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Dear Readers and Writers, Got Stories? Want Free Books?

Announcing three Literary Events and what they mean to you.

  1. October 31: Call for Submissions. Short story submissions for the Winter’s Regret anthology must be received by this date. For all you aspiring writers out there, share your story of regret with Elephant’s Bookshelf Press and join other Seasons Series authors. Details can be found here: submission guidelines, while submissions can be sent to anthologies@elephantsbookshelfpress.com.
  2. November 1: Debut Novel Release and Prize Giveaway. This day marks the end of an Epic Ten Day Giveaway. Between now and then, A.T.O’Connor is giving away prizes left and right to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Whispering Minds. Prizes include six novels by fresh new writers, as well as other fun and delicious goodies. Check out her blog by the same name: Whispering Minds.
  3. November 1: The Official Start of NaNo. For those who thrive on crazy deadlines and nearly impossible tasks, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. “What is NaNo?” you ask. National Novel Writing Month is that crazy thirty days where writers eschew all real life responsibilities and pen 50,000 coherent words. Yes, I will be NaNoing again this year, and you can join me. Hop over to NaNoWriMo and sign up now.

And that’s it. Three great things that happen in less than a week.

So, if you write, get your butt in gear. If you read, add to your bookshelves. And if you do neither, there’s no time like the present to start!



New Summer Reads: Anthologies

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly summer sails by. Between baseball for my boys, a sick daughter, and a couple writing projects that have kept me very busy; I barely caught sight of Independence Day before it launched me to the halfway point of summer vacation.

Sheesh. Summer is already half over and I’ve only been to the beach once.

That said, I have a trip to Colorado coming up and a possible jaunt to the Black Hills. In preparation for this time away from work, I have a TBR pile of books double digits deep that will accompany me on my kindle.

If you’re looking for a few of your own beach reads, let me help you out.

Summer’s Edge. This is the second newest anthology in the Seasons Series from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. Along with some great stories about relationships on the edge, you can find one of my very own, very short pieces of fiction: Indiscretions. I think the title says it all.

The newest (by a few hours) is Summer’s Double Edge, the fraternal twin to Summer’s Edge. Due to the number or quality submissions, EBP simultaneously released a second collection of short stories. The shorts found in this book are a bit darker, including another of mine titled Ten To One.

What’s on your beach read pile this summer?

Curious minds want to know!


Name A Rump: Win A Prize!

This baby’s got back and s/he needs a name!

My publisher, Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, is hosting a contest to name its mascot.

A Few Rules of Note:

*Head over to EBP’s website and leave your suggested name in the comments.

*All Entries must be received by April 15th. Yeah, tax day. But naming our pachyderm friend is a lot more fun than paying Uncle Sam.

*The top ten names will be listed over at EBP on April 30th where you will have the opportunity to Rate The Rump–er, vote on which name you like.

*So, what are you waiting for?

Prizes you say? Okay, the individual who suggests the winning name will receive one of three prizes depending on age and/or desires. S/he can pick from the following:

So, no matter what your reading preference, you should find one story that will tickle your tweeter and make suggesting a name worth your time.

And a reminder: EBP is still selecting short stories for the upcoming summer anthology. The theme deals with endings and whatever that may mean to you. If you’re interested in penning a new piece or dusting off something from the trunk, head over to Elephant’s Bookshelf Press for submission details.

Please spread the word about the contest and the call for submissions. The more names to pick from, the more fun it will be.

Already I can think of half a dozen: Mirabelle, Preston…

How about you?

Call for Submissions: Short Stories

If you’ve read–and loved–Spring Fevers and The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, and have wondered how to get your little gem of a short story into such rockin’ anthologies, wonder no more.

Elephant’s Bookshelf Press has issued a call for submissions for its summer anthology–the third in the season series.

The details for short story submission can be found at The Elephant’s Bookshelf.

If you’re just a wee bit crunched on time or slightly lazy on this Monday morning, I’ll get you started with a few highlights.

And I quote: In the next anthology from Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, we explore the short-term relationship.

For the summer edition of our four-season series, we are looking for stories that share a love or relationship that is or appears to be short-lived or not long for this world. You might say it’s a combination of Spring Fevers and The Fall: Relationships facing apocalyptic change.
We’re looking for previously unpublished stories of up to 7,500 words. They can be in any style except erotica. I expect we’ll see several Young Adult and New Adult pieces, maybe even a Middle Grade or two. Romance, steampunk, steampunk romance, traditional literary, science fiction, science fiction with a lusty alien or two… you get the point.
We’re looking for one submission per author. No previously published stories. If it’s appeared on your blog already, let me know, but that is not an automatic kill in my book. Send submissions to anthologies@elephantsbookshelfpress.com. The deadline is April 19.

But hey, no need to wait. Dust off those memories of short-term relationships, polish them up and send them to the Head Elephant for consideration in what promises to be another unique and well-crafted anthology. Before sending, though, please hop over to The Elephant’s Bookshelf for the full info.

Hope to see some of your stories in the next book!


The New Death and others Book Review

I received a book I didn’t buy. And no, I didn’t steal it. Though for this little gem, it would be apropos. In fact, it might actually be considered a compliment.

Alas, however, I received a random email request one day from a brave author asking me to review his anthology: The New Death and others.

Now don’t get me wrong, I usually go out of my way to help my fellow scribes in whatever way I can. But this was a book of dark fantasy. I don’t read fantasy and had no feckin’ clue what would happen to regular fantasy with the adjective dark slapped in front of it.

I waffled and even rolled my eyes a bit at his line that this particular anthology had no “sparkly vampires” in it. Then I penned him a response letting him know that my reviews are honest, yet never cruel. If he could handle that, I’d be willing to review his anthology.

Thankfully, James Hutchings responded with enthusiasm and the okay.

Thankfully, I say, because I loved his delectable darkness, and was hooked by the very first story. And so I present to you, The New Death and others.

The New Death and othersDeath gets a roommate…

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain…

44 stories. 19 poems. No sparkly vampires. There’s a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it – but from which direction?

Seriously, did you click? I’ll wait while you try again.

I think Mr. Hutchings’ book blurb gives you a peek into the kind of quirky mind he has. But if not, let me elaborate.

Every flash fiction and poetry piece within this anthology will make you think. They force readers to look at life in a very different manner than we traditionally perceive it. The writing is lyrical and quite magical in most places. It captures the imagination and delights the soul, even as the topic is death, humility and more death with sexual undertones.

It is visceral and ethereal. Modern day mythology of sorts. In some ways it reminded me of reading The Odyssey. The language is vivid and the adventures are both delightful and tragic, written as a song. A dark, fantastical song reminiscent of the old television series Tales from the Crypt.

Yet because each piece is so different, I can’t begin to provide an over view of the anthology. I can only provide a word of caution.

Reading this anthology is a bit like walking into a fun house at the fair.

There is no rhyme or reason to the placement of the rooms next door, and the hallways are filled with magical mirrors that distort reality for even the most sane of us. And yet, we feel compelled to seek out every nook and cranny. Some of them will bore you, or simply not impress. Yet the majority of them will send you on your way with a delightful shiver and a chuckle in your heart. With forty-four short stories and nineteen poems, I guarantee at least one piece will strike your fancy.

Kudos, James Hutchings, and thanks so much for letting me read The New Death and others. It was a genuine treat, and provided the opportunity for me to read outside my traditional genre zones!

Have you recently read a gem by an unknown author? If so, what have you done to help promote him/her? How have you supported your favorite authors in this economic crunch? Do you have an eclectic taste in literature or do you typically read within a tight genre range?

Curious minds want to know.

PS: beware of the cats the occasional misplaced comma. Mr.Hutchings’ writing style is unique and the felines plentiful.