Zombie Author Works on Indie Film Short

I absolutely love Haunted Waters Press. Their print work is some of the most beautiful art I've ever seen. With that said, I couldn't be more excited to see the press feature one of their authors, who happens to write in my genre.

Going by the pen name, Fletcher Young, the author of, Of Loss and Zombies sat for an author interview to promote his upcoming indie film short of the same title. This is his first venture into filmmaking, but he has acting experience behind him. 

 "Cover image courtesy of Haunted Waters Press, 2012. A derivative work of Night of the Living Dead public domain image, 1968."

I'm stoked to post this link and hope you all are as excited about his artistic ventures as I am. Seeing someone publish in the zombie genre gives me hope that my work will be well received once I'm where Fletcher is. And that would be freaking awesome.

Happy reading,


2014 is Your Year

I hope the holiday break is treating everyone alright. This is a reflective time of year, which means a reflective post is in order.

Here's the highlights from my 2013:

This year has been crazy busy. Unfortunately, that meant that my writing went to the wayside much of the time. I did manage to devote summer break and winter break to editing my MS, but obviously that isn't enough.

What I did in the mean time is finish some coursework for my jobs. It is such a relief to be done with those classes. I also tried my hand at writing copy for a marketing firm--and loved it. 

Writers, if you get a chance to do this, give it a go. Writing copy challenged me in ways that improved my writing in both the fiction and nonfiction spheres. Nonfiction writing can be just as exciting to work on as fiction. I was just as stoked when I sold a nonfiction article on education this year as I would've been if I'd sold a short story. 

Although I wasn't able to do much fiction writing or editing, some of my work was published this year. I was honored to have four short stories published in 2013. I was thrilled to have three more accepted for publication in 2014.

The icing on the cake for me was being able to participate in my community of writers in new and exciting ways. This year I was elected to serve on the Space Coast Writer's Guild board. I have no words for how cool it was to have this opportunity. 

This summer, I was asked to speak about writing at the Empower 500 Symposium. Meeting and talking to local educators about their writing aspirations over coffee is the next best thing to writing itself.

So that leaves me pounding away at my keys over the holiday break--which is exactly where I want to be. My hope is that 2014 is a quieter year, and the year I start submitting my MS to agents. Last night I finished another round of edits, after this cup of coffee my red pen and I are going back to page one.

When I look back at this year, I feel overwhelmed by how many incredibly cool things I was able to experience. I also get the urge to go take a nap. 2013 was a whirlwind that blew threw without ever letting up a bit. It was also the year that I started to believe in myself as a writer. For that I will never forget this crazy year.

My hope is that if you don't already believe in yourself as a writer, that 2014 is your year. We set up hurdles we believe we must leap to reach our goals. These hurdles are usually imaginary. I've read over thirty writing guides, and none of them has delivered an official decree on what one must do to earn the coveted title, author.

For me, I had to have a short story published in print--that was the threshold to cross. Get a short story published and--boom--I'm a writer. Others may believe in a certain sales number, a certain distinguished award--you get the idea.

I don't know what line you believe you have to cross to get there, but I hope you slide over it in this coming year. In the mean time, you should know that I already know you're a writer. I already know you have a book in you. I'm just waiting on you to figure it out. 

I also happen to know that 2014 is YOUR year.

Happy writing,


Free Short Story for the Holiday

Seasons greetings!

The holidays are hectic and a tad stressful. Please enjoy this funny short story, my gift to you to help keep the holidays joyous.

Happy holidays,


Holiday Comedy of Errors

Season's Greetings! 

Please enjoy this holiday short story, a free gift from me to you.   : )

Happy reading,





The massive store was geared up for holiday traffic. Even the line for the bathroom was cordoned off. I just couldn’t hold it anymore. In fact, after getting out of the car and walking what was at least a quarter mile of parking lot, I went straight there. I sprinted down the cordons, slowing slightly at the hand sanitizer dispenser before the door. That’s when the heavyset woman jumped the cordon and ran into me while trying to cut in line.

I was in no mood for this. 

“Excuse me,” I said.

She kept walking. I ran along side her, determined to get back in front of her before we reached the stalls. 

“I know you aren’t talking to me after running into me like that,” she said.

“Excuse me? Is that what happened, because I don’t think so,” I said.

Her phone rang. She talked loudly into it, telling whoever was on the other end how some people are so rude and have absolutely no home training. 

By the time we reached the end of the line, I’d had it. She and I did a dance, taking turns hedging closer to the woman in front of us who had more bags than arm length. At one point, I ended up a little too close to the wall and skirted back when I saw that it was teeming with a species of insect I’d never seen before. All of a sudden, I didn’t have to go anymore, for the moment anyway.

She and I never got to figure out who won, because neither of us got to move an inch more in the line. Someone flushed something she wasn’t supposed to. I heard the back up start and the water lap up over the commodes. All of them brimeth over at the same time and the grocery center janitor kindly ejected every last one of us from the line. Promises were made that we could come back in a few hours. Those who can hold it that long are a mystery to me.

I let the woman escape my line of sight and went in search of my husband. I locked in on him across the frozen food section and watched him wander the meat cases as I hobbled (I had to go again) up to him.

“Did you get a cart?” I asked.

“No, did you?” Cory asked.

I wanted to ask him if I looked like I had a cart, but I bit my tongue. He didn’t look like he had a cart either. He went back to scanning the ground beef, why I’m not sure. I waived past him at Jessica, my girlfriend from work. She smiled, that same sweet smile she’d had when we’d left work that afternoon, then went back to picking out a turkey. 

“We’re buying Thanksgiving dinner, we’re going to need a cart,” I said. Maybe I did roll my eyes, but I think that may have been understandable. Forgivable. What he did next was neither of the two. 

Cory slammed his hands against the metallic rail then muttered something about not being able to take it anymore. I knew he was frustrated; we both were. The holidays are hectic, the traffic is maddening. Something about the time of year drives all the crazies out; people that must hide under rocks until mid November. But Cory still didn’t have to act like that, like one of the damn crazies in the middle of our neighborhood grocer. 

“Yeah, I’ll go get the cart Tammy. I’ll get it right now,” Cory said. 

Then my husband of thirteen years did something so ridiculous, I’m sure he’ll never do it again. To his side stood an unsuspecting clerk unloading his cart of ground beef packets into the very same case my husband leaned against. Cory pulled out row after row of ground beef packets and slammed them into the floor. They made this smacking noise; some broke open and sent pinkish red meat flying. My shoe is still gooey on the bottom, because of this incident I’m sure, but I refuse to look. 

I watched in horror for as long as I could, then pretended like I didn’t know him or Jessica as I worked my way out of the now fully formed crowd surrounding Cory and the clerk. Funny, but yet again, my bladder forgot its urgency as I raced out of the store chasing after my pride and dignity. 

We’d both had a hard day, nothing had gone right. His truck broke down this morning, our daughter came home from school with the flu, the house was filthy, his parents were on a plane headed our way, and he’d found out on Monday he was getting laid off. I got that, but I didn’t get what had just happened.

Cory chased me down in the parking lot. I told him I didn’t know him and he better get away. Then I got in my car and argued with myself about leaving him in the parking lot to find his own way home. I blinked, but the look on Jessica’s face when my husband started a food fight in the middle of a grocery store wouldn’t leave me alone. 

Was I overbearing and a nag today? Of course I was, being on my period does that to me. But in thirteen years of enduring my menstrual cycle, Cory had never snapped like that before. If the pressure was too much on him, I should probably back off. Or maybe he needed to man up. I’m under pressure too, but I don’t behave like that, in public or otherwise.

Cory scared me when he snuck up to the driver’s side door. His face was puppy-like, I could tell he’d never felt this sorry in his whole life. I rolled the window down, but didn’t let him speak first.

“Are you banned?” I knew it wasn’t as big a deal as anything else, but we could work out his behavior issues at home. Now I just needed to know if he could be counted on for emergency milk runs or if I was officially in charge of all household shopping forever. If I was, we were moving near another damn store.

“No one said anything to me before I left.”

“Did you pay for the damage?”

“No, was I supposed to?”

“I guess not, if they let you leave.”

“Can I please come home?”

I didn’t answer him verbally, I just shook my head and unlocked the car. 

I left Cory in the car to think about what he’d done when I stopped at my sister’s place to pick up my daughter. On the way up the path to her apartment, my bladder let me know in no uncertain terms, that I was going to pee my pants if I didn’t make a stop immediately. I danced like a toddler at her door until someone I’d never met before opened it. Must be a new boyfriend. I greeted him as best I could without knowing his name, and then led myself back to her bathroom without even asking. I was her older sister all her life, sometimes I pulled that card. If someone had something to say about my rudeness, now would be yet another time the card came flying out of my purse.

My sister’s cleaning habits and lack of toilet paper left something to be desired in the experience, but I felt much better when I left the bathroom. That is until I found my daughter sitting Indian-style on the floor with a guy who had more gold than teeth in his mouth. I’m not sure what his skin color might have been before he became a human canvas, but presently it was a vibrant shade of tattoo. I grabbed my sister by the arm and asked her what the hell was going on before even saying hello or thank you for watching Katie on short notice.

“Oh, she’s getting tatted,” my sister said.

I jerked my head so hard my neck cracked. “What?”

“Yeah, she said you wouldn’t care.”

“She is getting a tattoo?”

“Am I in trouble?”

“She’s twelve!”

I ran to my daughter, and probably shouldn’t have, but I ripped her away from the giant needle that was mixing black ink with red blood on her left arm. 

“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” was all I could say. Completely frantic, I tried to wipe the ink away. It wasn’t coming off. Katie cried out in pain and tried to pull her arm away. I yanked it back to me. 

“How did you do this? Why?” I yelled.

“I’m sorry mom, I really wanted one.”

My death stare found the man with the golden mouth. 

“I’m going to sue you, you hear me? You didn’t have my consent to do this.” 

As soon as I finished talking I felt foolish on top of frighteningly angry. He didn’t appear to have a whole lot a court could hand over, not unless I wanted gold capped teeth. A death threat might have been more striking and appropriate in this situation. 

“I got a signed consent form. What are you talking about?” said Gold Mouth.

My grip on Katie’s arm tightened like a boa constrictor. 

“I got Auntie to sign it,” Katie said.

At that point my sister ran and hid, which was a great idea. I knew I had to leave soon, but first I had to see the damage.

“Well, it’s not that bad,” I said. The inside of her arm had a wavy line on it, like the outline of one side of a bowling pin. I might be able to afford getting that removed. 

Then I turned Katie’s arm over and felt like I might pass out. He hadn’t just started working, he’d been at it for a while. The entire back of her arm was covered in outlines of the characters from Ice Age, Zac Efron, and that kid from One Direction. Some of it was seasonally appropriate, especially the pumpkin and cornucopia circling her upper arm. He’d made cute little sketches all the way past Katie’s elbow in some places. Her private school was going to love that. 

Before I did anything that would result in a call placed to the authorities, I marched Katie out of my sister’s apartment, down the path, and into the back of my car. This was partially my fault for resorting to my brain dead sister for a babysitter. I knew better, but never expected this. 

I didn’t have to say a word on the ride home, my husband did the shouting for me. I was just thankful there was no ground beef within Cory’s reach. We got back to the house just in time to hear the answering machine announce his parents would be arriving early. I couldn’t wait for my in-laws to see my daughter’s new “tatt” or my messy house. This is why I drank an entire bottle of Zinfandel and smoked my first cigarette since high school before deciding to go to bed at eight o’clock. And quite frankly, on this eve before our national day of thanks, I’m truly thankful for cigarettes and bottle openers.

Read Spark: 'A Creative Anthology' for Free

Spark: A Creative Anthology is releasing excerpts from Volumes I and II for free. Different stories will be available on a rolling basis. Visit Spark: A Creative Anthology to read my story, The Barfly From Apartment Twenty-One and others.

Happy Reading!


From the Depths: Fall 2013 Edition Released

I am please to announce that Haunted Waters Press has released its Fall 2013 edition of From the Depths

This edition's theme is Stories From Home, which leaves much to the imagination. I can assure that the authors did not disappoint, and neither did the artwork. I can honestly say that I've not seen such beautiful print work in some time. This anthology is simply gorgeous.

I am incredibly proud to have been a part of From the Depths. My piece, Excised, is the product of me taking on the challenge of telling a story about home using only thirteen precious words. Look for my micro-short in the chapter entitled, Penny Fiction. Excised is in the Thirteen Lovely Words collection on page twenty-five.

Feel free to return to this post and tell me your thoughts on From the Depths. I love hearing from you all!

Happy reading,



Greetings and salutations!

This update is long overdue. Please accept my apology, but I've been terribly busy with teaching of late and haven't been able to post as much as I'd like.

Great stuff is in the works, and as the semester advances, I grow closer to being able to be more active on this blog.

Happy reading and writing,


Get College Textbooks Cheap

For many, school just started back up. If you are one of those college students that is trying to make it through on the cheap, check out my blog post that explains seven ways to score reduced cost college textbooks on GetEducated.com.

GetEducated.com is the online resource for all things college and university related. Students and professors from online and on-campus programs can find information to help them be successful in every facet of the college life on this incredible website. It's totally worth checking out.

Until next time,


Agent and Editor Twitter Party

On September 24th, the Agent and Editor Wish List will be hosting another Twitter party. The hashtag is #MSWL, like always. All the info is on the Agent and Editor Wish List Tumblr page.

It's about to get real for the literary types--oh yeah!

Happy querying,


Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light Released Today!

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light went on sale today. Readers can get a sneak peek at this fun middle grade historical fantasy by visiting author Jaimie Engle's website where the first six chapters are posted right now. Advance reader reviews of Clifton are also posted on her website and on Amazon.

Having read Clifton, I know its an awesome, fun read. You can read my review of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light here: 

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light

Readers can purchase the entire novel in print or digital form on Jaimie's website or on Amazon.com.

Author Jaimie Engle has an extensive list of published works, and is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel that is sure to make readers swoon once it's completed.

Happy reading!


Lit Agent Carly Watters MSWL

Literary agent Carly Watters has released her Fall 2013 manuscript wish list. Visit her website to see if you have the MS of her dreams.

There's some neat requests on her list, such as multiple POVs. That is a new one for me.

Happy querying,


MSWL Updates

The agent and editor manuscript wishlist on Tumblr was updated yesterday and today. I've reblogged the MSWL posts onto my Tumblr, but here is a link to go direct: Agent and Editor Wish List.

Is Twitter For You?

Here's a pretty funny flow chart to help writers determine if they really need a Twitter account, courtesy of lit. agent Carly Watters: Should You Use Twitter?

Happy tweeting!


Dear Publisher

Dear Publisher,

I don’t even know how to start this letter because I’m just so blown away. And to think that I had to hear from my best friend that you had gone in the middle of the night. How could you leave and not tell me first, after all we had together? Everyone knew you had skipped town before I found out--I thought I knew you better than that. I thought we had something together.

This is partly my fault because ever since we got serious late last year, I’ve been completely crazy about you. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit it now, but I had dreams about you nonstop before we hooked up. I just wanted this to work so much. It never occurred to me that we wouldn’t be together forever. I really never saw this coming.

But I guess what this is really about is that, even though I was acting like some lovesick teenage girl all this time, I still should’ve been given some kind of warning. 

I guess I wanted it to go more like, you come to me and tell me this isn’t working out for you anymore, then assure me that it’s not another writer. I’m a little caught off guard (obviously) but I get it because I’m a grown adult and have been through this before. We talk a little bit about all the good memories, and what we would’ve done differently if life had do-overs. 

Then we hug it out and I do this cool gesture with my hand that symbolizes freeing you from our relationship. You walk away confidently, and I stand there watching you--all solemn--like I’m not already thinking about other publishers to query when I get back home.

I know that this is just a rough time in your life. You’ve got a lot going on. I get that and we’re totally cool. I know you can’t see it, but right now I’m doing yet another cool hand gesture that symbolizes me forgiving you for changing your email address so I can’t contact you about the rights to my story.

Yours truly,

The writer you burned

Feature on Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light by Author Jaimie Engle

This morning, Florida Today newspaper published a feature on the fast approaching release of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light by author, Jaimie Engle.

This feature is a twofer, because in addition to an in-depth look at this unputdownable MG historical fiction book, Florida Today also interviewed novelist, Jaimie Engle

Be sure to not only check out the feature, but also Jaimie Engle's website because today she released the first chapter of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light. Readers can visit Jaimie's site and discover how Clifton's adventure started, for free.

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light will officially release in a few weeks on September 1, 2013. 

'House of Cards' Uses Retro Writing Device

House of Cards is a Netflix original series that follows Congressman Frank Underwood as he politicks his way through Washington, D.C. One episode turned me into an absolute fanatic.

The show's writers know what the hell they are doing. They have taken directions with the show that demonstrate their collective genius and IMHO, ensure the series will have a die hard following and consequently, staying power. 

But House of Cards could've died from self-inflicted wounds during the pilot.

The writers reached back in time for a single device that saved the show: they broke the Fourth Wall.

The Fourth Wall theory comes from playwrights. The idea is that stage-front has an imaginary wall across it. No attention should be drawn to the audience, because acknowledging its existence is equitable to admitting that the play is a work of fiction (Source: TV Tropes). 

Using this device was a risk, but one worth taking. If it didn't catch on, if viewers found it corny, or if improperly incorporated, the device could've pulled viewers completely out of the storyline. Breaking the Fourth Wall has been out of fad for some time, but because it was smoothly incorporated, instead of being a show stopping interruption, it worked.

If viewers didn't have this method of connecting to Frank Underwood, the last five minutes of the second episode alone would have so repulsed that there may not have been an audience anymore. Viewers need to feel like the main character doesn't detest them or think he is better than them. The choices that Frank Underwood makes, the way he treats others, and the comments that fall out of his mouth all suggest that he doesn't think highly of John Q. Public. 

In addition to this, none of the politicking that takes place in the show is ever about the American people--not even the voters. With depictions like these, in a climate like now, it would be all too easy to want to watch something else, anything else.

That is why the writers chose to let viewers into Frank's close knit circle, through having interludes with him throughout the show. This creates an inner circle feel that elevates the viewer, since making Frank seem more like a common man just ain't gonna work.

It was a brilliant move that didn't perish upon execution. And with that one choice, House of Cards has allowed viewers to connect with Frank Underwood and ensured at least a second season of my new favorite show.

Happy viewing,


Book Review: The Artful Edit by Susan Bell

Below is my Goodreads review of The Artful Edit by Susan Bell. If you are in need of a great book on editing, this is your new go-to manual.

The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing YourselfThe Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself by Susan Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read two other books that claimed to be about editing and revising. While they did provide some helpful tips, after reading, I felt they focused more on what to do while crafting a first draft so that one had less work to do during the editing stage.

That does nothing to help the author that has already completed a first draft.

On the other hand, Susan Bell's book, The Artful Edit, has provided me great insights into what I can do while editing to improve my prose. This book isn't about grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but rest assured, there are great guides out there on those points. This book focuses on the art and skill of editing and revising one's work after the first draft has been completed. The title of this book proves to be rather accurate, thankfully.

Broken into five sections, Bell's book jumps right into useful tips from editors and writers on how to edit and revise a text. The best part about this book is that it assured me as an author that whatever methods I use are, in fact, the right ones. I find that all I need some times is reassurance that I'm on the right track and the rest is a cake walk.

Some of the advice will work for certain writers, others will adopt tips that run counter to what the former subscribed to. The beauty is that no one method is the absolute correct one, and no one type of author is considered the stereotype to be catered to. Outliners, non-outliners, rushed, and torturously slow writers will all find advice that can be helpful to them in this book.

The other sections make this book a true variety pack. Within the binds, Bell includes essays from authors, and other artists that detail how they edit their work. She also offers a history of editing that is really rather interesting.

If you are like me and find yourself looking for advice on editing that truly isn't easy to locate, this book may be meant for you.

View all my reviews

Happy reading!


It's so Worth it: A Pictorial Essay

My copy of Spark: A Creative Anthology Volume II came in the mail today. 

It looks like this:

And seeing it feels like this:

Now I'm going to drink this:

And start the whole creative process again.

Happy writing!



Quote of the Day

Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph.

                                                               --Author Unknown

Happy writing,


The Blog You Should be Following: Literary Agent Wish List

Stop playing guessing games with the publishing industry. Know exactly what literary agents are combing the slush pile for by following the Agent and Editor Wish List blog.

In June, the hash tag #MSWL launched and for an entire day lit. agents and editors posted which manuscripts they would love to read. In July, the hash tag lit up again with even more MS wishes.

A blog has been devoted to capturing all of the agent and editor tweets so that we can all see who is interested in reading what. Now writers know which agents are dreaming of reading their manuscripts. 

Follow the blog so you can find the right agents to query.

Also check out this blog post from the newest literary agent at The Bent Agency, Victoria Lowes, wherein she details her entire wish list.

Happy querying!



Quote of the Day

The owl of Minerva (the goddess of wisdom) flies at night.

                                                               --Rodney Delasanta

Perhaps this explains why writers do so many all nighters.

Happy writing,


Writer's Digest "Tunesday" Volume 3

Writer's Digest is holding a "Name that Tune" contest. If you can name the 17 partial songs played,  you can win all sorts of stuff to include a critique of your work.

Give it a go music lovers. Go win some stuff!

Good luck!


Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light is Jaimie M. Engle's debut middle grade novel. 

This MG novel is a fun and dazzling read. I've composed a full review on Goodreads and included it below.

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of LightClifton Chase and the Arrow of Light by Jaimie M. Engle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light will charm adult readers as well as children. One does not have to be an avid fan of fantasy stories or historical fiction to be pulled into this medieval tale that entangles long forgotten princes with sea creatures and fire-breathing dragons.

The best part about this book is that Clifton is a witty character who is easy to identify with. His adventures, both present day and past, are believable and relatable. Clifton is clever, but good natured, which makes him a character I would encourage my child to read about.

His good friend, Dane, kept me snickering the whole way through the tale. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud.

If you are looking for a book to read with your child, I highly recommend this middle grade novel. The story is intriguing enough to keep you both up late eagerly turning pages.

Teachers would enjoy reading this book with their classes not only because of its entertainment value, but also because of the endless options for integrating curriculum. Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light has applications in: social science, social and personal skills, music appreciation, writing, and, of course, reading courses.

View all my reviews 

The book trailer for Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light provides a great peek of what is in store for readers. The trailer just released today so you can be one of the first viewers!

This phenomenal read goes on sale in September so be on the lookout for it. 

Happy reading!


Contributor Credit Conundrum

Fellow writers, I'm looking for some different takes on a situation I recently experienced with a publisher. 

A piece of mine was accepted into an online anthology. Of course, I was incredibly excited about the writing credit even though this was a nonpaying market.

The anthology was posted on Amazon for purchase so I immediately started creating my Amazon Author Central page. I was so let down when I realized that I had not been given contributor credit on the anthology; therefore, I couldn't create an Amazon Author page.

The buzz one can generate through an Amazon Author page is huge, because it links all your works in one centralized location. I knew the page was critical to my future success so I requested that the publisher add me to the contributing authors.

The publisher declined stating that it was too tedious to add all fifty of the contributing authors. I call fooey on that because a friend of mine is in an anthology with a hundred contributing authors and all of them have been given proper writing credit.

So fellow authors, am I wrong or right to be piffed? Should authors expect writing credit on all works, no matter what?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Please share them below.

Happy writing!

Spark is a Hit!

Spark: A Creative Anthology volume II has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you have a second take a peek at this great review by author, George Wells.

This article is about the launch of volume II: SF Signal. The article also talks about the unique collection of work in the anthology.

Of course, if you are interested in reading the anthology you are welcome to read the post beneath this one or click on the Published Pieces tab to learn more about purchasing Spark.

Happy reading!


Spark: A Creative Anthology Volume II

The Barfly From Apartment Twenty-One is a gritty general fiction tale.


Ending up at her local haunt in her pajamas was the first of Amanda's problems that night, but not the most pressing. She can't remember a single thing about herself or the two men that insist they know who she is and can explain everything. Her problems threaten to become far too much for her to handle when she finally makes it to apartment twenty-one.

This piece was published by Spark on July 10, 2013. If you are unfamiliar with Spark: A Creative Anthology, I highly encourage you to take a minute and check out their sight. Brian Lewis, the Editor-in-Chief, has some incredibly informative interviews posted. All the info on submissions and contests can be found there as well.

You can purchase Spark: A Creative Anthology Volume II through Spark's website or Amazon.com. Use coupon code: V2-EDWARDS-FRIENDS to get 50% purchase price of print and eBook versions. This offer expires on October 1, 2013.
 The anthology is available in e-pub and Kindle formats as well as trade paperback. Hardcover copies are coming soon.

So if July finds you in the mood for a dark and tragic tale, I've got you covered. Look for my story, The Barfly From Apartment Twenty-One, in the second volume of Spark. I'd love to hear what you think, so be sure to return and post comments.

Florida Book News Article on Empower 500 Speakers


Florida Book News talks about Empower 500 speakers Christine Edwards and Jaimie Engle in the following article. Check it out: http://www.floridabooknews.com/2013/07/jaimie-m-engle-and-christine-edwards-to.html.

Agent Wish List


Another agent has posted her wish list online. Actually, Molly from Bent on Books updated the list she already posted in January.

Check it out to see if you have composed the MS of her dreams. 

Bent of Books: Molly's Updated Wish List

Happy querying,


The Flashing Type Anthology Now Available on Amazon.com

Free Bodies is a micro-fiction horror story.

The undead shop for unoccupied bodies to wear in the same way the living peruse Amazon.com for new threads. Kellen thinks little of the people whose bodies he lists online, until one day his is up for grabs.

This piece was published by Free Flash Fiction on December 13, 2012 and is now in The Flashing Type Issue #2 anthology available for download from Amazon.com.

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