Friday, December 3, 2010

Excerpt from Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Oh My (Anthology)

Get it on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/VAMPIRES-Zombies-Creatures-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00492COIG





excerpt from Letters from David by Eve Paludan

Get it on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-David-NoTreeBooks-com-Romances-ebook/dp/B001GCUPDI





Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Anthology - Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts, Oh My! now available!

Anthology - Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts, Oh My!

NOW AVAILABLE!

ON KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/VAMPIRES-Zombies-Creatures-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00492COIG/

Other file formats (pdf., epub, etc) at SMASHWORDS.COM: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27972




An anthology featuring these 16 short stories by 13 authors:

Introduction by Eve Paludan, Ed.

1. “All the Delicate Things”
by Heidi Mannan, author of the upcoming novel, Turning Red, many short stories, and magazine articles. “All the Delicate Things” is an offbeat vampire tale whose fearless heroine, Rachael, collects the kinds of exotic creatures that would make other people shudder.

2. “Baron Blood” by Mark Cantrell, journalist and author of the novel, Citizen Zero, many short stories, and poems. In “Baron Blood,” the truth is a bitter pill to swallow, as a group of vampires learn when they go in search of their origins and discover the shocking facts. The awful truth of their underlying nature may not ease their bloody curse, but it offers them an opportunity for revenge.

3. “The Curse of Nilofer” by Rekha Ambardar,
who has published more than ninety stories and articles in print and electronic magazines. She is also the author of two books. “The Curse of Nilofer” offers an archaeology tale of an Egyptian queen whose mummy and tomb hieroglyphics hold the key to an ancient mystery and wield a power that extends beyond the grave.

4. “Teeth” by
A.J. Kirby, prize-winning novelist of Bully, a supernatural tale of revenge from beyond the grave, The Magpie Trap: A High Octane Crime Thriller with Teeth, When Elephants walk through the Gorbals, Call of the Sea (a novella), and more than forty prize-winning short stories featured in a number of publications including anthologies. In “Teeth,” a slick marketing man’s finest physical attribute is cursed by a local drunken councilor, with shocking results that are worthy of a bow to that familiar human nightmare.

5. “The Twins” by
TW Brown, author of the Zomblog series and the Dead series and publisher, MayDecemberPublications.com. In “The Twins,” Bill Ryan, who worked at an airfield, should not have taken his kids with him on the day that “weird things” were reported in the region by the media who held back the worst details.

6. “The Bone Flute Maker” by
Carol J. La Valley, award-winning journalist and real-life storyteller, and Tales of a Lifetime biographer. “The Bone Flute Maker” is a futuristic tale of a blind musical instrument maker with electronic eyes who rescues a wounded seraph from her former cult.

7. “Palliative” by Chantal Boudreau, an accountant/author/illustrator who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA from Dalhousie University. She writes and illustrates predominantly horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has several short stories and multiple novels in the works. “Palliative” is a chilling story of conscientious caregivers, an escape artist, and a palliative patient with no pulse and sharp teeth.

8. “Late Night Shopping” by
Michael O'Connor, editor, essayist, poet, book reviewer, and short story author in many publications. "Late Night Shopping" unveils a seemingly ordinary shopping trip to the local Cheap Choice Freezermart. But strange things are afoot in the meat department.

9. “Vengeance Was His” by Rekha Ambardar,
who has published more than ninety stories and articles in print and electronic magazines. She is also the author of two books. “Vengeance Was His” is a twisted tale of terror in which Count Cesare Vincenti surprises his younger wife, Lucretia. He survives a shipwreck, returns to old Palermo and catches her tramping around on him. The Count banishes her to the dungeon and calls upon a vampire hag with a serious quest to “find Andrea Bellini.”

10. “The Bride of Frankenstein Dances with Celebrity” by Chris Hugh,
a lawyer and former high school teacher and the author of a growing list of short stories. Her cat, Twitch, was in the book, How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. It made the New York Times bestseller list (September 2009, paperback advice). This parody takes a funny stab at pop-culture icons and the frustrations of being a modern-day “assembled” monster.

11. “That Whole Being-Dead Thing” by Allison Ridley, senior at Northern Arizona University.  She loves to read Young Adult Literature, she spent a semester abroad in Mexico, and her favorite pastime is following authors on Twitter and YouTube. "That Whole Being-Dead Thing,” features a ghost named Millie who haunts David, her ex-boyfriend from the tenth grade, and criticizes his lineup of potential girlfriend material.

12. “DeathHouse Mansion, Inc.” by Chris Hugh,
a lawyer and former high school teacher and the author of a growing list of short stories. Her cat, Twitch, was in the book, How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. It made the New York Times bestseller list (September 2009, paperback advice). The author weaves together the past and the present in the unfolding of a thousand-dollar bet in “DeathHouse Mansion Inc.” a fast-paced haunted house thriller of disappearances.


13. “Third Degree” by
A.J. Kirby, author of Bully, a supernatural tale of revenge from beyond the grave, The Magpie Trap: A High Octane Crime Thriller with Teeth, and more than forty short stories. In “Third Degree” a sun worshiper goes way too far with his bronze ambition.

14. “Love’s Transformation” by Donna Collins, an author from update New York. The author unveils more than one surprise to the reader in “Love’s Transformation,” a paranormal story about a misfit romance.

15. “Pandora’s Boxes” by Eve Paludan,
who was twice a #1 Writer’s Digest Book Club national bestselling author of The Romance Writer’s Pink Pages, a three-book series published by Prima. Paludan is also an editor of scholarly work, as well the editor/publisher of this fiction anthology. In “Pandora’s Boxes,” a young widow who is just beginning to date again is haunted by a sexy ghost who mistakes her for someone else.

16.
“The Night Knows Me Well” by J.R. Rain,
#1 Kindle bestselling vampire author of Vampire Moon and Moon Dance, more than a dozen other novels, screenplays, and many short stories. “The Night Knows Me Well” is unforgettable and stunning. His story is last here, because Rain is a master of the grand finale. 
 


Afterword by Ron Paludan, 3D modeler, programmer of North American Railroad software, train photographer, and clever pop culture analyst. Ron adds his usual cleverness in a very short Afterword.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My review of Threads West, An American Saga: Novel One

THREADS WEST, AN AMERICAN SAGA: Novel One by Reid L. Rosenthal

Get it now and don't miss "The Branding Party!"


The last time I fell madly in love with a Western historical saga, the title was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; it won a Pulitzer in 1986. The splendor and adventure of Threads West, An American Saga: Novel One, has now surpassed my long-ago love affair with McMurtry's Western saga. Reid L. Rosenthal, cowboy and rancher, has written a novel that spirited me away to the 1850s-1860s era and provided me with gripping hours of authentic Western history, action, drama, heartfelt romance and something extra special and seldom seen in literature of this caliber: well-written, sizzling sensuality.

What separates a good novel from a great one? I close a good novel and feel satisfied. When I close a great novel, like this one, I feel sad that there are no more pages to read. From the first time each character appears in the book to the last time they fade from the pages, I was immersed in the personal stories of the heroes, the heroines, the bad guys, the powerful, the vulnerable, and the brave. I cared about their lives and loves, strengths and weaknesses, and their strife and successes. As they head for their compelling shared and undiscovered destinies, their paths unfurl like a Western sunrise in this new saga of the American West.

The Threads West series opens with a bang and closes with a promise of more excitement to come. The story of these enduring characters is destined to stamp its imprint on the spirit and heritage of readers' hearts.

The writing is incredible. I'll leave you with this small taste from Reid L. Rosenthal's pen: "Dawn on the day of departure was a brilliant palette of indigo in retreat to the west and blossoming fire orange to the east. The Mississippi had a slight chop from the morning wind, the surface ripples reflecting the burgeoning day in a shimmer of color."

Five stars are not enough. One book is not enough. Let there be more Threads West. Soon!-- Eve Paludan

Eve Paludan was twice a #1 Writer's Digest Book Club national bestselling author of The Romance Writer's Pink Pages, a three-book series from Prima. Paludan is also an editor of scholarly work at a state university, as well as a freelance fiction editor, e-publisher at NoTreeBooks.com, and a book reviewer. She is also the author of the novel, Letters from David and the novel manuscript, The Man Who Fell from the Sky, pending publication.


Get it - first day of first printing is October 12: http://threadswestamericansaga.com/

Author site: ReidLRosenthal.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Anticipation - standing on the point of change

A fantastic literary agent has my entire novel manuscript. She's reading it. She has a lot of manuscripts to read. She posted on her blog that manuscripts under review have a 10% chance of being accepted. Around Oct 6, authors who will be offered representation will get a phone call. The others will get an e-mail rejection.

Arghhhhh! The suspense is intense. This is one of the most important moments of my professional life, coming soon!

And, of course, I cannot get this song out of my head:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Still in the running

At the advice of an industry professional, I cut 20,000 words from my novel. It's svelte and fast-paced, a much better read at 90,000 words. The executive editor of a large publisher who had the longer version requested the shorter revision. My manuscript is now under serious consideration. I'm, of course, very excited and hope she loves the revision.

In the meantime, I'm working on editing three fiction anthologies. Come see:
http://www.notreebooks.com/submissions

Agent news: After requesting two separate exclusives and a revision (see above), the agent who tied up my manuscript for 8 weeks (including rewrite time) said "no thank you" after her previous praise of "great potential." No reason given. She was very nice, so I won't grouse about it. She also sent it to her readers and they apparently liked it a lot. This kind of stuff happens all the time -- the almosts -- but the end result is that I have a KICK-ASS version of my novel manuscript and the biggest romance publisher in the world is considering it. So it was, after all, a positive experience and I am grateful that the agent asked me to cut 20,000 words. It was nice of her to take the time to like my work that much and ask others what they thought. I will also cut her a lot of slack because my manuscript landed in her office after the death of an associate and that, I am sure, affected her desire to take me on as a client. Sometimes, the timing of such events can affect a business and I wouldn't want her to take me on as a client when so much else is going on and she already has a full list. I can honestly say the manuscript has been honed to a fine perfection and is the best work I've ever done. I'm so proud of this manuscript and will keep riding on my comeback trail.

The waits are interminable, between submission and news related to it, but it's all part of the process, so I try to work on other things and be patient. Life is wonderful.

Monday, August 2, 2010

My toughest editing assignment yet

Today I started to edit a journal article that will be submitted to five medical journals. (I'll explain simultaneous submissions to the author.) The journals all have different submission guidelines and different reference styles, different rules about abbreviated journal titles in the references, modified Vancouver rules, etc. I've never used the American Medical Association style. I had to Google examples and depend on the guidelines for almost everything. I read some articles from those journals and was just amazed at the ratio of passive voice to active voice, definitely not what I usually see. I may need to create five versions of the journal article manuscript, one file for each targeted journal. Oh, my. I think targeting more than one journal is overkill, though.

I'm surrounded by brilliant people, people who change the world with their words. Works for me.

My brain got a tremendous workout today. I'm going to curl up with The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand and try to slow down a little before I go to sleep. Why yes, I am a book nerd.

Beta readers

Allan Krummenacker talks about Beta-Readers in his blog:
http://allankrummenacker.blogspot.com/

I found this incredibly interesting. I've never used Beta readers. What's your take on this concept?

A New Blog about Writing by Jodie Renner

I'd like to recommend Jodie Renner's new and excellent blog for writers.

http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/

Jodie edited the first draft of my novel manuscript that is now on a three-week exclusive consideration by a top literary agent. She assisted with developmental issues and gave me advice on plot, pacing, characterization and much more than just copy editing.

I highly recommend her services.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bird by Bird

I'm working it, "bird by bird," as author Anne Lamott once coined that phrase.

At my day job, I am almost through editing and formatting a scholarly book manuscript about Africa. (The client is a faculty author, one of my fave people, but I don't know any of the contributors.) The acquisitions editor at the publisher has been a huge help with tips and advice to get the manuscript completely camera ready. I await ONE graphic to place--our in-house artist is creating the figure--and then I need to print out chapters 7-11 and the About the Contributors section. (The publisher likes sample chapters as hard copy first.) I like it when I can see the pages after they're printed. The IRL version always seems to reveal anomalies that I might not catch on the screen. I'm tinkering here and there with the ms., trying to get it perfect.

It's monsoon season in Flagstaff so every laser printer in the office is misfeeding the curling, damp sheets of paper. We don't have air conditioning in our office, so it is rather like a sauna. Our admin associate ordered another box of paper and I'm going to try that workaround tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I'll ask our art department downstairs to print them out on their state-of-the-art printer.

Editing requests continue to stack up and I'm already booking jobs for October. It's going to be a very busy fall. I have some new faculty clients which always brings me new topics to absorb. One of my new clients is a researcher on lowering body temperature for heart attack victims. I'm sure that will be a challenge. Another author wants to submit to the IEEE journal; I think the guidelines are longer than the journal article.

***

In my other life, the literary agent who requested and received the resubmission of my novel wants a three-week exclusive to read it and decide if she wants to represent me. Her editorial group liked it at 109,000+ words; the words "great potential" were used. Wow! I hope she and her group LOVE it at a slimmed down 89,000-ish words. When she first asked me to drastically reduce the word count to 90,000, I didn't think I could do it. It did take a couple of weeks to nail it but I did it! As you can imagine, I'm very excited to have such serious consideration of representation. A bestselling author read the "phat" version of my novel manuscript and gave me a book blurb, which I also submitted to the agent. Whee!

In other news, the hubby gets laid off from his temp job on Sept. 12th. He'll be programming again, returning to HIS real life, but he's switching from Windows application development to Android phone application development. We've brainstormed a couple of ideas, but he has plenty of his own and doesn't need me.

Our four-year-old granddaughter jumped off the diving board at the end of weeks of swim lessons; she swam to the ladder. I just had to throw that into the mix. :-)

Monday, July 26, 2010

So, the news

At work: Multiple and simultaneous editing projects are in progress. By fall, there will be four book manuscripts edited, two of them formatted as camera-ready, and six journal articles. I also have two grant proposals to edit in the next six weeks. It's a little too much for one person, but I enjoy seeing the finished publications.

An annual department retreat at work was interesting. Four hours of team-building games were a blast. A very funny young man and I tied each other up at the wrists and crossed the ropes as ordered -- we were also tied TO each other. We then attempted to get loose without cutting the ropes. This required a bit of physics which we eventually figured out after getting ourselves all tangled up together. I felt myself getting a little flushed because he was young and cute and I'm a grandmother and married. It might be the first time I've giggled in a decade. Sheesh. The things I do for the U.

It was the first game event of the day and quite an ice-breaker, as you can imagine. I'm sure I knew everyone's name by the end of the four hours of games, which also included word-games, a get-to-know-you session that was like speed dating, and lots of walking around saying "mingle, mingle" and cracking up. We played a game like musical chairs that was done with hula hoops -- a hoop was removed each time the music stopped. Too much excitement. I won't bore you with the three-hour work-related session after lunch, which was definitely not as fun.

In my other life, a publisher has the full manuscript and I haven't heard a peep. An agent asked me to cut 20,000 words from my novel manuscript. I did it over a period of two weeks. I sent it on July 20th and am singing that Carly Simon song in my head, "Anticipation." If she doesn't reply by this Friday, I doubt I will hear anything until after the Romance Writers of America national conference. Last week she was at the PNWA Conference (per her blog) so I know she's busy. I'm not sure if she's going to the RWA Conference, but if she does, that adds another week to my wait time. This is all theoretical of course, in my head. If I was an agent, and I got a requested resubmission, I would put it on top of my To-Do list. She's pretty much had a 5-week exclusive so I'm getting a little antsy. Really want her for my agent, so I hope that pans out. What did happen in the last five weeks is that I have a much better novel now. Because of the new 90,000 word length, it now fits almost any publisher's length guidelines instead of only the big single title imprints. Big single title is still my preference (mo' money), but if this streamlined version of my novel manuscript results in a category romance sale, I'll still be thrilled. The pacing is much improved.

Over the weekend, I read L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais and loved it, despite a problem with the book design where flashbacks were in italics for pages and pages. Not the author's fault. I found just one misspelled word that was missed by the editor. You can read my mini-review on Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/L-Requiem-Elvis-Cole-Novels/product-reviews/0345434471/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

For the weekend, the hubster and I went to our enchanted cottage 125 miles away from our work city. We nested in with our Netbooks, an old VCR, and some fun MST3K movies (The Beginning of the End starring Peter Graves, notoriously bad and campy to boot), popcorn, and a little footsie in the inflatable queen-sized bed. We're planning to move our king-sized bed down there in about three weeks. We did yard work and I was chomped on by a praying mantis. I have the jaw marks on my ankle to prove it. So happy to see it wasn't a scorpion nailing me. Our 5-year-old refrigerator in our house there bit the dust so we were forced to eat out!

We signed a short-term lease on a rental house in our work city and move to it on August 21st.

The hubby gets laid off on August 30th from his temp job in our work city. I think he's looking forward to going back to self-employment and is going to be programming apps for the Android phone whilst I keep on trucking at my editing job and work on my major comeback into the print world under my own name.

Over at NoTreeBooks.com, my e-press, I'm open for submissions for three e-anthologies to be published as soon as I fill all of the slots. I've already written several contracts. There is pay. See more at:

http://www.notreebooks.com/submissions

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Read my review of A Baker's Dozen Short Stories by Richard E. Noble

"A Baker's Dozen" Short Stories by Richard Noble is not only a treat, it is a feast for the mind, with some of the stories reminiscent of the O. Henry type of plot twists that have captivated readers for generations. Like the proverbial box of fancy chocolates, each story in this collection gives the reader a satisfying taste of a different flavor, and yet a cohesive theme of American blue-collar nostalgia makes a pretty box to contain these 13 delectable story treats.

A consummate storyteller, Richard Noble brings to life both civilized life -- with themes like marriage and running a business and adventures with drinking buddies and unions and such -- and uncivilized life, such as my favorite story in the collection: In "I'm Going Home," an itinerant fruit picker and pot dealer named Jon enjoys the freedom and economy of living in a national park but ponders the suspicious death of an alcoholic Jesus freak known as Pea-Coat. The trouble starts when Jon starts his own investigation of the assumed suicide. Wow, this story grabbed me and didn't let go, nor did it disappoint. Well done.

See more of my review at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1452860858/

Friday, May 7, 2010

Publisher requested the synopsis and full manuscript

A publisher requested a detailed synopsis and the full manuscript of The Man Who Fell from the Sky. Hooray!

I'm very excited, as you can guess!

I hope to have some news within a couple of months...

*crossing fingers*

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Agent requested the full manuscript!

Yes, I'm back in the saddle again. An agent read my query and requested the full manuscript of The Man Who Fell from the Sky. I anxiously await some news!

***
BookDivas.com is going to review my e-novel, Letters from David. I'm also going to be interviewed! Yay!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My novel manuscript, The Man Who Fell from the Sky, is complete

It's been five months of intense writing after work and on weekends. I pitched my novel, sent a query and the entire ms. was requested and is having a read. I hope to get representation soon. So excited!