Happy Halloween!

Whether you're trick-or-treating, partying, or staying home and watching scary movies with a bowl full of popcorn with extra butter, be safe and enjoy!

I'm getting a 55 gallon fish tank (YAY!) today, but after I set that up, I will be taking my tiniest human, a ballerina, to a few of our neighbor's houses to beg for candy. Then we'll be watching scary movies (after she's in bed) and passing out candy! But not too much candy because I need leftovers. I deserve them. Yes.

What are you up to tonight?


And don't forget, Monday, new story at Tangled Fiction, started by me. This one will be told on Mon, Wed, and Fri in three parts only.

Official Announcement!

I've mentioned here recently that there were going to be some changes at Tangled Fiction. As October comes to a close (with one of the coolest holidays ever), we've made the official announcement on the Tangled Fiction blog! Hop on over there to check it out!

Change is a good thing.

Tangled Fiction

My contribution and the finale to UNCHARTED, our second collaborative short is up on the Tangled Fiction Blog!

There will be some changes made on TF! Starting November 1st, we will be posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, giving you one full story a week instead of a month!!

We'll kick things off with a piece started by me! Don't miss it. Um...Please.

Inspiration from Libba Bray

The following comes from a recent blog post by YA author Libba Bray. It was written in response to a teen girl with a life-choice dilemma: Do what she wants with her life, or do what will make the adults in her life happy. I applaud Libba (and it's not the first time) for writing this and for sharing it with the world. I WISH someone had told me this when I was a teen.

Teens, what *you* should be doing.

"Listening to music. Eating pizza before your metabolism goes to hell. Dancing. Spending a Friday night with your friends at the local playground having conversations about life, liberty, love, and Lady Gaga while sitting on a merry-go-round. Reading great books. Reading trashy books. Inventing personas. Trying on identities. Learning to drive. Going to concerts and games. Playing sports. Disdaining all of the above. Creating random Facebook pages filled with quotes you love one day and find hopelessly déclassé the next. Making art. Examining your hair for split ends. You should have the luxury of occasional boredom so you know what it feels like and so you know how to respond to its inspiration. You should not be so overscheduled and exhausted. Teenagers are not supposed to be mini-adults or over-achieving automatons. There is supposed to be a long on-ramp to adulthood."

Rebel Books Halloween Sale!

Right now, if you buy a copy of REBEL MOON (includes a werewolf short by me) you'll get MISERABLE MIDDLES for 5.99 British Pounds (converts to about $9 USD). This offer is available only through
twitter and facebook, not on the website, so for more details, you need to send an email to RebelBooks at hotmail dot com with the subject "Happy Halloween"! If you happen to get a copy of Rebel Moon, I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you!

(An Anthology of supernatural tales)
by Various

Have you ever wondered what Death would look like if he approached you at a bus stop? Or what would happen if a vampire’s chosen victim turned out to be more than they had bargained for?

Rebel Moon is a collection of stories that will whisk you into worlds of vampires, werewolves and witchcraft so prepare yourself for a bumpy ride as sometimes the dead have more of a life than the living and if this book teaches you anything it is to always expect the unexpected!

From the teen witches you wouldn’t want to cross in One Witch Down to the dark comedy of Evil 101, this is a book you won’t want to put down.

by Phoebe Penhalligan and Boo Irwin.
Illustrations by Karen Hurd.
A collection of tales from the Underworld Kingdom including "A Miserable Middle", "The Bloody Ballad", "The Petrified Prince" and others inspired by the recent debate over unhappy endings in children's fiction. The beautiful cover illustration has been designed by Karen Hurd. This collection of tales may sometimes have a miserable middle but they all end happily, well kind of!

(Excerpt from "A Bloody Ballad")

"Saxo Douglas walked into the room keeping his eyes on the floor. He was tall and thin with long black hair and a snub nose. He was not a musician by trade and this was his first audition. As he took his place before the King and Queen he raised his eyes and so visible was his suffering that the Queen removed her earplugs for the first time that day. He had not yet uttered a word and yet she could feel his pain as if it were her own. The King however was only interested in blood and gore, he liked a bloody ballad or a song of suffering, but as far as he was concerned love was not for songs it was for poetry, and poetry was definitely not one of his favourite things.

"What will you be singing about today?" ventured the King warily.

"Love." Saxo replied simply. "I will sing about a love so powerful that it was more important than all the riches in the world!"

What's Happening?

Quite a few things going on at the moment!

Over at Sisters in Scribe (a blog I share with my two fantastic crit partners) we are hosting Andrew Jacobson, co-author of The Familiars, on his Haunted Blog Tour! A copy of the book is up for grabs to one lucky commenter. There is also a clue for the scavenger hunt! Contest ends October 30th and is international. That gives you time to get the book, read it, and play!

There is always something over at Sisters in Scribe. Writing advice, book chats, giveaways. So please, give us a read. You know. If you want. :)

We have a new story up on Tangled Fiction! New stories start the first Tuesday of every month. Each week after a new portion of that same story will be continued by a different author! Part 1 of our current story is written by Valerie Kemp (one of my Sisters in Scribe). Part 2 by the lovely Anne Marie. Part 3, airing next Tuesday will be written by the amazingly talented Natalie C Parker. And the conclusion, Part 4, will be written by myself. Don't miss it! Lots of creepy goodness over there. We're all very twisted. And tangled. Har-har!

Tonight, 9PM EST, Jessica (Confessions of a Bookaholic) and Lisa (A Life Bound By Books), are hosting a Haunted Halloween twitter party! There will be book and swag giveaways, author's stopping by to chat, trivia, etc! Lots of fun so don't miss that! Follow the link for the deets.

Happy Thursday!

Greyskin Fantasy Cast!

**I am working on fixing this post. I have no clue why it's all messed up.**

I'm stuck in revisions and so, naturally, I'm procrastinating! Today I've decided to fantasy cast the epic movie of my wip, GREYSKIN. You probably haven't read it, so you won't know who the heck these people are, but I'm going to share with you anyway.

And I'm sure someone else could help me cast it much better because I'm not really up to date on all the young actors, and I bet there are some undiscovered teens out there who would be even better picks, but I don't know them. So! Onward!

Sixteen year old Charlene (Charlie) Waite played by Lucy Hale. She'd be easy to turn into a butt-kicking, monster-hunting heroine.

Twenty one year old love interest, Jack O'Donnell to be played by Mark Salling. Grow out his hair, put him in some cowboy boots and set him behind the wheel of a '66 Chevelle and we have our boy. Just pretend you don't know him.

Sixteen year old Aaron Stoker, invisible to Charlie though he is hopelessly infatuated with her, played by Travis Caldwell.

Ms Anna, Charlie's mom and one of my favorite characters. Played by a younger Cher, back before she went plastic.

Vic, Charlie's MIA father, Eddie Spears. I know it's a strange picture choice, but it actually fits, lol!

Mac Tucker, bounty hunter, can only be Michael Clarke Duncan.

That just leaves the villain and two minor characters. But I'm all out of ideas for today. Back to writing!

Beasties and Besties.

Ya writer, Lisa Green, has a fabulous and fun blog where she hosts her Monday Madness posts-- She choses a guest (writer, blogger, celeb) and judging by what she digs up on the web, Lisa figures out what supernatural creature her guest is. Today she did me. Hope over there to check it out and see what supernatural beastie I am!

In unrelated news, my best friend got ENGAGED!!! YAY! She and her sweetheart (another friend from high school) have been together for eight years. He and I have been discussing how and where he should propose. We agreed the best thing for her, being as family oriented as she is, was to pop the question in front of her family, no matter how difficult that one was for him. And he did it! On their eighth year anniversary. 10-10-10. An easy date to remember. So CONGRATULATIONS TO SHEENA AND JASON! I love you guys.


My Sister in Scribe, Valerie, will be doing a guest post at author/lit agent Nathan Bransford's blog! Be sure to check her out!

Tangled Fiction Tuesdays!

Brand new story started by Valerie at the TF blog!


A little preview of UNCHARTED (Part I)

There was no way to untangle what was left of Mason from the tree, but the rest of us crawled out the back of the van to where we stood now, trapped between a dense forest and a sheer rock wall, hundreds of feet below the road. So far down that I couldn’t even make out the edge of the cliff in the dark. A grim thought sent a chill down my spine. Mason was the first to die, but he might not be the last.

Insert Witty Title Here

I won't be posting much, slogging through revisions and I've got a new novel begging to be written, sooo don't forget to check out Tangled Fiction tomorrow for a BRAND NEW story! Part I will be written by Valerie (one of my Sisters at Sisters in Scribe).

TF is also mirrored on blogger.
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