New Release – The Cabin

cabinfcoverxlgThe bodies are adding up , but the clues aren’t

“The place was perfect. It was far enough from town to be in the middle of nowhere and close enough he could return to his home so that no one would miss him. Walking back outside, he surveyed his surroundings. Not far from the back of the house was a murky swamp. He smiled. In case of emergency, it would serve as the perfect place to dispose of an unwanted body.”

Young healthy men and women are dying mysteriously after being found non-responsive at different places around town. No matter what the ER team tries to save them, they fail. The only clues left on the bodies are minor scratches and small puncture wounds. Detective Mason knows that he is on the trail of a careful yet bizarre serial killer. He has followed the deaths and clues from city to city. Now, with the help of a nurse, he may finally be closing in on the killer if he can control his own dark secret before more bodies come in drained of blood.

Only a vampire needs that much blood.

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New Release!!!

sonataxlgThese are the dark, ethereal stories of Moonlight Sonata. Tales bound to disturb your sleep and chill your heart; a new collection from the award-winning author of Setting Suns and Nocturne Infernum, Elizabeth Donald.

All that can kill you is what you carry with you:
Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows at night to the mournful hymns.
A silent covered bridge that no one dares to cross.
Angry spirits that cry out from beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.
An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.
A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods – and suspects they are no longer alone.
A woman preparing to leave her husband, watched by unseen eyes in the corner of the room.
A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.
A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.
A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality – and so do nightmares.

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New Release!!!

creepyxlgBrains in boxes, creatures beyond the mirror, monsters from a child’s mind, hero dolls, daring ferrets…

Welcome to the imagination of Herika R. Raymer and discover 21 extraordinary stories ranging from horror to science fiction and steampunk. Lose yourself in the worlds within, and escape reality for a while.

“Welcome to my mind’s eye. Within these pages, you will discover people, places, and things to intrigue, entertain, and shock you. I like to explore many different realms. Come along, and I hope you enjoy.”

-Herika R. Raymer

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The Tales:

Don’t Talk To Strangers
Be Careful What You Wish For
Steam Race
Internment
Mirror Gate
Believe
Clash
Monsters From The ID
Cal’s Cutoff
Seventh Degree
Exchange
Immortality
Lost Child’s Little Protector
One Way
Dook
What Goes Around
The Children of Gennhara
Piasa Remains
Beyond The Mark
Cell Phone
Change Of The Guard

You need some werewolves!

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Luna's ChildrenFor countless centuries, mankind has watched as the sun goes down knowing that Luna will rise in its place, to rain her brilliant shards of light upon the Earth. But for the cursed and afflicted, that silvery orb brings horror and death.

Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds takes the stories of the werewolf and turns them on their pointy ears. From the American Old West to the Victorian-era streets of London, from the Far East to worlds undiscovered, from steampunk to Nazis, Stranger Worlds takes us on 21 horror-filled journeys from the twisted minds of some of the best writers.

The Tales:
Eagle And Wolf by Brad Ellison
Chimera by K.S. Daniels
Henge by Kimberly Richardson
The Hungry Stones by Josh Reynolds
The Shadow of the Wolf by Logan L. Masterson
The Perfect Present by Jodi Ralston
Bad Blood and Old Silver by Christopher L. Smith
The Were by Melinda LaFevers
The Artemis Gang by Jeff Provine
The White Tree by Jason Lairamore
January at Fort Wayne by Lucy Ann Fiorini
The Hand That Feeds by Ray Deen
You Can’t Beat The Metal by Jonathan S. Pembroke
Wolfwere by A.B. Rinklin
Full Moon Man by Windsong Levitch
Have Gun Will Howl by Scott T. Goudsward
Ailsa by Michael Keyton
All That Glitters by Blaise Torrance
Burning Bridges by Aaron Longoria
Always Hungry by Zorknot Robinson
Another Solution by James C. Simpson

#Writing: Adding Action vs. Raising the Stakes

Check out this blog post on making your action scenes more cohesive by one of our authors:

M. B. Weston's Official Website

It’s easy to add in a few action sequences to get your story moving, but without raising the stakes for your protagonist, the story might still fall flat.

I’m working on the second draft of my urban-fantasy, pulp novella, and unfortunately, I’ve had to reconstruct the entire last quarter of the story. (You know, the part that includes rise to the climax and the climax. No big deal, right?)

This is a pulp novel, meaning it requires fast pacing and a plethora of action sequences. Because I’m rewriting the last four chapters, I’m having to start over with my writing process. I’ve practically been writing each chapter from scratch and pulling out bits and pieces from the old chapters. As usual, my first attempts at writing any scene involve basically dialogue and a bit of stage directions. As I’ve been looking over each of the chapters, I’ve been telling myself, “This is…

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Watching Character Develop – M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 10/01/15

Check out today’s blog post from Dark Oak Author, M. B. Weston:

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I love it when characters start developing right in front of me as I write them. I’ve been working on the Michael Lodestone urban-fantasy, pulp novella, and I’ve been stuck on a few plot points. I used to let getting stuck in plot issues mire my writing for days, until a few years ago when I just started “writing through them” to keep momentum going with the story. Now when I come to a part in unsure about, I use brackets to indicate what I still need to add in so I can keep going with the scene and at least develop dialogue between the characters and few action scenes. It will look something like this:

Jack and Jill went up the hill. [Not quite sure why they are going up the hill yet. Need to figure out their motivation later.]

This little trick helps me continue writing action and…

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Summer is perfect for Mystery and Murder!!!

malicexlgAll the stories in Malice In Memphis: Bluff City Mysteries are pure fiction, even if the locations in which they take place aren’t. Our mystery writers group, Malice in Memphis, is always looking for interesting local landmarks to use as settings for great mysteries. The characters who inhabit these places in our stories are also fictional, as are the things they do, both good and bad.

Mystery writers walk into a room for the first time and consider where we could most efficiently kill somebody in an interesting way. We discuss untraceable poisons in restaurants-and terrify the poor people who wait on us. We wonder whether the beam that runs across the ceiling in church would hold up a hanging corpse, and how long a dagger would have to be to puncture a heart.

We are essentially peaceful. We can always bump off unpleasant people in our writing. No reason to do it in actuality.

So don’t blame the blameless landmarks we’ve used. Remember, it’s all fiction.

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