Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Shout-Out to Jordan Mierek

Here's a shout-out to Jordan!

Jordan Mierek wrote a short story and wondered what to do with it, so she searched for the perfect market online, and found it in Nightmare Illustrated.  Nightmare Illustrated is a magazine dedicated to horror. Within the glossy pages you will find short stories, artwork, and comics that will keep you awake reading long into the night…yes, the dark and stormy night. Jordan’s story, “What Spring Brings,” can be found in Issue 5 of Nightmare Illustrated.  The artwork by Emily Holt complements this tale of a monster that ruins the idyllic forest outing of a little girl who never knows how to behave.

You can find Jordan at JordanElizabethMierek.com.  She’s been published in numerous online magazines and print anthologies.  Watch for her upcoming novels coming soon from Curiosity Press.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Totally Random IWSG

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I have been out of inspiration lately and then I found this...

If dude has enough time to research all this random stuff and still make it entertaining, I sure as heck can get writing.  =)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Goblin Fires by Brantwijn Serrah Cover Reveal

From the moment she laid eyes on sweet Ceri, Reagan knew she would be lost forever. A Sidhe Royal, though, could never return such feelings for a War-Child...

As the daughter of the fae Goddess of War, Reagan was sworn into service to the Sidhe monarchies before she was born.  Her contract forever binds her to the beautiful goblin princess Ceridwen. When an unseen enemy threatens the Fae Courts, Ceridwen is caught in the attack, and Reagan must fight to the ends of the earth to save her. But will this battle tear her away from her princess forever?

Author Bio:
They say you should never meet your heroes, but Brantwijn Serrah says otherwise. At a Los Angeles book signing in 2012, Brantwijn met one of her all-time favorite authors of urban fantasy, Jim Butcher, who couldn't have been kinder or more encouraging to her as an aspiring novelist herself. As it turned out, the book he signed for her that night gave her the first spark of inspiration for Goblin Fires, the story of a goblin Knight hopelessly in love with her princess.

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brainstorming is magic

I love brainstorming sessions. I have them with my kids, my sisters, strangers... From brainstorming what a character looks like to how to kill 'em off. From cover design to fonts. Anything and everything is possible in brainstorming, one things leads to another, and I get hyped to finally write it. 

Here are some tips to having a great brainstorming session:

1. No paper and pencils. If you can record it fine. Only jot notes when you think you've got something.

2. Keep the group small and relevant. No more than five people and relevant, um, don't ask your seventy-year-old mom for ideas on how to murder someone.  Unless, of course, she just rolls that way. =)

3. Focus on one or two things during a brainstorming session: characters, plot, setting, scene design, what if questions, etc. If you leave it open it can get overwhelming.

4. Have fun.

What's your take on brainstorming sessions?

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Celebration Giveaway!

Woohoo! The fabulous Christine Rains is celebrating 500 followers with a massive giveaway! Check out the awesome prize package for the grand prize winner!  That's a lot of reading. =)

Grand prize winner package:
A signed print copy of The 13th Floor Complete Collection by me
An ebook of your choice from Mary Pax

3 second place winners will win a digital copy of The 13th Floor Complete Collection, 13th Floor series swag, and a thank you card mailed to you from me.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Everything is awesome...

Okay, I stole that from Lego Movie

So I'm going to spill my heart out here. The Lego movie really got to me.

Hold, up, come back.

Okay, So Emmet is this regular joe. He slides by society really unnoticed. And he's completely okay with it until he realizes that he really goes unnoticed. The why is what kills me.

He's agreeable...with everything.

I said...Holy Crap, that's me. I'm the bobble-head that just nods even though I feel I should say something. Anything. I'm the one that loses the argument on purpose. It allows me to fade in the background. I'm the person everyone forgets...and I couldn't figure out why. Yes, I'd go to meetings with people and have to introduce myself all over again. I went unnoticed in high school until I colored my hair blue-black and started dressing emo. Huh? What? Yup.

But is that what I want? To fade in the background, go unnoticed? Or do I want to be a superhero...Okay, that's Emmet.

I'm too old to be a superhero. My muscles laugh at me.

There are different ways we can all stand out, make the world a bit more colorful. I have promised myself to put some color in my life. Stop being bland. Not for attention, but because I feel I have something to contribute to the world.

Even if it's just brushing my hair.

What are some of the different ways you stand out...or would like to stand out?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack Cover Reveal

Hi, everyone! Nicole Zoltack here and I'm so happy to share with you the cover for my upcoming release.

Isn't it just beautiful? And it's perfect for the story.

Here's the blurb for BLOODLUST, a NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.


Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.


Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

The cover is so fitting, am I right?

The story will be released on February 24th. Ack! So excited. I'd love for you to share this and I'd even kiss you if you add it on Goodreads.

What do you think about the cover? The blurb? Does it sound like something you'd like to read?


Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she's not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they're unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in garb. She'll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.