Now to choose a favorite: I'll have to post tomorrow. It's late, and I've got to get up early. Also, I'm having a really hard time with that one. There were some kick-ass books here. Anyone out there read any of these?
ALIEN CONTACT Edited by Marty Halpern
AMAZON QUEEN by Lori Devoti
BLOOD ON THE BAYOU by Stacey Jay
DEAD ON THE DELTA by Stacey Jay
DEADER HOMES AND GARDENS by Joan Hess
EVEN WHITE TRASH ZOMBIES GET THE BLUES by Diana Rowland
EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN by Janet Evanovich
FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
HORNS by Joe Hill
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
INTO THE WOODS by Kim Harrison
THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa
INTO THE WOODS by Ilona Andrews
LOW TOWN by Daniel Polansky
THE MINOTAUR TAKES A CIGARETTE BREAK by Steven Sherrill
THE SENTRY by Robert Crais
SHELTER by Harlan Coben
TAKEN by Robert Crais
VANILLA RIDE by Joe R. Lansdale
I'm doing an overhaul of my career right now. I'll be releasing several stories for Nook and Kindle sale over the next few weeks. I've got a few writing projects I'll be tending to also before summertime. I've set several deadlines for myself which coincide with submission dates.
Check out the link below which is to a new flash story available to you lovely readers for free! "Sssong" comes in at just under 1K words, and it's a western dark fantasy story. A word to the wise is that if you can't handle snakes, then don't go there.
Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .
I loved the dangerous world of fairies on the bayou mixed in with a good murder mystery. It kept me up until 4 a.m. the other morning in order to finish it. They don't come more highly recommended than that. I'm looking forward to starting the second book in the series which is Blood on the Bayou. Maybe tonight.
1. The songs are sung by the actors, not the original artists. It's a musical, so I knew that going in, but it still took me a few minutes to get into the groove of not expecting the songs to be sung in the voices I know them in.
2. As movies actually go, it's not great. Hell, it's not even good, but it can be a lot of fun. You just have to sit back and let the suckage roll over you as it happens. Get into the music and enjoy.
3. I found it strangely fascinating to see how the writers incorporated what songs and where. A lot of the biggies were covered, but really, no "Sherrie" by Steve Perry? The main character's name is Sherrie, and no "Sherrie?" How did they miss that?
4. Tom Cruise turned out to be a better singer that I thought he'd be. That was really the surprise of the night for me.
5. I'm now convinced that everyone should own a baboon.
All in all, if you're prepared to go without expectations, I highly recommend it. Lots of fun.
1. Really liked it.
2. The destruction and "blow crap up" mentality got to be a bit much, but I expected that with it being a military-alien confrontation movie.
3. Was pleased with the characterization of several of the characters, especially that of Mike, the Army veteran who ends up proving to himself that, even with no legs, he still has value as a soldier.
4. I loved the cinematography toward the end with the aliens and light. You'll know what I mean when you get there.
5. Was particularly taken with the rolly-ball things as a method of inflicting chaos and destruction.
6. Rihanna ended up being a good actress...had my doubts.
7. Glad to see Aleksander Skarsgard getting work outside of True Blood.
8. Enjoyed what little bit of Hawaiian scenery there was. I was married on Oahu and lived in Ewa Beach for a couple of years after I got married. My husband was in the Navy stationed at Barber's Point which is now closed. I'll have to Mapquest Saddle Ridge which I've never heard of to see where it is on Oahu.
Overall, I would highly recommend as long as you know what to expect.
Here's the Table of Contents for the upcoming Sword & Sorceress 27 anthology as edited by the esteemed Elisabeth Waters. It should arrive to the public on November 5th, and I am mucho excited. Though there is some confusion about the pro or not pro status of the publication (because it would be my 3rd pro sale and make me eligible for active SFWA status if so), I'm going with pro until I find out differently because it pays the required amount and has a very respectable history of publication. In any case, I'm happy to see who else has been included and where we shall appear.
My story is not a high fantasy tale. It's one of the few urban fantasy tales that Ms. Waters chooses for each publication. Yay!
|The Rising||Pauline J. Alama|
|Dead Princesses||Steve Chapman|
|The Memory Box||Patricia B. Cirone|
|Mahrut's Road||Nathan Crowder|
|Jack in Black||Linda A. B. Davis|
|Forever Is A Long Time||Melissa Mead|
|Ghost Pyres||Jonathan Moeller|
|Airs Above the Ground||Michael H. Payne|
|A Hunter of the Celadon Plains||Deborah J. Ross|
|Grave Gold||Jonathan Shipley|
|The Salt Mines||Dave Smeds|
|Storm over Taktsang||Catherine Soto|
|They That Watch [Treasures series 9]||Elisabeth Waters|
& Michael Spence
|Strength, Wisdom, and Compassion||Julia H. West|
1. Kids with accents - love those little people. While I also greatly enjoy hearing small children from Australia, England, and whatnot speak, a good country Southern accent is where it's at.
2. How we sell cars. Sure we go about it the usual way with classifieds and posters, but we also love to park them on the side of the road, in the ditch, or in our front yard with a price glaring out for all to see.
3. Respect shown to a funeral procession. Not as much on the four lane highways with medians, but certainly on the two lane roads, cars traveling in the opposite lane pull over until the procession has passed. I've always thought it was a nice gesture for the family.
4. Grits. My husband won't touch grits, but he'll eat that mushy Cream of Wheat crap. Grits are just ground up corn, people. At least grits have a little texture to chew on. Add cheese and butter, and there you go. And, oh, let's not forget fried green tomatoes. Yum. And turnip greens with vinegar.
5. No snow winters. I don't mind the cold as much, but there is truth in the "wet cold" theory. I did 5 years in Chicago and the cold there just doesn't hit your bones like the same temps here does. But worst of all was the snow. What a pain in the butt to try to get to and from work. And the salt they threw down on the roads was hell on a paint job.
6. No huge neighborly noise before noon on Sundays. I was raised that you don't mow your lawn or run a chainsaw or any other loud thing before noon on Sundays. I don't know that this is specific to the South, but some non-Southerners with whom I've discussed it recently seemed surprised.
7. New Year's Day black eye peas. I don't know that this has ever worked in my favor, but it's supposed to be that for every black eye pea you eat on New Year's Day, you'll earn one dollar during the coming year. Eat up, folks.
Those are the only things that jump to mind that I find particularly Southern. Are they prevalent elsewhere? I purposely left some things out because I'm not sure they aren't to be found elsewhere. I'll cover those another day. Happy Wednesday!