10 Days of Halloween – Wrap Up

What a day!! Did you have a full Halloween?

I started with a brisk walk in the cool fall air. There was pumpkin carving. There was candy. There was fall flavored beer. There will soon be a scary movie…

My afternoon treat. Perfect can for Halloween. Great fall flavors.

My hubby did an incredible carving. Mine was ok. But his was amazing.

I love carving pumpkins every year, lighting them, and leaving them on the porch. Even more fun is handing our candy to all the dressed up kids! They always comment on my costume. One boy this year told me, ‘oh that’s creepy!’

Happy Halloween! Hope you had fun.

10 Days of Halloween

Pumpkins, gourds, roots of the earth!

Are you carving a pumpkin this year?

I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but hubby and I always carve on Halloween day, then set then aglow on the porch at night.

I’ve got these beauties waiting.

The greenish one in the front is a special squash that my mom gave me, from her friend’s farm! It’s apparently delicious roasted. Can’t wait to find out.

What should I carve? Here’s some past creations.

What design are you carving?

A Horror Filled Fun Time THIS FRIDAY

We are only TWO days away from FRIDAY! But not just any Friday. THIS Friday, there WILL be fun!

I am SO excited. Join me for a fun filled livestream event to launch an amazing book. On Oct. 1, The Omens Call, a horror anthology, will be unleashed upon the world! Do join in for a celebratory toast with a horror themed cocktail, for your chance to win some great horror reads, for some creepy readings, and more!

This one is special. It was my first collaboration, and I had a fantastic fellow author to work with (Daniel Willcocks). It was such an amazing experience, I do hope that I will be able to work with him again to bring more scary books to life.

Don’t miss out. Jump on in the Horror Collaborative now, then watch the live stream on Friday.

Dark Reads Book Sale!

Hello fellow readers. I’m dropping in for a quick hello to let you know about a totally awesome BOOK SALE! All dark reads. All $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Yes. I said it. This is your chance to grab a healthy fill of deliciously dark books without blowing your budget.

I LOVE a good book sale. And, of course, you know how much I LOVE to read dark stories.

As part of this totally cool promo, Final Track, the debut novel in my 80s metal murder series, is just $0.99 on Kindle and Kobo (US and Canada).

So, what ‘ya waitin’ for? Get your books!

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My Fiction Writing Journey

During the first two years of writing fiction, and attempting to produce a full novel, the process was slow, for me. There were tears. There was a lot of sweat. And…maybe a little blood?

I declared the start of my fiction writing journey to be officially happening in the fall of 2017. There had been a gap between writing and producing my non-fiction work, I had continued to plunge myself into the local writing community, and just attended my favorite, local writing conference. With no particular goal, or project, in mind, I attended a plethora of presentations and discussions, all on topics that intrigued me. I met a local Detective, and was blown away by his presentation on principles of investigations. It stirred within me the passion for true crime books and shows that had been swelling within me for a long time.

I decided I wanted to know if I could write a novel.

I had no idea what that meant, really. But, I knew I wanted to try. It was a strong desired pulsing in my gut. I had to forge forth and let the journey unfold.

I did make a plan, of course. And that plan was derailed from time to time, of course. That is life. But if I’ve learned anything from the ventures and projects that I’ve thrown myself into, it’s how you respond to such derailments that really matters.

I remember the first year of researching and trying to write. At times, I could have sworn I was trying to extract blood from a rock. It took me a while to get it. To be able to let go, let my imagination run wild, and to write freely, words falling on the page. What a glorious moment that was when I realized I’d found my flow.

Now, looking back, and staring at my author page, I am grateful, delighted, hell, I’m ecstatic, that I have continued to set goals and to work hard, and to find my own writing process.

Today, four and a half years after declaring my fiction writing journey has started, I am thrilled to be able to share my author profile here. Eeeeek!!!

First line up: my core series. An 80s metal dark crime series, comprised of two full novels and a novella. The third in the series is planned for launch early 2022.

I have had two short horror stories published! Yes! Someone else loved my story enough to publish it in their works – TWO TIMES! I am also collaborating on a horror anthology that will be released in Oct (The Omens Call). I had no idea I would be working with others, and co-creating an anthology!

Share with me. What journey have you embarked on? Where are you at? What successes have you had? What are you struggling with?

And, please, believe me when I say: YES YOU CAN!

Free Books for Dark Readers

All I can say is WOW! I’m popping in to share with you not one, but TWO, massive give-a-ways on some delicious, dark reads.

It’s been a rough year. It’s been a challenging time. It’s been a busy few weeks. Grab yourself some free reads, pour a strong cocktail, and curl up by the fire. Yes. Do it. Demon Julie says so.

10 Days of Halloween – Wrap Up

It’s sad to say goodbye to my beloved Halloween for another year. But, as I look back on the last week, I realize I’ve had enough fun…for now.

Our pumpkin carving was a success. The new carving toolset is awesome! I can’t wait to stretch my limits next year.

Bake time was a blast, and it was delicious. Who doesn’t love feasting on the remnants in the mixing bowl?

I spent the whole day listening to Halloween songs, including my all time favorite.

And of course, I had some devlish fun on my makeup.

To top off this amazing week with an 80s metal cherry, Halloween Howler with Broken Toyz was a blast.

If you love Halloween as much as I do, stay here, and follow along on Facebook or Instagram, for plenty more spine prickling things….