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….

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Only two more days until the spooky celebration of Halloween!

Are you ready, my little demons?

Today, I share with you a story that I wrote last Halloween. It’s creepy.

What are your favourite spooky stories? I’m always looking for more. Please, share with me in the comments.

Click here for the story – The Web.

In case you missed out on the previous days of Halloween…

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

10 Days of Halloween – Movie Time

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

10 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

10 Days of Halloween – Bake Time!

One of the best things about Halloween…the sweet, sugary treats! I love indulging for a day.

Of course, there’s the traditional Halloween candy, the gooey caramels and mini chocolate bars. But that post is for another day…

Today we talk about baking! Oh yes. Two Halloween’s ago, I made this cake. I was shocked at how simple it really was. And it was really delicious.

Last Halloween, I didn’t do any baking. So, this Halloween I am keen! My plan is to make luscious chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing. Since I love the Pumpkin King (and just might be dressing up as him this year – stay tuned), I’m going to decorate them like this.

As with makeup (10 Days of Halloween – makeup), you only need a simple set of tools, and little spark of creativity. Don’t be afraid, if I can do it, so can you!

What amazing treats have you baked Halloweens of the past? What are you planning for this Halloween? Share your photos or describe you luscious treats in the comments.

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

Since this is the week leading up to Halloween, I’m devouring scary movies. I tend to stick to the ‘old school’ stuff. I love the 80s. This week I have ventured into the current year! Yes! And guess what? It’s not so bad.

Being an 80s metal head and a horror lover, I came across this absolute gem! If you love sassy characters, metal heads, and ritualistic murder…this is for you. Give it a go. The story is decent. I’ll admit, I was surprised a few times – the twists are well executed.

I LOVED the fact that it PROVED that metal isn’t dead. Really.

I LOVED the unexpected twists and turns.

I LOVED the unsettling ending…where you start to question what really happened.

Have you been watching scary movies? What’s your favourite? Any recommendations for Halloween night? I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments.

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

It’s almost Halloween!! Grab a handful of cheap, sugary candy from that pumpkin bucket and take a few minutes (well, 13 minutes and 42 seconds) to watch the full video (or shall I say mini-movie?). You can’t tell me you don’t want a creepy blast from the past…and a bit of sugar to put you in that Halloween spirit.

Now that you’re hopped up on sweet chocolate and caramel goo, why was (and still is…) Thriller so good?

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Image from tenor.com

Was it because of Michael’s sheer joy over seeing himself transform into a werewolf in front of the eyes of his sweet, pure girlfriend? I mean, c’mon, he’s clearly enjoying this! Or the incredible transformation, fur, nails, teeth and all? I mean, this was 1982.

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Image from tenor.com

Or was it the perfectly choreographed dance of the dead? These zombies had moves! And, of course, we were all in love with the way that Michael could slide across the dance floor…or the cemetery.

Or was it the fact that this video was 13 minutes and 42 seconds long? In a time when the video format was new, videos were short and full of glam, this one pushed the limits WAY beyond the boundaries. It was LONG. It was SCARY. It was completely different than any other video out there when it was released. Yet, it was a HIT! We all love it.

How about we sum it all up as a chilling, thrilling, mini-movie wrapped up in a video box? We all loved this tiny film. We all watched it over and over. And we also played that LP until it was scratched and jumpy.

Now get out of your chair and dance!

The 10 Days of Halloween in case you missed out – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.