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Black Marks Winners


Congratulations to the five Goodreads Giveaway winners. Your copy of Black Marks will be in the mail shortly.

I hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck with some other giveaways out there…

Cover Reveal: Black Marks


With the impending release of Black Marks on March 30 (2017), I’m proud to reveal the novel’s cover (created by Chuck Regan)…



Can you guess the subject matter?



amazon 1Our scifi short story Illegal. Just yesterday, the #1 Amazon Best Seller on 45 Minute Science Fiction short read list and the top Hot New Release. Plus it moved to number 4 in 45-minute lit & fic short fiction and is on that Hot New Release list. Pretty darn happy, Kevin Ikenberry. This picture is a cut and paste of both lists. You’ll have to click on it to see it clearly, but our cover is bottom left of both lists…

B is for Broken…and r is for release


B is for Broken – an anthology

Broken people, broken promises, broken dreams and broken objects are just some of the ways these 26 fantastic stories interpret the theme of ‘Broken’. From science fiction to fantasy, horror to superheroes the stories within these pages cover a vast swath of the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella.

I’m proud to be a part of this series and this volume. I feel like it might just contain my best short story yet. And I’m in excellent company…

~ Brittany Warman ~ Milo James Fowler ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sara Cleto ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Gary B. Phillips ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Simon Kewin ~ Beth Cato ~ Cory Cone ~ Cindy James ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Steve Bornstein ~ BD Wilson ~ Michael Kellar ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ Marge Simon ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ L.S. Johnson ~  Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Lilah Wild ~ KV Taylor ~

B is for Broken is released by Poise and Pen. Its official page can be found here and its Goodreads profile here. If you’re buying (or sampling) an electronic copy, I’d prefer you went to Smashwords (in keeping with my largely anti-corporation values).


Praise for B is for Broken:


“This collection is a massive and magnificent assortment of truly enjoyable stories. There is simply no way to read this book  and not find a story you can connect with or love. This is the book to have in your travel bag. In it you are sure to find a tale to fit any mood. Each time you open it, a new adventure begins.”

~ Anita Allen, Assistant Publisher/Editor, Mythic Delirium Books

Star Wars Ep 7 Cast Reveal

Everyone else will be tweeting, Googleplussing, FBing and blogging about this. So why not me?

I’m not sure whether to be hyperexcited or hypercynical about this. I’m so conflicted.

On the downside:

1. Abrams? Really? Although he did work miracles with the Star Trek reboot, most of the time his work entices only to disappoint.

2. [SPOILER] Chewbacca? But he died in the novels. And he died well. It irritates me that they’ll move away from the novel canon which has been carefully maintained and thought-out.

3. Carrie Fisher et al. Part of me is excited to see the original trio of actors (Fisher, Hamill, Ford) who maintained such awesome chemistry on screen. But they are not as we remember them (duh!), or as they appear (are represented) in the novels. I’m concerned this will detract from the film’s “cred”…

On the upside:

1. Max von Sydow. That’s all I’m saying.

2. Andy Serkis. As long as he ain’t Jar Jar (as I applaud this journalist for saying), the mind boggles and his role is sure to be awesome.

3. The droids. Yes. Yes. Yes. Lucas’ original idea was to have them as the common threads in the long saga. I like it. I like it a lot.

…The 11 year old in me is doing the gopher dance. And maybe the 47 year old should listen to him. He needs the magic of this series back in his life.

Whips, Shotguns and “Mud”

Perhaps I should have called this post “Monsters, Murders and Magic Trees”, given the subject matter of my latest writings. It’s been a great 6 weeks for me since the middle of March. A story in Niteblade and another (free) one over at Out of the Gutter. To top it all off…

Hazardous Press announces the release of Horrific History, featuring stories from a bevy of talented writers … and one by me. (Hilarious, I know). My contribution is titled “Mud“, a World War 1 horror tale and my homage to all the brave men who selflessly sacrifice life and sanity in causes they largely don’t understand at the time.

The anthology:

Evil has lurked behind the scenes since the dawn of time. Read the story behind the stories, and you’ll never look at history the same way again.

Featuring tales by Brent Abell, Pete Aldin, Jason Andrew, Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Rose Blackthorn, Rebecca L. Brown, Deborah Drake, T. Fox Dunham, Gwendolyn Edward, Aaron J. French, Tara Fox Hall, Christian A. Larsen, Ken MacGregor, Lynne MacLean, Adam Millard, Douglas J. Moore, Doug Murano, Christopher S. Nelson, Brent Nichols, Emerian Rich, Stephen D. Rogers, Julianne Snow, Cameron Suey, Jenny Twist, D. Alexander Ward, Jay Wilburn, David Williamson and Lee Clark Zumpe.

Available currently from Amazon.

December, 2012: Month in Review

It’s been a great month…

I’ve paused at Christmas to truly count my blessings for having a job, for having a wonderful family, for living in a country where I’m free to practise my religion (one day, I might even get good at it – boom boom!)…

And I’ve finally had time after a few months of working 6-7 days a week, to do writerly stuff.

In December, I:

  • submitted a story rejected 10 times for an eleventh shot at publication. This time it was picked up by an awesome-looking upcoming short story collection (anthology) scheduled for early in 2013;
  • heard back from the dark and delightful Niteblade magazine that I’ve another story acceptance there too;
  • completed 3rd draft of my current novel project, ready to send it off to a round of beta readers for feedback;
  • redrafted another short story for my writers’ group meeting next month;
  • had some positive and educational feedback on an outline for a new horror novel project from the wonderful Joseph D’Lacey…by far the highlight!!

May all of you enjoy a safe and prosperous New Year. Here’s to another year of reading and writing wonderful literature. God bless!!


Co Slose Co Slose and Set Yo Far.


In April, I nervously formatted and sent my submission for my sword-&-sorcery novel to a publishing house I love and respect and I was therefore doubly gleeful when I received an email in August stating: “We like it. Send the whole thing for us to read.”


A few days ago, I saw an email from them sitting in my inbox. To Open, or Not To Open, that was the question. Actually, it was just fear, so I Opened. As rejections go, I couldn’t have asked for a more empowering or encouraging one. Among other things, it said,


I’m actually gutted to be sending you this email because I really enjoyed your full, but we have taken on something that, while not the same plot, has very much the same style and characters. Hence they won’t be able to take yours forward any further, but rest assured that your book is very good and you should be submitting it elsewhere. I would definitely buy it!


Missed it by that  much.


So. Crushing? Not really. Deflating? For about ten minutes. I really wanted this label to publish my novel. But the fact that a professional editor loved my work is one of the most validating moments of my life. (I don’t know what that says about me. Maybe I need to get out more??)


I’m now recrafting the thing to send elsewhere in hopes of a sale. And getting on with the other two novel projects I have on the hop. Such is the looooooong journey toward publication. Such is life in a writer’s world. Co slose, co slose and set yo far.




Congrats to the Australian Horror Writers’ Association SHORT STORY COMPETITION winner Joanne Anderton with “Always a Price” and to the FLASH COMPETITION winner Shauna O’Meara with “Blood Lilies”. I look forward to reading both pieces in Midnight Echo.


Unfortunately for me, this means my story “Mud” (having not won) now begins the search for a new home.


“Mud” was shortlisted for Andromeda Spaceways last year but didn’t make the cut. It’s been knocked back from several other publications since, and I find that weird personally, because I think it’s a more polished piece (and a historically interesting one) than Night Music or The Bridge, both of which had no problem selling.


Perhaps it’s the length: at 6900 words, it’s a harder sell than a 3 or 4 thousand word piece. Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board for “Mud” as its author tries to decide between submitting to a magazine, anthology or perhaps another comp.


1 June 2012: The Week in Review


Aye, it’s been a grand week for me, writing-wise. Finishing anything always gives me a great feeling of “Yeah, baby!” This week I’ve finished (finally) editing the 3rd chapter of my current novel project. But not only that, I got a short story written from scratch and polished and submitted to a competition, all in five days.


For this last, one I have a few people thank:

  • Lee Maston who made me aware of a thriller short story competition (weird thing is, the competition didn’t allow you to write anything related to crime, violence, swearing or danger…so I submitted it to another competition with double the prize money up for grabs! But thanks, Lee, for sparking this for me)
  • Ian, Rachel and Kev for very quick turnarounds on critiques. You three were so responsive, it kept the fire alive in me for the piece


Hopefully, come August 31st, I’ll be crowing about another publication! (And I’ll have some free copies in the mail to four of my friends).


This week, I also had one of those conversations with a teenager (in my day job) where I was both thankful for the normality of my own life and realising afresh that many people live in their own private hells day in and day out. My heart went out to a somewhat twisted but nevertheless courageous young person wrestling with being someone she could be proud in the midst of an insane family life. I was reminded afresh that we have the chance at any moment to add light and encouragement to someone’s journey, and I continue to pray that I remain switched on enough to do just that.


Happy reading, happy writing, happy days!