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