*Sticky - The Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour ~ Welcome! Giveaways Galore!

Welcome to my corner of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour!

Grab some cocoa and pull up a chair because I'm offering some fun free reads, a book giveaway and some fun discussion. :-D

A Tale of Two TV Fables - Grimm & Once Upon A Time

Fairytales and mythology seem to be taking over the entertainment media by droves. I noticed the trend rising in Young Adult Fiction where fairytale & mythological retellings have been selling like hotcakes. Movies soon caught on as producers yanked up these books to adapt into large screen presentations. Red Riding Hood premiered a few months ago and we have two Snow White movies, a Jack and the Beanstalk and a Sleeping Beauty to look forward to. Sometimes they worked (Percy Jackson) and sometimes they didn't (Beastly). It was only a matter of time before television caught on with their own versions of fairytales in modern times.

I, for one, was jazzed to see this return. I was a huge fan of Special Unit 2, Blood Ties, The Dresden Files, The Chronicle and Friday the 13th the series which took modern day characters and settings and placed them against supernatural baddies. Supernatural & Warehouse 13 also play with these themes as well but I haven't had a chance to check them out as of yet. Some came from storybooks with their own set history while others were originals, inspired by their mythological ancestors.

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Darkspell

by Elizabeth Mueller
Publication Date: October 31st

Blurb: Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . .until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Will love prove thicker than magic?

I've been waiting for this ever since I 'met' Elizabeth on Facebook. It sounds like a nice YA romance and I can't wait to grab my copy.

Check out Elizabeth's links below including a release party for Darkspell just in time for next week's premiere!

Darkspell Launch Spookfesta
Elizabeth Mueller's Facebook
Darkspell Teaser

The Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour (October 24-31, 2011)

You may have noticed a new event on the sidebar during the past few days. If you haven't take a gander to see something fun coming up in the next few days.


Woo hoo! I'll be visiting the hop myself to check out other the authors' works. At the same time, I'll be offering up some goodies right here on the blog!

In the goodie bag are paperback versions of:


Plus some extra yum yums to be announced!



3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)
Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2011




Readers who come to my blog will be entered by posting in the comments. As an extra special treat, I'll be posting some free reads between now and the event so be sure to check back leading up to the tour.

Mosey on over to the official Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour blog site to check out the current authors on tour!

Hope to see you there!

October is the month for Vampires...

At the Broad Universe, that is!

This month, we're featuring vampires in two editions of the BU podcast.

First up is the Broad Pod!

Join hostess, Trish Wooldridge of A Novel Friend Writing & Editing, as she and the Broads celebrate what many genre writers--not even just horror!--feel is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

The episode opens with E.F. Watkins sharing her story of a violent act that is not quite what it seems. Then, Rae Lori's excerpt involves a power struggle for the role of Regent in a nightwalker clan. Gail Z. Martin brings us into an epic battle with the undead. Finally, Jaleta Clegg finishes the episode with musings on vampire survival related to problematic food supply.

The Broad Pod is brought to you by Broad Universe, an international non-profit dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and honoring women writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror--and everything in between. To find out more about Broad Universe, or how to join the ranks of Broads, visit www.broaduniverse.org

For now, please enjoy our display of why the claims of vampire demise… have been greatly exaggerated.

Coming up is the Broadly Speaking podcast where we will be discussing Vampires, the changing genre and the future of the genre on October 31st!

Now Available! The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1

The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1 is now available from Dragon Moon Press! I'm proud to be among some awesome writers in compiling this great guide for authors and aspiring authors. My goal is to help writers via my blog, articles, classes and workshops as others have helped me so I'm very proud to be apart of this effort

From the blurb:

Friendly. Useful. Current. 

Written by a collection of well-known authors for new authors, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels: Volume 1 covers a wide range of topics necessary for building your first paranormal novel. Paranormal novels are found in all sections of the fiction bookstore. One of the most prevalent forms of fantasy masquerading as romances, mysteries, general fiction and urban fantasy, this guide has tips and topics specific to writing a
variety of paranormal novels.

With chapters on:

Angels & Benevolent Spirits -
Shannah Bodine

Yes, Virginia, There Are Ghosts –
Linda Madl

Fae, Fey, Faery, Fairy – A Quick Glance into the Abyss –
Sheri L. McGathy

A Map to the Charted "Unknown": An Author's Look at ESP -
Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Love, Romance and Writing the Naughty Bits -
Rosemary Laurey

'Tis a Mystery –
Lee Killough

World Building: Bringing the Impossible to Life -
Rae Lori

Breadcrumbs & Signposts: Determining the Path of Your Novel –
Tina Morgan

Professional Polishing without Paying a Professional: Editing and Critiques–
Karina Fabian

How to Win Agents and Influence Editors -
Elizabeth Burton

Dropped Eyes and Unattached Tentacles: Common & Uncommon Writing Errors -
Jane Toombs

This guide will provide a solid path to completing that first novel by offering detailed help and reference material to get you writing.

Now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Also available at other online bookstores!

Wild and Crazy Works Coming up the Pipeline!

Hey blog readers! Your friendly blog host here.

Wow, it's been a nutty year and only 2 months left after this one! Gah! Personally, I've been through some rough things recently and getting back to really trailblazing my writing forward has been helping me to get back to doing what I love. First off, I want to apologize for the delay with 'Inheritance of Ashes'. I had planned to release the book later this month to conclude the series but as I'm still adding to the book, I'll have to move the release up a bit. I won't give a date this time. I want to wait until I'm really close to the finalization process so you guys won't be frustrated with the constant moving dates but I will tell you it's not too far away. ;-) Apologies for the delay, nonetheless! As you all know I'm a perfectionist in bringing my books out in the best condition I can (no rush jobs here ;-D) and this last book in the series is definitely no exception.

I've also moved some other works up a bit as I'm going to see if they garner outside interest first before I take matters into my own hands. ;-) I'll definitely keep you guys updated with the process with any good news I may receive.

For those in Second Life, we're going to be counting down to NaNoWriMo again on October 31st! So grab your candy corn and your manuscript idea and join us in-world! A few writing and book related sims will be joining together for some write-ins, word wars and other NaNo related writing events so stay tuned! Feel free to join my kiosk at my writing cabin (#4) at the Written Word for updates and newsbits. :-)

Six Sentence Sunday - Inheritance of Ashes

A big mondo update is coming up from some works I have in progress. One of which is Inheritance of Ashes, third book in the Ashen Twilight House. More on in the next post but for now, enjoy this snippet of the book to celebrate Six Sentence Sunday!

In the third book, Alexandru Drago takes up the reins to bring down the Ashen Twilight House on his own. In A Kiss of Ashen Twilight we were introduced to the origins of the House of Blood, the Nightwalkers centering around the Archane home. In Within the Shadows of Mortals we got to know the Hammond Clan and the origins of the House of Lycan. Now, Inheritance of Ashes will reveal the history of the mysterious House of Shifter Elves, their origins and their enigmatic leader.

This is a conversation between Alexandru and a main character whose true identity is unmasked in this installment.

“You do realize once you exit that door, you will be declaring war on me. Not only will I come after every one of the members of the Ashen Twilight House—and their loved ones, of course—I will come after those delicate, little mortals you value so much. My undead soldiers will rip through them like rice paper. In the end, it will only be us immortal creatures on a dying planet. Do you really want that, Takashi? Do you really want that on your head?”

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Six Sentence Sunday - Walking The Edge: Snippet #18

SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY: An Eternity of Roses, Snippet #3

An Open Letter to TV Networks: Contrary to Popular Belief, Sci-Fi is Not a Bad Word

Dear Television Networks,

Now I know we haven't been the best of buds and I'm still one of those strange beings with whom you try to reach out to without looking as if you are reaching out to me: the elusive sci-fi fan. I enjoy the comforting way you talk to me, the sweet risky way you sometimes go out on a ledge to make me happy. But I'm sorry to say we are in an abusive relationship. I am Charlie Brown to your Lucy and I keep falling for your football trick every time. I swooned when you gave me Firefly. I looked twice when you flashed your sexy Legend of the Seeker. And I nearly tripped over myself when you gave me Forever Knight but crushed my heart when you ended it the way you did. I even came back begging for more when you gave me Blood Ties and almost fell for your nice words when you dangled Jeremiah and Jericho in front of me.

But then you left me high and dry...only to come back later and try to entice me back with your shiny new Invasion, Surface and Threshold as a triple whammy and recently again Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (and on an unrelated genre note, Raven-Symone's State of Georgia show). "No more!" I shouted to the heavens. I will not fall for you anymore! But there I go again trailing behind you like a panting puppy when you introduced Terra Nova to me with it's sexy dystopia opening and adventure/mystery storyline with so much potential to turn into something interesting. Falling Skies, I'm still trying to ignore you but the temptation is strong.

Networks, will you let me down again? Can I trust you to leave these shows alone and let them find their wings before they are clipped?

You lament the fact that no one loves you. Everybody hates you. You threaten to eat worms since everyone took their toys and went home. Can you blame us? We fell for the trick for too long and had the wind knocked out of us too many times to trust you. Then you take away our the good premiums items and try to sell us cheaper and lower grade versions.

And to top it off, you speak so softly and nicely to us genre fans. Sweet talking us on the side while pretending you don't know us or that your work is more Drama with a capitol 'D' and not sci-fi (oh no not that crazy sci-fi stuff no way. It's Drama in a sci-fi setting). But when your numbers start trailing down, who do you come to for numbers boosting?

Networks, we won't bite. It's okay to promote your sci-fi show as just that. Science Fiction. Sure we have some folks who like to call anything that's not Drama cheesy these days but not everything has to be 'gritty', 'dark' and 'realistic'. Some of us love that escapist fun and want to see a glimpse into a future of hope and wonder. Let a show find it's legs and don't be afraid to give us some compelling storylines in a futuristic/advanced setting.  Cheers didn't come out running right out the gate. Star Trek wasn't a runaway hit until sci-fi lovers like us said "hey, give us more!" and now look at the legacy it left behind. Remember that feeling of wonder and imagination when you were a kid before the world came and introduced you to that mysterious stranger. The stranger called Gritty Cynicism? He was fun to hang out with in the beginning but after a while, you begin to miss your old friends.

Many have said they chucked their television sets and canceled their cable because they have had enough and aren't taking it anymore. They aren't falling for the football trick no longer! And thus you lament the lack of numbers that keep falling each day. Chuck the antiquated numbers system (brought to you by some fella named Nielsen, I understand?) and check out the forums, reviews and online blogs where the actual viewers are. There are fans, not numbers, who hurt when their entertainment is yanked out from under them without ever being given a resolution. There fans, not numbers, who invest their hard won time and yes money, to check out new shows that you have offered to them after a long week of working. Chucking well written shows and trying to sells fans cheap knock-offs does not build trust.

Sci-Fi is not a bad word (SF Channel, listen up, this is for you too). It is not synonymous with a platoon of basement dwelling nerds. Sci-Fi fans from way back before TV was invented were visionaries about the future and human society. They became trailblazers in technology, human relations, medicine and yup, entertainment to name a few things. Your brother Book Publishing gets this idea and even cheers you on from behind the scenes (see TV series book adaptations). Your older sister Movies are light years ahead of you, setting records and igniting the next generation of genre fans with their imaginative stories and far off worlds. Unfortunately, you are not as faithful. Be careful, your little brother Web Series is slowly taking over and your big sister Video Games are bringing a new form of storytelling that is engaging the very fans you seek. Plus, they're not afraid to pull up a chair at our table once in a while and chat a bit with us.

In conclusion, Networks...Sci-Fi is not a bad word and Sci-Fi fans won't lap up everything you dish out to them (SF Channel, I'm looking you with your original movies. We won't start Imagining Greater until you do). We'll get tired and go find someone who respects us. Sure we may be divided from time to time and argue amongst ourselves, but we are a faithful bunch and will give you our eyes if you give us a chance with some inventive stories and productions. Some of us may be picky but despite the complaints, we will still tune in and hope for the best if we see there is potential. Entertain us, enlighten us and challenge us and we will be right there waiting for the next delivery while we keep the worlds alive through discussion and debate.

Feel free to get in contact with your brother Book Publishing. There are some gems in the classic sci-fi and fantasy vault waiting to be adapted to the small screen. ;-)