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News, Contests, and Opportunities!

Published August 24, 2015 by admin

I want to catch everyone up on some things going on, and Monday seems to be a good time to do it!

Interested in marketing your book?

  • The Author’s Guide to Marketing With Teeth is now available for Pre-Order! Stoker Award Winning author Michael Knost has put together an amazing book of essays by various successful authors, including Charlaine Harris and Kevin J. Anderson. Plus, if you pre-order, you can take part in an online workshop Michael has going on in October.
  • If you’re looking for more immediate marketing help, be sure to check out Bitten by Books I’ve worked with Rachel for a while and have nothing but praise for her site and services. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to get monthly info on sales and free promo ops!
  • Somewhere on my blog here is a graphic with a certain word…if you find that word and fill in a form at Night Owl Reviews, you could win some awesome prizes. A lot of authors are taking part in this and it goes until Sept 17, so there’s a bunch of chances to enter! Be sure to check out the info at the link! And pssst…you may want to check out my page links at the top of my home page…
  • I recently did another blog post for Mocha Memoirs Press,this time about writing characters I’m not overly fond of. Some good stuff, if I do say so myself, so check it out!
  • And as I’ve already said once today, if you’re into writing or want to discover some new-to-you authors, be sure to check out the Imaginarium Convention Sept 11-13

SJ’s Writing: Anthology Answers

Published July 15, 2015 by admin

It occurred to me that like so many things, my perception of my creative life is way different than everyone else’s, because I actually know what’s going on behind the scenes. I’ve been asked if I’m still writing/working on things, and the answer is a resounding yes. I took a bit of a break last year for various life reasons, but I’m slowly getting back to fighting form, and will at least have a few things out in the somewhat-near future. At the moment, most of these are anthology projects of various types, ever-proving that it is my life purpose to destroy all the genres.

Hookerpunk – post apocalyptic look at the oldest profession in the world, if the world depended on it as currency. I don’t remember how I was talked into this one, but Sean Taylor allowed me to put a more literary spin on things, for which I am grateful. He’s also probably weirded out at my futuristic concept of ATMs.  I’ve been told it’s in the editing stages and I’ve seen early cover art, so progress is being made!

Carpe Noctem: Truly, Madly, Deeply (Charon Coin Press) – Jerry’s mysteriousness on the Star Chamber Show weeks ago is confirmed – I actually have a piece in this anthology! The book focuses on what a relationship between a human and paranormal entity might actually like. It also proves that Siobhan Kinkade is the only person alive who can incite me to write vampire romance. Sigh. Yeah, I know. To my credit, my vampire does use his teeth, and it’s a very unusual take at a vampire/human relationship in that the female lead is middle-aged and is also dealing with her ex-husband who is the most prominent slayer in America.

State of Horror: California (Charon Coin Press) – Just turned in the contract for this one, and am surprised and delighted at the acceptance into this amazing series. Obviously this volume focuses on California, and my story takes on all the weird, interesting, and macabre goings-on throughout Santa Cruz’s history. I also feel like the subtitle to my story should be Google is my friend, but that’s another tale, entirely.

I’m still waiting to see where it’s going so it’s not official yet, but I’ve been in discussions about a piece of mine being used in another horror anthology as well. Let’s just say, with my story, you’ll never look at a woman’s view of westward expansion the same ever again if this comes into being.

Otherwise, I’m fussing with a few solo projects, researching stuff for the next Kingdom City book, and am otherwise keeping busy and trying to keep putting stories out there!

Monday Must-Reads

Published July 13, 2015 by admin

I tend to collect links as I go through my Triberr feed, so I figured why not share them with people who might find them interesting, too? Plus, there are several other opportunities going on this week you should totally take advantage of!


Alex S Brown and I are hosting The Star Chamber Show this week (Wed, July 15 9pm EST) and we’re going deep. We’ll be talking about what it means to be an author, the creative process, and some other stuff. This is a trial run for a panel we’ll be doing at Imaginarium, and hopefully something that will lead to future collaborations, since talking art is something we’re both extremely passionate about. Our intent is to see just how in depth we can get, in hopes of inspiring people and giving some insight to what it actually means to work in the creative field. So, is there anything YOU want to know? Any topic you want covered? Lay it on me in the comments, and if we can’t work it into the show (we’re blind to the other’s questions for each other), I’ll do my best to answer them here in a post.

Also, I’d eventually like to bring in people for interviews here on the blog, so if you’re an artist, an actor, or use some undefinable creative, artistic skill in your work, let me know and I may hit you up for a short interview.


If you’re looking to get on book tours, I’ve got some excellent opportunities for you! Seventh Star Press is looking for hosts for two upcoming tours:

Silver Tongue by AshleyRose Sullivan (alt history, Aug 31-Sept 6)

Blue Spirit by E Chris Garrison (paranormal/contemporary fantasy, Aug 24-Aug 30)


Childhood Inspirations – Recent roundtable at Sean Taylor’s blog that I was lucky enough to be a part of. We’re talking about what we read as kids and if it’s still relevant, plus the importance of reading when you’re young

Avoiding Fantasy Fatigue by Philip Overby – This is a fabulous post that really resonates with me. Mythic Scribes is a fabulous resource for writers, anyway, but this post is especially good (and honest).

Change the “you know this author” policy – The Masquerade Crew is always good about pointing out changes in marketing for authors, and this post brings to light a disturbing trend on amazon. Check it out and see what you think.

7 Unusual Ways Female Entrepreneurs Can Conquer Self Doubt – I’ve started reading a lot on She Owns It, and I found the tips in this article good for creative types, and really, for all sorts of types. A lot resonates with me, and it’s just good advice in general.

Promote Your Business on Facebook – Eight Actionable Ideas – although I have mixed feelings about FB’s marketing possibilities, I will admit that this is a good, effective list of tips that are worth keeping in mind.

Fun stuff round up!

Published June 29, 2015 by admin

I wanted to touch on a few new releases, titles of note, upcoming things today. It’s always fun to see what everyone is up to, and I know some insanely talented people.

jackolanternAlex is one of my favorite people. We co-host our eps of Star Chamber together, we’re looking at developing panels together,we enjoy similar things. He just rocks, okay? He’s also an amazing horror author, and I appreciate anyone who writes about Halloween. This is actually a series, so I’ll give you the links to all four, because hi, they’re each 99 cents and that is worth gearing up for Halloween, isn’t it? As soon as a figure out my Nook, I’ll be getting these, myself.


Halloween. A holiday that inspires memories, excitement, and a little bit of fear in everyone. A single day where all the ghosts and ghoulies come out to play and sometimes its hard to tell which of the creepy crawlies are human and which ones truly rise from beyond seeking unsuspecting souls. Author Alexander S. Brown explores all the wonderfully terrifying possibilities Halloween has to offer in his Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series- The Night The Jack O’ Lantern Went Out! Each month Brown delivers a new short story of terror laced with just enough nostalgia that makes us all hope Halloween comes sooner…and stays far enough away that the monsters don’t get us!

The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out    Lord of the Garden    Outhouse    Faceless


If you’re into alt history, unusual titles, or YA, you need to check this out. AshleyRose is a unique talent, and this is definitely a unique title!


The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives. Claire has a magical way with words-literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse. But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.


RJ always has an interesting take on things. This collection of short stories is no exception. Plus, the beauty of collections like this is that they can really give you a well-rounded feel for an author, especially one you’re just discovering.


Collected for the first time since their initial publications, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy presents ten tales from the imagination of R.J. Sullivan. Thrills and chills await you, but you may also get blindsided by the absurd. This volume includes a pair of stories featuring Rebecca Burton, the mysterious investigator of R.J.’s acclaimed paranormal thriller series. Among the ten stories, you’ll find:

“The Assurance Salesman” shows five strangers more about themselves than they ever guessed.

You don’t want to venture into Daddy’s basement in “Fade.”

Rebecca Burton tries to talk someone out of a bad idea in “Backstage Pass.”

A bullied police detective finally defeats his rival in “Able-Bodied.”

A desperate father finds the “Inner Strength” to save his young daughter, “Becky” Burton.

A child seeds his aquarium with a most unusual “Starter Kit.”

A brilliant robotics engineer creates a “Robot Vampire.”


Are you a blogger looking to make friends and contacts? Do you have a special memento or object you want the world to know about? Join the Cherished blogfest! This is such a cool idea, and I’m looking forward to participating. Those who don’t have blogs can also weigh in on facebook! Get all the info here

Also, don’t miss this week’s episode of The Star Chamber! Hosts Stephen Zimmer and Michael West are cooking up some fun topics to talk about, so be sure to check it out. You can also stream or download the eps after they initially air, so you also have a whole archive to peruse!

Seventh Star Press News!

Published February 22, 2015 by admin

I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to some new stuff going on with Seventh Star Press and the Imaginarium Convention this September!

Imaginarium 2015 proudly welcomes Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author Michael Knost as an Imaginator for this year’s event!  In addition to being a special guest at Imaginarium 2015, Michael will also be presenting a workshop as part of Imaginarium’s extensive programming catering to all areas of creative writing. (Continue Reading)


Elizabeth Donald Joins the Seventh Star Press Family With Compendium of Nocturnal Urges Novels! 

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce Elizabeth Donald as the latest addition to our author family with a new compendium containing her highly-acclaimed Nocturnal Urges novels! Featuring brand new cover art by A. Christopher Drown, the release is set for late March and will bring Elizabeth’s popular series back into eBook and print editions for fans worldwide! (Continue Reading)


Fandom Fest Picture Fest: Meet my author buds!

Published August 3, 2013 by admin

So what would a con be without a picture post or three thousand? I’m going to share some of my misadventures with everyone in visual format. Not only will you be able to put faces to names, but you’ll be able to put links to faces and names as well, so you’ll get to check out all these authors’ work along with seeing their wondrous visages!

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Was so excited to finally meet the uber-talented John F. Allen, author of The God Killers. He’s a trip and a half and he treated us to an impromptu, rather intriguing reading of his book. It was also fun times to see my bud J.L. Mulvihill again. We did the cosplay panel and improv panel together, and fun times abounded (along with talking camels and corsets. It’s a long story, trust me). Her book Boxcar Baby is just out, and definitely worth a read!

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Rockin’ it out with Rj Sullivan, whom I met in person for the first time! He’s the author of Haunting Obsession, definitely worth a read!

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This is Alexx Miller mugging with J.L.’s Steampunk Squirrels. Her blog is amazing and you should check it out right now. Her husband is the always-insightful Charlie Kenmore, who writes some really great stuff of differing types, as well.  He’s usually behind the camera, doing his artsy avante-garde style photography thing, thumbs and blurry photos and all! <g>

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John Allen again, with his utterly incredible personal assistant living it up in the background. S.H. Roddey is also there with me, and judging by how happy we are, this is probably after we got to check out John’s impromptu reading.

Note: I have no idea why I have no normal shots of Eric Garrison  (Four ’til Late) or Michael West (every new horror book ever), but they are incredibly talented, as well. Also not pictured is our table-mate M.B. Weston who is a rockin’ YA author, and L. Andrew Cooper, who was incredibly insightful on the horror panel with me (and has suffered my author interviews on this blog in the past <g>)

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This is Stephen Zimmer, rock star among authors. Not only did he coordinate the lit track, save us when we got locked out of the hall, get us badges, and get our schedules up, but he also allows us to mercilessly harass him by claiming it’s his birthday while out to eat (not my doing) and taking obnoxious, spur-of-the-moment photos of him (obviously totally my doing).  I’m not entirely convinced that he’s human and not some super-author android sent to outdo all us mere mortals with his works of epic and urban fantasy.

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This is Ali Justice, adorable steampunk girl and PR Person extraordinaire. Seriously, she’ll blow your mind with how much she knows. She’s part of the powerhouse behind Jitterbug PR, which you should check out if you’re an author.

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No idea who this weirdo is, other than that he kept following me around all weekend. Actually, that would be the other part of Jitterbug PR, Josh Young. He does know what he’s doing even if he follows me around making faces like that instead of working his table.

So now that you’ve met most of the gang, next picture post we’ll take a look at the very serious, very literary things we all get up to at these things.


Published June 7, 2013 by admin

I haven’t forgotten that I’m due for some posts, but this has been a very taxing week all around. If you poke around or look at the sidebar, you’ll probably notice some changes. I got word this week that No Boundaries Press is closing, so those releases will be unavailable for a while. Right now I’m finding out what’s going on on their end, and also trying to look ahead as to what I can do with those pieces, since I feel they’re pretty good. Obviously this is not the easiest transition, but at the moment I just want to look ahead to what comes next. So, if you don’t see links/mention of those releases for a while, that’s why. I’m also trying to not use any images as of now from those covers/etc to comply with their wishes.

Holly&Ivy is still available with Mocha Memoirs, I believe a lot of the magazines I’m in are still in print (except for Stories for Children’s Magazine, which is out of business as well, though that issue may still be on sale.) Big Bad just came out and I believe Thunder in the Battlefield is due out this summer. I’m still waiting for edits on Hookerpunk and waiting for a confirmation of release time for issue 5 of The Realm Beyond.  Wicked East Press is also having some issues but working through them, so I also don’t have a date yet for Bedtime Stories for Girls.

Still working on Olde School and I’m hoping that will still be out this fall (That’s my bad; being sick in March really set me back), and I’ve got a few other things I’m submitting, as well. So I’m definitely not out, and as far as I can see, there are awesome things just around the corner!

Thanks to everyone’s well-wishes on FB, and for all those who are standing by me. As always, you guys rock my socks.