The Coffin Hop – A Zombie Bedtime Stories Contest!

Halloween is here. I originally wanted to make a maniacal video of myself hacking apart a pumpkin with a hatchet in my kitchen.

Unfortunately for us all, my boyfriend vetoed my brilliant plan. Thus, I am instead joining the Halloween Coffin Hop, and featuring a contest just for you, my beloved readers. Do check out the featured 99+ sites, because there’s lots of great contests and talent out there!

Now, for the gory details!

1) HAVE A SPOOKY FUN TIME!

2) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD!

3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST)

THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)

Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2011

4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY SITE’S CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!

5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL SITES IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. THE MORE SITES YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES.

6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE A SPOOKY FUN TIME?

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***

Then, the Prizes:

The three selected winners will win copies of the first two Zombie Bedtime Stories, Locked In and Locked Out.

Now for my house rules:

  1. Like me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (Preferably both, but I’m not picky!) If one of these is against your Internet religion, subscribe to my blog instead.
  2. In the comments, post a zombie-themed limerick.

Now, to get things started, I will go first!

I met a handsome dead fellow
His disposition was quite mellow
His return to life
Caused much strife
And I was found dead in a meadow

Okay. Anything you have has to be better than that, so fire away! Check out the other sites and have fun (the most important part.)

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Deadlocked Cover Art!

At long last, Deadlocked has a cover prototype.

Deadlocked

Deadlocked cover

 

My cover artist and I would love to hear your thoughts!  Recently, he put a portfolio online, and if you’re in the market for a reasonably priced cover artist, give him a shout.

Stay tuned for Monday, when the Coffin Hop begins. I’ll be posting a contest.

A new review, Deadlocked off to the editor, and Bedlam begins

What a title. I’m saving the best for last, though.

I needed to rework Deadlocked‘s ending. The previous one didn’t feel perfect, which simply will not do at all. I may play with the order the stories come in, after Bedlam. Speaking of Bedlam, I just finished its outline. It certainly lives up to the name, lets just say that.

In news that is awesome, The Zombie’s Bride just got a review from Double Shot Reviews. Head on over and check out what they’re saying, then download the story for free!

 

At long last, Deadlocked is finished, and a cute picture I drew

You heard it here, and maybe during my self-congratulatory tweets last night. Deadlocked‘s first draft is finally complete! I really struggled with this one, lots of stupid life-stress caused huge amounts of writer’s block. But, I crawled forward in 200-word blocks until the end, where a few more substantive writing sessions finally finished it.

Today, I’m going to be taking the Red Pen of Doom to this lovely manuscript, to fix the damage writing in 200-word segments can do, general coherence and to tighten up my descriptiveness and prose. Whatever prose really means.

In other news, The Zombie’s Bride is approaching 2500 downloads. That’s a nice number, but it seems to have little to no effect on sales. I’ll focus more on the main Zombie Bedtime Stories plot line for now, as I want Bedlam to be released by Christmas. This is, of course, barring extenuating circumstances, such as finding full-time work.

Finally, some artwork. My recently was able to get my hands on a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet courtesy of my boyfriend’s wonderful negotiation skills. After figuring out how to draw with it, and a crash self-taught course in Photoshop Elements, I came up with this little thing:

BRAINS

Brains

My cover artist‘s job is safe.