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!

I Am Smoke by Henry Herz

Something a little different today. Picture book author, Henry Herz has a new book out.

I AM SMOKE is a spare, lyrical, “autobiographical” account of the life cycle and beneficial uses of smoke across the globe and throughout the ages. The creative nonfiction picture book offers science, history, and global cultural studies appeal to young readers.

Smoke speaks in mesmerizing riddles: “I lack a mouth, but I can speak. I lack hands, but I can push out unwanted guests. I’m gentler than a feather, but I can cause harm.” When smoke speaks, its messages swirl and shift like smoke itself—playful, challenging, devious. Smoke has been borne aloft from flames, and its elements returned to earth, since before recorded time. Its cycles never end. Smoke was here before us. It helps us when we’re wise but hurts us when we’re careless. Do not treat me lightly, it seems to warn.

This rhythmically powerful narration is complemented by illustrations in which swirling smoke was captured on art paper held over smoky candle flames, and the dancing smoke textures were then deepened and elaborated with watercolors and Photoshop finishes. With this unique method, illustrator Merce López “let the smoke decide how the idea I had in mind would dance with it, giving freedom to the images.” The resulting illustrations are astounding, and they resonate with the otherworldly text.

Check it out on Henry’s website — HENRYHERZ.COM

Also check out this all-genre book fair

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!

This is Halloween!

Hi folks, it’s almost Halloween and to celebrate the holiday I’m having a very busy evening tonight!

First off at 6:30 pm (CST) I’m popping into Maria’s Spells – Reader’s Group on FB to help Maria with the release of her awesome new fantasy titles. I’ll be playing some games and running a giveaway. Please come by and say hi!

Next up at 7:30pm (CT) I’ll my reading in a live stream of local St. Louis authors. For those of you who live in St. Louis you may now that every year around Halloween, The Book House hosts a special event called The Candle Game. This year because of COVID we cannot do this in person, so instead we are running the event on Facebook Live.

First, the Facebook event link:https://www.facebook.com/events/652230235486266
Second, the livestream link itself (it’s listed on the event page, but, hey, let’s make it easy for everyone)https://facebook.com/LegendaryPlanet/live/

The event will also be recorded so that if you cannot check in live you’ll still be able to watch.

Closing up the evening with a trip to Courtney Cannon’s wonderful annual Halloween bash. I’m joining a bunch of awesome indie authors playing games and having fun. My spot is at 9:00pm (CT)

Come join the fun in C.L. Cannon’s Unforgettables group on FB!

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!

Halloween Hop!

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Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of the holiday I’m participating in a special Trick or Treat Hop over in my Facebook group, P.A.W.S. People.

Hop over to my group to join in. There you’ll find a contest from me for a chance to win and P.A.W.S. audio or ebook bundle and a link to the next group in the hop. Visit every group and leave a comment for a chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card.

So what are you waiting for, go hop!

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3 New Anthology Releases!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been on here much recently. I spent much of October traveling with my daughter to Israel (to see my mother) and London (to hang out with friends). It was fun and exhausting and now I’m back and have some news.

While I was away this happened:

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13 Candles is a collection of 13 never-before-published Halloween-themed short stories by 13 YA authors. My story, The Costume, is loosely set in my P.A.W.S. universe and features Miri’s childhood friend, Jenny. 50% of all proceeds from the sales of this anthology with be donated to Global Giving, an international organization that provides funds directly to local charities in communities that need it most.

Pick up your copy today in paperback or Kindle or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

But wait there’s more yesterday saw the release of not one, but two more anthologies that include stories by me.

The first is book 3 of the Sins of Time series, that included Sins of the Past and Sins of the Future.  I am both the editor and a contributor to each of these volumes. Our new volume Sins of the Gods features horror stories of mythology. My own tale, Shades of Black, is a cautionary tale about why it’s not a great idea to get on the wrong side of Gaea.

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Pick up a copy today on Amazon or Google Play.

And one more Halloween themed anthology. This one’s free. A collection of drabbles (100 word stories) put together by the folk at Fiction Writer’s Global. Download your copy free and enjoy.

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