Tuesday, November 20, 2018

$500 PRIZE - SKYROCKET PRESS NOVEL WRITING CONTEST

SKYROCKET PRESS
2019 NOVEL WRITING CONTEST

Complete details can be found here: http://www.skyrocketpress.com/submissions

Skyrocket Press is hosting our first ever NOVEL WRITING CONTEST. The winner will receive a $500 prize (via Paypal) and publication. Honorable mentions may also be offered a publishing contract.

ROUND ONE: Submit the first ten (10) pages of your novel or non-fiction book and a 1-3 page synopsis. Those selected as finalists will advance to Round Two.

ROUND TWO: Finalists will be asked to submit their complete manuscripts. A winner and honorable mentions will be chosen.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length manuscripts written for adults or young adults (teens) in the following genres will be accepted: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery, Horror, Historical, Non-fiction. No romance or erotica novels will be accepted, though a romantic element within another genre is acceptable. We will not consider works containing excessive profanity, violence, or sex. Nor will we consider books containing M/M or F/F romance, or sex between minors. No middle grade or children's fiction will be accepted.

FEES: $15 per entry. Authors may submit more than one book, but each book must be submitted and paid for separately.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
1) Send payment via Paypal, using the button on our SUBMISSIONS page.

2) Once payment has been received, email your Paypal receipt and submission to: mail@laurisawhitereyes.com. Paste your 10 pages and synopsis in the body of your email. Include your author name, email address, and phone number. Should you submit payment but fail to submit your manuscript to us, there are no refunds.
DEADLINES: Deadline for payment is February 15, 2019. Once payment has been made, deadline for submitting 10 page sample and synopsis is February 28, 2019. Notifications to finalists will be emailed by March 30th. Deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is April 15, 2019. Winner and honorable mentions will be notified by July 31, 2019. Winning book will be published on or before September 1st, 2019. Honorable mentions, if offered a publishing contract, will be published later in 2019.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSION: Manuscript (synopsis, 10 page sample & full length) should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins. Use Times New Roman or Garamond 12 pt. font. Do not use you TAB button for indenting paragraphs. Indentations should be set automatically at .5". Separate chapters with page breaks. Do not include any images, including special chapter headings. Entire text should use the same font, as mentioned above.

TIPS FOR SUBMISSION: Submit a manuscript that is complete. Make sure your manuscript has been professionally edited and proofread. Excessive grammar errors, typos, and otherwise poor writing may hurt your chances at moving to round two. Make sure your book does not contain excessive profanity, violence or sex, as mentioned above.

TERMS OF PUBLISHING CONTRACT WITH SKYROCKET PRESS: If your book is accepted for publication, it will be made available as an e-book. If sales reach 500+, we will consider offering a print edition. Authors will receive 50% royalties on net sales for ebooks & 20% royalties on print editions, paid quarterly via Paypal. Contract will remain in effect for three years and will automatically renew unless the author or publisher requests termination. Skyrocket Press provides editorial, design, and formatting for published books, and will promote said books on its website and in its newsletters. Author is free to market the book using other methods.

Monday, November 19, 2018

$15 GIVEAWAY - MY AMERICAN NIGHTMARE by Azzurra Nox


My American Nightmare:
Women in Horror Anthology
Stories Selected by Azzurra Nox
Genre: YA Horror

For Fans of American Horror Story, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Danielle Vega


America, land of the free, land of the brave, land of nightmares? A group of female authors come together in this collection of creepy tales and psychological horror stories to bring you chills and disturbing images that won't leave you long after you're done reading. From zombies to rural small towns, to the foggy New England to the glamour of Hollywood, each story focuses on a diverse aspect of living in America and the horror found in bullying, being the “new girl,” starting your first job, and navigating the murky waters of adolescence and all the terrifying changes that come with it. Bold and haunting, My American Nightmare encompasses daring stories from new voices in the horror genre. This collection will unsettle your nerves and linger in your mind, demonstrating that women can show you a nuance of horror that isn't always evident from the male perspective.

Dare to take a walk on the dark side.

Stories In Anthology

Angela Sylvaine – The Ballad of Sorrow and Lila
Amelia Kibbie – We Kill The Skullman
R. A. Goli – Mr. Buttons' Tea Party
Jamie Kahn – The Poison & The Ivy
Rachel Bolton- The Girl & The Yellow Wallpaper
Hillary Lyon - Boys' Night Out
Nicky Peacock – She Looked Like Krystal Sparkle
Spinster Eskie - Angie's Change
Sheri Kreitner - The Pickman Sisters of Salem
Sierra Ryan – Volunteer
Kara Nelson - The Eye
E.F. Schraeder – Night Moves
Andrea Teare – 39 Days
Heather Miller - The Stars
Marnie Azzarelli – When Evacuating Pennsylvania
Erica Ruhe - Perle
Phoebe Jane Johnson - Ruby
Azzurra Nox - Whatever Happened to Peyton Rose?
Kara Dennison - Billson









Born in Catania, Sicily, Azzurra Nox has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.




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Friday, November 16, 2018

$20 GIVEAWAY - THE DEVIL'S FINGERS by Hunter Shea


The Devil's Fingers
One Size Eats All #3
by Hunter Shea
Genre: Horror

Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry


WHAT HAS LONG PINK FINGERS AND SMELLS LIKE ROTTING FLESH?
It is a slime-covered fungus known for its pinkish red tentacles and pungent odor. It is indigenous to Australia but has spread to North America. Its Latin name is Clathrus Archeri, also known as Octopus Stinkhorn. Most people call it The Devil’s Fingers . . .

I DON’T KNOW BUT IT’S GROWING ON YOUR NECK.
Deep in the woods of Washington, botanist Autumn Winters stumbles onto a field of the luridly colored fungi. Two of her fellow campers make the mistake of touching it. Now it’s growing on them. Fleshy gelatinous pods. Sprouting from their skin. Feeding on their blood . . .

AND IT’S STILL GROWING.
Autumn watches in horror as her friends are transformed into monstrosities—grotesque, human-fungal hybrids as contagious and deadly as any virus. Autumn knows she must destroy these mutations before they return to civilization. But if there’s one thing that spreads faster than fear, it’s The Devil’s Fingers . . .






Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He’s the author of over 17 books, including The Jersey Devil (Pinnacle 2016)), Tortures of the Damned (Pinnacle 2015), and We Are Always Watching (Sinister Grin). Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. The Montauk Monster (Pinnacle 2014) was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. He was selected to be part of the launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line in 2011 alongside legendary author Ramsey Campbell. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. Living with his crazy and supportive family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to see the skyline without having to pay New York rent.



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BOOK REVIEW: NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE by Ron Powers

NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE
Ron Powers
Hachette Books
Non-Fiction

From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

MY REVIEW:

Powerful! Ron Powers' life seemed pretty normal during his two sons' formative years, but then in adolescence, both boys began to exhibit signs of mental illness and were eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. One boy committed suicide at the age of twenty. The other, now in his 30s, still struggles with his disease. Mental illness turned the Powers' lives upside down, and the author uses his tragedy as an opportunity to inform the rest of us of the urgent need to do something about the growing problem in our society.

Against the backdrop of his family's story, Powers explores the often shocking history behind mental illness as well as the successes and failures of society in trying to treat it. This book is a scathing indictment of government's lack of interest, but more so, of society as a whole and our tendancy to "look the other way" rather than seek viable solutions to so much suffering.

A must-read for everyone, in my opinion.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

$15 GIVEAWAY - A PIRATE'S CALLING by Darren Simon


The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate's Calling Book 1
by Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy


Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports he might someday reach and ponders his future.



Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream, for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy




Deadly Waters
A Pirate's Calling Book 2

Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.



But all is not lost.

Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the future is forever shattered.







Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in government affairs on California water issues and teaches college English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer. Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.



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$20 GIVEAWAY - DAMNED BY THE ANCIENTS by Catherine Cavendish


Damned by the Ancients

Nemesis of the Gods #3

by Catherine Cavendish

Genre: Horror
Pub Date: 10/23/18


Infinity In Death

Vienna, 1908
Gabriele Ziegler is a young art student who becomes infatuated with charismatic archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus. Only too late does she realize his true designs on her. He is obsessed with resurrecting Cleopatra and has retained the famed artist Gustav Klimt to render Gabriele as the Queen of the Nile, using ashes from Cleopatra’s mummy mixed with the paint. The result is a lifelike portrait emitting an aura of unholy evil . . .

Vienna, 2018
The Mortimer family has moved into Quintillus’s former home, Villa Dürnstein. In its basement they find an original Klimt masterpiece—a portrait of Cleopatra art scholars never knew existed. But that’s not all that resides within the villa’s vault. Nine-year-old Heidi Mortimer tells her parents that a strange man lives there.

Quintillus’s desire to be with Cleopatra transcends death. His spirit will not rest until he has brought her back from the netherworld. Even if he has to sacrifice the soul of a child . . .




Waking the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #2


Egypt, 1908
University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .
Vienna, 2018
Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul . . .




Wrath of the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #1


DESTINY IN DEATH

Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .




Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the 2013 joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor, which was featured in the anthology What Waits in the Shadows. Cat’s novels include The Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine, and Dark Avenging Angel. She lives with her long-suffering husband and black (trainee) cat. They divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales.




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