Well, it’s only been three months since my last blog post. Oops. I always say I’ll try and do better, and I really want to, but I also know life is REALLY busy, so I’ll do what I can do. I am excited to announce that I have two, short stories coming out in the new, spooky anthology Haints and Hollers: New Ghost Tales from Appalachia published by Mountain Gap Books. The anthology will be released on September 23rd, but you can preorder now on Amazon! There will be a launch party next Saturday, September 21st at The Corner Cup in Jonesborough.
I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology full of authors from Appalachia. Some of them I know, some I do not. Their stories are so refreshing and spellbinding, and it’s an honor to be in such wonderful company. The anthology has all kinds of ghostly, spooky, and scary stories. I both love and hate being spooked. This is my favorite time of the year!
Here’s a sneak peek at one of my stories, “Pieces and Parts.”
“Who are you?” Tucker asked, and even his voice sounded distorted to his own ears.
“A friend,” the man replied in a warmer tone. “And, a purveyor of magic.” He reached out with one hand and produced a large coin from beyond Tucker’s ear.
Tucker suddenly felt more at ease. This was recognizable. “That’s not magic. It was hidden up your sleeve.”
“Perhaps it was,” the man replied. He let the coin go quickly, but it did not fall to the ground. No, it floated in the air. Tucker gasped. He felt the air around the coin, but there were no wires. The coin began to rotate before him, and Tucker could not take his eyes off the spinning silver.
“What do you fear, Tucker?” the man asked. “Death?”
Tucker shook his head. “We’re all gonna die.”
“Then what do you fear?”
“Not living,” Tucker spoke in a small voice.
Pick up your copy of Haints and Hollers today! Also, for your reading pleasure, I’ve finished a new fanfiction set in the Stranger Things verse entitled Stranger Things: A Ghost Story. It totally has spoilers for season three, so be forewarned. It’s also perfect for this fallish, spooky time of year. (Here’s hoping we finally get some fall weather here in Tennessee and get rid of these 90 degree days.)
Below are some fun pics of authorly things I’ve been up to since my last blog.
Me posed in my steampunk, time travel attire for Voices of the Chester, an original play I wrote that was performed in June.
Me and my wonderful sister Jeanne repping Mountain Gap Books and selling our titles at the local Mr. K’s con in July. Also, Darth Vader highly recommends The Summer Between.
(Featured Image – Photo by Tertia van Rensburg on Unsplash)