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Been feeling a bit like this lately

..like a rainbow caught in a storm.

Also, I’m in the thick of novel revisions/rewrites. Your regularly scheduled blog will return…um…yeah. And it’s not like I’m not constantly on Twitter or anything. I’m still alive and kicking. And beautiful. And caught in a storm…

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“A Poor Man’s Roses” now up at Apex

Excerpt:

At first, she sang to remember. It was a way to pass the long, dark time, a way to drown out the buzz in her head when the earth shook and the bunker rattled, a way to live outside the bars of her cage, to be a woman who smoked and drank, flirted and pined, flipped her pin curls and married a man for his car. Eventually, Patsy Cline became Kerri’s reason for living. In five years, she hadn’t found a better one.

“Good morning,” said Stella. It was the only clue Kerri ever had to the time of day, or the notion that days passed at all. Stella opened the cage hatch and slid the food through. “I have a surprise for you today.” She smiled. “You’ll like it.”

Let’s see…what would she like? Kerri would have welcomed a hot poker in the eye, an asteroid hitting the earth, or the blast from that damned super volcano the world had been holding its collective breath about for the past decade. It would be ironic, Kerri mused, if all three suddenly happened at once. About as ironic as someone surviving cancer just to live out the rest of her days in a prison.

Read the rest of "A Poor Man’s Roses" over at Apex Magazine. Or just make me look popular and click on the link.
 

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Fiction Sale — “Diary of a Ghost’s Mistress” to Shroud

When it rains it pours, and I’ve got my umbrella flipped upside-down to catch it all!

On the heels of Horrorfind comes this sale to the awesome Michael Knost at Shroud Magazine.  Look for it in the very next issue!

This story is based on the legend of Beilstein castle in Germany (pictured right).

Excerpt:

April 12, 1946

    You left me here, you bastard. Left me in this picturesque burg on a riverbend strewn with wretched Nazi refuse, left me weeping in this tower–the only part of this rotting castle that’s still in one piece. Godforsaken, as Mama would say. This country, this town, this pile of crumbling rocks, me. I miss Mama. I hear her sometimes, in the back of my head. Sit up straight. Don’t overcook the chicken. Chew your food. Smell the roses. Smile into the sunshine.

     I hear you too. Telling me to be strong; telling me I’m going to be all right; telling me I’m your princess. I wake up to your voice every morning, whispering "Maddie" in my ear, and every morning I open my eyes to nothing. I know I’m depressed, and I understand that you’re never coming back, but I want you to be there in that second–just for a second–so I can yell at you.

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Hey!

Happy October! I have a book out today!
You should go buy a copy.

Table of Contents:

“The Witch of Black Mountain” – Alethea Kontis
“The Power of Moonlight” – Debbie Kuhn
“Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples” – Earl Dean
“Psychomachia” – Geoffrey Girard
“Yellow Warbler” – Jason Sizemore
“Kingdom Come” – Jeremy C. Shipp
“Trouble Among the Yearlings” – Maurice Broaddus
“Spirit Fire” – Robby Sparks
“The Thing at the Side of the Road” – Ronald Kelly
“Inheritance” – Stephanie Lenz
“Greater of Two Evils” – Steven Shrewsbury
“Harlan Moon” – TL Trevaskis

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Horrorfind 2009 Pics

The pictures from Horrorfind Weekend are up! I’ll be posting them to Facebook too, but if you want the captions & tags, you’ll have to check out the official Picasa album. Just click on the big happy family.

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Fiction Sale — “The Monster & Mrs. Blake” to Story Station

Hooray! Just got notified that "The Monster & Mrs. Blake" has sold to The Story Station! (

has a story up there now.) I’m super-excited about this one, because it’s one of my absolute favorite stories…and it’s for kids!!

Summary: Jeremy Blake has a big imagination. He’s eleven years old. He has a monster under his bed. And the monster’s getting bigger.  He’s too ashamed to tell any of his friends or his father about it, but he finally confesses the details to his mother…who knows a lot more about dealing with monsters than Jeremy ever dreamed.

I liked Story Station because their guidelines said they wanted "stories like Goonies," and that’s just awesome. No details yet on when the story will go live — I’ll let you know as soon as I hear.  Squee!!! I really can’t wait. You guys are going to LOVE this one.

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Horrorfind Weekend 2009

I’m home, finally, and I have got to get to bed. Tomorrow expect lots of updates and tons of pictures. In the meantime, please enjoy the BEST PICTURE OF THE WEEKEND, which I believe epitomizes everything about Horrorfind.

What would YOU caption this?

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2009 Southern Festival of Books

What? You haven’t heard about Southern Festival of Books?

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day literary Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October. It is free and open to the public. No advance registration or tickets are required. All seating is on a first-come basis.

Come one, come all, October 9-11 To War Memorial Plaza in lovely downtown Nashville. Go to the website to check out the amazingly long ilst of horribly famous authors you’ve known for years, and new blood you might want to check out. Follow them on Twitter (@SoFestofBooks) — they’re doing fun author trivia contests and giving away free books every Friday. For sure you should come see me host the Young, Fanged, and Undead panel. It will take place on Sunday, October 11 from 2:30-4:00 and features Melissa de la Cruz’s The Van Alen Legacy, Daniel Waters’ Kiss of Life, and David Macinnis Gill’s Soul Enchilada. (David and I go waaaaaay back — we were Orson Scott Card Boot Campmates together in 2003. Expect there to be some ribbing.)

And check out this official 2009 poster! It’s one of the best ones yet. The one on my wall starts out red at the top left and fades to purple by the bottom right…it’s really super lovely. A lot of people get the poster and then hang out all weekend, trying to get signatures from every single one of the guest authors. It’s a pretty classy idea. I’m tempted to try it myself!

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Fiction Sale — “Poor Man’s Roses” to Apex Magazine

Yay! I sold a story to Jason Sizemore at Apex Magazine called "Poor Man’s Roses." It’s a 2400-word dark science fiction tale set in the near-apocalyptic far future. It’s also a total homage to Patsy Cline.

I dedicate it to my fellow author and BFF Kelli Dunlap, who inspired me to come up with the idea (the woman being bled by her husband stuff, not the Patsy Cline stuff. I take full responsibility for that part).

I should have a contest to see how many Patsy Cline references people can guess. Of course, by now I’ve forgotten how many I actually crammed in.

Turns out, Jason was so excited about this story, he’s going to run it in the October issue. I’ll be sure to post a link when it’s out!

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Fiction Sale — "Poor Man’s Roses" to Apex Magazine

Yay! I sold a story to Jason Sizemore at Apex Magazine called “Poor Man’s Roses.” It’s a 2400-word dark science fiction tale set in the near-apocalyptic far future. It’s also a total homage to Patsy Cline.

I dedicate it to my fellow author and BFF Kelli Dunlap, who inspired me to come up with the idea (the woman being bled by her husband stuff, not the Patsy Cline stuff. I take full responsibility for that part).

I should have a contest to see how many Patsy Cline references people can guess. Of course, by now I’ve forgotten how many I actually crammed in.

Turns out, Jason was so excited about this story, he’s going to run it in the October issue. I’ll be sure to post a link when it’s out!

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