SPAWN to be published in short story anthology

S&T 4-1-2016Hi, all! I can finally announce that my short story SPAWN is going to be published in Darkwater Syndicate’s anthology, SHADOWS AND TEETH.
The book is releasing on April 30th, and you can pre-order the Kindle version now. If you want to wait, though, there will be paperback copies coming soon, too.
You can check out the link below for more details! Thanks, everybody.

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New Release: EXTINGUISHED

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Imani Simmons knows her mother was murdered. For fourteen years, she has collected evidence and had her mother’s spirit lurking in the back of her mind. But revenge isn’t so easy when the murderer is not only a powerful political figure and expert air manipulator, but your own step-mother. If Imani wants to expose her step-mother’s crimes, she must first come to terms with her own impotency as a non-manipulator and then spark the fire that will bring the truth to light.
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EXTINGUISHED is a short story at 7,300 words. Find it HERE in the Kindle store.

Spawn gets its first reviews, and I begin screaming uncontrollably.

Spawn CoverLast Monday, I published my first short story, Spawn. Eight days later, I got my first review from Antonio Simon Jr., an author at Goodreads.

With a five-star rating, Antonio says:

This short story is the author’s first published work, and it is, in a word, excellent. The writing is brisk, crisp, and visceral. The characterization, for so short a piece, is direct and appropriate. Alice is emotionally detached from her work, depicted not as a savage murderer but as an artist, one who contrives artful and fittingly ironic deaths for each of her contracts. We also see how she succumbs to her fears when she realizes the tables have turned and she is no longer the hunter but the hunted.

Definitely a good read. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Did I start screaming?

Yeah.

And then I saw I had another review over at Amazon:

I stumbled upon this quite by accident, but I am so glad that I did. Spawn is everything that I have been looking for in my fantasy writing: gripping, graphic, and above all, GOOD. It is simultaneously real and surreal, if you can believe that. Yes, the story focuses around people having such strong emotions that they manifest, but other than that… totally believeable. Also, this is only 99 cents? Let’s be real, I can’t even get a candy bar for 99 cents anymore. And this is infinitely more satisfying than any sweet. I look forward to reading anything and everything that follows this impressive first step.

I’m really glad my roommates aren’t here, because they would think I’m insane from all the squealing and squawking I’ve been doing.

I’m used to getting reviews – good reviews, too – on my fanfiction, but that’s a very specific niche and community in which I worked. Getting sparkling reviews from people on my fanfiction felt – and continues to feel – amazing. But getting a glowing review on something that is completely, one-hundred percent my own?

That feels fantastic.

Spawn is currently up on Smashwords as a pick your price option (which feels appropriate for a short story) or for $0.99 on Amazon.

Last Day to Download SPAWN for free!

Spawn CoverUh-oh! Today is the last day you’ll be able to download my new short story, Spawn, for free. Hurry over to Smashwords and get your copy! When you’re finished, I’d really appreciate if you would take a couple seconds to leave a review on Smashwords, Amazon, or Goodreads (or all three, if you have exceptionally strong feelings or large amounts of free time).

The Seven Holy Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins abound in a world where the strength of one’s personality births great beasts into the world. Those with these spawn are both revered and feared in a world where one’s character is the greatest weapon of all. 

Alice, the rare origin of two spawn, is a cocky, accomplished assassin who values beauty and art over all else. But when an unknown monster begins stalking her in the dark, she remembers what it is like to fear.

Thanks to everyone for reading and everyone who supported me. You guys rock.

Spawn: My Debut Work

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The Seven Holy Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins abound in a world where the strength of one’s personality births great beasts into the world. Those with these spawn are both revered and feared in a world where one’s character is the greatest weapon of all.

Alice, the rare origin of two spawn, is a cocky, accomplished assassin who values beauty and art over all else. But when an unknown monster begins stalking her in the dark, she remembers what it is like to fear.

Spawn is my debut work, a short story at 7,500 words. You can download it for free at Smashwords. And if you read it, and you like it – or hate it or love it or want to burn it or worship it – you should leave a review there and (or) on Amazon. As my first work, this is really important to me, and I appreciate every one of you that helps me out with this. If you like it, share it with your friends, give them a link, print it off and burn it together – whatever you want. Just share it.

Thanks, everybody!

Exciting Things are Ahead

This is just a reminder that you should most definitely sign up for the newsletter that’s coming out tomorrow. It’s going to be super awesome, with some sneak peeks at what’s coming up this month, my short-story Spawn, and a lot more! Here’s an old picture of my puppy to help entice you:

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Still not convinced?

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Auggie and I hope to see you tomorrow on the newsletter!

Spawn Excerpt

My short story Spawn is going to be published soon. It will be available in digital copies on Kindle and Smashwords. It’s a horror/thriller about Alice, an assassin in a world where a person’s strongest vices and virtues can take physical form. Alice uses her spawn to help with her contracts, but now something is hunting her.

Read the excerpt below the break.

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