Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guide to Being a Successful Facebook Admin

the Guide to Being a Successful Facebook Admin is an experimental piece that I worked on in order to familiarize myself with the world of self-publishing.  Although I am not sure whether I will continue down the journey, I am happily confident on the process.

This guide is meant for those that have encountered issues while attempting to administrate various Facebook pages and/or groups.  As an admin myself, I know that the task is not always the easiest, especially when the trolls arrive.

I look forward to the feedback that is received, and would love to hear your success stories!

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, Published by Seventh Star Press

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, Published by Seventh Star Press, is one of my favorite anthologies that I have written for.  The story within, titled "Brothers" has evolved quite a bit since it was accepted into the anthology.  In fact, it became an entire novel, with the possibility for two prequels.  Just recently, the novel, which will be titled FINAL REVERIE, was accepted for publication by J. Ellington Ashton Press.  I would love to hear your feedback on the short story, as well as what you think might occur within the novel.

"How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too! 
Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice—from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long. Whether you’re a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you! So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero’s Best Friend. "

Featured in Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions: 

Joy Ward: “Toby and Steve Save the World” 
Frank Creed: “Dusk” 
Cassie Schau: “The Hunter’s Boy” 
Steven Donahue: “Grit” 
Jason Cordova: “Hill 142” 
Herika R. Raymer: “Dook”.. 
Essel Pratt: “Brothers”. 
Lisa Hawkridge: “Ezra’s Girl”. 
S. H. Roddey: “Look What the Cat Dragged In." 
Steven S. Long: “The Wolf Sentinel” 
Laura Anne Ewald: “Memorandum” 
Cindy Koepp: “The Hat”. 
Ian Hunter: “Scarheid in the Glisting”. 
Steven Grassie: “The Masterless”. 
David Wright: “Wind of Change” 
Renee Carter Hall: “The Emerald Mage”.. 
Nick Bryan: “The Violet Curse”.. 
Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy: 
“The Restless Armadillo”. 
Douglas J. Ogurek: “Stuck on the Squigglybounce” 
Sheila Deeth: “Passage” 

  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press; 1 edition (February 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Mardis Gras Murder, Published by Mystery & Horror, LLC

Mardi Gras Murder, published by Mystery & Horror, LLC, contains my short story, "Bourbon Street Lucifer".  I almost didn't submit to this one, but it kept gnawing at me.  Finally, I gave in and wrote my submission.  I really like the way it turned out, and can think of a way to extend it into something much bigger than it is.

"Thirteen tales of crime set during the bacchanalia that is Mardi Gras. Featuring stories from Harriette Sackler, Marian Allen, Debra H. Goldstein and Nathan Pettigrew. The mayhem of Mardi Gras is served with a healthy dose of Cajun dishes and an unhealthy number of deaths. Dig into Bourbon Street Lucifer, Voodoo Honeymoon, a dish of Red Beans and Ricin, and other deadly treats."

  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989007685
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC (February 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Bones II, Published by JWK Fiction

Bones II, published by JWK Fiction, contains a short story of mine titled, "Brushing Off the Voices in my Head".  Being included in this anthology was special to me because my 12 year-old daughter had a poem included in the first book of the series.

I have been published in many JWK anthologies recently, and James Ward Kirk is simply an amazing man to work with.  His insight and personal approach is simply amazing.

"There are bones of the dead everywhere, and they’re sharp. Under your feet as you walk across your yard, in the cement of buildings, under the foundation of your home, in the coffee you drink, in the food you eat. Science estimates 100 billion human beings have lived and died. There are bones everywhere. There are skeletons everywhere, from universities to unnamed places we really don’t want to know about. We love skeletons as we are walking skeletons. There’s an old phrase about skeletons in the closet. What if the skeleton in your closet is real? When we look at strangers, friends and family we fail to see the skull behind the face. And the eyes of skulls are dark and deep. These works of art, poetry and short stories cut deep. To the bone."

  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615960332
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (January 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English