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A Lass’s Guide to Dating in the Modern Realm

Published February 19, 2015 by administrator

Guys…this… I can’t even.

It’s my birthday, and I’ve been saving this for a very special occasion. It was originally meant for different blog, but I have to do it here. You see, Ippick and I have gotten to be pretty good pals these last few months. He’s a crass, cranky old troll, and I sort of like that in a guy. He felt compelled to do this, and far be it from me to get in the way of a troll on a mission. First of all, he’s bigger than me. Second…well, he’s a freaking troll! Just go with it. It’s worth it, I promise. Selah and I learned the hard way not to piss off the trolls.


Disclaimer from SJ: Take Ippick’s advice at your own risk. Most of his suggestions would probably get charges filed against you, so read this for kicks and giggles and not as advice you’d actually try. Seriously, just don’t. Remember, he’s a troll, and he definitely likes to rile people up.

A Lass’s Guide to Dating in the Modern Realm

By Ippick Bonecrusher

I’m not surprised t’be asked for my romantical advice. Bein’ one of the prime troll bachelors in Kingdom City gives me a unique perspective to be able to help poor whiny single sods like all ye readin’ this thing.

First off, lasses, all the drivel and tripe yer readin’ in books is all well an’ good, but yer wastin’ all yer time with all those nicey nicey gestures. Think of all the money yer pourin’ out on flowers or self-help books when ye could take it down to the strip clubs and meet someone there! Now I’m sure I’m rufflin’ feathers, but lasses, I mean ye, too, as I’m told women occasionally like to indulge in that kinda thing (though most females I take me clothes off for start payin’ me to put ‘em back on. Even then there’s no reason t’get offended. I make back what I had to pay to buy ‘em dinner).

If ye wanna meet someone, go where people are. Don’t go sighin’ in yer room or poutin’ under a table somewhere. Go out to one of those new-fangled coffee places or stores or the like. I don’t like online datin’ meself, simply because while it’s easy for ye to make yerself seem better, it’s just as likely the person yer chattin’ up is making himself or herself look better. A good friend of mine had problems with online shenanigans, so be warned.

So yer shy and ye manage to pry yerself out of the house and go somewhere where there’s people. Well, then ye need to practice. Just go up to some random sod and say “Hey there handsome, you smelt my iron if ye know what I mean” or “Fe fi fo fum, drop yer pants ‘cause here I come!” or whatever the love talk is nowadays. If they’re taken aback and ye think ye can put up with em, great! If yer not really interested, just walk away before they answer. If they start to turn ye down, just bust out laughin’, point at them, and walk off, shakin’ yer head. That’ll keep em on their toes and wonderin’ why yer so special and superior.

If ye happen to see someone who ye really want to fill yer grainsack, just knock ‘em with yer club or shoppin’ cart or somethin’ to let them know yer interested. Not enough to give ‘em a concussion, mind ye, just a tap or four. If ye don’t have anything t’whack ‘em with, just kick ‘em in the knee a few times.

Once ye have the interest of someone, ye gotta keep them on their toes. Don’t compliment ‘em too much, but if ye do make sure it’s really sweet lovey talk like ‘yer eyes remind me of those creepy dolls that can stare right through the soul an’ back.’ If yer worried about new-fangled issues like who pays, just make sure ye leave the table at a restaurant before they do so they hafta pay the bill. If they seem huffy, just hit ‘em with that lovey talk afterwards and they’ll get over it. If they don’t, then they’re an idjit and ye should dump ‘em, takin’ care to really hit them with yer club this time. Ye ladies want us to think yer worth it, so ye gotta train the mate you want. Now, granted, I’m single, but I’m single for my own self-preservation. I’ve seen what marriage means for my friend Uljah, and it ain’t somethin’ I’m willin’ to risk me life over anytime soon. But if that’s somethin’ ye want, then ye gotta suck it up and go all in. Remember yer worth it, even if yer stupid looking or a little dim. Don’t waste time on makeovers or betterin’ yerself, just put yerself out there and keep kickin’ people until ye find the mate that’s right for ye.


Ippick Bonecrusher - Olde SchoolIppick Bonecrusher is a mean sonofadragon who resides in Kingdom City, The Land. A real estate agent by trade, he also occupies many odd jobs to make up for his poor people skills. Although this is Ippick’s first attempt at freelance writing, he is very prone to giving unsolicited advice. You can find him in Olde School, book one of The Kingdom City Chronicles, which can be found in Print, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

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 Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. The many people around her that supported her love of reading and curiosity probably made it worse. Her e-books The Other Man, Holly and Ivy, and Mooner are published through Mocha Memoirs Press. Lost in the Shadows, a collection of short stories celebrating the edges of ideas and the spaces between genres was co-written with S.H. Roddey. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, The Big Bad 2, The Grotesquerie, and Thunder on the Battlefield: Sorcery. Olde School is the first book in her series, The Kingdom City Chronicles, and is published through Seventh Star Press. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own. Catch up with Selah at  http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com, http://www.facebook.com/authorSJ, or @SelahJanel on Twitter.

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A Bloody Valentine: Selah Janel

Published February 14, 2015 by administrator

Come on, guys… you knew I was going to drag her into this. I always drag her into things. She’s my partner in crime, remember? Oh, you forgot, did you? Then I’ll prove it. See this book?

Lost in the ShadowsYeah. We did that. Together. And it’s awesome. She even agreed to share one of her stories with you. From this book. For Free! So here it is…enjoy!


The Invisibles

Selah Janel

We make up the wind. Our tattered souls are stale breath and glass. We have been here forever, disfigured in agony. We wait and watch, always right beside you. The soft lilting breeze is the woman with protruding ribs. Her skin rips in a line from pelvis to chin.

The storms are children with wisps of limbs and piles of flesh for hands.

Our large, hollow eyes may or may not see you walk by. The scratch of bark and crunch of leaf? That is the creature with no gender, no species. Its opulence melts it into layers of streaming fat, forever bleeding. A bitter sigh becomes the skeleton woman. Her neck is sunken. What’s left of her hair is just bristles and thorns.

We live between what is real. We are the things never invented, the ideas never realized. We are the fears that never fully come to fruition, the things you’re nervous about for no reason. We are the almost terrors, the could-have-been horrors, the should–have-tried abominations. We are guilt and anger and frustration congealed into monstrosity. We break into pieces of stained glass and dirty water and ride the wind until we are reformed and left to agonize unseen. We are doomed to be reshaped yet never Real.

We are never seen, never heard. We are the ignored. But we are here, just the same. We feel, just the same. We hate what we cannot have, just the same. We are always there and have been for a long time. Our waiting only makes the fury and hunger grow stronger.

We are always here in the twilight, the dark, the dank air.

Gasping. Longing. Dying. Existing. Plotting. Waiting.

For you.

How to Stalk Her

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Welcome to the Shadows:

Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation. In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways. Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.

Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.

Halloween Reads

Published October 31, 2014 by administrator

Mornin’, Creeps!

Today is my favorite day of the year. I love the costumes and the candy and everything else that goes with it. But I also love the history of Halloween and what it symbolizes. And it helps that Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on later this evening. It appeals to the creepy and the corny in me. More than anything though, I enjoy the  atmosphere: thrill of terror, the anticipation that comes with a well-told story. It’s hard to please me because I’ve spent so much time reading and researching, but I have to say there are still things out there capable of making me hide under the covers. I’ll be taking my little girl trick or treating tonight, but until then I have some time to kill.

Which means I have a treat for you… the creepiest list of books you’ve probably not heard of. Click on the titles to check them out.

 

Dollface

by Alexandra Christian

Dollface

It’s available once again, but this time as a free read on her blog.
It’s an odd little tale of love and obsession in a funeral home.
Poor Caroline is a talented reconstructive artist, but her unrequited love for Scott may have dangerous ramifications.


Mooner

by Selah Janel

Mooner

Historical. Lumberjack. Vampires.

This is an amazing book. I know the premise sounds a bit quirky,
but trust me…it’s worth a read. It’s sort of fascinating to learn how a vampire survives in a different age.


Death’s Dance

by Crymsyn Hart

Death's Dance

Grim Reapers, ghost hunters, and plot twists… oh, my!

This is a fun, quirky horror read with a good smattering of humor.  Anything
goes in a ghost town when nobody’s looking.

The cover is pretty awesome too.


State of Horror: Illinois

edited by Jerry E. Benns

State of Horror Illinois

A solid, creepy collection of stories. I bought this one at a convention a month and a half ago and
have been working my way through it and it’s sister anthology about New Jersey.
So far I’ve not found a single story I didn’t like. There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone in these books.


Hellscapes Vol. 1

by Stephen Zimmer

Hellscapes

I reviewed this collection of horror novellas awhile back so you may
recognize that creepy cover. Each of the stories is set in the character’s own
personal form of hell. Some are sad, some are frightening, and some are oddly poignant.
FYI, Drowning in Tears will break your black, little heart.


The Sticks

by Andy Deane

The Sticks

Most people now Andy Deane as the front man of goth band Bella Morte,
but he’s actually a pretty damn good writer too. This is currently one of
my favorite werewolf books, and the voice is so vastly different from anything
else I’ve read lately that I constantly come back and find myself rereading passages.
My only complaint? I wish it was longer.


Cinema of Shadows

Cinema of Shadows

by Michael West

I love this series. I’ve read the first two so far and the third is on the TBR pile.
It’s creepy and entertaining, and there’s nothing better than psychics and haunted movie theaters.


The Spirit Box

by J.H. Glaze

The Spirit Box

Definitely an interesting one. There are so many occult detective
stories out there these days, but this one is definitely among my favorites. I’m definitely
curious to see what else John Hazard gets into in later installments.


Southern Haunts: Spirits that Walk Among Us

edited by Alexander S. Brown & J.L. Mulvihill

Southern Haunts

A very good, very eerie collection of ghost stories. Every story in the book
is set in the south or southwest, and some of them provide interesting insight into local folklore.
One of the authors gave me a copy and I’m now on a quest to collect autographs. Yes, I’m a nerd. Shut up.


Haunted

by S.H. Roddey

Haunted by S.H. Roddey

And last, but not least…

So I’m plugging my own book? So what? It’s good, I promise.
We have ghosts, possession, creepy pseudo-incestual feelings,
and beer for breakfast. What’s not to love?


So there you have it… go forth and be frightened. Happy Halloween, y’all!

jack o'lantern

Writer Wednesday: Selah Janel

Published July 16, 2014 by administrator

Yes, ladies and germs, Selah Janel is back for another round of fun. You guys should all know her by now as one of my best friends in the world. She’s a cohort, a partner in crime, and a horrible, horrible enabler. That having been said, I have absolutely NOTHING to do with what happens from this point on. It’s all her.

Enjoy!

 


 

Disclaimer from SJ: Please for the love of all that’s holy don’t do this. Just don’t. This is not advice, this is Ippick trying to start something. Seriously, remember that he’s a troll and don’t blame me if you decide that he should be your new patron saint for social activity. Just…just don’t.

 

Online Security an’ Etiquette in a Modern Fantasy World

By Ippick Bonecrusher

The thing ye gotta worry ‘bout these days is online safety. Ye never know what kinda idjit is bein’ a busybody over yer shoulder, so ye gotta think ‘bout these things. Luckily, ye got me t’teach ye all bout safety on the spider web realm wide web.

First off, get yerself a club. I like the ones that ye can fold up and put in yer pocket. That way, no one suspects ye know they’re up t’somethin’ until ye whomp ‘em over the head. They don’t get in yer business and ye can go on bout yer day. I like the proactive approach, meself, but I’m told that in some parts it’s frowned upon, so practice responsibility an’ all that hogwash.

Now then, the thing ye have to remember about online behavior is that ye wanna be proactive and offensive here. No defensiveness and creepin’ round. Ye gotta get at others before they get at ye, especially if they have stupid opinions. Not everyone knows if their opinions are stupid, so ye need to tell them. Put it in language they understand. For example, if I were to see someone talkin’ about how curses and magic are made up, it’s my responsibility to get in their convo and reply somethin’ like

HEY IDIOT, YE DON’T KNOW WHAT YE TALKIN’ ABOUT. YE MUST BE BLOWIN’ YER WIND OUT THE WRONG HOLE BECAUSE IT REEKS LIKE WEEKS OLD ROTTIN’ MEAT!!!!!!!!!

A lot of exclamationy points and making it all capitals and in a big font helps so that they pay attention and definitely know that they’re wrong.

Now, sometimes ye gotta be subtle. I don’t recommend bullying, but sometimes ye gotta tell people if their shirts are dumb looking or their dogs look like their wives. Ye want yer hints to be real strong-like, but this is when ye don’t want the capitals and the all the punctuation right away.

I’m sure ye think I’m being mean since I’m known to be a little sneaky on forums to stir things up. To that I say YER WRONG YE STUPID IDJITS. I HAVE A RIGHT TO MY OPINIONS AND TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE SEE WHERE THEY’RE BEING DUMB.

So what happens if someone tries to get cute and throws things right back to ye? Do ye cry and shut yer laptop? Bluebeard’s balls, of course ye don’t! That’s when ye go with somethin’ like “Yer dumb and yer grammar’s dumb and yer clothes are dumb and ye obviously can’t type right because yer hands are yer girlfriend.” What if they say somethin’ stupid like they have a right to their opinion? Well I have a right to walk around without pants if I want to, but folks have problems with that, so if I have problems with yer opinion I’m gonna point it out! I find that’s fairly effective, but then again I like to aim to the subtle side, myself.

If ye combine that sense of helpfulness with a vigilant eye and a good, sturdy, hidden club, ye shouldn’t have one jot of problem muckin’ about online. An’ if ye do, well, yer probably not doin’ it right anyway and need the advice of all those smarter than ye yelling at ye in all caps. After all, if yer seeing it aimed at ye, there’s prolly a reason.

Ippick Bonecrusher - Olde School

Ippick Bonecrusher is a mean sonofadragon who resides in Kingdom City, The Land. A real estate agent by trade, he also occupies many odd jobs to make up for his poor people skills.

Although this is Ippick’s first attempt at freelance writing, he is very prone to giving unsolicited advice. You can find him in Olde School, book one of The Kingdom City Chronicles, which can be found in Print, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

 

 

 


Olde School by Selah Janel

Olde School by Selah Janel

Book One of the Kingdom City Chronicles

 

Available at:

Kindle       Amazon Paperback   Amazon UK  Nook    B&N Paperback     Kobo

Genres:

Cross-Genre: Fantasy, Fairy/Folktale, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Blurb:

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians

 

Bio:

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. The many people around her that supported her love of reading and curiosity probably made it worse. Her e-books The Other Man, Holly and Ivy, and Mooner are published through Mocha Memoirs Press. Lost in the Shadows, a collection of short stories celebrating the edges of ideas and the spaces between genres was co-written with S.H. Roddey. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, The Grotesquerie, and Thunder on the Battlefield. Olde School is the first book in her new series, The Kingdom City Chronicles, and is publishedthrough Seventh Star Press. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own.

 

Selah’s Links:

Blog – http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Facebook author pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Selah-Janel/e/B0074DKC9K

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel

Kickin’ it “Olde School” – New Book Review!

Published March 21, 2014 by administrator

So today is a day for really big, really fun announcements. But first, a pretty picture:

 

My buddy, cohort, unofficial consort, and all around partner in crime, Selah Janel, has finally lost complete control of her book and the good people at Seventh Star Press have released it into the wild! It’s not every day I get my hands on a book that I want to shove in everyone’s hands and make them buy it, but this one I do. Everyone needs a copy of it. Everyone needs to read it.

Guys, I seriously love this book.

And I’m not saying that to be nice. I do. I want to live in Kingdom City in the worst way. This is definitely my kind of world. Now, before I get too off track carrying on about it’s ultra-awesomeness, let me give you the rest of the story:

Olde School by Selah Janel

Olde School

The Kingdom City Chronicles, Book 1

Selah Janel

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.

Buy it here:

Kindle | Nook
Paperback Coming Soon!

But there’s more. I’m going to give you a fun review of it as well, because I can and I want to. Keep reading, kids. It’s worth it.

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As a member of the “Acknowledgements” family at the beginning of this book, I had the rare luxury of reading it in all of its incarnations over the last few years. I’ve watched it grow and change from a silly idea in a hobbyist writer’s imagination to the epic folk-fantasy adventure before me as I write this.

The simple response to the “give your review” statement would be this:

I love it.

And I’m not just saying that as an insider. I stay that with all the respect and admiration that this book deserves. It’s a non-stop wild ride through classic folk and fairy tales, modernized to include every generation and genre under the sun. It’s fantastical, it’s out there, it’s knee-slapping hilarious, it’s pushing the limits and stretching the boundaries, and it’s even oddly poignant at certain moments.

From my first glance into Trip-Trap’s all the way up to the very last word, I was entranced. Paddlelump is a doll, and if I were Flora, I’d have a soft spot for him too. Ippick is my new personal hero, as cranky and crotchety as he is. And then there’s Clyde, the newfound love of my life. But I won’t spoil that surprise.

The characters have such great chemistry, and even poor, little Nobody and her pitiful need for acceptance.

Between the witty conversation and the intricate and winding European-style fairy-tale plot lines, I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much going on in Kingdom City, and every page is a brand new adventure. Every time I pick it up and start rereading, I catch onto a subtle, new joke and I laugh a little bit harder.

Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone that happens to see the pretty cover and stop to look.

My only complaint is this: she hasn’t written the next book in the series yet, and I have to wait.

Where Are They Now: Selah Janel

Published August 19, 2013 by administrator

Mornin’ Creeps. Back today with another guest post (because I’m uninteresting these days). Before we begin, I should preface this adventure with two things:

1. I’m an idiot and can’t read dates, so this post, which should have gone up last Thursday, managed to be scheduled for September 15th.

2. I will admit to nothing for which I am implicated over the course of this takeover. Whatever she tells you about me, it’s not true. Unless it’s good…then believe it all you want.

So, without further adieu… please welcome the always fabulous Selah Janel!

*****

When No Boundaries Press closed, I was thrown for a loop, to put it mildly. I’ve done other things and had other things I was contracted for, but a lot of the titles people knew me through were through that company. It definitely made me stop and question a lot about myself, my writing ability, and the business in general. Those who know me, though, know that I refuse to be kept down for long. I’m somewhat known for my tenacity, and when I want something, I really want it and refuse to be diverted, even if I’m momentarily depressed because of a setback. I already had things I had to be working on, and that helped kick me out of my funk and put me back on track.

My e-book The Other Man has already been reprinted through Mocha Memoirs Press, and they’ll be putting out my historical vampire story, Mooner, as well. I was thrilled that not only both stories will see light again, but that I was given a chance to finesse them and add things that didn’t get included in the first go-around. I love the Mocha Memoirs team, and am thrilled for this opportunity.

Holly & Ivy Cover The Other Man

My best friend and partner in crime Susan Roddey (I’m sure you’ve never heard of her, but whatever) and I teamed up to combine the powers of our individual weirdness into an impressive collection of forty-seven short stories. Lost in the Shadows encompasses as many speculative genres as you can name, as well as probably creating some new ones, too. It’s been exciting to see stories that slide between genres finally get a home, and the self-publishing path has been enlightening and intriguing, as well.

Lost in the Shadows

I’m teaming up with The Realm Beyond again for Issue 5. My short story Marina came about when I was shown the cover art early and asked if I could come up with a story that fit the image. I was immediately entranced, and I do so love a challenge.

My vampire story Real Wild Childe appears in the anthology The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, put out by Dark Oak Press/Kerlak enterprises. It’s a story that’s close to my heart because it gave me the chance to write vampires the way I see them: raunchy, selfish, mean, but with some human emotions and problems still intact. It’s a fun tale and I’m honored that it was included in the anthology.

I have a sword and sorcery tale in vol. 2 of the two book anthology, Thunder in the Battlefield, put out by Seventh Star Press. The Ruins in St. Louis was a challenging tale for me to write, since I love straight fantasy but am not really used to writing it. I’m glad I attempted it, though, because I love my characters Hunter Mann and Arsin, and their adventures in a primordial, magical, post-apocalyptic Midwest America is fun times.

Speaking of Seventh Star Press, I’m working with them to publish my cross-genre fantasy series, The Kingdom City Chronicles. This series will follow Paddlelump the troll as he goes from nice-guy business owner to hopefully prove himself as a hero and master of his own destiny. It explores a strange world that’s caught between fairy tale tradition and modernization, with a healthy dose of weird on the side. Nothing is what it seems and the stories we’ve been told are far from the truth. The first book, Olde School, will hopefully release this year, and I’m very excited to unleash it on the world!

I’m still working on other projects, too. I’m re-editing In the Red in the hopes of finding it a home, and I’m finishing and polishing a cross-genre horror novel with the tentative title Happily Until They Died. I’m still writing shorts and developing other, long-term ideas, still featuring authors on my blog, and still putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where it takes me!

*****

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. Her holiday fantasy story, Holly and Ivy, published in e-book format through Mocha Memoirs Press with more titles to come. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, and the anthology The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil from Dark Oak Press. Olde School, the first book in her new series The Kingdom City Chronicles is scheduled to release this fall. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own. Catch up with her at http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com

Catch up with Selah and all her ongoing projects at the following places:

Bloghttp://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com
Facebook Author Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/authorSJ
Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel
Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/author/Selah-Janel
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel

SHAMELESS PROMOTION!

Published August 15, 2013 by administrator

Because I am, as the title of this post says, completely shameless.

Lost in the Shadows is officially available in paperback through Amazon, and I’d love it if everyone in the world went out and bought a copy, because it would mean that I might actually be able to pay my bills this month. YES, I AM THAT SHAMELESS. I WILL GUILT YOU INTO BUYING ONE.

Ahem…not really. But it’s worth a try, right?

Truth is, I’m ridiculously proud of this book, and I know Selah is too. It’s our first step toward taking over the world. If you’re wondering which of us is Pinky and which is The Brain, you’d best go ask someone else, because neither of us knows. I think we swap roles on a daily basis.

NARF.

Yeah, I’m going to stop talking now.  How about another teaser? I’ve got over twenty stories in the book, so I might as well use them to the fullest extent of my ability.

 

Lost in the Shadows

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Downing Street

From the front it appeared no different than any other house on the 200-block of Downing Street – a well-kept two story monument standing as a proud testament to pre-1900’s architecture. Festive decorations adorned the front porch while spooky blow-up caricatures lined the steps like undead marching soldiers. Even a pumpkin graced the front lawn, hiding inside it a peeping Frankenstein. Orange and black lights blinked along the trim of the wide porch day and night without fail. Hidden in the front hedges was a motion sensor that exuded an eerie laugh each time someone passed by. Many people paused to gaze at the spectacle. Some took pictures, but nobody ever stopped. Just because it was six days after Halloween with no change in scenery didn’t mean the still-standing decorations were that unusual.

No, it just meant that the owners of the house were dead.

If the passersby were to look closely they would have noticed that the broken door jamb was real, and that the dark trail marring the bright-white boards of the steps was blood, and it led across the threshold. If they were to push open the ruined door they would notice other things out of place – a broken crystal goblet and an overturned bottle of scotch to start. The trail would continue through the house into the kitchen where a once-beautiful blonde woman lay, face up in a pool of blood that had long-since oozed from the angry gash across her throat. From there bloody footprints would lead upstairs where her husband lay sprawled on the landing, almost completely disemboweled. Intestines would be strung along the banister much like the lights out front. His eyes would still be open, staring sightlessly ahead.

But nobody would witness these gruesome sights, because nobody paid attention. Nobody would stop to see what was wrong. Nobody would care.

At least, not until Christmas.

Turning Over New Leaves

Published August 1, 2013 by administrator

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.]

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

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!