This is a rare page-turner novel that sometimes kept me in suspense, but wholly captured my heart. Eleanor Oliphant is an utterly relatable character, even in her most extreme moments. Author Gail Honeyman manages to talk about very dark and serious subjects—child abuse and the growing epidemic of loneliness—in ways that don’t bring you down but instead are highlighted with appropriate humor. The character development and Eleanor’s journey are superbly and expertly fleshed out, and in the end, there was a twist I really didn’t see coming, something that isn’t easy to pull off with me. I highly recommend this book.
What better way is there to start October than with a brand new poetry journal?
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been accepted into the inaugural issue of Auroras & Blossoms! It’s out today on Amazon, and it’s chock-full of positivity poems to lift your spirits, share experiences, and motivate you. Plus, it includes extra sections dedicated to writing and social media.
I find that any publication dedicated to positivity is great to start or end my day with. If I start my day with it, my mindset starts out looking on the brighter side of things and seeing the possibilities in every situation. Ending my day with it helps me sleep and often sets my mind for the next day, believe it or not!
I hope you’ll buy a copy and let me know what you think! My piece is entitled “The Answer is Redefinition”. I’m going to read the whole thing from cover to cover myself, and I can’t wait to see what my fellow poets wrote!
I have quite the accumulation of appearances to share with you! So this is a roundup of interviews and news from me.
First of all, Creative Edge Writers Showcase has now been renamed simply Writers Showcase. It’s still part of the Authors on the Air Radio Network, but now we’re Facebook livestreaming author interviews! You can watch live and ask questions, or you can wait for the replay, which you can watch on Facebook or YouTube, or you can listen via SoundCloud and almost anywhere podcasts are available.
So far this September, I’ve interviewed Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete author Douglas J. Wood and Mirador author James Jennings. Both have written books that required an immense amount of research but on totally different topics. You can watch them below.
A Scribe’s Journey
Richard Paolinelli has a podcast called A Scribe’s Journey, where he interviews an author for about half the podcast and then shares his own news in the second half. This interview was not my first time chatting with Richard! He was a guest on The Writer’s Edge in 2018, then later that year on Writers Showcase. And now I’m on his podcast in 2019! We always have great chats and can talk about anything writing-related.
Siren Radio / Southside Broadcasting
I was on the fast-paced Midweek Drive show hosted by Alex Anthony-Lewczuk, and we talked Victorian feminism, the hypocrisy of Victorian etiquette and true horrors of the time, whether original Victorian novels helped to inspire my books, and lots more.
Author Assist with Karina Kantas
I knew author Karina Kantas back when she published her first book, before she had her Author Assist business and before she had a podcast, so it was a real treat to catch up with her! My interview starts at 36:58 of this episode, and during the interview, I read a section from Brotherhood of Secrets that I’ve never read aloud before.
The Indie View
My latest written interview is with The Indie View, and if you don’t know a whole lot about me, this interview is a great place to start. You’ll learn about my books, my writing process, and my publishing journey.
I’ve been a busy bee with interviews and blog appearances lately! Here’s some of what I’ve been up to.
Did you know that I draw inspiration from antiques auctions? I wrote a guest post for Jera’s Jamboree called “Antiques Auctions for the Creative Mind” in which I shared the kinds of things I find at auctions (very different than you might expect!), how auctions help me with my Dark Victoriana Collection research, and why it’s actually great that I find so many things that aren’t from the Victorian era. You’ll also see some pictures I took of things I find inspiring too.
One of my author friends, Jason LaVelle, recently started a podcast called The Raven, which includes a reading of a short story followed by an interview with the author. I love the concept, and I was honored to be one of his first guests! Here’s my interview on The Raven, during which Jason reads “The Subtlety of Terror” and we talk about the difference between terror and horror as well as how to “work” that difference in storytelling, plus lots more.
Hello friends! Tonight I’m going to do an author takeover on Facebook. It’s rare I do these anymore, but this is a really nice opportunity with lots of people outside of my usual community who are interested.
The point of this Facebook event is to get to know the authors, who each have a one-hour time slot. You can ask anything creativity related, and of course play fun games.
I’ll be doing two giveaways during the event: one free ebook of my latest short story, “The Subtlety of Terror”, and one audiobook of a novel from one of my favorite fantasy series ever written. The book is called Haven Divided and the series is called The Dragon’s Brood. I’ll share some fun, little-known facts about my works and me and include some games. All the good stuff!
This week, Smashwords is having their Ebook Week full of lovely sales! You can grab each of my two novels for just $1.50, less than a plain ol’ cup of coffee at Starbucks (a small/tall!), and a lot less than a frappacino.
Just $1.50 for gripping psychological drama in the Victorian Era.
Abigail Delilah is the firstborn of three Whitestone children – and she is the most regretted.
But is it really her fault?
She can’t help that the revelation of Father’s wretched secret coincides with her birth. She can’t help the fear she feels during Mother’s psychological – and physical – assaults. As the shadows grow stronger over her soul and the noose of pain tightens around her neck, Abigail will find out which is stronger: her family’s wicked assumptions about her or her true self.
Take your first step into the Dark Victoriana Collection with Anatomy of a Darkened Heart.
Multi-layered with motifs, symbolism, and psychological depth, this tale of dark Victoriana will appeal to the literary reader and the leisure reader alike, combining key facets of several popular genres. And don’t be afraid to get addicted – the collection continues exploring the intertwining threads that weave together the complex tapestry of the Whitestone legacy.
Highly suspenseful Victorian Era fast-paced read for only $1.50.
“Brothers in the art of keeping secrets.” This is the mantra Mr. Locke’s carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work.
If you won’t tell them your name for Locke and Keye’s ledger, they’ll find out. They have their ways—and many of them. Yes, these talented locksmiths can make a new lock and key set for you. They can even make a special padlock for a diary you never want to share with anyone. But just remember: when they make the lock, they keep a key—and it’s only a matter of time until they use it.
Day by day, each of these young, single, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn’t even know exists.
How do the brotherhood and the town’s secrets interlock? Only Mr. Locke holds the key.