Release Day – Bête Noire

What scares you?

Nuclear bombs? Crazy politicians? EMPs? Aliens? Zombies? Biological warfare? … your mother?

What scares me?

Mosquitoes.

It only takes one bite
Scientist Lexi Jones struggles to find an antidote to a mosquito born virus killing people all around the world.

99 cents USD … a short, terrifying read

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This short story is the prelude to my Bête Noire series. Bête Noire means black beast in French, or nightmare. The series follows Lexi’s life after the apocalypse. 

Viruses are considered by many scientists to be the greatest threat to mankind. Mosquitoes carry viruses. I leave you with that thought.

I’ve published this story under a new pen name: Doomsday Carson, because the tone of the tale is much darker than my other stories.

If you’re in the mood for a story with a dark edge, give it a try. The first book in the series will release this spring.

Have a great day.


The cover is done by Steven Novak. I think he did a phenomenal job.


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My First Attempt at a Logo #Mondayblogs

I love logos and I’ve wanted one forever, but my problem, besides being artistically challenged, is my writing ranges in content and style. I need a logo that fits no matter what. Here is what I came up with on Canva.

I like it because it has happy colors and a whimsical romantic feel to it.

What do you think?

New Year, New Ideas, New Story Inspiration Pages to Share

I’m really enjoying Jacqui Nelsons “Inspire” theme on her blog. Check it out.

Jacqui Nelson

NewYearNewIdeas-PurpleOh…my…has it really been an entire month since I posted on my blog? And that last blog was about routines and resistance?

Well, it’s a new year and time to make a renewed effort to get back into my routines and overcome resistance in all areas including writing.

A NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW IDEAS

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using Vellum (an ebook and print book formatting package that I bought on January 1st). It’s only available for Macs, so I’m very lucky I chose to buy a MacBook in September to replace my old (and extremely slow and noisy) PC laptop that I’ll soon be retiring completely (along with my PC copy of Scrivener that I previously used to format my eBooks).

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Yes! Vellum is making my life easier now that I’ve invested time in learning the program (which was quite easy) and time transferring and re-jigging…

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No Smoke Without Fire*

I love this blog. Margot has an amazing understanding of the mystery genre . I thought I would share this post. Enjoy.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, ‘There’s no smoke without fire.’ That belief – that a story doesn’t generally start unless there’s a kernel of truth to it – is part of the reason so many people believe gossip. It’s also why, if someone is a ‘person of interest’ in a criminal investigation, it can be so hard to get rid of that stigma, even after someone else is shown to be guilty.

It may not be the most appealing quality we humans have, but that old saying can make for a very interesting layer of character development, tension, and even plot points in crime fiction. There are many examples in the genre, of course. Here are just a few; I know you’ll think of lots more.

Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone begins at the Palace of Seringaptam in 1799. During the storming of the palace, Colonel John Herncastle takes…

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A New Release, A Free Book and a Contest – Newsletter

My February newsletter is out with all my latest news.

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Enjoy!

 

Judge a Book by it’s Cover Contest

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I like the JABBIC contest because it draws a phenomenal collection of covers.

My Midnight Magic is in the Paranormal category. If you feel so inclined, I’d love your vote.

Here’s the link.

And Thanks.

Tagline Crazy #Mondayblogs

My monthly newsletter is lined up to go out on Thursday, but I’m stuck on one line: the tagline for my upcoming release: Death by Seance. I’m pleading for help.

Here are some of my ideas, but I’m wide-open for more:

When you call on the dead, duck [awkward, but a perfect fit in terms of tone and content]

A Deadly Whodunit [already implied in the title]

Never trust the dead [a little on the  ghoulish side]

Abby takes on the dead [true but boring]

A Witchy Whodunit [bland, but hits the mark]

Betrayal from Beyond the Grave [too telling]

Lies, Love & Laughter

Any help would be much appreciated. Contact me in all the usual ways.