Brain to Books Holiday Bash!

Check out the great three event weekend happening December 16th-18th!

 

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Day #1 Launch the Holidays with the Slush Brain Crew

Where: Facebook
Description:
Embrace the Debauchery
Two years ago, the zaniest, weirdest group of eccentrics collided in a drunken stupor. Brought together by the love of zombies, fleas, and drinking, these authors found sanctuary within their insanity. Today, we celebrate this imbroglio! We’re giving away stuff all in the name of…we really don’t know why we’re doing it. If you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, all things nerdy, and well…booze, join us for this one day on board the HMS Slush Brain!
***So not family friendly.***

$100.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY AND BOOK BASH!
Sign up is now open and ends 8:00 PM EST 18 December 2016. Winner is announced 8:30 PM EST 18 December 2016!
Enter for a chance to win at http://angelabchrysler.com/2016/11/hms-slush-brain-book-bash/

The Schedule for the HMS Slush Brain Book Bash!

  • 11:00 AM EST – Angela B. Chrysler
  • 12:00 PM EST – Kylie Jude
  • 1:00 PM EST – Cindy L Schneider
  • 2:00 PM EST – Adam Dreece
  • 3:00 PM EST – Matthew William Harrill
  • 4:00 PM EST – Jay Norry
  • 5:00 PM EST – Cindy L Schneider
  • 6:00 PM EST – MLS Weech
  • 7:00 PM EST – Ani Manjikian
  • 8:00 PM EST – ***HAPPY HOUR***

Zombies From Space…and Vampires

Day #2 Holiday Giveaway and CyCon Sampler

Where: Facebook
Description:
Every year Brain to Books hosts a Holiday Book Giveaway. This year, our giveaway is a CyCon Sampler. Get a sneak preview of the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. While you’re here, we have a $100.00 Amazon gift card to hand out to someone along with a list of books we’re giving away!
1 – Browse the Author Takeover displaying sales, giveaways, games, prizes, etc.
2 – $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
3 – Holiday Book Giveaway
4 – Blog Hop (YA, Science Fiction, and Romance)
5 – Vote in Character Tournaments

Scheduled appearances

Takeover Author Sign Up for 17 December 2016:
10:00 AM EST – ***WELCOME AND INTRO***
10:30 AM EST – Angela B. Chrysler
11:00 AM EST – Joshua Robertson
11:30 AM EST – Dove Winters
12:00 PM EST – Stephanie and Amanda present…
1:00 PM EST – Karina Kantas
1:30 PM EST – Dianna Wyles
2:00 PM EST – ***ABOUT THE CYCON***
2:30 PM EST – S. A. Hoag (AKA Sheila Hoag )
3:00 PM EST – Tabitha Barret
3:30 PM EST – Carol Ann King
4:00 PM EST – A.F. Stewart
4:30 PM EST – Joe Compton
5:00 PM EST – Connie Cockrell
5:30 PM EST – Devorah Fox
6:00 PM EST – ***OPEN TO ALL AUTHORS WHO MISSED SIGN UP***
6:30 PM EST – ***OPEN TO ALL AUTHORS WHO MISSED SIGN UP***
7:00 PM EST – Susanne Leist
7:30 PM EST – Ani Manjikian
8:00 PM EST – Kerry Alan Denney
8:30 PM EST – Tom Fallwell

Day #3 Release Parties and Winners Announced

Where: Facebook
Description:
Ani Manjikian is preparing to release the 2nd book in her series “Stars of Heros” (Heros as in Thracian Heros from Greek mythology) is a Science Fiction novel.
Join us for Science Fiction fun and Mythological related books! Prizes, games, giveaways, and so much more!

TAKEOVER SIGN UP EVENT!
This is a mythology (Greek, Roman, and Thracian) Science Fiction and Fantasy!
10:00 AM EST – Angela J. Ford
11:00 AM EST – Debbie Manber Kupfer
12:00 PM EST – Dianna Wyles
1:00 PM EST – Karina Kantas
2:00 PM EST – Susan Buckley
3:00 PM EST – Tiffany Apan
4:00 PM EST – Chloe Hammond
5:00 PM EST – Author A M Rycroft
6:00 PM EST – Trey McIntosh
7:00 PM EST – Mandy Melanson and Dave Alexander
8:00 PM EST – Ani Manjikian and WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo

Yes, I should be writing and finishing my current novel (Ghosts of the Sea Moon, the one that used to be a novella). Unfortunately for the book I have two gods, various ghosts, and a pack of sea monsters pouting in my head and not talking to me. So I’m taking a break and penning this post on the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo instead.

Read on for my best P.T. Barnum spiel…

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Authors are you looking for a great place to market your books?  To showcase you, your characters, and your genre? One that doesn’t cost two arms , a leg, and the promise of your first-born child? Where you can interact with readers from the comfort of your own home?

Well, have I got the place for you!

The niftiest virtual convention this side of the book page, the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo! Coming this April on the 7th, 8th, and 9th! Three days of a book lovers paradise!

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We welcome authors from all types of genres: from mystery, thriller, horror, to fantasy, science fiction, romance, memoir, historical, and all those in-between!

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We have events for introverts, extroverts, and even your characters! If you like being on camera we have panel discussions and live YouTube streams! And character cosplay! Rather be a disembodied voice? We have podcasts and interviews! Want to lurk behind your website? Try our Blog Hop! Rather focus on your book? We have a Book Expo! Or Cover Wars! Plus there are character tournaments, workshops, story time, giveaways, and more!

So what are you waiting for? Check it out and sign up for all the fun in April!

Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo

Not an author?

No problem. Readers can Save the Date!

Sign up for a reminder email one week prior to the B2BCyCon and another the day of CyCon. Plus, be entered in a giveaway.

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And as we old fogies used to say, be there or be square!

A Halloween Story: The Ghost Tree

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The Ghost Tree

Shall I tell you a story?
Such an inconsequential story, in the grand scheme of universal things, but still quite important to some.
To those that died.
This story has many beginnings, the very first happened a century or two past (or perhaps three, it’s hard to keep track sometimes), the latest only a year ago on a blustery October day.
I remember that day very well (I wasn’t there at the very beginning, though the tale has been told to me).
Evening dusk had settled in, brushing the edges of sunset, and letting the shadows come out to play. I was where I always am. By the oak tree on the hill. I recall staring up, at one crimson leaf clinging to a branch high in the otherwise barren tree. The leaf swayed in the breezy northeast wind, defying the inevitable until it too drifted downward to join its fellows on the cold ground. One more decaying piece of vegetation in the colorful patchwork shroud beneath my tree.
I laughed when the breeze swirled the leaves; a crinkle and crunch sound sailing on whispered air. Around the tree trunk the gust circled, a dance of dead foliage in its wake, streaks of scarlet, lemon and carroty orange fluttering like a procession. It soared to the sky and showered mouldering colours to settle once more to the earth.
It was a beautiful moment.
A rare moment for me.
It didn’t last.
For a pair of happy lovers interrupted the quiet. I knew the pair, seen them often, here underneath the tree. A handsome young lawyer and his pretty mistress. Her face held such a radiant smile, so sweet, so beautiful.
Until the very instant he slit her throat.
Her bones are buried in the nearby woods. Her mother stills cries at night for her lost daughter.
But she’s with us now. A wandering spirit, waiting.
One of the Ghosts of the Oak Tree.
That’s what we call ourselves. Rather silly, but accurate. For this is where the murdered dead come… after. We all end here, every slain, pitiful spectre in the area. Summoned here… by something.
All the local lost souls come to the tree.
Rain says it’s because of the massacre that happened on the hill. Because of the innocent blood that soaked into the ground. It stained the tree she told me, gave it power. I’m not certain if I believe that, but she knows more of it than I do. She and her people were the first to die. The first story.
But there won’t be a story this year.
That poor smiling girl was the final soul we needed
We’re strong enough now.
We are legion.
And we know all the wicked secrets.
The dead are coming home.
For vengeance.

And as an added bonus, here’s a Halloween Reading from Horror Haiku and Other Poems.

Happy Halloween!

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Horror Haiku And Other Poems Cover Reveal

As promised, here’s the big cover reveal for my upcoming horror poetry book, out October 11th.

Ta Da!

 

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I think it’s suitably creepy.

 

And as an extra, here’s the book blurb:

Words linger…
In the darkness of shadows, in the distant screams.
They whisper past the drip, drip of blood.
The strange beauty of words hide, waiting for you.
Embrace the horror.

Venture past safe reality, into the world of terror told in verse.
Horror Haiku and Other Poems brings forth surreal dread and spins it in artistic countenance. From small chilling bites of poetry, to murky morsels of fright, come find where the words haunt you, where they live and die.

 

I’ll be doing an official release on October 11th, as part of the 2016 October Frights Blog Hop, and a poetry slam launch party on Facebook

 

Plus, there’s a Headtalker campaign for release day: https://headtalker.com/?p=81388

The Sirens Call eZine and More Updates

 

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Great news!

As mentioned in a previous post, my little horror story, Arthur’s World, was accepted for publication in the Sirens Call eZine. Well…

The Sirens Call eZine – Issue 28 Terrifying Tales is out!

You can check out the website page for the issue #28 link (along with links to back issues). Sirens Call Publications 

Or go here for the direct download:

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_August2016.pdf

There’s a plethora of wonderfully creepy tales and poems to peruse, along with interviews and artwork. So do pop over and take a look.

 

And now for other Updates…

I will (despite life’s annoying interruptions) be publishing my new poetry book in October. It’s a collection of my horror poetry, Horror Haiku And Other Poems, and will come out in time to make Halloween extra creepy. I will be doing a cover reveal later in September for the book.

In other book news, Ghosts of the Sea Moon, is nearly finished, but the above mentioned life interruptions have slowed down progress on the novella slightly. It should, however, be ready for publication by the end of the year.

In convention news:

– The Efestival of Words went well and a good time was had by all.

– I recklessly volunteered to run the horror genre for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, so I’m actively looking to recruit horror authors for the event. If you have published a horror book, and are interested in participating in B2BCYCON, please leave a comment. You can check out the convention FAQ page here:  http://braintobooks.com/b2bcycon-faq/

Registration for B2BCYCON doesn’t begin until October, but feel free to check it out, or ask me questions.

 

 

 

Updates and Events

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I have some quick writing news and the lowdown about an online event I’m participating in this weekend.

First the news. I have a story appearing in the upcoming issue of The Sirens Call eZine – Issue 28 Terrifying Tales. I’m especially fond of this dark tale, called Arthur’s World, and I hope you check it out later this month when the ezine is published.  I’ll share a link when it drops.

I also have a story still in the running for the upcoming Occult Detective Quarterly magazine. Fingers-crossed for that one, but the competition is tough.

Now for the event.

This weekend, August 12th-14th the wacky fun of the Efestival of Words is taking place! And I am participating again this year.

My events happen on Saturday, August 13th.

At Noon EDT, I’ll be one of the writers in the Build a Story Twitter Challenge panel, where you can watch a crazy multi-author story unfold one tweet-length piece at a time.

And then later that day I’ll be appearing for a 30 minute Q&A session at 4:00 PM EDT.

So please pop over and join the delightful mayhem.

Here’s where you can find the full schedule: The Efestival of Words Schedule of Events

 

 

 

 

Smashwords Sale

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Just a little reminder that for the ENTIRE month of July all my ebooks are either half price or free at Smashwords!

That’s right, I’ve enrolled all my books in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!

All you need to do to grab the deals is use the coupon code listed on each book’s page at the checkout. You can find a listing of all my books at my Smashwords profile: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/scribe77

 

 

 

Indie Pride Day/Brain to Books Book Blast

 Happy Indie Pride Day!

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Today I’m celebrating!

Not only is it Canada Day, but also Indie Pride Day. So I’m spotlighting one of my books today, both here and as part of the Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast. I’m also spending the day doing not one, but three spots as part of the B2B Indie Pride Day Author Showcase hosted over on Goodreads.

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Now, with no further adieu, here’s my book…

Killers and Demons II: They Return

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Evil is back, with a greater appetite for death.

Killers.

Demons.

They lurk forever in the shadows, smile at you in the morning, and haunt your dreams at night. You can’t hide, you can’t run, and there’s no escape. You can only scream when they come for you.

Killers and Demons II:  They Return is a collection of thirteen tales, blending short stories and flash fiction, tales where the blood lingers on your tongue or spurts quickly from the swift cut.

Available on Amazon

And Smashwords

Excerpt From Killers and Demons II: They Return

How Do You Take Your Tea?

“My condolences, my dear. I hear your husband has taken ill. It must be a trial to see such a fine gentleman unwell and abed. I hope it isn’t the grippe? My great aunt Matilda suffered with that malady only last year, and it fair did her in, poor thing. She hasn’t been the same since.”

Sunbeams sprinkled through the window and scattered prettily over the china as Mrs. Millicent Grey nodded over her tea, and feigned the expected air of sadness and commiseration for her guest, Mrs. Rowley. The third attendee—Millicent’s companion, Jane—demurely smiled and nodded. They gathered in Mrs. Grey’s sumptuous parlour for the visit, surrounded by all the creature comforts and a lavish spread of food and beverage.

Mrs. Grey fluttered her eyelids as if she held back tears. “His illness is quite vexing, but not the grippe, thank heavens. His doctor believes it’s severe dyspepsia and has dispensed a tincture.”

“Good to hear. It’s odd though, it coming on so quick. But it happens like that, don’t it? Hopefully he will be well soon. Illness can be such a trial. Such a trial.”

Millicent sighed to maintain the acceptable social demeanor. “Yes, it’s been an anxious and worrisome time.”

She sipped some tea to hide a slight smile. In fact, she felt relief in her spouse’s sickness, and barely gave him a stray thought other than to rejoice in his absence from her daily life. She married a most tedious man who could scarcely hold a thought in his head, let alone carry on an enjoyable conversation. Nevertheless, a woman must make the best of her situation and take advantage of her opportunities. Even if it meant tiresome husbands.

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Here’s a few place I share my books and updates: 

Twitter

Facebook 

Amazon Profile

 

Plus, starting today and running ALL MONTH I’m participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. My books will either be free, or half price for the entire month of July! You can check out the catalogue of books at my profile: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/scribe77

You can also find Killers and Demons II: They Return featured at the Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast, along with tons of other great books.

Check out the post here:

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Check the entire Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast here:

2016 Brain to Books Book Blast

 

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