Milestones

Well, I did it! With the acceptance of my poetry and a short story into two different anthologies I now have 56 pieces accepted for publication over the last ten months.

I am so thankful to the publishers who have accepted my stories and poetry over the last ten months, it means the world to me.

In light of this recent milestone, I’ve decided to challenge myself.

My aim now is for 75 acceptances by December 31st 2019.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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Hello, October!

Sadly, being in Oz I don’t get to share autumnal images or pumpkin spiced anything with you all in the northern hemisphere. But… I do get to share in Halloween, which I’ll be sure to blog about later in the month. It’s mostly for the kids, let’s face it, as a mum of four it’s always about the kids.

In the spirit of Halloween I’ve subbed to a few Halloween inspired anthologies and while a few are pending I feel like this is the perfect time to promote Forests of Fear from Blood Song Books.

This anthology will be available for purchase on October 31st 2019. I have three stories included:

  • Wild Fae, a story about a murder loving faerie.
  • Candy Corn Wolves, a story about Halloween and werewolves.
  • Witch in the Wood, a story about what witches get up to on Halloween.
  • I’ll be sure to share links the moment I have them.
  • Wolves and Ravens

    Ringing in the last day of September having written 1080 words of fantasy featuring wolves and ravens. It’s been an interesting time.

    To say it’s been a productive day would be an understatement because I actually haven’t written this much in a while. It feels good.

    Not only that but as of September 30th I’ve submitted 54 works ranging from poems and drabbles, right up to stories reaching 12k in length.

    Of those 54 submissions, I’ve had five rejections and thirty-five acceptances. Fourteen remain pending.

    It’s quite an impressive list and my aim is to see out 2019 with 50 acceptances.

    Fingers crossed I can achieve it! If I happen to reach it before December rolls around I’ll push for 60!

    Curses & Cauldrons

    If you haven’t preordered your copy of Curses & Cauldrons you’d better do it fast! This anthology goes LIVE in a matter of hours!

    Within the pages of this anthology are eight of my drabbles. I won’t spoil it by rehashing what they’re about as I’ve done that twice already in previous blogs… BUT what I will say is if you haven’t, get your copy now! You won’t regret it!

    Get you copy here!

    Birthday Giveaway #2

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    I had such fun doing this last year that I decided to do it again.

    From now until midnight August 1st, I’m hosting a giveaway.

    Up for grabs is the following:

    1 x ebook copy of Fable, featuring one of my short stories, Stealing Beauty.

    1 x ebook copy of Lost, a collection of short stories.

    To Enter:

    Like this post and leave a comment below to be placed in the draw.

    Entries  close at midnight (Perth, WA Time) 1st August 2019.

    Winners will be announced at random courtesy of random.org. by midnight 2nd August 2019.

     

     

    Fable is in the Top 100!

    Woohoo! 🎉

    The anthology, featuring my short story, Stealing Beauty, is currently sitting at #95 for Fantasy Anthologies.

    It’s really exciting and I can’t wait for Release Day on Friday!

    So, please if you haven’t… PREORDER a copy of Fable now. Myself and the 15 other authors would love to see this anthology reach new heights!

    Pre-order Today!

    The Countdown is on for Organic Ink, Volume 1

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    There’s about twelve hours until Organic Ink Volume 1 arrives! Are you excited? I am! I hope you’ve snagged yourself a copy, because the purchase price goes up the moment the anthology goes live!

    So, grab it for $2.99 while you still can!

    I have two poems, Petals and Darkness included in this anthology and I can not wait for it to hit shelves! It’s so pretty!

    Pre-order NOW! At over 600 pages and 50 poets, it’s going to be awesome!

    Get Your Copy Here!

    Organic Ink, Volume 1… is almost HERE!

    organic ink promoHave you purchased your copy of Organic Ink Volume 1 yet? With less than two weeks to go until its release, why wait? And if you need a better reason… it’s only $2.99. The price is set to go up to $7.99 upon RELEASE! (30th June 2019)

    I have two poems, Petals and Darkness included in this anthology and I can’t wait for it to hit shelves! Pre-order NOW!

    Get Your Copy Here!

    This incredible poetry anthology features 50 talented poets who’ve brought emotions and experiences to life in such beautiful ways. I’m truly humbled to be one voice among the fray. It’s going to be huge!

    Prologue

     

    In My Blood

    Prologue

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    Evie sat in the corner booth waiting, idly playing with the straw in her drink. She was bored and she’d only been here ten minutes. But that was the problem with small towns. Nothing ever happened and on the odd chance that something exciting did happen, it was almost always short lived.

    So, she either had to find an excuse to get out of town and head to the city, or find someone who would be willing to entertain her for a few hours.

    And that was the other thing about small towns. It was impossible to date. Everyone available was either one of three things… too old, family or someone her parents didn’t approve of.

    It was the third reason that bugged Evie most of all and gave her the most incentive to want to get out. It wasn’t as if she needed her parent’s approval in regards to who she dated, but the elders of the pack had strict rules as to what the younger generation could and couldn’t do.

    All because some alpha over in Belfast got himself got himself into a tangle with the daughter of the faerie queen. Suffice to say it didn’t end well and a lot of people died. Of course, those actions had ripple effects which had trickled down to the American packs.

    Rule #36: No werewolf shall at any time enter into a relationship with one of the fair folk.

    To do so would mean excommunication. And to be a werewolf without a pack was dicey. Without protection of other pack members anything could happen.

    But Evie never was good at playing by the rules.

    Rolling her eyes at him as he sat down in the booth opposite her, Fletcher grinned. “Hey Sis, how’s things?”

    “Fine,” she muttered. “What brings you to my booth?”

    “Oh, nothing. Just thought I’d check in. See how my little sis is doing.”

    Evie rolled her eyes once more. “What do you want, Fletcher?”

    “Oh, it’s not what I want,” he said. “It’s what they want.”

    “They?” Evie asked, confusion marring her face. “But…”

    “Apparently,” Fletcher continued, a wry smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. “Our aunt speaks very highly of you.”

    “Our aunt?” Evie asked, while across the table, Fletcher nodded.

    “And she’d like an audience with you.”

    “Me!” Evie squeaked. “Why me?”

    Fletcher shrugged. “How should I know? Perhaps she’s got a potential suitor already picked up, ready and waiting for you to walk down the aisle… they do have aisles in Arcadia, don’t they? I mean you could do worse.”

    “I could do worse?” Evie’s nostrils flared. “’Course you would think marriage to one of the fair folk was a perfectly acceptable solution given there aren’t enough pack members to go around, wouldn’t you? Why don’t you marry one then?”

    “Because Eves,” Fletcher said. “I’m not one of the last surviving Quinn females on the North American coast.”

    “What’s blood got to do with any of this?” Evie demanded.

    “Everything.”

    WIP Wednesday

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    It’s time to SHARE what you’re working on!

    The rules are pretty simple, if you want to play along.

    Just share up to 500 words in the comments from something you’ve been working on.

    It’s June! Which means we in Oz are in the throes of Winter. It’s been raining pretty consistently for the last week. Kinda over it to be honest. However, the sun is out today, and I’ve been able to write, which means I’m able to share.

    I’ve picked up where I left off on the previous piece for the hell of it. I’m actually thinking of sharing this story piecemeal as its written. Which means it’s going to be raw and unedited.

    Let me know your thoughts in the comments below… or like… to let me know if you want to see future installments.

    But Evie never was good at playing by the rules.

    Rolling her eyes at him as he sat down in the booth opposite her, Fletcher grinned. “Hey Sis, how’s things?”

    “Fine,” she muttered. “What brings you to my booth?”

    “Oh, nothing. Just thought I’d check in. See how my little sis is doing.”

    Evie rolled her eyes once more. “What do you want, Fletcher?”

    “Oh, it’s not what I want,” he said. “It’s what they want.”

    “They?” Evie asked, confusion marring her face. “But…”

    “Apparently,” Fletcher continued, a wry smile tugging at the corners of his mouth. “Our aunt speaks very highly of you.”

    “Our aunt?” Evie asked, while across the table, Fletcher nodded.

    “And she’d like an audience with you.”

    “Me!” Evie squeaked. “Why me?”

    Fletcher shrugged. “How should I know? Perhaps she’s got a potential suitor already picked up, ready and waiting for you to walk down the aisle… they do have aisles in Arcadia, don’t they? I mean you could do worse.”

    “I could do worse?” Evie’s nostrils flared. “’Course you would think marriage to one of the fair folk was a perfectly acceptable solution given there aren’t enough pack members to go around, wouldn’t you? Why don’t you marry one then?”

    “Because Eves,” Fletcher said. “I’m not the one of the last surviving Quinn females on the North American coast.”

    “What’s blood got to do with any of this?” Evie demanded.

    “Everything.”

    So, what are you waiting for? Bring out your WIP for WIP Wednesday!

     

    Epeolatry Book Review #15: Alien: The Cold Forge

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    The fifteenth book review for The Horror Tree has finally dropped!

    It is an horror novel by Alex White and it was reviewed by Carl R. Jennings, who gave it four out of five stars.

    You can read it for yourself here.

    Le Fay to be Released August 9th

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    Yes! I have a release date! Le Fay is to be released on August 9th!

    I have agonized over this for a while, and finally settled on a release date… one that I think is fair and gives me time to polish Le Fay into something great. Unlike with Morrighan, I didn’t have two test runs of this story to fall back on. All three incarnations of Morrighan have received positive feedback and reviews and I don’t want to disappoint anyone with releasing a subpar story in my haste and excitement to see another story of mine out in the world.

    June and July are also difficult months for my family, as both mine and my husband’s mum’s are no longer with us. I have to say though he handles the loss of his mum far better than I handle the loss of mine.

    So, I’ve pushed it back to give myself time to fall into a heap on July 24th and come out the other side. August 9th also marks what would have been my mum’s 70th birthday. It seems like a fitting tribute.

    Watch this space… because I’m absolutely loving the roads these short stories are taking.

    It will be available in eBook and paperback formats across all platforms.

    In the meantime… if you want to read a snippet or two… check here and here.

    WIP Wednesday

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    It’s time to SHARE what you’re working on!

    The rules are pretty simple, if you want to play along.

    Just share up to 500 words in the comments from something you’ve been working on.

    Wow! Has it been a month already since I last shared? That’s insane. Time flies… as they say. Apologies, I guess I’ve been busy throughout May than I originally thought.

    So, on that note… here is a small excerpt of something that may never see the light of day. This is an abandoned opening, but I still love it. If you like it and think it has merit and I should develop it into a full story, let me know by liking and or commenting.

    Evie sat in the corner booth waiting, idly playing with the straw in her drink. She was bored and she’d only been here ten minutes. But that was the problem with small towns. Nothing ever happened and on the odd chance that something exciting did happen, it was almost always short lived.

    So, she either had to find an excuse to get out of town and head to the city, or find someone who would be willing to entertain her for a few hours.

    And that was the other thing about small towns. It was impossible to date. Everyone available was either one of three things… too old, family or someone her parents didn’t approve of.

    It was the third reason that bugged Evie most of all and gave her the most incentive to want to get out. It wasn’t as if she needed her parent’s approval in regards to who she dated, but the elders of the pack had strict rules as to what the younger generation could and couldn’t do.

    All because some alpha over in Belfast got himself got himself into a tangle with the daughter of the faerie queen. Suffice to say it didn’t end well and a lot of people died. Of course, those actions had ripple effects which had trickled down to the American packs.

    Rule #36: No werewolf shall at any time enter into a relationship with one of the fair folk.

    To do so would mean excommunication. And a werewolf without a pack was dicey. Without protection of other pack members anything could happen.

    So, what are you waiting for? Bring out your WIP for WIP Wednesday!

     

    Fable Cover Reveal

    🦋✨Cover Reveal✨ 🦋

    My short story, Beauty, which is my own take on Beauty and the Beast appears within its pages!!! 🥀

    I cannot wait to share it! It’s so pretty 🥰

    Fable, the debut anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing is compiled by Stacey Jaine McIntosh.

    This anthology features 16 authors who have each weaved their own take on a fairytale, each with their own unique twist.

    It’s set to release on the 5th of July, so keep an eye out for this and be sure to grab a copy when it drops!

    Purchase links to follow once they become available.