20 June 2010

Call for Submissions for Eternal P‏ress

Here's a message from Eternal Press, a great publisher to join :-)
The Holidays are just around the corner! We are currently seeking submissions that pertain to the holidays. Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Samhain, New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day…any holiday at all! This call for submissions will be open until the end of August..so don’t delay…send in your sub now!

Eternal Press Submissions Guidelines
We are currently accepting:
  • Novellas, and full-length manuscripts from 20,000-140,000 words.
  • Genres: Romance, Erotica, GBLT and BDSM, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Historical, Young Adult.
We are particularly interested in:

 * Erotica

 * Paranormal (vampire/shapeshifter/witch)


 * Romance


 * Young Adult

 * Longer length novellas and novels

How to Submit to Eternal Press:

Submit a cover letter in the body of the email that contains the following:

 * Genre

 * Word Count

 * Brief Synopsis

 * A bit about you

 * Your marketing plan should we accept your manuscript for publication.

 * Although we like to encourage open, free and creative expression, do let us know whether the piece contains any questionable content. For instance, we allow rape under certain circumstances, but it should not be meant to titillate. Writing about child abuse is one thing, but we aren't interested in seeing the acts described in detail.

We do put disclaimers about content if it could potentially disturb our consumers, so do let us know in advance.

Attach the following to your cover letter in .doc or .rtf format (no .docx):

 * For stories under 50k: The complete manuscript with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top.

 * For novels 50k +, the first three chapters and the last chapter, with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top

 * Your manuscript should contain either 1-1/2 or double spacing and one inch margins. Use a 12 pt. Book Antiqua font.

Send to Eternal Press with a subject line: SUBMISSIONS_your name_book title to... submissionseternalpress@gmail.com


For more info on our submissions guidelines please visit our website at www.eternalpress.biz

Thank you


Interview and Giveaway

Visit Fang-tastic Books and leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of my latest horror/urban fantasy release, Zuphreen.
In the interview, I answer some interesting questions about writing in general and Zuphreen in specific.
Good luck!

13 June 2010

Researching Zuphreen

If you like demons, curses, horror, and urban fantasy, then come on over to Naomi Clark’s Livejournal http://naomi-jay.livejournal.com/259010.html where I guest blogged today.

07 June 2010

The Kindred Charmers

If you’ve seen some of my tweets lately, then you’re most probably familiar with my addiction to Columbo, the TV show.
Today’s episode was titled, “A Stitch in Crime,” and the bad guy was a younger Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock in Star Trek.)
He reminded me of someone else, it took me over an hour of watching the show to get the name: David Duchovny or Fox Mulder in The X-Files.
Both have an *alien* connection to thank for their fame. One was an alien, the other looked for the truth behind alien’s existence.
Then there’s their sexual appeal—don’t judge unless you’ve seen at least 5 episodes of each show (X-Files and Star Trek.). Both men/characters are attractive in the strong silent kind, the type too unplayful for his own good at times.
Have you noticed their eyes, the way they engage the viewer with a devastatingly patient stare? Those eyes judge, catalog, and memorize everything about the person in front of them.
To me, that’s sexy, the inherent brooding man.
Then there are those lips. In both shows both sets of lips were used mainly for talking and very minor, if any, kissing. Not much smiling either took place in the lives of Mr. Spock and Mulder.
But man, oh man, let a smile break through, and BAM! Something shifts, forcing the viewer to join in that moment of ultimate brightness, hoping against hope it'll last.
I’ve spent a LOT of time watching their eyes and lips, but the rest is not so bad either *evil grin*
I know I sound as though I’m mixing between the actors and their characters, but in my mind there is no difference. Nimoy was as sexy in “A Stitch in Crime” as he was in Star Trek, he exuded his own charm.
Here's a video of Nimoy being himself...sorta!

Now tell me this; am I the only one who sees their kindred charm?

05 June 2010

Guest Blog: Bizarre Love Triangle ~ Yolanda Sfetsos

Please welcome fellow "Damnation Books" author, Yolanda Sfetsos as she guest blogs here today. One thing about this astonishing lady; she has a unique way with words.
Over to you, Yolanda!

Bizarre Love Triangle

I love that song! And as I write this, I happen to be listening to it. :) But I'm not going to talk about New Order's cool song today. Instead I'm going to talk about the very strange and twisted love triangles that managed to make their way into the Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy.

Since the third installment is now available from my awesome publisher, Damnation Books:

Boundless: Book 3 of the Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy

Alyce remains estranged from her celebrity status as a Faith Healer and is holed up inside a motel room with the mysterious Sebastian. Her soul might no longer belong to Buer, but the fight is far from over. The price for her freedom was devastating.

Ross made a deal with a demonologist in order to save Alyce, and is now at the mercy of the crazy woman and the demon Buer. There is no escape from the basement in which the three are trapped in, and he has to bear the torture.

When Sebastian finds a way to save Ross, Alyce must engage in an ancient, carnal ritual that complicates her life further. But for Ross, she’s willing to put both her heart and soul on the line… even if it means losing him.

I have to admit that it wasn't intentional. I mean, Alyce's story is filled with complications, as she tries to find her way out of the very dark place she's managed to corner herself into. It also focuses on how she reconnects with her ex-fiance, Ross. After a horrible misunderstanding between them, several years ago, she walked away. Even got a restraining order against him because she was convinced he'd tried to kill her.

Fast forward to now, and she's lost total control of her life. The demon, Buer, gave her the power to become a celebrity Faith Healer, but the cost is now outweighing the benefits. So when Ross appears and tries to help her, she finds herself being swept up in old feelings. Of course, at the time that I was writing this, I didn't realise that Buer doesn't just enjoy sipping at Alyce's soul, he actually wants her in every sense of the word. I'm not sure I would call this a romantic notion, but he wants her, regardless.

That's when the first love triangle popped up. Throw a cunning demonologist into the mix, and suddenly it's quite obvious that she's got her eye on Ross. It doesn't matter that she wants him for her own selfish reasons. Once again, she wants him. Oh, and let's not forget the very mysterious and alluring Sebastian. He's one of those characters that intrigued me as soon as he made an appearance in the trilogy. I found myself wanting to know more and more about him, which happens in Boundless.

Unfortunately, teaming up with Alyce to help Ross out of the demonologist's trap, also puts him in the middle of... you guessed it, another love triangle. Emphasis on bizarre.

And you know what? As unintentional as they were, each added a new struggle for the characters to overcome, and also a degree of depth that challenges all of them. Strange, but true. Sometimes a few (odd) entanglements can do wonders for your characters. :)

Thanks for having me here today, Su! It's been fun to share a little more about the dark world that Alyce lives in.

Oh, and because I couldn't help myself... here's that song:
Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy
Now available from Damnation Books.
Or visit my website for information about the print versions.

Yolanda Sfetsos

Yolanda Sfetsos lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and cat. She loves to spend most of her days writing stories. Her muse doesn't like genre restrictions and is always happy to toe the dark edge of storytelling. When she’s not writing she spends as much time as possible with her small family. She also enjoys watching movies, TV shows and reading.

03 June 2010

Zuphreen Release Party and Contest

Zuphreen's release party and contest are LIVE now on Bitten By Books on this link:
The contest ends on 6/4/10 at 11:59 pm Central, and is open worldwide.
Prize: a $75.00 electronic gift certificate to Amazon.com
Follow the link above for more details and to participate.

Come on over and join the fun. There are some interesting questions and answers flying around.

02 June 2010

Would you like to win?

This is the RSVP/ PROMO Link to Zuphreen's release party on Thursday June 3rd.


If you RSVP before the event you will get an additional 25 entries into my contest.

Note: This is not a link to the event itself; I’ll post that one when the event is live.

Spread the word.
Good luck and see you there!

My interview on "Otherworldly Tales" blog

Just a small reminder, Yolanda Sfetsos is interviewing me today over at her “Otherworldly Tales” blog.

Find out what started Zuphreen, and how it all came to be.
Yolanda, thank you in advance.

01 June 2010

Zuphreen is HERE

*Wishes left unfulfilled are sad. Wishes fulfilled by Zuphreen are fatal.*

And with that dark thought, I would like to announce the release of my horror novel, Zuphreen ~ Bestower of Damnation from Damnation Books.

The novel covers the story of three unlikely friends who unwittingly unleash the horrors of hell in a vain attempt to boost their plummeting grades. Duped by their scheming professor, the friends summon Zuphreen and command the evil demon to enhance their lives with his gifts. But the gifts soon become curses and the friends watch in horror as they slowly turn into monsters. In a desperate race against time, the students must undo the curses and defeat the demon before the “gifts” destroy them forever. How far would they go to lift these curses? How deep would they sink to save themselves?

To whet your appetite, here’s a one-liner:
“She leaned forward and parted her bangs away from that gray abomination that lived in the middle of her forehead.”

Book Details:
• eBook ISBN: 9781615721290
• Print ISBN: 9781615721306
• Genre: Horror (Urban Fantasy)
• Word count: 78,057
• Excerpt and Buy link: Damnation Books

To celebrate the release, I have the following appearances scheduled for the month of June:
Check the book, comment if you wish. I don’t bite.