Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter 1 & 2 - 1LineWed-1 Line Wednesday #horror

Reading until I can't see straight!

I've finally just finished the second read-through of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. Another reader is now checking for things I might've missed. After awhile, you can't see!

Two years later, you realize some things hit you differently. Like the character John, whom most people hated. Yes, he's a jerk, a cad. But I realized at one point as I read that there was a perfect place in the story for Lizzie to put him in his place. So she does. And then she does it again. Other things are tightened, some minor lines also changed or deleted. 

The real bonus is an amazing new cover is coming!!!! And if you haven't read it, then your chance will be coming soon. Better read it quick, as the sequel will be following right behind! 

One more read for the edits of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2 - I'm not sharing the subtitle just yet....

* Sign up for my newsletter on my website - (center top column) as I'm starting contests for an exclusive signed arc, ebooks and more! Other prizes to come!

I'll be sharing more soon. 

**And it's 1 Line Wednesday! 1LineWed. --- Here's one of my favorite lines (Okay, 2 lines - or 1 from the two main characters!) from book 2:

Pierre: “The mills and factories have doubled, to be sure. Take a good whiff. That’s the smell of money. ”

Lizzie: "Too bad it makes such a stench."

** It's coming!!!! Stay tuned for details!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

March Reading List! #horror #zombie #mystery #thriller

Yes, I'm behind! But it's not too late to get some GREAT reads for the March Reading List!!

Anthology - GOTHIC

Infamous Hearts: A Match Made in History - Thirteen authors share odd and unusual tales of love between notorious couples. Proceeds benefiting the Joyful Heart Foundation. (Love the cover!)

Anthology - HORROR

It's Behind You, An Anthology of Fear, Samie Sands - Eighteen authors answer the question, What's Your Biggest Fear? (The clown cover is one, isn't it?)


Maximutt, M.F .Wahl - Maximutt's world has fallen apart. Now the little dog must escape the house in a world of horrors, and prove there's still love and valor in this world. Set in the world of her Disease novel. (Who can resist a dog story? As long as he doesn't end up dead  - or undead!) 

One Thousand Tears, A Dystopian Mermaid Tale, Pauline Creeden -  Ocean-crossed lovers. Adelaide must prove she's more than a mermaid princess. 


Murder She Reported - Peg Cochran - 1930s New York is the setting for a wealthy socialite turned tabloid reporter who lands in the spotlight when a socialite ball turns deadly. (Pre-Order, releases July 31)

Olivia Twist, Lorie Langdon - Twist on Dickens' Oliver Twist has Olivia masquerading as a boy for her safety until she's rescued from the streets. Now 18, her life is changed when she's taken in by an uncle and enters society, but she can't escape her past...



The Heads Have Eyes, Robert W. Walker - Horror writer enters the creepiest zone with this new novella in his eerie, nostalgic Chicaghosts series. The description alone is enough to give you nightmares - parasitic spiders inside human... heads - heads which become too heavy to be supported. (Read with the lights on and the bug spray close! EGADS!)

They Feed, Jason Priest - The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Tonight, they feed. (NOTE: And if that doesn't scare ya!) 

Mystery - Thriller


Dying Breath, Phineas Troutt Mysteries, J.A. Konrath - Problem-solver Phineas Troutt pairs with Konrath's homicide cop Jack Daniels and PI Harry McGlade, except they don't know they're working the same case - a club of rich twenty-somethings who think they can get away with anything, including murder... They're wrong.

The Bone Shroud, Jean Rabe - USA Today Bestselling author's newest novel set in Rome puts Chicago Field Museum archivist Irem Madigan on a dangerous path following historical relics and encountering a centuries-old  mystery. Can she stay steps ahead of a killer? (Pre-order. Releases March 30) 

The Death of Life, (The Little Things that Kill series, book 2), Pamela Crane - USA Today Bestselling Thriller author's latest has rookie PI Ari Wilburn searching for a former sex trafficked woman's daughter sold on the black market. But finding the girl may mean taking her from the only family she's known, unraveling family secrets, and stopping a serial killer targeting those close to her. Is reuniting mother and daughter worth destroying the child's life - and possibly her own?

Paranormal - Thriller

Fauna, David Benton In the depths of the Amazon rainforest a shaman utters a dire warning foretelling the string of grisly and seemingly unconnected animal attacks that become more and more common around the globe. Then the attacks become a massacre leading to a single purpose: the culling of the human race.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#Zombie #Horror Writing News! Updates! Tiny Preview!


What's New???

* Waiting on pre-pub blurbs for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2. Title to Be Revealed!!

** Here's a tiny sneak peek of the first line of the book blurb: 

After being acquitted of brutally slaying her parents, Lizzie Borden thinks her nightmare is over—but it’s only just begun!

* Cover 1 for the first book, new edition of  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is done!  I'm also done re-reading the edits and then it'll go to formatting.

 Soon, I'll also discuss a few minor changes I've made about points several people brought up about the first edition. They're simple, small fixes that I think change some of what is presented. I will say, some things I've agreed with; some things I felt were more a matter of reading taste. 

** OOh!! Here's the first tiny peek at the text - the covers are "very" zombieish!

* Cover reveals and contests to come!  * Sign up for the newsletter  (box in top center column on web page) so you won't miss anything!

* Other News: 

* A fantastic new reading list for March and a newsletter are coming shortly. Lining them up now.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday #Horror Movie Thoughts

It's Monday, so I figured I'd post something quick while I finish up re-reading and re-edit of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, and waiting for a couple more blurbs/pre-pub reviews for book 2. Yes, it takes a while!

So a thought on Zombie and Horror Movies -- Do you have a movie you like to re-watch? One you think holds up on repeat viewings?

Mine: It's not zombies, but I just re-watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I loved this movie when I first saw it and was reading the book. Such an original, wish-I'd-thought-of-that idea!

I still love the movie as much as the first time. It's unique, plenty of action, and makes sense. Plus it's just fun! Funny, as while I do like the book, I didn't finish reading it for some reason.

So, share--what's your favorite repeat movie?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lizzie Borden #Zombie Hunter 2 is Coming! #horror

A lot of news! 

I am editing Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2, the sequel to Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

It continues the story after the trial and after certain things happened in book 1. 

The cover is about done and blurbs are coming in. Oh, the cover!!! Wait'll you see it!!

And I have a title, too! I'm not going to share it... yet.  *** Sign up for my newsletter on my website (box on top center) to get entered in some contests. 

Other News:

Don't be alarmed if you don't find Book 1... for now. It is going to be re-issued in a second edition with a new cover (matching set with Book 2!).  But I do have a few print copies yet if you want to buy one signed!

Stay tuned! You'll want to see what's going on and be involved!! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lizzie Borden #Ghost #Horror Story Updates!

Yay!  My historical ghost story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen

, hit the top 100 in the Ghost category! 

The book is  on sale for 99 cents to March 18!

** This is cool! Certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be ranked next to Stephen King! He's at  #75 and 76!  

** Woo-hoo! At #15,144, #65!

And... Descent Into Darkness, the anthology I'm in with a dozen other authors, hit #1 Bestseller in Horror Anthologies!  (It was at under #200 rank overall.)  Also 99 cents, so get it fast!

Monday, March 12, 2018

What Did Lizzie Borden's Doctor Think? #horror #mystery

** The Haunting of Dr. BowenKindle SALE, 99 cents. March 12-18 **
* And... also get Descent into Darkness - also 99 cents! 

Imagine the shock... Dr. Seabury Bowen, neighbor and physician to the Borden family, was driving his carriage home after 11 a.m., Thursday, August 4th, 1892 and gets home to shocking news. His wife, Phoebe, meets him at the screen door, telling him Lizzie came over and says her father was killed!

He rushes over, and despite being a doctor, comes upon a ghastly scene--his former patient and longtime neighbor Mr. Andrew Borden lying dead on the parlor settee, his face gashed and bloody. He is among the first visitors on the scene, as well as the first doctor. He later learns that the 32-year-old younger daughter, Lizzie, and the maid, Bridget Sullivan, are the only ones home at the time of the murder. Then, the stepmother and Mr. Borden's wife Abby Durfee Borden, is found dead, lying in an upstairs bedroom/sewing room, also bashed in the head. 

The doctor finds himself in the middle of what becomes "the crime of the 19th century." His recorded testimony is the only time he shares his story of what happened that morning.

But what did he really think? Was he shaken, maybe even haunted by the horrific, and most unusual, murders?


In The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, I share the doctor's point of view, and how the murders, and other events, may have affected the doctor. Did Fall River's past tie into the city's bloody legacy? (Light horror. This is a companion book to my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, but without the zombies.)

About the book:

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.

* Read his preliminary testimony  - * See the timeline of events

** Plus: more HORROR. Descent Into Darkness, the anthology I have a story in with 12+ other authors, is on sale for 99 cents! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

New #Thriller & #Zombie News!

Fantastic News!!

 First -- my writer friend and USA Today Bestselling Author Jean Rabe has an amazing new novel, The Bone Shroud, now available on pre-order! Love this title and what a  phenomenal cover! 

 Think Italy, relics and thrills!

About The Bone Shroud:

Irem Madigan’s wedding trip to Rome turns into a desperate search for historical relics, and a struggle to stay ahead of a killer.

Irem, an archivist at the Chicago Field Museum, flies to Italy to be the “best man” in her brother’s wedding. He’s marrying an archaeologist who lures Irem into a centuries-old mystery.

Unfortunately, there are other players in the game, and some of them are playing deadly. Can she survive and uncover the ancient secrets?

** Can't WAIT to read it. 


I've been really really busy, finishing up Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2 and getting other stuff done. Yes, I am writing the last few paragraphs and will send it to beta readers soon. I'm a little behind, nothing new (and I got sick which didn't help!), but catching up! 

In the meantime the cover is being planned. OH WHAT A COVER IT IS!  You're gonna be amazed!!!! Think bold and zombies!! It's pretty, and pretty striking!

A preview will be coming SOON! Oh, you have to sign up for my newsletter to see it when it's near time and to enter my contests. Sign up in the box on top of the main website page (not the popup if you get that.) 

Curious? If you don't want any spoilers as book 2 continues the story after the trial --- NOTE: A new 2nd edition of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is coming with a new cover!  Watch here and website  for details.

Monday, March 5, 2018

#Zombie #Horror Title Contest!

Yes, I'm brain dead. haa!

Okay, finishing up on Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2 - getting there and... I need a short title idea. One or two words or a short phrase for the main title is good.

Got one??? Here's your chance!  Give me a suggestion and get a chance at winning a copy of the book once it's finished. Oh, there'll be several chances to win... so comment or email me those ideas!!! You can contact me via the website.

NOTE: ** I have a title!! Wait'll you see the cover! New contest will be coming. Sign up for the newsletter  (top center column) at website to enter and hear the latest!!