A Comic Con, A Man’s Promise, & General Shenanigans

I’ve said it before, so don’t act shocked. I can be a fairly horrid blogger. I know this. I do. But you have to give it to me, when I do blog, very rarely is the dullness content high enough to register. Right? Right.

Literary-wise- So much has been going on. I highly suggest/push/nudge/urge/nicely demand you check out the blog for Twisted Core Press. If I am shady as me it is usually because I am being somewhat sociable for Twisted Core & 7DS Books. This post is a perfect example.

Wizard World Nashville Comic Con 2013.  STOP! Don’t click it now! We’ve just started. Don’t leave me. I’m just kidding. Go. Read it. Yes, now. I’ll wait…

…………………………….waiting..

…………………………………………………..Sings Frasier theme.

……………………………………………………………………….mmmm scrambled eggs would rock right now.

Hi. Welcome back. I know, right? Yeah, it was a blast. Thanks. Yeah. I know. I plan to go back next year. Yes, you can share that blog link. How nice of you!

In other news, as shocking as it seems with all we have accomplished together, Twisted Core Press is almost a year old! What a year! I could go on, but I could also save that for another blog post and look rather blogger-snazzy. Yes. Let’s go with Option B.

Also, along with several new releases lately for our imprints, I have a new short story released in A Man’s Promise. We have some serious talent and a wide range of plots from love, vengeance, parenting, secrecy, and beyond. This is one hell of a collection. Pick it up and give it a read.

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Yes, read this book. Check out the blogs listed below. I shall return. Be prepared. 🙂

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Literary Happenings Spring 2013

Two questions I hear more than somewhat often lately: What have you been doing? Where is book two of LIVIAN?

I will answer these in opposite order. Where IS book two of LIVIAN?

Well, some of it is written. All of it is plotted down to the finest of detail. Things have been so busy, life has been spinning my right round, baby, right round- I have yet to even order my own paperback copies of book one. *Gasp* I know, the shame I feel as an author over this horrible confession. I do get thrilled each time I see a photo of someone with a paperback. I want to slow- motion run across an unpolluted beach and embrace them with this “You love me! You really love me!” sort of hug.

I will say, as in love as I may be with LIVIAN– book two knocks MY socks off and I will have it complete soon. I want the public to have it- to love it- but things need to line up just right for me to do so properly.

I will tell you this much. Livian gets her Loci on. Imagine a tribal warrior wooded land of tattoos, belly dancers, fire breathers and one Inennious- loving young steampunker. Throw in some dragons, dwerger and those blood thirsty unicorns and you have the setting for book two, Inennious. And if you think you love Elsa now- just wait.

I will tell you this; IF you have not read Seven Deadly Sins II, SLOTH- Claim Your Fate is a connecting tale of the Dwerger- the clan of “soil sifters” that live just blow the ground of Loci. The series shows them as the bad guys- but everyone is the bad guy in someone’s eyes.

NOW- What have I been doing?

We all know my passion, above my own novel writing, is 7DS BOOKS. I love the art of the short story. I was raised on those twisted tales of fables, foes, rhymes and Poe. Wrapping an entire plot and character building within a limited word count is nothing less than an art.

I love working with other authors. Networking and helping build platforms is a good portion of my everyday. I do not think passion pumps through the veins in other professions as hot as it does in the creation of an artist. Wordsmiths have something about them. To say that they are mere dreamers is an insult. Everyone is a dreamer. An artist creates a world and, in most cases, they strive to create that world- be it on canvas, in words, in mechanics- but so many artists embrace the fact that with enough love and hard work, those dreams can be reality. This makes me feel alive.

Sure, we all say, “I want to be able to quit my day job and do (insert art) for a living. I want to be comfortable. I want to afford the time to do this.”

BUT, that is not the truest of the dream chasers. I get tickled at some people that say this as if they are maybe 10% of the population that strive for this. No. We all want that. The ones that pump me up are the ones that want to change not their world, but the world of other people through their art. Oh, those people make me feel as energized about the literary world as Richard Simmons is about sweatin’.

Thanks to 7DS, I get to work with these people every single day. THAT is my dream come true. Authors and illustrators amaze me. The imaginations and visions they carry every moment of the day; the thriving confidence outweighing the fears to share their heart with the world; The plans they toss and turn all night thinking of to make their dreams flourish- I love them.

And these authors, when I become inspired by them, fall in love with their work as well as their passion, and they accept an invitation to write on a 7DS Book– I know something magnificent is in the works.

We have re-released Seven Deadly Sins as Seven Deadly Sins II featuring new stories by Wolf Scott & Michelle Horst (Wrath & Gluttony). Both have received such wonderful feedback and the collection has a fresh appeal with the addition of sci-fi and angels/demons. I cannot express my gratitude for both of them joining the re-release of this book.

We have also recently released Seven Deathly Soles– seven short stories with the only common connection of death & shoes. Each story is as unique as the author, yet they come together so well in a collection. Beyond running 7DS & working with these grand authors, I also have a story included in this one. The Boot is a southern comedic who-done-it based on a local southern festival.

Coming next, we have Seven Dwarf Stories– These are not your typical kid-friendly dwarf stories. Before living together and before Snow White, these seven small people had their own lives- and guess what? They were dark, morbid and highly entertaining. You will never look at a storybook dwarf the same way again.

We have several more coming, but before I get into too much detail, I want to save those for another blog debut.

Also, a huge chunk of my time is dedicated to Twisted Core Press, L.L.C. I have been blessed with amazing partners and together we have locked in our notch in the ever-changing industry and we are providing something top-notch and brand new. So many houses open up over night and are gone before you can say the name, we have taken our time to secure the proper methods of author publication. We will be continuing the release must-read titles throughout the year from some of the best new and previously published authors around. I will have more on Twisted Core Press in future blogs as well- much more. I love writing. It is in my blood, but publishing is my calling. This is what makes me feel alive in the literary world. If you don’t love what you do, you aren’t living right. Thanks to my partners and these masterful authors, my career path feels like a thousand dreams coming true, every single day.

I do appreciate the pondering emails and chats of what I have been doing and why book two of LIVIAN is not out yet. I hope this answers those questions in a most satisfying manner. I do promise this much: I will show you some of the best authors your will ever discover through 7DS and Twisted Core Press & Inennious will come. Soon. Thank you for your support and interest.

-HBIC

Shelly

My Official “Must Have Books of 2012” List

My Official “Must Have Books of 2012” List.

Something for everyone. I will post another list for short stories. This is novel length only. There are plenty more WONDERFUL books on the 2012 debut list. I kept this narrowed down to 10 books. I wish I could list them all, but nobody would read that post. I will post more must reads very soon and catch the ones I missed on this list- not to mention all the highly anticipated December releases still coming!  Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays- and SUPPORT AUTHORS. BUY BOOKS!

A.T. Russell

A.T. Russell

NEW ALPHA RISING: ASCENSION PART 1 Author: A.T. Russell Published by: Twisted Core Press, LLC.  Urban Fantasy  Countless years ago, measured in thousands, the Gods came first. Monstrous creations were born of their frivolity. Like the Gods, some of the creations were peaceful, others not. Their duty to preserve the earth completed once more, however, the day came that the Gods had to leave earth. Unleashed and with loose regulation, the abominable creations left behind multiplied. In their midst, another conception came to be, and his kind would exist absolutely outside of the God’s purview.
Unmated, alone, and untrusting of others, Chatran was charged to go to a place and protect the father of a great child, yet unborn. This duty, however, was unknown to the most cognizant part of Chatran. Only the Beast, who resided within him, knew. As a result, the Beast led Chatran to Walhalla, North Dakota. Although his initial charge was to protect the father he found there, Chatran also gained a mate and Pack. With them, Chatran also found a new way forward, and started on a course that would lead to – New Alpha Rising: Ascension.

Michelle Horst

Michelle Horst

Vaalbara, Visions & Shadows Author: Michelle Horst Published by: Twisted Core Press, LLC.  YA Fantasy-            Aislinn is most definitely not just the “Weird Girl” everyone thought she was. Plagued by dreams so vivid she can barely breathe at times, she turns to Sid, her imaginary friend, for comfort. When a stranger appears in Aislinn’s life and her dreams begin to unfold, she soon finds herself stepping through a mystical and haunting waterfall where on the other side waits a brand new destiny. As her real identity is finally unveiled, the future will become twice as hard now that Aislinn is Alchera… Vaalbara’s lost princess.
With a handsome guardian named Raighne by her side, Alchera soon realizes that this new fate is not about saving a dying planet or an uncaring race; It is all about saving the “Chosen Ones” who hold the future of humanity in the palm of their hands. When Carter, the son of a monstrous immortal appears, the question of whether or not Alchera will lose her true self and succumb to the shadows that are threatening to suffocate her very soul hangs in the balance. Will the true love of her guardian be enough to save her or will the darkness that Carter carries with him be the end of Alchera’s hope?

Secrets Dawn Kirby

SECRETS Author: Dawn Kirby Published by Dark Dragon Publishing Paranormal Fantasy They say the truth will set you free, but for Leah it kills.

Dragon’s Legacy Jude Johnson

DRAGON’S LEGACY Author: Jude Johnson Published by: Champagne Books Historical Romance                                                                                                                      Looking like his Mexican mother, Jamie Jones struggles to find his place in an increasingly Anglo Tucson, Arizona Territory, in 1904. But his stubborn Welsh half is determined to be accepted, so he sets his sights on winning the affection of Miss Iris Crawford, an aloof beauty with motives of her own.
Percy Kindall lives the life of a privileged rogue in San Diego—until the day of his father’s suicide. Percy’s only clue to motive is a letter sent to a mysterious Mrs. Reyna Jones in Tucson. When he arrives there, he recognizes a kindred spirit in Iris Crawford, and makes clandestine arrangements for their mutual satisfaction.
Unaware of the avaricious manipulations of Miss Crawford, Jamie and Percy’s lives collide and intertwine in a web of secrets and destiny—a Dragon’s Legacy.

Death of a Matador Everett Powers

DEATH OF A MATADOR Author: Everett Powers Thriller Mystery                                                      In the dusty little Central California city of Stevinson, a matador enters a bullfight arena to face twelve hundred pounds of muscle and fury. He engages the bull and leads it through his cape with grace and flair, until his legs and arms go numb—he’s been drugged. When his paralyzed arms drop the cape, the bull rams a horn into his liver and that’s it for the matador. The killer didn’t mean for the man to die, but oh well. He wasn’t about to go to jail for it, though, so he tracks down the guy he paid to give the matador the spiked water, bashes him with a piece of rebar, and dumps him into a ditch. No witness, no jail. Imagine his surprise when his picture shows up in the paper later that week. Now he’s gotta kill someone else.

Instead of attending the bullfight, the mayor of Stevinson, Manny Dutra, is negotiating with pot growers who want to grow their quasi-legal product in his city. He squeezes three hundred grand out of them, a nice “commission,” but he’s gotta get the ultra conservative and religious city council to approve the deal. He’ll get it done because he knows who’s been doing what behind closed doors. When one of the council figures out what he’s up to, Manny kills her to save the deal. As the week progresses, the cops are all over him and his constituents, hardworking religious Portuguese farmers and dairymen, are on his case because they can’t believe he wants to let someone grow drugs in their town. If he can just hold things together for six days he can collect his graft and split.Too bad for Manny and the matador’s killer, Detective Grant Starr is asked to help the Sheriff’s Department solve the murders. Can Grant, his beautiful girlfriend Detective Amber Whitehall, friend Detective Ralph Bensen, and Detective John McKay of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department bring the killers to justice?
In his follow-up to the thrilling THE MIGHTY T, Powers takes his readers for a wild ride inside a close-knit Central California Portuguese community, with their religious festivals and bloodless bullfights. A world rich in tradition.

Now in paperback print and ebook! (You knew I would self promote in this. Come on.)

Now in paperback print and ebook! (You knew I would self promote in this. Come on.)

LIVIAN Author: Michelle Anderson Picarella Published by: Burst Books YA Dark Fantasy                            Beneath the orbit of the tri-moon dusk, a world sets unbalanced between good and evil. Each being fears the loss of their soul as one mysterious creature hunts the Alpha of each tribe in order to possess the entire colony. Unaware of her royal warrior lineage, wingless Livian struggles with the unaccepted gnarling of her genetic roots and the questionings of her own twisted purpose of life, while keeping her existence unknown to the soul possessing hunter. Her destiny holds the decided fate of the world and the battle begins within her own soul before the first slash of bloodshed.

Robyn’s Egg Mark Souza

ROBYN’S EGG Author: Mark Souza Dystopian Thriller  In a dismal future driven by corporations, where most citizens are human billboards focused on status and entertainment, Moyer and Robyn Winfield struggle to attain a baby. Moyer doubts he will make a good father. His wife Robyn, however, is frantic for a child, and Moyer wonders how long his marriage will survive without one. In an age when babies must be cloned and purchased, the high cost almost makes the point moot.

When his wife learns their friends negotiated the price of their baby, she sends Moyer to Hogan-Perko, a corporation with a monopoly on human cloning, to negotiate for their child, and Moyer finds himself face to face with Viktor Perko – The Father of Mankind. The cost for their baby, all of their savings and the promise of a favor. Moyer agrees and is soon asked to spy on Perko’s enemies.

The Godling Club Stephen Penner

THE GODLING CLUB Author: Stephen Penner Published by RoF YA PARANORMAL ADVENTURE.                                                                                                                   What do you do when your mother is kidnapped, your house blows up, and a mysterious boy appears to tell you that you’ve just doomed all of reality–all on your birthday, no less? You grab your best friend and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Jeni Tanaka was meant to be the “godling” to a powerful creation goddess. The only problem is, no one told her. To regain her birthright, Jeni travels to Brazil, China, India, and more to rescue her mother, save the world, and join THE GODLING CLUB! (Let’s be real…considering 2012 and the ending of it all, if this were not truly a good book, it wouldn’t be here- but above all, I am honest. So, yeah. It is worth the read.)

DEADLY CONSEQUENCES Author: Lori Gordon SUSPENSE

Deadly Consequences Lori Gordon

The Sam Black series of suspense novels feature the detectives of the fictional major crimes unit working out of 18th Precinct… the Gold Coast…where the rich and fabulous live…and die.
Nothing good ever happens on Saturday nights. Not in a city the size of Chicago, and not for the detectives of the 18th Precinct. Detective Sam Black and partner Alec Winters respond to a chilling call. A dead body’s been discovered near the lagoon in Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the city’s largest tourist attractions. The Superintendent of police and Mayor are screaming for a quick resolution before the media creates a frenzy.
Sharp twists and unexpected turns force the detectives to put personal animosity aside when another girl goes missing. With the suspect pool quickly eroding, Sam follows a hunch that leads her to the killer’s lair and brings her face to face with a mad man determined to make her his next victim.

UPRISING Author: Dawn Jayne Published by: Time & Tide Publishing EPIC FANTASY                                                                                                                                  

Uprising Dawn Jayne

Heralds are the most powerful of all angels, secretive and feared, created for a single purpose. Only those most courageous and worthy earn a place within the elite choir, and only by breaking ancient oaths held sacred can the honor be stripped. It’s a punishment that hasn’t been imposed in over two-thousand years, until a single reckless act sets off a firestorm, threatening to consume all creation.

Rise Hawke never suspected she’d been marked to play a role in the deadly events unfolding in the spiritual realm. Independent and resistant to authority, she isn’t thrilled when she meets Dominik, an angel with new wings, an old grudge, and a mysterious agenda he’s determined to impose.

Vowing to uncover the secrets kept from her, Rise soon learns that knowing what you are isn’t nearly as dangerous as discovering why. Hunted by those who want to destroy her, and controlled by those who would see her fulfill her purpose, she is forced into a brutal battle set in motion long before she was ever born. It soon becomes clear that what one angel will risk to earn the title of Herald, is matched only by what another will do to keep it.

Bookish Rambles

I do not blog in a dedicated or routine manner. I like it. If you don’t expect it on a regular basis, maybe you are more likely to read when I do post! (Right?)

Lots of things going on. I have been truly busy. I am getting grey hair and I barely have time for my evening wine (except on special occasions). In case you missed it plastered all over the internet, I HAVE MY OFFICIAL BOOK COVER FOR LIVIAN!

LIVIAN: Michelle Anderson Picarella
Publishing this summer from CBG

I am blown away by the detail both obvious and hidden with this cover. I can’t wait for you to read this! I have worked with a most fantastic editor to bring my dear book up to par. I’ve learned so much to carry on even bigger and better for the rest of the series. (Thank you for being a blessing, dear editor!)

Champagne Book Group is a remarkable digital publisher. They have really impressed the heck out of me. Be sure to check out their other titles- So many talented authors under one house-

LIVIAN isn’t far away at all now!

SEVEN DEADLY SINS is also doing very well. We have smoked the charts- the charts I wasn’t sure we would ever touch. LOL. The feedback alone has been worth its weight in gold. I love hearing people enjoy something that we all created together. The wonderful things that have blossomed from this project, and continue to do so, soar past my wildest dreams. Have you checked the SINS out yet? Of course you have….but if not, click the photo…

Seven Authors. Seven Stories. Seven Lessons.
Purchase now on e book or paperback.

I do have lots more interesting 7DS and publishing news and updates for you. Stay tuned! Thanks for reading!

Meet Dawn Kirby- Author and Friend

I have made it clear that this literary journey is, to say the least, a learning process. Beyond the books, blogs, bewares, and Bransford, I find most of the true valuable learning assets is the company of other writers. I do not mean the endless free advice that many are more than willing to shower you with. I am talking about connecting to someone else as they travel down their own path. I have decided to highlight some of these wonderful people who I have been blessed enough to stumble upon.  Please welcome Dawn Kirby, Author and friend, to my humble little blog as she allows me to interview her about books and life.

-What non-religious book would you say has influenced your life the most?

Dawn: I would have to say it was To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it when i was
in 7th grade. It touched me deeper than any book ever has. There are
so many life lesson within Harper Lee’s words it’s hard not to take
away something new each and every time I read it.

-What character that you have created is currently your favorite? Why?

Dawn: Raine, without question. He’s big, he’s gorgeous and he’s unlike any
man I’ve ever met. He smells like a storm and the passion he has for
all things is just as strong. He’ll protect those he loves to the
death and won’t hesitate to bring Hell down on anyone who dares cross
him. On the other hand, he can be as sweet and loving as a child. What
woman doesn’t want a knight in shining armor by day and a fiercely
devoted lover by night?

-What aspect of the writing journey do you consider to be the most
challenging?

Dawn: Having patience. It’s an important part of any writer’s journey
throughout the process. Once you get your story written you have to
edit it, let others critique it (not everybody reads at lightening
speed), edit it again, write a query, wait for a response, get
rejected, write another query….you get the point. Without patience
being a writer becomes a thorn in your side rather than a way to get
your “voice” heard.

– Somewhere, someone is sitting down to write for the first time.
What advice would you offer them?

Dawn: Just do it. You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t try.
Even if it’s just writing your thoughts down to share with a few close
friends. You’ll always be able to look back and say “I did that”.


-What are you currently working on and what can we look forward to in
the future?

Dawn: I’m currently editing my first book, SECRETS in the Serenity Series
for publication and writing “LUST” for your fabulous “Sins”
collaboration. As soon as those are completed I’ll start editing book
two, DECEIT and writing book five. In between I write a weekly serial
called TURNING for Sabrina Ogden’s book blog.
http://myfriendscallmekate.blogspot.com/

–  What do you enjoy consuming your non-literary free time doing?

Dawn: Anything that gets me out with my family. Movies are nice, but getting
out of town and seeing them happy and recharged would be grand.

*LUCKY 7*- Give us seven random book titles from your book shelf.

To Kill A Mocking Bird ~ Harper Lee
Much Ado About Nothing ~ William Shakespeare
NightWatch ~Sergei Lukyanenko
Harry Potter (you name it) ~ JK Rowling
The Black Lyon ~ Jude Deveraux
Pride Mates ~ Jennifer Ashley
Heart Shaped Box ~ Joe Hill

I would like to thank Dawn for her time and allowing me to share her with you! If you would like to keep up with Dawn Kirby follow the links below.

Facebook  Twitter Blogspot  WordPress  and her page helping authors connect #fbwriter

Update & Recent LIVIAN Review

I have been rather slack about blogging lately. My literary journey has been rather busy. I couldn’t be much more blessed.

Taking a look back at my previous blog, you are aware that I’ve dived in, head first, into the Seven Deadly Sins project. All of the writers seems to be rocking each story & making waves with the hype on this book. The outlook for this book is already appearing to be very promising. Of course, with such talent coming from all directions, I really can not claimed to be surprised by this.

Even though I had followed each of these writers for some time before this project ever came into play, and assumed I had a grasp on the six personalities, I am still learning and continuing to have my mind blown by these authors. I can personally take a step back and see how my friendship has evolved with each one, but to take another step back and see how the same evolution is taking place between them all- Ah, it is better than anything on television. We are really starting to feel like our own little family. Looking out for one another, deeply supporting one another, even asking where someone is and if anyone has talked to them should one of us vanish for a few days. Shockingly, I have found such comfort inside of this sinners tribe. I look forward to giving you updates as the project continues.

As for my original baby, “LIVIAN”, I have received so much positive feedback over this novel, I have permanent pudding face. I must share this lovely blurb on LIVIAN with you.

” ‘Livian,’ by Michelle Picarella. You won’t get any spoilers here, by the way. Anyway, ‘Livian’ is a high fantasy tale about growth and a young girl’s development. Michelle’s crafty design of the tale is so clear that the words flew by and I wasn’t able to savor each page long enough. Additionally, the way she wrote the story leaves no question unanswered, no stone unturned, and I literally felt for the character’s well-being from the very first page.  Humph!  And she calls herself a newbie.  Yeah right.”  A.T. Russell  (To continue reading what he had to say, including The Seven Deadly Sins, the wonderful Dawn Kirby (lust of Sins) as well as other authors- click here. or here….

or here. Check it out, really. 

LIVIAN is still in the waiting game process. I know I haven’t been in this submission game long, but in “writer’s time” it feels pretty close to forever. I know that it is well worth the wait, and will be in the end of it all. “She” is currently in submission to a small group of publishers. I have not heard back from all, but several that I have had contact with have requested full manuscripts after reading the partial, have told me a time frame that I should hear back within, & one even referred to me as a future best seller on my Facebook. Sigh. So, to be sure, good things are a’coming. Patience is a virtue. I am getting my zen on and just waiting for the blessings to continue.

I will be blogging more often, and as I mentioned before- as soon as LIVIAN gets a deal that I sign, I shall become a “Vlogger”. Scary, eh?  Have a blessed day, everyone.

(With the Dreamers)

My big announcement!!

I posted a few days ago on my Facebook Writer’s Page that something was in the works. Something wonderful. I have been dying to officially announce the magnitude of this project- hoping it would all pan out- and now, the time has come…

Seven.

A lucky number?

Seven Dwarfs. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Seven of Nine. Seven Days of Creation. The Seven Year Itch.  7-up.

And…..

Seven Fantastic Writers conquering Seven Deadly Sins.

A collaboration of seven very unique minds. A sin for each, written in the form of a fable.

Stephen Penner controlling Wrath and Illustrations

A.T. Russell dominating Greed

Vickie Adair mastering Pride

Dawn Kirby wrapping her hands around Lust

Mindjuggler Phlegyas consuming Gluttony

Tymothy Longoria prevailing over Envy

and me… Michelle Picarella, taking on Sloth.

When the idea of collaborating with other authors to do this Sinful Fable book came to mind, these are the authors that I had to have.  I have grown to adore many fellow writers. I know so many talented authors that will be house-hold names one day. But these guys- The banter between us. Our differences, our similarities. This is the Breakfast Club of the Literary World. Together, this book is going to be mind blowing. I am honored to be working with each and every one of these extraordinary writers.

I will be posting updates often during this fascinating journey as well as Author Shout Outs to each one of these guys for you lovely readers of this blog to see just what a well rounded scale we have in this little Brady Bunch of ours! ( The Brady Bunch pun is just for you, A.T.)

Stay tuned… Much, much more to come.