Happy Halloween Week! The big day is almost here – get ready for the ghosts, goblins, vampires, witches, zombies, demons, and you name it to stop by for a visit! I had some great opportunities to visit blogs this month to chat about my writing, the horror genre, and Halloween. I’ve rounded them up to share with you here:
The week of Halloween is finally here! As a horror fan, what’s not to love about the chills and thrills?! And here is even more exciting news: great books exist to fill your Halloween needs, with great LGBTQIA+ characters from amazing gay writers! I want to share two author friends with you. J.P. Jackson and Rick R. Reed are fellow NineStar Press authors who bring unique vision to the world of vampires, witches, and other dark elements. Please check out their scary Halloween reads – the buy links follow each book description!
SUMMONED by J.P. Jackson!
Devid Khandelwal desperately wants to experience the supernatural. After years of studying everything from crystals to tarot to spellcasting, nothing has happened that would tell him the Shadow Realm is real. And that kills Dev. As a last-ditch resort, he purchases a summoning board, an occult tool that will grant him his ultimate desires.
Cameron Habersham is Dev’s best friend. Cam loves Dev like a brother and will do anything for him, as long as he looks good doing it. So when Dev asks him to perform the summoning board’s ritual, he reluctantly agrees, but he knows nothing will come of it. Nothing ever does.
However, within a day, Dev and Cam’s lives are turned upside down as wishes begin to come true. They discover the existence of a supernatural world beyond their imagination, but peace between the species is tenuous at best.
Dev finally gets to see the Shadow Realm, meets the man of his dreams, and is inducted into the local male coven. But for all the desires that were summoned into existence, Dev soon realizes the magical community dances the line between good and evil, and Cam ends up on the wrong side of everything.
The old adage is true: Be careful what you wish for. BUY LINK: SUMMONED!
IMMORTAL THINGS by Rick R. Reed!
By day, Elise draws and paints, spilling out the horrific visions of her tortured mind. By night, she walks the streets, selling her body to the highest bidder.
And then they come into her life: a trio of impossibly beautiful vampires: Terence, Maria, and Edward. When they encounter Elise, they set an explosive triangle in motion
Terence wants to drain her blood. Maria wants Elise . . . as lover and partner through eternity. And Edward, the most recently converted, wants to prevent her from making the same mistake he made as a young abstract expressionist artist in 1950s Greenwich Village: sacrificing his artistic vision for immortal life. He is the only one of them still human enough to realize what an unholy trade this is.
Immortal Things will grip you in a vise of suspense that won’t let go until the very last moment…when a shocking turn of events changes everything and demonstrates—truly—what love and sacrifice are all about. BUY LINK: IMMORTAL THINGS!
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The Horror Writers Association hosts a blog for the month of October, Halloween Haunts. The contributions are so much fun to read as we march toward Halloween. My entry was published today, so please check out “The Queer Monster Within!”
The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror has a great blog event for the month of October! The blog spotlights various people explaining why they love the horror genre. I am honored to be included, with Friday, October 15th’s entry. Please follow the link below to check out my thoughts. And do stick around to check out the other people who contributed to the blog, with a rich diversity of opinions and ideas!
The Wizard World Convention takes place this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I hope you will attend because . . . I am going to present there!
I am super excited to be a part of the Chicago Chapter of Horror Writers Association. At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th, the chapter will host a panel at Wizard World Chicago on the craft of writing horror!
This should be a fun event for October! Prepare for Halloween by coming to discover where horror authors come up with their frightening ideas. There are a ton of other exciting events at the convention, too, so check it out: Wizard World Convention Information.
For those of you worried about safety protocols, I am, too! This will be my first public appearance since the pandemic began. The convention REQUIRES all attendees and participants to wear a mask at all times over the nose and mouth. No chin diapers. No lame excuses to forego wearing a mask. Protect yourselves and protect others.
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I am sharing another great read from a fellow NineStar Press author with you today! I hope you will dive into Thomas Grant Bruso’s Summer Storms and enjoy it as much as I did!!
Summer Storms by Thomas Grant Bruso: Sixteen-year-old Earl Layman is going stir-crazy. Secluded with the flu inside the four walls of his home and only the escape of his video games to help him through, Earl is struggling to keep his sanity.
That is until he notices the boy next door, seventeen-year-old Rex Chambers, raking leaves in the adjacent yard.
Earl’s summer is about to change. Before another torrential rainstorm hits the small upstate New York town of Betham County, they meet during an awkward cell phone exchange. As they start to connect through occasional texts, Earl and Rex enter the throes of adolescent lust.
In the early stages of forging a lasting connection, their family situations threaten to destroy all they are working for.
Today, I am super excited to share Eddie Newton’s TRUTH TO LIGHT with you!!! A mystery involving a secret organization which threatens everything Sofia thinks she understands about the world . . . and in the midst of the thrilling tale, she comes to find herself. Another gem from a NineStar author that I loved!!
What is she willing to sacrifice to hide the truth?
Sofía Hernandez has been looking for her truth all her life. She was adopted as a baby and never knew her birth parents. She was assigned male, and that wasn’t the truth either. So when she gets a phone call from someone offering to clear up the mysteries in her life, she starts on an adventure that leads to revelations she can hardly believe are true.
Sofía’s birth sister reaches out and reveals a world full of greater mysteries than Sofía ever could have imagined. A secret organization called the Illuminati created a universal lie about the population of Earth, concealing the true nature of the world. The Illuminati hides the real Wider World behind a magical glamour, concealing the existence of ghosts, aliens, monsters, angels, demons, and more.
Truth to Light is a novel that explores what it means to be true to yourself and what truth can mean to different people. Sofia is a transgender woman who must deal with changes both within and without. Her transformation will need to accommodate not only her own identity, but the very nature of the world around her.
Paul and I love the summer – the warm weather and longer days here in the Midwest, eating on our deck almost every night, and great weather for morning exercise! Thankfully, as a horror/speculative fiction fan and writer, I also embrace the change of seasons and look forward to fall. Halloween! Witches! Ghosts! Vampires! Enjoying those thing eases the loss of summer for me.
I decided it was time to give updates on my currents WIPs (Works in Progress):
–The Vampire’s War sits in the hands of my beta readers, who will soon return their feedback to me for further editing. I hope to submit the manuscript to my publisher by the end of this month. Fingers crossed!
–The Easter Bunny Is a Werewolf brings back Simon the Elf, who at the behest of Santa is hanging out with the Easter Bunny to learn his sordid tale (pun intended). This project is getting my priority focus, so look for another dark satire in the not too distant future!
-Sci Fi invasion: I am dabbling in my first sci fi story – a young adult novel about an alien invasion. I can’t tell you more yet, and I don’t even have a title for it! But it’s been a lot of fun to work on something different from anything I’ve written thus far.
-Little Red Riding Hood – I am also working on a retelling of this fairytale as a young adult novel. Fun note: I originally wrote this as a middle grade work, then realized I suck at middle grade. As I contemplated some necessary revisions, the muse kept pointing to the ways I should instead transform what I have into a young adult novel – and away I go!
As always, thank you so much for your interest in my writing!!!
NineStar Press released another totally awesome novel that I wanted to share with you! I love a good futuristic space story!!
Corporations control every sector of society from law enforcement to automated manufacturing. The economic and social divides are chasms.
Jobs are scarce for an undocumented slug like Arad Ansari, and life on Earth’s Grey District A-5 colony is even harder. With no other options, he plies his youthful looks to hustle enough money to stay fed even without a roof over his head. So when Captain Torrins of the Midas Ascending offers him employment as his personal cabin boy, Arad takes the opportunity despite his reservations. Because what other choice does a desperate, poverty-stricken man with no prospects have?
When corporate military forces demand payment for Torrin’s and the crew’s sins, Arad is left alone and adrift in unknown space. After years of smothering on the crowded streets of Grey District, a ship of his own should be an unexpected windfall, but it doesn’t take long to discover what—or rather, who—were originally being smuggled on board.
More than human, more than an animal, Roku is a blend of both, a marvel of genetics and highly illegal. His past is a mystery, even to himself, a story told only through his nightmares. Despite a dubious introduction, an unspoken bond forms between him and Arad while they try to repair the ship before supplies run dry or corporate forces track them down.
Time is not on their side.
Overcoming their pasts and learning to trust one another are the keys to Arad and Roku’s survival, and they have to succeed to find their place together in the universe.