that have long plagued their ancestors, even to the point of creating their own culture and language outside the two common Courts. And as far as they’re concerned, they’re the only cool Fey around. All the rest of their kin just plain suck.

 

They also throw the wildest parties. Just sayin.’ 😉

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A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

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About the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

 

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:

 

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown

“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker

“Taggers” by Christine Morgan

“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian

“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long

“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau

“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.

“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming

“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps

“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison

“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black

“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.

“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.

“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”

by Matthew A. Timmins.

“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.

“Keys” by Michael M. Jones

“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge

“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin

“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

 

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

 

Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:

 

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo

“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull

“Treehouse” by Kim Smith

“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena

“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.

“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall

“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.

“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..

“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..

“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..

“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes

“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…

“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan

“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.

“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..

“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins

“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long

“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley

“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

 

Editor Links:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/scottmsandridge

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/smsandwrites

 

Website/Blog:

http://smsand.wordpress.com

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5772749-scott-sandridge

Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

99 Cents Month Week #1 from Armand Rosamilia

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, fiction, flagler beach, florida, horror, Kokomo's Cafe, short story, writing, zombie on April 4, 2014 by 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!

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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!

http://www.amazon.com/Nerdz-Comics-Flagler-Fiction-Series-ebook/dp/B00JG4V4ZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396551062&sr=8-1&keywords=nerdz+comics+armand

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kokomos-Complete-Flagler-Beach-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00DIK7XOK/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559435&sr=8-2&keywords=Kokomo%27s+Cafe+armand

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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

http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Writing-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B006YZDIE0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559560&sr=8-1&keywords=zombie+writing%21+armand

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zombie-Writing-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B006YZDIE0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559520&sr=8-1&keywords=zombie+writing%21+armand

Reblog: Still Dying 2 Interviews with Tim Baker and Jaime Johnesee

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, horror, interview, short story, Still Dying, tim baker, zombie on January 15, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Authors Tim Baker and Jaime Johnesee wrote 2 of the 10 killer zombie stories found in Still Dying 2. Read about it and them

http://www.zombie-guide.com/still-dying-2-authors/

Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast Interview with Armand Rosamilia

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, horror, interview, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, writing with tags , , , , on January 9, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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I had the privilege to be interviewed for this great podcast by Simon Whistler and his outrageous accent!

http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-29-prolific-writer-armand-rosamilia/

2014 #AStoryAWeek Challenge

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, fiction, personal, short story, writing with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Jessica McHugh (I pronounce it McHug with a silent second H, like something you buy at a creepy McDonalds) has a great idea going for 2014, and since I dive headfirst into anything that keeps me challenged, I decided to join in as well… and special thanks to Jay Wilburn for keeping me alerted to more stuff to keep me busy… we’ll be the death of each other before this is all done… especially with another #24HourWritingChallenge or three this year… 

I’ll update it each week with what I’ve finished… 

2014: A Story A Week

2014 is the year of #AStoryAWeek. All you have to do is write a story a week. I know, I know, ALL you have to do–like it’s not hard. It will be hard at times, but some weeks will be easier than others. Hell, just scroll down through the list below. It’s not really that long. I actually copy/pasted way too many “weeks” and was pleasantly surprised at how few there were. 🙂

REMEMBER: a story is a story, no matter how small. It can be 6000 words or 60 words. It can be written, edited, and polished for submission, or it can be a super-rough first draft. It can be brand new, or it can be an old story you’ve finally completed. Just THINK IN INK and get those words down! I will update this list with my story titles to show how I’m progressing, and I encourage you guys to comment with your lists, too! GOOD LUCK!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

Participants
Jessica McHugh (www.JessicaMcHughBooks.com)
Jay Wilburn (http://JayWilburn.com/)
April Hawks (http://princessvespa3.com)
Lori Michelle (www.lorimichelleauthor.com)
Joseph Eastwood (http://www.josepheastwood.co.uk)
Laura Roberts (http://buttontapper.com)
Tonia Marie Harris (http://passionfind.wordpress.com)
Cina Pelayo (http://www.cinapelayo.com/blog)
T.R. Stoddard (http://t-r-stoddard.blogspot.com/)
Nelson. W Pyles (www.NelsonWPyles.com)
Brady Allen (www.bradyallen.com)
Josef Matulich (http://dalmatianalley.wordpress.com)
Rob Smales (http://robsmales.webs.com/)
Axel Howerton (www.axelhowerton.com)
Bill Coffin (http://billcoffin.com/)
Armand Rosamilia (www.ArmandRosamilia.com)
Erin Coughlin
Charlie Boucher (www.facebook.com/bouchercharlie)
Todd Banks
Mae March (https://www.facebook.com/madmaemarch)

Week 1 (Jan 1-5): Nerdz Part 3 (for the Flagler Beach Fiction Series), about 5,200 words – contemporary fiction
Week 2 (Jan 6-12): Nerdz Part 4 – about 5,700 words
Week 3 (Jan 13-19):
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WOW!! YOU JUST WROTE FIVE STORIES! GOOD ON YOU!! KEEP IT UP!

As we enter February, maybe try changing up your genre or perspective. If you’re used to writing dark fiction or horror, why not give something lovey-dovey a try. Or at least make some people fuck. 😉 If you’re a third person omniscient writer, try writing limited, or maybe even second person! Change it up this month!

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2013 Was A Damn Fine Year For Me

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Flagler Fish Company, florida, horror, novella, short story, writing, zombie with tags , , , on January 1, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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I see many people crying about how they got shafted in 2013 and are hoping 2014 treats them better… well, I also hope 2014 treats me better but only because I’m selfish…

I had an amazing 2013, easily my best year yet in my personal life and in my writing career. 

First, my personal life… 

Obviously it begins with dating Special Gal (Shelly), who backed me up completely all year, made sure the writing was my focus and let me be when I got cranky and had deadlines to finish. She was nothing but supportive and I will always love her for it. I’m looking forward to spending another year or fifty with her coming up. 

I also got my finances in order and was able to live comfortably without having to live paycheck to paycheck (or contract to contract), and it freed up some of the mental baggage. I got the chance to live another dream of mine and be on the radio thanks to Vern Shank and Surf 17 radio (www.flaglerbeachradio.com). Look for me on FM in 2014, too! I reevaluated a friendship and decided to cut some people loose that were nothing but negative and unloyal and got inside my head. No more of that shit. I have a great group of loyal and great friends I’m surrounded with. I hope to make a few more in 2014 but the ones I have are awesome. 

OK, there is one bad thing… I need to lose some weight before I can’t fit in the tiny radio station… 

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Now, my writing career…

I had 45 releases and sold more books in 2013 than I have in all the previous years combined, and 2012 wasn’t a bad year for sales. I’ve been blessed with a great fan base of readers, especially in my Dying Days and Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases. You can expect quite a few more in both of these in 2014 as well as a few more things… my goal in 2014 is to write and release longer pieces like more novels and novellas, and there will be quite a few sequels in the works as well… more info will follow as we get deeper into 2014…

I want to also thank each and every one of you who takes your precious time each day or each week and reads my posts and thoughts, and I hope you keep sticking with me for a long time to come… I’m really looking forward to an even better 2014…

Armand

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Turtle-Crawling Into 2014 With My Writing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, personal, short story, writing with tags , on December 23, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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A bad thing happened after a hugely successful NaNoWriMo November for me… I fell off with my writing, and badly. 

This is going to be a whiny, negative blog post, so if you’re looking for pictures of funny animals doing Christmas things, go find it somewhere else. I’m gonna git real fo a sec, yo… 

Today is the 23rd of December (or as some stupid people like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve… don’t call it that) and I should have about 30,000 to 46,000 words written for the month so far. Somewhere in that range would make me happy. 

Where am I so far in December? 17,781 words. Crap. In the 23 days of December I haven’t written on 8 of them. Unacceptable. The November novel sits firmly at 50,500 words and I’ve barely looked at it. I’m limping along on a short story for an anthology. While I love the story so far, the motivation to finish it isn’t there. A lousy 4,000 words in a month on a story shouldn’t be too hard… yet here I am, sitting at 3,457 words for the last 4 days. A half hour writing sprint would finish it off. 

I think the problem is motivation on everything right now. I am currently going back and forth about three potential projects for companies that will give me a nice chunk of money to live off of in the beginning of 2014, which is a great thing… but they are all moving along so slowly with the contracts, payments and deadline setting it is taking up most of my mental time. I should be writing but I’m worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills in the first quarter of 2014, how I’ll be able to have a great Christmas and have money left over, etc. etc. 

I have yet to have a huge writing day in December, and that usually helps me get rolling. One day of 5,000 words on a project or two let’s me relax and write, but it hasn’t come yet. Every day is a new challenge for me. Nothing major, just whiny stuff like spending the day shopping or me not feeling well or dealing with personal issues like my kids. 

I know, I’m being a whiny bitch. I’m a lucky man. I have a great career I’ve been dreaming about since I was twelve years old, I have a great family, a great Special Gal and special friends surrounding me. I have money in my pocket and I live in a nice house and have too much food to eat. 

Now I just need to find the motivation to write before December is over… 

Oh, in case I don’t see you tomorrow… have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Armand

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