This is Meow O Ween!

Pick up your Purrfect Gift today!

New Release Alert! I’m excited to announce I have a story “Tiger, Tiger” in this anthology of creepy, silly and funny kitty tales for the young and the young at heart.

Spooky, scary, otherworldly, magical…
You can find all kinds of stories in this collection of haunting cat stories for children.
And if you think the perfect solution to a frightening dilemma or phantom is a kitty or two, well, you might just be right.
But don’t make them angry…
Discover all sorts of tales in this collection of haunting children’s stories for the kid in us all.

All proceeds from this book will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Including artwork, poetry, and/or stories from:

Stephanie Barr
Knixolate Bar
Rose Campbell
Jocelyn Dex
Ken Goudsward
Jane Jago
Debbie Manber Kupfer
RC Larlham
USA Today Bestselling author Lily Luchesi
Jen Ponce
DM Rasch
F Stephan
Donna Marie West

PIck up your copy today!

Friday Fiction – Hearts Unleashed Anthology!

Happy Friday today I’m excited to announce this awesome Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection that will be coming your way this fall.

Lose yourself in the magic…

Hearts Unleashed brings you 20+ BRAND NEW tantalizing tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy in this thrilling collection of heart-pounding books featuring Shifters, Vampires, Witches and more.

Unleash your heart, indulge your senses, and satisfy your cravings with this fantastic collection of supernatural fiction featuring sensual heroes and sassy heroines, crafted by some of your favorite bestselling and award-winning authors.

★★★ Authors & Books Featured in Hearts Unleashed ★★★
C.D. Gorri
Gina Kincade
Erzabet Bishop
Carrie Pulkinen
Julia Mills
Lia Davis
Skye Jones
Laney Powell
Fiona Starr
Cecilia Lane
Julie Morgan
L.A. McGinnis
Lori King
Theresa Hissong
Rebecca Hefner
Amanda Kimberley
Amy Pennza
P. Mattern
N Gray
Marie Mason
Siren Allen
Sapphire Winters
Melissa Bell
Zoe Forward
Elle Boon

Preorder today for just 99 cents!

Need something to read right now? Check out these free sci-fi stories over at Story Origin. They include my short collection “Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?” All titles are free to download in exchange for signing up for the individual authors’ newsletters.

A Disgruntled Ghost and A Vampire’s Apology!

Hey, everyone. I hope you had a good Halloween. Normally around Halloween I get to hang out with my local author friends at The Book House in Maplewood. This year because of COVID, our Candle Game event took place online last Friday evening. As with many online events we started with some technical difficulties but those were overcome and in the end oodles of spooky tales were shared.

In case you missed it, here is the link to the Facebook Live video. My two stories, A Spirited Request (about a recently deceased bored ghost dude) and Vlad (about a vampire who took the wrong job) are early on in the recording. Take a listen.

Like what you listened to? Both stories are part of my collection ANOTHER CUP OF TEA that was published earlier this year.

You can pick up a copy in ebook, audio book or paperback!

Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Authors, readers, and bloggers are uniting again his year to fight stigma, spread mental health awareness, and support the prevention of suicide. To encourage participation, we’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt to one lucky winner.

Two kinds of stigma continue to persist: public stigma and self-stigma. Public stigma occurs when other people view a person with a mental illness in a negative way. Public stigma feeds into self-stigma when people with mental illness internalize the negative talk they hear from others.

Well-meaning people say things like, “Suck it up,” “Choose to be happy,” “Turn that frown upside down,” or “Focus on your blessings,” as if mental illness were a mood, a frame of mind, or an attitude that can simply be overcome at will.

Often, people who suffer from mental illness blame themselves instead of seeking help. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, a person with mental illness may need treatment.

People who contemplate suicide don’t want to die; they just can’t fathom how to live because they are so miserable. They can’t see past their pain and misery, and they see no point in going on.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, “Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.”

IASP explains that “[e]very life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.”

If you’re contemplating suicide, please don’t do it! Instead, seek help. You might be suffering now, but you never know what tomorrow brings. Reach out to a friend or family member. See a doctor. If that doctor doesn’t help, try another. Please don’t give up.

If you’re in crisis, please reach out to the toll-free hotline in your region. You can find your hotline here: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/.

If you are grieving the death of a victim of suicide and need help, here are resources that can help: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Postvention/National_Suicide_Survivor_Organizations/.

If you suspect that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, please reach out. We often hesitate because we’re afraid we might make things worse by saying the wrong thing. According to IASP, “Evidence suggests that this is not the case. The offer of support and a listening ear are more likely to reduce distress, as opposed to exacerbating it.”

Warning signs to look for include severe anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, rage, feelings of being trapped, a strong urge for vengeance, engaging in risky activities, excessive alcohol and/or drug use, withdrawing from people, trouble sleeping, and dramatic mood changes.

Click to Tweet: Mental illness isn’t a personality flaw; it’s an illness that comes on through no fault of the individual who suffers with it. Mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable. #WSPD

LIZ’S STORY

For my personal section of this blog I want to highlight a very special memoir I edited a few years ago from the wonderfully courageous Elizabeth Biermann.

Her memoir focuses on  healing from childhood sexual abuse. The time she spent healing from sexual abuse was not without struggle and yet she considers her journey fairly typical. This has allowed her to look back at her life with peace and move forward with strength and pride. Elizabeth believes it is through speaking out and through awareness that change will come. With awareness in mind, she writes this book for everyone, not just survivors. Available in paperback from Amazon.

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE

I’d also in this section like to draw attention to a charity anthology I’m part of. All proceeds for this one go to Project Semicolon.

Life is full of ups and downs. We struggle day to day sometimes with our jobs, social interactions, bills and finding time to spend with our families. It can be somewhat depressing to go through the motions, waiting for that break so more time can be devoted to what matters most. Delve into the darkest depths of life in this anthology to find the strength to overcome the hardships.

Available on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.

THE TOUR

Book lovers from all over the world have joined together to share their stories and spread mental health awareness. Please follow this tour guide to find our posts and to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 t-shirt:

P.D. Workman, Author

Triple A Book Blog

Jessica Burkhart, Author

Here Is What I Read Blog

Crossroad Reviews

Jazzy Book Reviews

Book Corner News and Reviews

I Love Books and Stuff Blog

Luv Saving Money

Debbie Manber Kupfer, Author

Ash Ineski, Author

Allie Burton, Author

Book Butterfly in Dreamland

Sara Crawford, Author

Tawdra Kandle, Author

Quinn Loftis, Author

Kat’s Indie Book Blog

Day Leitao, Author

Steph Weston, Author

Lanie Bynum, Author

L.B. Carter, Author

Holly and Mistletoe

Eva Pohler, Author

THE GIVEAWAY

From September 1-10, enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt. There are lots of ways to enter below–choose one or all. You can also tweet daily for extra entries. We’ll email the winner by September 11th.

Enter the Rafflecopter here!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

1. On September 10th at 8 p.m. your time, light a candle to remember all those we have lost to suicide and to represent the hope of preventing suicide. People all over the world will be participating. You can send an ecard in 63 different languages to invite others to participate. Find the ecards here.

2. Purchase a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 for $20. For every shirt sold, five dollars is donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Order yours here.

3. Spread the word about this giveaway, to encourage more people to read our posts and tweet about overcoming stigma. Use the share buttons at the bottom of this post, and

Click to tweet: #EntertoWin a $50 #giftcard and #Tshirt while fighting #stigma and spreading #mentalhealthawareness for #suicideprevention #WSPD.

OTHER RESOURCES

Here are videos on suicide and mental helath that I have found to be helpful:

The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

You’re Still Here: Living After Suicide

This Is for All of You in a Dark Place

https://storyoriginapp.com/to/Ktcvs2s

Call of the Sirens – Box Set!

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Today I’m proud to help fantasy author – KB Benson spread the word about her brand new box set – Call of the Sirens. Here’s the blurb:

Tea 4 Two!

Short tales for review

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Hey folks, Happy March. Today is one month before the official release of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA. And I’m offering a special deal for followers of this blog and my newsletter. Preorder signed copies of one or both books and pick up free audio book versions to listen to at your pleasure. The audio for TEA & DARK CHOCOLATE with be delivered immediately, while the audio for ANOTHER CUP should be out around May (depending on when Audible approve it.)

Prices include shipping to anyone in the US. If you’re somewhere else or would like to pick up your copy from me personally at RavenCon or Archon let me know and I’ll adjust the price.

Signed copies of TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE available for just $10 including shipping (US only)

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Signed copies of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA available for just $10 including shipping (US only)

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Or order both for $15

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Or preorder Another Cup of Tea on Kindle for just $2.99.

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Another Cup of Tea – Now on Preorder!

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Four years ago I published a little book of silliness called TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE. It was a passion project that I created for my mother, who wasn’t so fond of some of the darker themes in my fiction. She adored it.

Sadly my mum passed away at the end of 2018 so when I put together this new collection I found little pockets of poignancy sneaking in among the silliness.

In any case I hope you all enjoy it. It is now up on presale on Amazon and will be available also on all other outlets and what better day to release a humorous collection but April Fools Day.

Preorder your copy today or if you’d like a sneak peak at the book join my ARC review team over at Story Origin.  

Also in honor of the presale TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE is currently on sale for just 99 cents.

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Halloween Flash Fiction and Assorted Free Books!

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Who Doesn’t Like Free Books?!

So, some of the authors from the awesome FB group,

 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge

all got together and put together a special treat for you! Free books!

That’s right, just follow the link below to get your hands on some of the best free Fantasy and SciFi the group has to offer!

https://storyoriginapp.com/…/928c9b0e-e52f-11e9-84d4-f3a8f0…

Also included in this giveaway is a free copy of FSFRL Halloween Flash Fiction! This is the first Episode of a series of Flash Fiction books we plan to put out as a thank you for following us! You can grab a copy of that here:

https://storyoriginapp.com/…/b69d69ce-e93a-11e9-949f-9b3659…

*All books are offered free in exchange for subscribing to the author’s newsletter, so give each author a try! What perfect way to find your next favorite author than by getting a free book?*

Happy Early Halloween!

June Jamboree!

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Hi folks, I’m traveling in June. Off to visit my mum in Israel and then to spend a while with my family in London.

Thus, I won’t be updating this page as much, so I decided to have a June Jamboree sale of my three short story collections. There’s something for everyone here.

WILL THERE BE WATERMELONS ON MARS?

The last thing Susie expected on the morning after the apocalypse was watermelons. The last thing that Na’ima expected was that one day she would be flying to Mars. But Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE

Meet a cat called Cecilia, a disgruntled android named Doris, and a weasel called Popgoes and discover that with enough Tea and Dark Chocolate you can achieve anything.

TALES FROM P.A.W.S.

Cats and Wolves and Tegs – Oh my!
Alistair is a werewolf seeking justice. When his mentor sends him on his first mission he knows who the victim must be.

Ramora, is a young girl due to wed a man she hates. Morgana the Teg offers her a way out, but can she be trusted?
Griddlebone was  the first experiment. The Nazis never really understood what they’d created. But they learn that one should never underestimate a cat.
Meet Alistair, Ramora, and Griddlebone in three stories from the world of P.A.W.S.

 

Happy Reading

Debbie

Chasity Nicole presents Whispers in the Night

Hi everyone, today I have the awesome privilege of helping with the cover reveal for the upcoming release of a collection of spooky stories from my friend and colleague over at Sins of Time, Chastity Nicole.

Presenting:

Whispers in the Night: A Collection of Short Stories

Release Date: March 21st, 2018

Blurb:

What happens when a fairy has lost their way? Or an evil head mistress runs a boarding school where children are disappearing? What about dreams that feel so real you wake up to find it wasn’t a dream after all? How about talking pants? Find out in these nine twisted and dark tales written by Chasity Nicole, previously published in other anthology collections.

Featuring Stories:

A Ghostly Haunting: Originally published in Sins of the Past

Graduation Day: Originally published in Sins of the Future

The Lost Fairy: Originally Published in Darkly Never After

The Hexed Pants

And many others…

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