Where I Am & Where I’ll Be

Mornin’ Creeps.

It’s been a bit, hasn’t it? As you out there in this digital wonderland might be able to imagine, the closing of my premier publisher has thrown me for a bit of a loop. It was, in a word, frustrating. But it’s perfectly okay… I’m picking up and moving forward, and I’m not going to let it stop me.

I’ve still got a few things alive and kicking, and as long as my name is out in the world, y’all won’t be getting rid of me so easily.

Tomorrow, for example.

I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble at Forest Acres in Columbia, SC for a book signing. Yep, little old me at a real, old-fashioned book signing with tables and pens and real books and everything! In a bookstore no less! Surprised? Yeah. Tell me about it. I’m so giddy I’m about to come out of this chair!

Oh, I should probably give you the details. It’s for this book:

Big Bad Cover

I’ll be there with John Hartness, James Tuck, Jay Requard, Eden Royce, Darin Kennedy, and a host of other contributors to sign copies, talk about the book, and be my usual charming half-redneck self. Come on down! It’ll be a blast.

We’ll be here tomorrow (7/13) from 4:00-6:00 PM:

Barnes & Noble – Midtown at Forest Acres

Richland Fashion Mall

3400 Forest Drive

Columbia, SC 29204

So yeah, y’all should come see me!

I’m also going to be at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of the month. Panel schedules aren’t quite complete yet, but you should definitely come check that out as well. It’s going to be a massive ordeal this year. We’ve got Stan Lee, William Shatner, Gene Simmons, and a host of others waiting in the wings from all those popular things like Torchwood, The Walking Dead, and Firefly.  My inner fangirl is about to lose her mind.

More details next week. And now that we’re past the blatant cries for attention and affection portion of this post…

Just a few housekeeping things and I’ll let you get back to your regularly scheduled day:

1. Thunder on the Battlefield – just saw the cover art and it is freaking amazing. I want to blow it up and lay it on the floor and roll around on it.

2. Haunted – Has a new home with Mocha Memoirs Press. Bobby and his demons shall return shortly, folks.

3. I’m still in the running for a spot in Scott Sandridge’s Heroes’ Best Friend anthology too! Miko, my talking feline detective, made it past the first round and may yet have a home after all this time!

4. The Soul Collectors: Still no word from the Seventh Star crew. Devil’s Daughter is part of that, so with the dissolution of NBP, Lydia is homeless for the time being. Don’t worry, kids…she’ll be just fine. She’s got the Devil in her corner, after all.

5. Lost in the Shadows: Remember me talking about a project between Selah Janel and myself? Well, this is it, kids. We’ve put together a collection of about forty short stories from all walks of literary life. We’re talking fantasy, fairies, horror, sci-fi, and all those weird, formless and in-between things. It started as a small project where we were going to self-publish some of the short stuff left over from NBP, and then it grew. We realized we had all this stuff neither of us would likely find homes for, and it’s unusual and interesting and… well, we’re looking at a full-blown book. We’re over 65,000 words and 200 pages at this point and I’m still formatting.  The cover art is complete and we’re down to the compilation wire. If I could just get her to quit writing stories that I feel compelled to respond to, we might actually have a book to give you. We’re coordinating cover reveals and release dates for both eBook and print, so keep an eye out.

So that’s where I am. I toldja I was busy, Margaret!


Closing Doors and New Opportunities

Last week sucked. In a big, nasty, major way. It started with the fact that I came out of a convention and immediately back to work. Then we received the news that one of my good writer friends lost his mother, which broke my heart and sent me into a tailspin of misery. I lost my Dad just over a year ago, so I’m still not out of the woods in the grief department. Knowing how close he and his mother were and how he’s now alone save his sister only compounds the misery. Not for me…for him. I want to sit down and cry for him because in some crazy, misguided way I want to believe that it might possibly help him some. I know when I went through it, I would have paid someone to do some of the crying for me. It hurts, and it sucks.

Then the big news hit and left all of us standing there, reeling in our shoes.

By now I’m sure the masses have heard that No Boundaries Press is closing. Is closed, to be more specific. Everything shut down yesterday. Our rights will be returned to us on Friday. It means as of this moment, I’m almost defunct. But that’s okay. I’m picking up the pieces. I suppose with the situation being what it is I can safely relay my plans for the future and for my currently homeless titles. I’m not one to sit idly by and watch my life crumble around me, so I’ve already taken charge of the situation.

1. Rock N’ Roll Angel – the erotic horror short that was housed in the Splattered Anthology is getting a revamp this week, and hopefully by next week will make its way to the self-publishing circuit. I’ve made some adjustments, created some flashy new cover art (more to come on that later), and even added a bit of stuff I left out of the original.  In addition to that I’ll be self-printing copies for purchase at public appearances.

2. Haunted – will be finding a new home with another publisher as a reprint. Bobby and the dead folk get a facelift and some new edits, and it will be back in everyone’s hot, little hands by the end of July if things work out properly.

3. Devil’s Daughter – ah, now here’s the kicker. As much as I love this story, I’m holding it back for inclusion in possibly a much larger project. Lydia will be back, I promise. I have yet to sort out exactly where Lydia is going and when. As this story develops, I will continue to share.

On that note, I think this calls for a major reboot. Over the next two weeks I intend to overhaul the blog. I’ll be making changes, and over the next two months I’ll even be unleashing my new website on the world. Expect big things from this camp, kids, ’cause they’re coming.

I’ve also been in cahoots with Selah Janel again. We’re working on a few interesting projects together that should rear their ugly heads sometime very soon. But again, I’ll keep you posted.

So long for now, Creeps. I must away to the dungeon. The pen calls!

Bad Guys Gone…Good?

I wrote a story. [Imagine that!] And it was about a very, very bad guy. Charles Black is the worst kind of creature, too. He’s rude and nasty and has absolutely no consideration for human life. He’s a complete bastard, I admit. He’s also a werewolf. Over the course of his story, he eats a few people, makes a few mistakes, and gets in a little bit of trouble. But you know what? He’s the main character, so while he’s a big, bad monster, he’s pretty damn good at it.

I wrote “Wolfy” on a whim after seeing an anthology call from my friend John Hartness. He created what is soon to be known as “Big Bad”, an anthology of evil. I was one of the 20 or so lucky ones that was accepted because let’s face it, it’s not every day you get to read a story about the Big Bad Wolf taking out the three little “pigs”, or eating Little Red Riding Hooker on the side of the road.

What I love about this anthology is that it showcases the baddest of the bad in a way that makes them entertaining. I’ve always been one to focus on the story of the villain, so when given the opportunity to slap my name on the list for this one, I was on it like white on rice. It’s not often enough that the bad guy gets to be in the spotlight. Plus with this anthology we get to justify their reasons for being bad.

I have noticed lately though that there seems to be a definite up-surge in apathetic heroes, anti-heroes, and villains winning the day. Movies seem to be my go-to lately because they’re easily accessible and don’t take as long to sit through if they’re awful.


I’m going to talk about details of movies some of might not have seen.
Disappointed? Yeah, you’ll be okay.

Let’s take a good long look at Sinister. It’s a great movie. Scary as hell. And if you haven’t seen it I suggest you do.


My loving husband took me to see it for our 5th wedding anniversary [Nothing says romance like a little horror!], and I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s an interesting take on the story of the boogeyman, even if it does take a few creative liberties with Pagan mythos. Granted the idea of something nasty coming to eat a writer sort of hits close to home too, but I’m not particularly concerned with that part. The idea of Bughuul really trips my wires because he’s justifiably evil. He has a purpose and he sticks to it, so when he wins, it’s satisfying.

Quite unlike what happened in The Grudge. But Japanese horror movies are a bit off the rails anyway.  I can’t for the life of me understand why you would fix a problem only to have it continue. I get that it’s all shock value and necessary to get that One.Last.Scare. in so people pee themselves on the way out of the theater. But damn. Come on, people! I’m going to be a lot more afraid if there’s a reason why something happens.

The Grudge screen shot

Yes, that kid is freaking creepy. But still. Gimme something substantial to go on! Don’t just hand me a pair of kids that want to kill the world just because something bad may or may not have happened. Don’t think you’re going to make me believe the mythos when there isn’t a mythos behind it.

Ahem… That movie infuriates me on so many levels it’s not even funny.

Moving on.

Next on my list of “hey, the bad guy’s gonna win!” flicks is Insidious. The ending felt a little tacked-on for that one final scare, but the basic idea is pretty cool.  Realistically when you look at the concept of Astral Projection, what is there to stop something else from entering your body while you’re not in it?

Insidious Screen Shot

Regardless of which monster wins, the point is that one does. The ending isn’t as satisfying as I’d have liked considering how it was handled, but I’m okay with it so long as there’s a well-executed sequel that lets what-his-face beat out the demon and regain himself.

Yeah, I think I went off into left field there for a bit. Anywho, I’ll shut up now.  Today I’ll leave you with a final thought:

There are three requirements for making the bad guy the hero:

  1. Justification. He needs to have a valid reason to do the things he does.

  2. No small amount of apathy. If he’s too invested in his victims, he’s going to lose his edge.

  3. A really cool name. Just because, you know, cool names make cool characters.


I don’t make them. And I don’t for one very simple reason: I don’t like letting myself down when I don’t keep them. Every year I swear I’m going to do all these things – to lose weight, to be a better writer, employee and overall person, to do this or that… the only way I’m going to keep a resolution is if I vow to quit smoking.

And the only reason I’ll keep it is because I don’t smoke. Sad, isn’t it?

Everyone asked me back at New Year’s what my resolutions were and they looked at me like I was nuts because I said I wasn’t making any. If I swore to be a better blogger, I’d have failed already. It’s the 15th and this is my first non-publicity post of the year. I haven’t actually finished a story since the calendar change, but that isn’t because I’m not trying.

I’m busy. Really busy.

Work + Toddler = EXHAUSTED.

I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate to do on this end, too. I have to get back in gear and start with promotion again. I have to plan out my convention season. I have to keep blogging. But first and foremost, I have get my head on straight and figure out which direction I’m going. If I don’t do that, then all is lost. Pretty sad, ain’t it?

I’m also sort of agonizing. The edits have started to surface for the Big Bad Anthology… and from some of the comments I’ve seen, our dear editor is a bit on the tough side. If some of the awesome people in that anthology are having red-pen nightmares, I’m terrified to see what mine is going to look like. When I get mine, I’ll only let the hissy fit last 30 seconds. I promise.

Plus some friends and I have taken on a new project – The Wyrde Sisters. The training wheels are still on this one, so be patient with us! It’s going to take some time to get it going the way we want.

So… In lieu of resolutions, I’ve set a few personal goals that I’d like to keep this year. If I don’t quite make it, I won’t be letting myself down because there isn’t a time limit. Well, on the first one there is…

1. Finish the Sword & Sorcery submission for Seventh Star Press’s anthology call.

2. Write up a proposal on the gianormous space opera/epic fantasy/sword and sorcery mashup.

3. Start on the epic fantasy series.

4. Get moving again on the soul collectors series.

5. Get all of my beta-reading / review projects read and returned to their respective owners.


I still don’t get enough sleep, you know.

Getting The Words Out

The last six months have been… let’s say…trying. Real life has come down on the top of my head in a big, nasty way and for a very, very long portion of those months, I wasn’t doing anything at all but playing mommy, driving all over Hell and half of Georgia, and trying to sleep when I could. In the past six months I’ve had a baby, lost my father, buried two cats (one of mine and one of my mother-in-law’s), attended the funeral of my husband’s best friend’s grandmother, and lost two other friends, one under extremely suspicious circumstances.  It hasn’t been easy.

The good news?

I’m finally writing again. FINALLY.

I’ve told you already about Devil’s Daughter, scheduled to hit eShelves in September and Rock N’ Roll Angel, scheduled for the Splatterpunk Anthology Release sometime in October, right?

Well hold on to your hats, kids.  There’s more.

Something about Fandom Fest really inspired me to get off my duff and do what I love again. I have been, and it feels great. In the last 30 days, I have submitted three stories:


1. Easy as Pie went to Necro Publications’ Into the Darkness Anthology Call

2. Wolfy went to John Hartness and Kerlak Publishing for the Big Bad Anthology Call

3. Skippin’ Stoneswas just packed up and sent to the Deep Cuts Anthology Call. I did it ten minutes ago.


They’re done, filed, and off my writing plate. It feels fabulous.  Pushing those off on someone else has opened up my writing world to all these other crazy projects. So here’s what’s next on my plate:


1. James R. Tuck’s Sword & Sorcery Anthology Call through Seventh Star Press. I have two ideas for this and they’re battling like mad in my head.

2. My Soul Collectors Series. Devil’s Daughter is the first taste of that series, and I can’t wait to really get going on it.

3. The Steampunk Horror Novel. I’m 30,000 words into it, have no title, and don’t have a clue exactly how I’m going to end it… but I’m having fun with it. Over the last few months it has turned into a bit of an homage to Frankenstein, which is hands-down my favorite horror novel of all time.


There are all manner of other fringe projects, but those are my three priorities. If I can get them done and out of the way my IN PROGRESS folder will shrink considerably.

I guess that means I should stop stalling on the internet and get back to work, huh?