Sunday Surprise

I haven’t used the Draft to Digital audio production service, but my author friend Barb is venturing on that journey now.

Barbara G.Tarn - writer

My Patreon Page is live again, yay! Feel free to peruse and check it out! 

Audio update: Chose my first narrator at Findaway Voices. It’s going to be tough. Even listening to a less-than-5-minutes audition was “painful” for me. Oh, well… production underway, in a week I’ll see how it goes… Sigh!
Now waiting for male narrators to pick and choose…

Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

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“Sacred Band Series (9 Book Series)” by Janet Morris

Awesome series being promoted

Fantasy Souls


From Book 1: Relive the iconic adventures of Tempus the Black and his Sacred Band through the eyes of Nikodemos, his right-side companion, as Niko seeks his spirit’s balance on Bandara’s misty isles.
Five early tales of the Stepsons in a world of thieves, novelized with additional stories available nowhere else. Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band once again, or for the first time. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Parts of this work have been published in substantially similar form in several volumes of the million-selling shared universe series, Thieves World® and in the Janet Morris’ first Sacred Band novel, Beyond Sanctuary.

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Dirty Dozen Author Interview – Ann Stratton – Here Be Ghosts Bundle

Author name: Ann Stratton

  1. Please tell us about your publications.

Some of my other stories include:

A Note From Santiago

A Burning Rainbow Man


Ayesha and the Teaching Woman

A Soldier Travels

Monday is Winter

Freak Sanctuary

Delta City

Gutter Ball

Close Encounters, a collection of short stories

Mistaken Identities, a collection of short stories

My Little I, a collection of short stories

Loose Marbles, a collection of short stories

Interested readers might check with Smashwords or Draft 2 Digital to see what else I’ve published. Ignore the craft and cookbooks. My namesakes are busy (and creative!) women.

  1. What first prompted you to publish your work?

Harvey Stanbrough, one of our semi-local professionals who was getting into e-publishing at the time, convinced me to give Smashwords a try, and later Draft2Digital.

  1. What have you found the most challenging part of the process?

The publishing end. I’d prefer to just write, but to get my work out where someone else can read it requires spending way too much time on the Internet.

  1. Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?

Pantser, definitely. Any other method makes me over think to the point of paralysis.

  1. What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey?

Just write the story. Follow the characters and write down what they say and do, and otherwise stay out of it.

  1. How do you deal with bad reviews?

Since I’ve only gotten one review, good or bad, I can’t really say… But I’m gonna do my very best to stay away from them.

  1. Sort these into order of importance:

Great characters

Good plot

Awesome world-building

Technically perfect

  1. How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at?

Pretty much my entire life has been research. I use my own learning and experience to base my stories on. Everything I see and hear and experience becomes reference material.

Other than that… I may do some side reading on whatever I’m writing about at the moment. I enjoy the sciences as a tourist – I window shop but don’t buy, especially the human-related ones.

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?

Just write the next word. Just do it.

  1. What’s the worst piece best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?

Anything the little voices in my head tell me. We won’t get into that.

  1. What is your writing space like?

It’s our front spare bedroom, used as an office. It’s a cluttered mess, as I also use it for keeping my craft stash, and the whole assembly just might fall on me someday, like Fibber McGee and Molly’s closet.

  1. Tell us about your latest piece?

It appears to be a coming of age piece, as the heroine travels the world finding her destiny. I can see three options and I won’t know which one will apply until I get to the end of it.

At the immediate moment, her pants have split and her shoes have fallen apart, and some idiot keeps poking her with a stick.

Ann features in:

Here Be Ghosts Bundle


I books


Ghosts bundle cover UPDATED

Myth, Monsters and Mayhem Volume 6

Who are they? What are they? The souls of the long departed, or wicked manifestations of sin?

Tales of ghosts and spectres have enthralled us since time began. From ghostly servants, spectral possession, a space-going ghostbuster, to Halloween horrors, wicked toads and missing children these tales bring chills and thrills.

Ancient horrors, long-dead rockers, family secrets and helpful murder victims join them in providing the shivers and the quivers.

Dare you venture with the dead-walking.

13 tales of spooks, lost souls, and weird adventures.

Communication Breakdown – Dayle A. Dermatis

Alfred Lets Loose – Linda Jordan

Seventh – Debbie Mumford

Crossing the Naiad – J.M. Ney-Grimm

Full Circle – Kate MacLeod

Roadside Ghosts: A Collection of Horror and Dark Fantasy – Steve Vernon

The Palace – Leah Cutter

A Burning Rainbow Man – Ann Straton

The Whole World for Each – Kate MacLeod

The Queen of Toads – Joe Bonadonna

Ghosts and Ghoulies – Deb Logan

The Secret of Blossom Rise: A Ghost Story

The Popcorn Thief – Leach Cutter


Cover Reveal and Book Spotlight – Lovers in Hell (Heroes in Hell) – Historical Fantasy/Fantasy/SharedWorld/Hell Week

lovers in hell

Only fools fall in love, and hell is filled with fools. Our damned lovers include: Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare, Napoleon and Wellington, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hatshepsut and Senenmut, Abelard and Heloise, Helen and Penelope, Saint Teresa and Satan’s Reaper, Madge Kendall and the Elephant Man, and more . . . — all of whom pay a hellish price for indulging their affections.

Shakespeare said “To be wise and love exceeds man’s might,” and in Lovers in Hell, the damned in hell exceed all bounds as they search for their true loves, punish the perfidious, and avoid getting caught up in Satan’s snares. In ten stories of misery and madness, hell’s most loveless seek to slake the thirst that can never be quenched, and find true love amid the lies of ages.

Featuring stories by:

Janet and Chris Morris

Nancy Aspire

Joe Bonadonna

S.E. Lindberg

Michael E. Dellert

Michael H. Hanson

A. L. Butcher

Andrew P. Weston

 Lovers in Hell on Amazon UK

Lovers in Hell on

HELL WEEK 2018…. Coming soon…. so get your pitchforks ready.

You have been warned.

Writer Wednesday

Great article, and it’s always good to get feedback. Also knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses can really help.

Barbara G.Tarn - writer

Slow start with the new project, hopefully I’ll catch up in the weeks to come. But I also wrapped up Nightly Bites Volume 2 and it’s now available for pre-order (goes live on Friday) as e-book and available in paperback as well! I am very excited about this volume 2, I think it’s actually better than volume 1!

Well, at least my story is. The one I wrote on the fly, inspired by the chosen cover. So the guy on the cover is Alain, Bran’s latest fledgling, and you’ll see more of him probably in the next novel that will come out in November as usual. Not the first time that I write inspired by an artwork (photo/painting/drawing/sculpture) whether I did it or someone else did it.

The other stories are also awesome and you should check it right now! It’s been already presented on Library of Erana and I…

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Author Interview – A.L. Butcher

Here’s my latest author interview – enjoy:)

Mandy Eve-Barnett's Blog for Readers & Writers

Author-Interview-ButtonPlease be aware some of Alex’s novels are 18+ rated.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both! I have fibromyalgia so some days I don’t have the energy to do much of any use. I try and write everyday (and don’t always succeed), but some days, if I feel OK I get a total buzz from the writing. It’s satisfying to create something, and the feel-good is worth a lot. On the other hand the non-writing days make me feel a bit rubbish. It does depend on what else I have done that day. I work full time, so writing is usually limited to the evenings, weekends and holidays. I enjoy it though. When it becomes a burden I will stop.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Gaming and the internet. I am easily distracted. I’ll just go online for half an hour before I write… just 30 minutes…. Who am…

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