Posted in Dragon Soul Press, Scare Street, Writing Endeavors

May Wonders

I missed the April update because I was still waiting to be updated. hehe But now that May’s here, I have more than the single announcement I had been waiting for! Let’s start with the initial one, shall we?

Do you remember back in March I announced my fantasy short story The Birth of the Weavers had been accepted into Sea of Secrets: A Dragon Soul Press Anthology? Well, it now has a release date! Yay!

Sea of Secrets: A Dragon Soul Press Anthology

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Publisher: Dragon Soul Press

Ebook: $4.99

Description: Dive into Sea of Secrets—a multi-genre anthology featuring creatures from the deepest depths of the ocean, lakes, and rivers alike. Here you will find tales of krakens, sirens, dragons, pirates, and witches.
There is something for everyone in this anthology ranging everywhere from romance, happily-ever-afters, young adults coming of age, but especially horror, chaos, and loss.
Enter the deep at your own risk today.

Featuring: A.M. CumminsStephen HerczegAntonio Gonzalez-RodriguezMelinda KucseraWinter LawrenceSofi LaporteZoey XoltonVonnie Winslow CristGalina TrefilArchit JoshiJo SeysenerMeg BoeppleA.R. JohnstonV.P. AllasanderLayne CalryAditya DeshmukhKathryn St. John, and D.S. Durden.

While the ebook is currently available for preorder, the paperback won’t be available till the release. It’s less than a month away though. I don’t know about you, but I’m patient. I can wait.

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Second bit of news just as exciting as the first!

My horror alter ego wrote another short story which was accepted into…drum roll please…

Terror in the Shadows Volume 4 from Scare Street! Yes, you read that right. The same Scare Street that I’ve been fangirling over for the last 2-3 years will be publishing one of my stories. I am so freaking excited!!!

Terror in the Shadows Volume 4

Release Date: May 31, 2019

Publisher: Scare Street

Ebook: 99c ($0.99)

Paperback: $14.99 (I’m assuming. It’s not listed yet because it’s currently unavailable)

Description: A romantic getaway turns to a horrific ordeal when evil falls from the stars. A terrified young woman is stalked by a grim specter in the form of man’s best friend. A beleaguered wage slave discovers that playing with toys at work can have deadly consequences…

Scare Street’s team of horror authors brings you twelve delightedly macabre morsels of terror in this new, spine-tingling collection. Indulge yourself in a delicious feast of chilling nightmares and dark fantasies.

Each tale will leave you craving another taste of fear. But beware. You may think you have an appetite for darkness…

But the things that lurk in the shadows have an appetite for you, as well.

Featuring: Ron RipleyA. I. Nasser , Sara Clancy , David Longhorn , Sharon M. White , Julia Grace , Arwa Hezzah , Anna Sinjin

Amazing lineup! My contribution is entitled: Working Late. It’ll make you think twice about staying late at work. Your hours end at 5 pm? Go home at 5 pm. Don’t stay late.

Just don’t.

Scare Street’s release dates seem to be pretty tentative, so there is every likelihood that this book will come out sooner than expected. Keep an eye open for it. But for 99c, I don’t see why you’d bother waiting for the release. Just go and preorder it!

Posted in Dragon Soul Press, Scare Street, Writing Endeavors

Announcements

Couple of announcements this month…

Scare Street Releases…

Terror in the Shadows Volume 2

Your worst nightmares lurk in the Shadows…

An antique dollhouse welcomes a troubled family to a celebration of death. A party girl’s addiction gives birth to a monster within. Man’s best friend must fend off a woman’s greatest nightmare…

Scare Street is proud to present eleven chilling tales of the supernatural, in one monstrous volume. Horror authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Sara Clancy, and many more unite to bring you a terrifying collection of short stories, each one guaranteed to haunt your dreams. And each one more chilling than the last.

Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. Because when these authors sink their teeth into you, it’s already too late.

The only way to escape from these nightmares… is to wake up screaming.

Available on Amazon

Ebook: $3.99

Paperback: $14.99

 

Poisonous Whispers (book 5 of the Haunted Village series)

Trapped between a killer and an army of the dead, Subject B must make a final stand…

Marcus Holt is a decorated combat veteran, a survivor of the brutal Vietnam War. But to the brilliant Professor Abel Worthe, Marcus is known as Subject B — a human lab rat, forced to participate in a deadly experiment. Worthe intends to see just how much fear Marcus can survive, by trapping him in a village stocked with supernatural killers.

When a new building appears in the village’s dark, snow-swept streets, Marcus and his team are haunted by the cries of panicked children. After they investigate the decaying cobbler’s shop, they are shocked to find twin boys, cowering in fear. Marcus is determined to rescue these helpless children from the danger that Worthe has unleashed. But the twins are not the only inhabitants in this house of horrors.

Marcus and the others soon find themselves stalked by the venomous spirit of a bitter old woman, whose touch brings a painful death to her victims. But as they flee this hateful ghost, they quickly realize they are surrounded by an army of restless spirits. And even Worthe cannot control this horde of deadly wraiths.

Marcus’s back is against the wall. He swore he would fight to the death to escape Worthe’s fiendish game. But against these new foes, this may be a battle he cannot win.

Amazon Release Date: 3/25/19

Ebook: $3.99

Paperback: $14.99

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And now for my own stuff, which is pitifully little.

I submitted a short story to Dragon Soul Press back at the end of February, and it was accepted into their Sea of Secrets anthology! Everyone celebrate! I have the links to some of the authors, but not all yet. When this information is updated, I’ll update here as well.

My contribution to this anthology is entitled, “The Birth of the Dreamers.” No mermaids, but there is an underwater race of people. What’s the difference? you might ask. Mermaids etc are half fish. My Sea Dwellers aren’t. If you’re heavily into science (*coughmydadcough*), you may feel the urge to poke holes into my logic. Just remember, the story is on another world, and these aren’t humans. They’re merely humanoid.

We also have a Leviathan swimming around if that piques your interest. hehe

This story is intended to be a prelude to a novel I have planned for later. That’s assuming I can ever find enough time to write more than short stories. It’ll happen. It may takes years, but…eventually…

Sea of Secrets: A Dragon Soul Press Anthology

Lurking in watery depths are untold discoveries waiting to be uncovered. Where monsters as old as time enjoy their freedom and wreak havoc on the occasional trespassers.

Times are changing. The beings encroaching on their territory are more powerful and cunning as the years pass. If something isn’t done, creatures of lore will pass into history forever. But among the monsters, who will lead them to victory?

Featuring A.M. CumminsMelinda KucseraZoey XoltonKathryn St. JohnWinter Lawrence, Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Stephen Herczeg, Galina TrefilA.R. JohnstonSofi Laporte, Aniket R. Joshi, Jo Seysener, V.P. Allasander, Layne Calry, Meg Boepple.

Release Date: Coming Soon

Posted in Night's Treasure, Psyche, Shadow's Strength

Winter Holiday Deals

I was hoping to have different news for my December post, but no. I’ve been attempting to write a short story to submit to an anthology, but it’s been slow-going. I don’t usually have this much difficulty getting a short story out. It’s like archaeology where you find part of a bowl but then can’t seem to find the rest of it.

Anyway, on to the real news!

So to celebrate the winter holidays, I’ve decided to give my books away for FREE! Not All Dark Places because I have no control over that one. I’ll be sticking with my Kathryn St. John fantasy books. All three cover Greek mythology, none are suitable for children. Here’s the schedule:

December 17-21 (Monday through Friday)

December 24-28 (Monday through Friday)

December 31 – January 4 (Monday through Friday)

These books are normally $2.99, $3.99, and $4.99, respectively. During the times listed, however, the ebooks will be completely FREE on Amazon!

Sale starts tomorrow for most people! Unless you’re in a time zone where it’s already the 17th. If you are and you see that Psyche is already available, go for it! But for the rest of us, we’ll have to wait till Monday. I’d also be eternally grateful if you’d also leave a review or just stars on Amazon or Goodreads. Even if it’s a negative review, authors desperately need them. I get so giddy when I see someone’s done a review, or on Goodreads, left stars. ❤ Thanks!!! Happy Reading!

Posted in Books and Authors, Night's Treasure

Book Cover Artists + Cover Reveal

Early in January I was finally able to update my cover art for Night’s Treasure. I was so excited! I meant to announce it here but looking back I see that I forgot. But that’s okay because it’s not like it was a new book or anything.

Here’s the new cover made by the oh so talented Ruxandra Tudorica (MethyssART)…

Click on the art to buy Night’s Treasure by Kathryn St. John, available on Amazon for $3.99

I love it! It’s soooo much better than what I did myself. If I had had better graphic artist skills (mine are next to none), I would’ve bee happier with how mine turned out but I could not get past the grey blur around the silhouette. It ruined the whole thing for me!

My friend and fellow author, EarthGirly, won a premade from Ruxandra and gave it to me (having only entered because she had thought it would be perfect for Night’s Treasure). I was ecstatic!! Truly ecstatic. Three days later it was personalized for me and gracing Amazon as the new cover of Night’s Treasure!

In the delirium of my euphoria, I joined Ruxandra’s Facebook group (Methyss Art Premade Covers – the group is closed so you need to be given permission to get in) and have one future commission appointment set for August and then fingers crossed for other covers. If you’re interested, take a look at her page. Her work is beautiful and she’s so nice, patient, and friendly!

Through her I also found Ryse’s Cult. The artist there is Jennifer Munswami (J.M. Rising Horse Creations).

Holy. Freaking. Cow!

That’s all I have to say about her work. When I found out I had won a giveaway from her (amazingly gorgeous artwork that another author won in an auction plus a bunch of other stuff), I was so excited I started tiptoeing around and squealing (tiptoeing because that’s my version of jumping around, and squealing because it was 6:30am and I didn’t want to wake anyone up by screaming). Every time I thought about it for the rest of the day I’d get all giggly and start tiptoeing around. People around me would just laugh.

That day was absolutely exhausting.

Here’s some recent cover art of hers that’s been released…

Click on the art to preorder the book Soul Bound by A.J. Flowers

The auction for this cover got intense toward the end. They usually do. This one was won by A.J. Flowers. Soul Bound by A.J. Flowers is available for preorder on Amazon for $4.99.

Jennifer is pretty much booked till the end of time (only half kidding), but there are always last-minute cancellations and premades you can try your luck with so pop on over there too if you’re an author who loves quality covers. Or maybe you just want to oogle her work or buy extra swag or create brand artwork for yourself (not sure if she’s available for that right now or not), etc.

There are more but those are the main two I’m crushing on right now. Totally stalking and not ashamed.

Posted in Personal, Writing Endeavors

Why I Can’t Commit to Reading One Book at a Time

Today on FB I listed the 6 books I’m currently reading and then asked why I can’t commit to reading one book at a time. It was supposed to a quick answer but as I typed I realized I needed more room than I was willing to give on a FB post. I know I sometimes write long FB posts but, believe it or not, I don’t like doing that.

Here’s my current list of books:

  • “Shadow House You Can’t Hide” by Dan Poblocki
  • “Refuge” by A.I. Nasser
  • “We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The Second Season” by K.C. Wayland
  • “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling
  • “Heaven and Earth” by Nora Roberts

The same list is on Goodreads. I didn’t list the last 2 books on my Goodreads list because I’m not actively reading those 2. I should take them off because I don’t intend to finish them in the near future, but I’m lazy when it comes to deleting books from the list.

So why can’t I commit to reading one book at a time? There a various reasons and they all sound reasonable to me…of course or I’d stick with the one book.

  • Filler

I’ll end a book and then start one I’ve already read (Heaven and Earth) in order to pass the time before a new book comes my way. I’ll eventually finish this book but not for awhile.

  • Inspiration

Sometimes I’ll be watching a show or movie that inspires me to read the book. That was exactly what happened in the case of Cranford.

  • Freebies/Suggestions

I might come across an interesting freebie book that snags my attention or someone may suggest an interesting book so I’ll put everything on hold to read it. In the case of Refuge, I had gotten an e-mail from Team Scarestreet asking if I was interested in reviewing a free audiobook series by A.I. Nasser. I submitted my application to be a reviewer, was accepted, and received my promo codes for the books on Audible.com. Refuge is the 2nd book of the series. The first one, Kurtain Motel, I couldn’t stop listening to and powered through it so when it ended I immediately went on to the 2nd book.

  • Traveling

I’ll keep a family friendly audiobook for car trips. Unfortunately, since car trips don’t commonly last more than 30 minutes and we don’t always listen to the audiobook on those trips, it takes a horrendously long amount of time to get through one of those books. Such is the case with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

As for Shadow House and We’re Alive, both of these fall under the Freebies/Suggestions category. In the case of We’re Alive, someone had suggested it as a good podcast for people who like the app Zombies, Run! so I subscribed to the podcast and was wowed, not by the sometimes painful voice acting but by the story.

I was ordering some books for my son from Scholastic.com. Order forms are sent home each month for each class. We don’t usually get anything, but my son’s favorite books were there this time so I gave in. I tried it online this time and saw a notice on their site for Shadow House. I love horror and the cover looked interesting so I read a sample. I found it as an audiobook on Hoopla so I borrowed it last night and finished it by this afternoon. It was fun. Simple, obviously meant for younger teens, but still enjoyable for an adult assuming you don’t mind that it’s not complex and long etc. I’ve moved on to the second book or I will very soon so I’ve already added it to my list.

Believe it or not, my list does wittle down to 0 books every now and then but it doesn’t happen often and when it does it doesn’t stay that way for long.

Posted in Books and Authors

Book Review – Lake Nutaq by Ron Ripley

Yet another book review of a Berkley Street installment! Lake Nutaq is the 6th book in the series by Ron Ripley and is even better than the last one.

Lake Nutaq (Berkley Street Series Book 6)

Awesome. Just awesome. It’s amazing how many injuries Shane can sustain and still keep ticking! He’s no longer super depressed, thank goodness. His depression and drinking made it difficult to keep reading at times before. But now he seems to be on the mend…emotionally speaking. Yay! Except I doubt people would say he’s still handsome when he’s missing bits and pieces and chunks of himself. Yowzahs!

I loved the bonus story about Patience. Throughout the whole book I had been wondering about her character and was a bit disappointed not to have gotten her back story…until I started reading the bonus chapters. It was a satisfying background but I was still wanting more. I mean, they mention the Reverend more than once in a way that made me think he was important but he wasn’t.

And then in the story itself there’s the unfinished business with the Englishman and The Woman. Who is she? What’s going on at Lake Nutaq? I really hope these questions are answered at some point. I want to know!!!

The version I read of Lake Nutaq was the audiobook. They’ve all been audiobooks. Shane and the other characters (even the female ones whom he doesn’t do so great a job on) will always be connected with Thom Bowers’ voice. There are times his German sounds a bit on the French side and his Italian sounds like I don’t even know what but, except for the first book, there isn’t much call for foreign voices so I’m content to overlook it. If you’re not the type to overlook something like that, go for the book instead of the audiobook. It’s an excellent series!

For me, Lake Nutaq is perhaps my 3rd favorite in the series, the first two being the first two in the series. My least favorite is Sanford Hospital. Ugh. Super depressing and infuriating. And yet I still enjoyed that one as well.

Posted in Books and Authors

Book Review – Shallow Graves by Patrick Logan

Horror book review this time.

Shallow Graves by Patrick Logan

I didn’t care for all the sex talk in the beginning of the book. It didn’t seem necessary to talk so much about a certain piece of dangling southern male anatomy and go into so much detail for the beginning sex scene. Just because it’s an adult horror novel doesn’t mean it needs that kind of imagery and language. I’m not a prude but it seems unnecessarily vulgar to call it a c**k every time. It dimmed down after a bit, thank goodness, and my interest picked up with the horror taking more of a front row.

After the horror took center stage, I found it an enjoyable read. I kept getting taken out of the story though because the daughter wasn’t even 10 and Robert kept leaving her alone and not paying attention to her at all. I mean, practically an entire day would go by before he’d remember her existence. I had my suspicions why toward the end, but still. It wasn’t a good enough reason for me but I won’t go into it because of spoilers.

One thing annoyed me big time and caused my interest to wane at the end. Shelley. She’s supposed to be the “best” according to a bunch of internet people, but everything she does and talks about seems to be theoretical. She doesn’t seem experienced at all, just well-read with ghostly matters. Her warning Robert that’s it’s super important not to let the ghosts touch him seems completely useless because he’s touched 3 of them by the end without anything happening to him. True, he only gets “touched by” 2 of them, but that seems pretty nit-picky. If you’re doing the touching or being touched, the end physical contact is the same.

Another thing about Shelley I don’t like is that she’s supposed to have the mouth of sailor, but all she ever says is sh** and f***. Not very creative. It’s like her dialogue was written out and then the writer stuck in the F word in various places to give her a potty mouth. There are lots of ways to cuss and I can sometimes appreciate it. Her dialogue wasn’t creative though. Her cussing was boring and contrived and her dialogue, likewise, was boring and lecture-y.

Also, she was pretty mean I thought. She and Robert didn’t get along but he thought they did? I’m assuming that must’ve been the spirits/house/whatever making him different and horny because there was no indication of them getting along. She was condescending and snobbish to him.

This book was all right. Not great but not really bad. The horror part was really good but there was too much else that annoyed me. If you don’t mind everything I had an issue with, you’ll probably like it. There was some really great stuff in Shallow Graves.