I hadn’t been on an airplane in years. It was finally time to embark on a much needed journey. I felt a little rusty, but trusted that my travelling experience would come back to me easily.
Whether it did, or didn’t, I wanted to go on an adventure. Adventures are good for our minds and our souls. They open up a door to a personal journey.
The packing was easy. Being an extended hiking and walking focused trip, I needed to pack specifically and efficiently. My learning over the years kicked in.
Departure day came, check in and boarding was easy.
As I took my seat, nestled between hubby and a stranger, I did experience some anxiety. It felt claustrophobic. I realized how long I would have to be confined in this space.
I could have let negative, anxiety ridden energy take over. I chose not to. I chose to tap into everything I’ve learned. A few deep breaths and intentional thinking rids the mind of bad thoughts, clears the body of poor energy, and revitalizes your entire being.
I’d held good energy up to this point during preparation, I wasn’t going to let that slip away now.
Once my being found a peaceful place, the journey flew by. A plane, several trains, and some footsteps later, we were in a beautiful place that we were eager to explore.
This trip is about experiences that we’ve been wanting to share together. It’s about moments as we take in everything around us. And it’s about love and positive vibes, holding space for ourselves and each other.
The energy you carry can absolutely feed your entire state of being, the state of those around you.
What do you do to refocus your thoughts and energy! Comments welcome.
This is GLITTER BOMB! The blog that seeks to inspire while sprinkling a healthy dose of 80s metal glitter your way!
Welcome to the first post. The post that will strive to convince you that – YES! YOU! CAN!
You know that thing you want to do, but you have a load of self-doubt…YES YOU CAN
YEAH – that THING! The one that you know deep down you really want to do. But, there’s that VOICE. The one that tells you that you can’t do that thing that you really want to do.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can. YES. YOU. CAN.
I’ve had a lot of self-doubt throughout my life. It’s just something that is there. I used to listen to it a lot. Now I don’t. My ability to tune it out did not come naturally. It took some work.
When I started writing Final Track (book one in my beloved series), a lot of the self-doubt that I had left behind came rushing back. Writing a novel was a big path change for me. A whole new journey. The novel that I wanted write was a fusion of 80s metal and serial killer thriller. I had so many moments when I was working on the first draft where my mind would fill with so many thoughts.
Is this stupid?
Will anyone ever read this?
Should I be doing this?
But…often when someone would ask me what I was working on, their eyes would light up when I said serial killer, detective, 80s metal. I realized that I had a world of support around me. I reminded myself that embracing that support was a huge part of letting go of my self-doubt in the past, so why not do it again?
I also chose to tap into a better voice. A voice that I had cultivated over years of focus. A voice that spoke of love and belief in me. It’s so easy for many of us to believe in others. But, for some of us, it’s really hard to believe in ourselves.
I’ve continued to feed off of the support offered to me, and accept it like something that I deserve. I’ve also continued to choose not to listen to that negative voice, but rather to reinforce that positive voice. I’m glad I did, because Final Track has gotten a lot of love from a lot of readers, and it turned into a whole series.
What is it that you want to do, but that you are stopping yourself from pursuing? What barriers are you creating for yourself?
Take a few minutes and jot down your answers. That’s the first step to moving forward.
The next book in the #80sMetalMurder series has ascended from the depths of hell. It cracked through the crust of the earth and crawled over the surface…seeking to find its way into your hands.
Devil’s Track – a 90s serial killer thriller with a shot of heavy metal and a supernatural twist!
To celebrate the birth of this devilish delight, we’re having a launch day sale! In fact, the sale will last for a few days, during which time you can grab your copy for only $0.99! Don’t wait.
A detective with a deadly secret…
An album of hypnotizing devilish chants…
A killer branding victims with satanic symbols…
A house with a demonic hold…
It’s 1999. The cemeteries are cold. Heavy metal is wild.
The burned remains of a woman are found hanging from a wooden stake near an old cemetery. Satanic symbols are branded into her flesh. Recovering from a heavy metal high after a Rob Zombie concert, Detective Stella Mahoney is thrust into the case she’s dreamed of.
The symbols lead her to the Devil’s Track. The devilish chants entrance her, pulling her to murderous acts. Sightings of a cloaked woman with fire-red hair and ice-blue eyes plunge her into a hunt.
Reeling in the pain of her father’s death, can she live up to his legacy? Will her deadly secret be exposed? Will she catch a killer before another victim is burned alive?
It’s time to launch the next installment in the #80sMetalMurder series.
And, there are SO many ways to join the celebration!
Devil’s Track, the fourth book in the Det. Mahoney Serial Killer Thriller series, will descend upon the world on April 27. This NEW book is a fresh start for this series. The first three books, Final Track, Acid Track, and Back Track, fit nicely together as a stand-a-lone trilogy. Set in the late 80s, the journey of Det. Mahoney spirals down a dark vortex as he hunts a series of serial killers. The soundtrack follows an 80s Metal, Acid Rock, Gothic Rock progression.
The NEW book, Devil’s Track, takes us on a jump to the late 90s. The detective is NEW, as we now take a deep mind dive into the consciousness of Stella Mahoney, our previous Detective’s daughter. Stella is a bourbon-heavy metal-sex addicted fireball with a deadly secret.
On a high from a Rob Zombie concert bender, Stella is thrust into the case of her dreams.
She follows the Satanic symbol branded into the flesh of the victim. It leads her to the Devil’s Track – an album of hypnotizing devilish chants produced by the Poison Sisters. The album takes a hold on her, leading her to murderous acts, threatening to reveal her deadly secret.
Will her murderous desires be revealed? Will she live up to her father’s legacy?
Will she catch a killer before another victim is burned alive?
Devil’s Track is currently on pre-order (e-book) for a killer price of $0.99. Print will be available on April 27.
Happy Holidays to you! I hope that you have some time lined up to rest, to enjoy life, and to spend time with your loved ones. As I sit here with my morning coffee and a delicious eggnog biscotti baked by my mom, I reflect upon the year and realize how much I need a break. I promise to take my own advice and step back to enjoy the things that matter the most over the holidays.
A lot has happened in my author path over the last year. I took a deep dive into a massive makeover and overhaul of my books, my website, my newsletter…all of it. I now have the rebranded Track Trilogy along with a full ‘author toolbox’ behind it. I love how it all turned out. It reflects my voice, the essence of the books, and the core of what I write. I built a wonderful relationship with a cover design team along the way, and reflected the new look throughout my whole author presence.
With that said, I have realized that my custom designed ‘vintage’ print books also have a place in the world! I attended my first in person event since before lockdown, and was a little shocked but thoroughly excited to find a true audience for these creative projects that I poured my heart and soul into. Heavy Metal Horror has a place, and I’ve started to find it!
The most important thing that came out of this massive makeover, and my first in person event in years, was that found my voice. Actually, that’s not quite right. I had my voice. I just didn’t realize it. It was shining through loud and clear for years as I worked hard on writing and producing my books. All of the time spent on working and reworking covers, my newsletter, my website, and my social media streams came to a place where it all came together. People started giving me feedback, saying how Killers and Demons had such a clear look and feel – they definitely know something comes from it when they see it.
I guess then the biggest thing that came from this year was my awareness and belief in my voice. Thank you to all of you for reading my books, my blog, my posts, and supporting me along the way. Without you, none of this would be possible.
As a direct result of all of this, I had the courage to enter Final Track for an award. It came in as a finalist (Top 5) in the 2022 Kindle Book Awards for Horror/Suspense! It was also a semi-finalist for best cover, and it was included in the Readers Choice. This was a huge boost for my belief in my books. I have now entered books in multiple award contests, and will continue to do so. I didn’t have the confidence to do this before.
After the event, I was pumped up and keen to find other events where my books would be a good fit. I found a holiday market in November that fit the bill. I remember looking at my table after it was set up and realizing that I had more than enough books to fill a booth! This year has also brought author swag with a killer new sign, book bags, and pins!
The biggest highlight of my author year has to be my 80s metal party book launch that welcomed Back Track (the third book in my core series) to the world. It was a true collaboration between artists: an author (me) and a band (Lynx). They killed it! My local supporters had an amazing time, and copies of Back Track found their way into eager hands.
And…it doesn’t end there. I was asked to include a story in a special Halloween anthology from which all proceeds went to the Calgary food bank. It was a huge accomplishment for me to be invited to submit a story. Then, in November, I launched my first self-published novella, Dead End Track. Attached to the track series, this beauty stands perfectly on its own feet, and the entire process of writing and producing it provided massive validation to my entire book production process and how much it has evolved!
Some other great stuff happened as well. I took on a volunteer role as the local regional representative for the Crime Writers of Canada. I was able to facilitate a couple of local events where authors did some live readings and sold some books! It felt really good to see how comfortable I have become doing my own readings, and to support and encourage other authors.
As the year neared the end, I found myself deep into writing mode. Book four the the Track Trilogy is deep in the editing phase, and book five has been written (first draft)! 2023, and I have two more novellas in the works. 2023 will see the the track series continue and become more than a trilogy! On that note, 2022 also saw the birth and a complete revamp of the film script for the first book (Final Track). Who knows what will happen in the new year!
Thank you for tuning in today, and for reading my posts. This has been therapeutic for me, looking back on the year from the perspective of my author life. I do hope that you will do the same – take a look at everything you have done this year and be proud of yourself.
Now, it’s time to tune out and enjoy the holidays! Happy Holidays!
Where has the time gone? I mean, seriously, where?
I don’t know how long it has been since I sat down and enjoyed writing a blog post. I love my blog. And I love each of you for reading it. I apologize for neglecting it, and here I am to breathe new life into it! Thank you for your patience.
Since today is December 1st, I’m feeling festive. I love the Holiday Season. I dug out one of the lovely holiday mugs my dear mother gave me. I like this one. The fancy French look and pasteries is definitely reflective of the things I enjoy. Why not superimpose a photo of my website in the background, because what makes the Holiday Season even better than Holiday Horror?
It has been a busy time, in a good way. There has been a lot of great writing related things going on. October found me delving into the month of Halloween with enthusiasm, as always. There was pumpkin carving, creepy makeup (I pushed my limits this year), handing out of candy (and glow sticks), and horror movie watching.
October also saw the launch of October Blood, an anthology that I was honored to have a story (Candy Lady) in. It was a beautiful project executed by Hawke Haus, and all proceeds went to the Calgary Food Bank.
November was packed full and it was a lot of fun! I was able to get into a fantastic Holiday Market and sell some books! The vibe at the market was incredible. The other vendors were excited and friendly. The patrons were thrilled to be out and shopping for the holidays. I loved interacting with new readers and putting vintage print books into their eager hands. It was quite exciting for me to see how far my collection of books has come and how much my vendor booth has evolved.
November was also NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I use this month to put my writing at the topmost priority, and I join a community of writers in a super motivating over the top fun boot camp. We gather in the virtual space from all over the world and write together.
The goal is to write 50,000 words, thus finishing the first draft of a novel. I set my goal to finish the entire first draft of another book in the Det. Mahoney series. For me, that means writing closer to 80,000 words. I planned for Nano by prepping aspects of characters, settings, stories, and investigation in October. I also allocated chunks of time in November to allow myself the luxury of writing. I am thrilled to say that I wrote over 100,000 words. The novel came in around 92.000, and I pulled out a horror novella I’d been working on to blast through the 100 K line.
The first time I did Nano, I was struggling to finish my first novel. This year, I had so much fun and am really happy that I stuck to it, worked hard, and have improved my craft and my process.
Now that we are officially into December, I will leave you with a festive treat. I am running the Holiday Gift Guide by Killers and Demons for the entire month of December. It will be posted on my Instagram and FB streams (@killersanddemons). On Day 1, I share one of the most moving books I have ever read. Hope to see you on my socials!
A couple of weekends ago, I attended the Calgary Horror Con. It was my first time as a vendor, and it was a blast!
The organizers are a hard working team. They did a brilliant job at pulling this all together after being cancelled multiple times. Thank you to all of them!
I got to hang out with some amazing local talent! I was honored to share a table with both the devilish duo at 7th Terrace publishing, and the amazing author and editor, J. J. Reichenbach. They were delighted (well, sort of), to be covered in glitter and dancing to Funky Town, compliments of Bon Julie.
The event attracts some hardcore horror fans. Some of them go to great lengths to perfect their costumes. My favorite was the one of many Michaels who had his cold, cold stare nailed down. I felt a shiver creep down my spine. The event was also filled with heavy metal lovers. I saw some really amazing vests. Head bangers are a super friendly bunch.
Submersing myself into the sea of horror and heavy metal lovers, I found some authentic fans for my books. Especially the 80s Metal Murder series. It turns out that the vintage cover for Final Track has some merit. The font and the imagery drew people in. I am happy I still have some copies to take to upcoming events.
I tapped into my 80s metal core, and got inspired by some good old classics. I love doing makeup. Finding my vibe and tapping into it to represent my books was such a great experience.
I’ve never felt like a natural sales person. Selling my books can be challenging. Horror Con was a place where I could authentically tap into my vibe, amp up my love for the Heavy Metal Horror that I’ve written, and share my creations with true fans. I can’t wait to go back next year!
If you want to get your hands on a vintage print copy of Final Track, stay tuned here. I’ll be turning up the voltage on my local store to reach more readers.
Let’s talk about the star of the show, Back Track.
Back Track is the 3rd book in the 80s Metal Murder series. I can’t believe my first novel turned into a trilogy!
It’s 1989. The moon is full. Rock is Gothic.
The exsanguinated remains of a young girl are found in a park in big-city Toronto. Her eyes are circled with blood-red makeup. Her lips are painted black. She’s a duplicate demon doll from a case gone cold sixteen years ago.
A case that has haunted Det. Mahoney ever since.
Thrust into an investigation festering with ulterior motives, Det. Mahoney must confront the corpse faces of dead girls whispering of his failure to save them.
The moon is waxing toward full. The killer leaves a trail of bloodless bodies tainted with bite marks and animal hair.
Det. Mahoney goes off the rails into his own investigation. Will he catch a human monster before another victim is bled out? Or will the glam night creature descend into hibernation until the next cycle of kills?