Category: Notes

Writing Prompt #1!

I’m trying something new and you can join me 😉

Here is today’s #writingprompt! Reply with your link to a #flashfiction based on these 3 images:


Hiatus No More

71c036d8319bc68b958256a67946ae1dSo… This place has gotten dusty…

It’s been a rough year or two folks. I’m not going to make excuses or promise to be more active as an online author and marketer of indie books. But this space and what I do here are good for me, and I need some good right now.

So here we go.

I’ve already added a new section for Works in Progress (WIPs). There I’ll put up new inspirations for both the back-burner and front runner projects as they come to me. I’d like to get a few more reviews up also, and maybe even another fun interview.

While I’ve been absent I haven’t been totally idle though. I’ve helped my Dad market his memoir that came out this spring. You can find out more about ‘A Good Man with a Dog’ and the authors behind it at his website.

Here’s hoping for good health, productivity and many words for all in 2017!

Book Review: Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology

Thanks so much for the review of our anthology!

Dancing With Fireflies

 Sometimes I struggle to write a review. I sit on them far too long, as I did this one. It’s not that I didn’t like the book. But it is more that I really don’t know if I can put into proper words the many directions a book takes and not leave my readers feeling confused. Anthologies are difficult because you mix different styles of writers into one book and hope they flow well together. I read the complex and sometimes fantastic stories of Steampunk fantasy in the anthology Mechanized Masterpieces 2 – An American Anthology. There were moments I really enjoyed in the collection and other moments that I struggled to finish.

One of my favored authors, J. Aurel Guay, was featured with his piece A Princess of Jasoom.  Guay is a very talented writer and this way with words creates vibrant visions as you read through his tale.  His…

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A short story contest to share!

KateMarie Collins

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First time authors have a hard time getting their first contract. Many of us have been there and it is discouraging to say the least. Solstice Publishing has published many first time authors and are actively seeking fresh new writers to add to our Solstice family. Many authors got their foot in the publishing door by writing short stories. This is a great way for authors to build their catalog while they work on their longer novels. At Solstice, we believe every book has a home. It may or may not be with us but we invite you to see if we’re the right home for your story.

Solstice Shadows publishes Fantasy, SciFi, Paranormal, Horror, and all sub-genres therein. If you have a short story that falls into one of these genres, we welcome you to read on and consider entering our short story contest.

Official Contest Information:

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Beyond Books Takeover Treasure Trail Question Eigh

My good friend Joanne Kershaw is doing a scavenger hunt to celebrate the release of the final chapter in her Vanguard trilogy and invited me to participate!  If you are not already on the trail, then start here:

Otherwise here’s my question!

Q8 What paranormal baddie was my first published short story about?

a) Ghosts/Spirits

b) Werewolves/Werekind

c) Vampires/Undead

Hint: Try the ‘Books’ tab above – look at the picture 😉

Now, go check out Jodi L. Milner at for question 9!Fated_Webkit_blurb-2

Tête-à-Tentacles (Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell)

Hey look, it’s me! And everyone’s favorite feisty inventor!

Ever On Word

“From the stage that brought you Will & Allyn’s Interactive Theatre,” Will Scarlet proclaims before the curtain, “here’s Ever On Word’s original talk show, Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell.”

Danielle whipped up a logo for me, because she is awesome first class.

The curtain rises, the studio audience applauds, and Will steps back onto the bright, cozy set with a broad smile and wave.

“Now, as regular viewers will know, that announcement is usually Allyn-a-Dale’s to make. But our little minstrel friend’s decided to take a mental health day, whatever that’s supposed to mean. So for this episode, I’m flying solo. Jumping right into it then,” he says, leading by example by hopping into his armchair. “Here courtesy of author J. Aurel Guay, let’s give it up for today’s guest, Miss Elizabeth Carter!”

The young woman enters from the other side of the stage and takes a seat in the chair across from Will’s.

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