Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, today is my birthday. My good friend Stephen Zimmer keeps telling me that today should be a national holiday, and I’m inclined to agree with him. Every so often I get to share my birthday with President’s Day, but that’s not the same. I want my own holiday, damn it!

I’m not entirely certain how to make this happen other than by writing a bunch of books and selling a bazillion copies. Somehow I need to find a way to make myself a national treasure. A literary hero. Or just someone who expresses my crazy in text rather than out loud.

That having been said, consider this your official PSA for my eventual reign as literary overlord.

Oh, and buy my books. They’re pretty good if I do say so myself.

On Amazon: S.H. Roddey | Siobhan Kinkade


Keeping Up (Public) Appearances

That’s right, ladies and germs, I’m going to be turned loose on the world again!

This one is a little different, kids. This appearance is right here in my very own stomping grounds.  In conjunction with the “Haunted Chester” event coming up this weekend,  There’s all sorts of spooky nonsense going on that weekend, including a live paranormal investigation, courtesy of State Paranormal Investigations. But just between you, me, and the lamppost, the biggest fun is going to be on Saturday, October 26th.  A group of us local authors will be out at the Chester County Library selling books, signing autographs, and doing that authorly thing that we do. Want to know more? Keep reading.




Author Event – Saturday, October 26, 2013

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Chester County Library
100 Center Street
Chester, SC 29706


Lucy Blue
(Romance Author)

Alexandra Christian
(Paranormal Romance Author)

Marcia Collette
(Author of Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, and Paranormal Romance)

Crymsyn Hart
(Paranormal Romance Author)

John Hartness
(Urban Fantasy Author, Editor of The Big Bad Anthology of Evil)

Tally Johnson
(Author of historical SC Ghost Lore)

Nicole Kurtz
(Author of Women’s FIction and Owner of Mocha Memoirs Press)

S.H. Roddey
(Urban Fantasy/Horror Author, Romance Author – as Siobhan Kinkade)

Turning Over New Leaves

It’s August 1st. I’m having a really hard time believing that, too. The time is whizzing past while I feel like I’m standing still. I’m not, really, but there are days when it feels like the rest of the world is forging ahead while I’m doing good to remain vertical.

The closing of NBP a few months back really knocked me for a loop. And I won’t lie, Fandom Fest was a kick in the teeth that only added insult to injury. But I’m better than that. I’ll hoist myself up by the bootstraps and keep trudging along. Honestly I’m too stubborn to do anything else.

So I thought of this grand plan to (a) keep me online and (b) minimize the work I have to put into developing new content because I’m nothing if not lazy. I tend to do a lot of this, so just go with it.  This month’s desperate plea for attention comes in the form of a “Where Are They Now” series from my fellow NBP castaways.

Since it’s my blog, I’m starting with myself, and I’m not ashamed to snatch the spotlight. [Insert cheeky grin here.]


S.H. Roddey

I’ve been hard at work making ends meet. Losing NBP meant losing my entire catalog, so it took a lot of rethinking and revising. Selah Janel and I teamed up to self-publish a collection of short stories entitled Lost in the Shadows. It contains one story from my NBP catalog, Last Ride, and is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats. Here’s the cover…isn’t it lovely?

Lost in the Shadows

Haunted is under contract with Mocha Memoirs Press out of North Carolina. Sadly I don’t have cover art to share yet, but it’s on the way. I have faith in Nicole and her people that it will be even more fabulous than before.

Devil’s Daughter is still up in the air. Lydia has started talking in a big way, and it turns out her first story is only a short precursor to a minimum four-book series. It’s in submission now, so she won’t be available until the fate of the Soul Collectors series has been determined.

I do have a story in the Big Bad Anthology… and I will say nothing else about Wolfy except it has been rated as “harsh” by the editor. I’m proud of that, considering what John did with hamburger meat in his…

And last but not least, in between writing Lydia’s stories and outlining future projects (and the next Sooper Sekrit Projeckt), I’m working on getting my LLC and starting up my own cover art and formatting services company. I’m particularly fond of the cover for Lost, and I have no problem admitting that yes, I did it.

So that’s where I stand. Tune in later for the next author on my list… we’ll be hearing from the ultra-amazing Erica Pike next!

A Bloody Valentine: Hellshift

Back today with another taste of darkness is author Tom Olbert, sharing his Dark Mocha Bites story, Hellshift.

For those that don’t know, Dark Mocha Bites is a short horror series presented by Mocha Memoirs Press. They’re short, creepy, and best of all they’re only $.99 a pop! Here’s Tom once more with a glimpse into Hellshift.


Preston Chandler is a lonely, overworked corporate office drone on the worst assignment of his life. In the dark future world of Preston’s time, low-level clerks like himself must serve a 1-year shift on a corporate mining colony on a hellish alien planet whose indigenous population has been wiped out by nuclear genocide.

He isn’t safe even in his corporate offices, as dismembered human bodies begin turning up. Preston fears he is losing his mind. He desperately wants to return to Earth, but is trapped in an escalating nightmare. Computerized psych-evaluation technology probes his mind with dehumanizing invasiveness.

Preston finally completes his assignment and is looking forward to returning home to Earth at last. But will his Hellshift ever end ?

Something was moving in the shadows, in the sputtering light of the dark tunnel.  Something inhuman.

Preston Chandler’s flabby chest was tight, his breathing shallow.  He was afraid to move. It stirred just outside the darkened subway car, the guttural breathing and scraping claws of the thing outside inching their way up his spine.  Preston had dozed off on the subway on his way home from another exhausting double shift at the office.  At first, he’d thought it another bad dream.  The hair prickling on the back of his neck, he’d dug his fingernails deep into his forearm, the pain infuriatingly real.  His eyes swept the darkened car.  Only intermittent power remained in the tube station outside.  “Hello?” he called out in a strangled throat, hoping desperately he wasn’t alone.  His eyes froze, his jaw dropping in a silent scream. In the brief illumination of an electrical flash, he saw disemboweled human cadavers.  Their flesh was shredded like cheesecloth, their, disembodied organs strewn across the inside of the car like butcher’s scraps.  The walls and seats were splattered with gore.

The thing outside shrieked and howled, throwing its lengthy bulk against the side of the train.


Blog: http://tomolbert.blogspot.com

HELLSHIFT: http://mochamemoirspress.com/hellshift/

The Monthly Update

Yeah, I know.  I suck at updating.  I suck at pretty much everything right now.  Being pregnant will do that to a person.  So what have I been up to, you ask?

Well, Haunted will be out soon.  As soon as I have the shinies to link for purchase, I’ll share them.  In the meantime, I have a free read up in the No Boundaries Store.

Last Ride is very short, very straightforward, and more than a little creepy…at least I think so.  Grab your free copy today and let me know what you think.


Kharisma Rhayne and I have a new pet project.  Together, she and I are determined to bring back the horror genre as a real genre, and in the process promote the bloody, gutsy goodness of Splatterpunk.  Click on the picture above to check it out.

Yeah, we’re twisted… so what?

Chats, Resolutions, and Sparkling Balls of Death

First – a bunch of us are hanging out on the No Boundaries Facebook Page today.  Anyone who wants to come play with us is welcome.

So about those resolutions…

I haven’t made any.  Don’t plan to.  Resolutions are sort of like a trap to me.  Last year I did make one resolution – to actually get off my duff and publish something.

As you can see – I’ve just about accomplished that.  Siobhan has lots of stuff out and under contract.  I have a freebie coming out on the 8th (more details to follow), and then Haunted comes out toward the end of the month.  I’m very excited.

Now that I’ve met that goal, I don’t think I want to force myself to have so many contracts or do this or do that… especially not with Miss Alice steadily trying to claw her way out (we’re down to about 3 weeks before her debut, folks), a full-time job, and a series of opinionated and demanding cats.

My goal this year – THIS IS NOT A RESOLUTION – is simply this:  don’t give up.  No matter how frustrated I get with the process or how outdone I become with myself and stupid ideas, I can’t let myself give up on this.  Not when it’s the one thing I’ve wanted to do my whole life.

Oh, yeah…I mentioned death, didn’t I?

While I do personally know one big sparkly ball of death – fellow NPBer and real-life friend Zillah Anderson – she isn’t the one I’m talking about.

No, I’m talking about the ticking disco ball of destruction in my head.  Siobhan keeps trying to take control and write hearts and flowers among the mayhem.  I’m just NOT in the mood for that crap right now, so she’s not-so-patiently waiting in the corner and pouting.  Could be a good thing – if I piss her off enough, she might even decide to help me.

Considering I feel like I’m starring in the movie Alien, I’d much rather massacre things.

So right now I’m killing people in two ways – really gory evisceration, and ritual old-world body-snatching sacrifice.

While blood and guts don’t exactly sparkle, it really is sort of like a disco ball in my head – a constantly rotating thing throwing off shafts of – well, not light necessarily, but something that gets people’s attention – and I’m a bit helpless to escape its pull.

And one more thing…

I have a free read due out through NBP on January 8th, called Last Ride.  Cover and Blurb, you ask?  Why of course…


Jim has to escape, to put as much distance between himself and the carnage as possible, but as his truck slips and slides on the snowy North Carolina interstate he discovers that it might already be too late…


Earlier this week, a good friend of mine offered a fantastic opportunity for all of us literary types.  As a newspaper editor, Alan has spent quite a bit of time minding other people’s business (but we won’t hold that against him), and has decided to put his big brain to good use for all of us lowly writer types.

The Project:

A recurring online anthology of free reads to launch January 2012.  Whether it comes in website/blog form or e-zine form, it will be free for the first few issues.  There may come a time in the future when authors are paid for their submissions, but that depends solely on the popularity of this project.

Think Reader’s Digest in short e-form.

What Alan Wants:

Flash-fiction, 750 words or less in length.  Any genre, any style.  All he asks is that each piece be well written and edited for grammar and spelling, complete, coherent, and engaging.

Non-fiction tidbits, 750 words in length or less.  This can be anything from short essay to personal experience.  Same rules for fiction apply – well-written and edited for grammar and spelling, complete, coherent, and engaging.

Non-fiction stories also have the chance to follow-up with a companion interview for the edition if they’re attention-grabbing enough.

Where To Send Them:

You can contact Alan here:  johnalanjenkins [at] gmail [dot] com

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact Alan at the above email address.    An exact release date has not been given yet, but anyone interested is welcome to contact him, he will certainly keep all of us well-informed.