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Glenn Rolfe posts his recommendations for #WiHM

Glenn Rolfe

What does that mean to me?  It started with Anne Rice. I, like many, fell in love with the saga of Lestat, especially the 2nd and 3rd novels in the Vampire Chronicles, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT and QUEEN OF THE DAMNED.  Those two books pulled me under. At the time, I didn’t care whether it was written by a man or a woman, why should that matter?  I loved the story and the characters and that’s all that mattered.

And that’s all that should matter.

It took me a few years to really get into reading, but about 14 years ago, I dove in head first. Since then, I’ve discovered a plethora of amazing writers. Among my favorites are super-talented ladies like Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (the Sisters of Slaughter), Damien Angelica Walters, Mercedes M. Yardley, Somer Canon, C.W. LeSart, and most recently, Amber Fallon.

Whether its the mesmerizing prose…

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Here is my interview with John T. M. Herres

My Interview With Fiona McVie!


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.


Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Howdy! First, let me thank you for inviting me to be here!

My name’s John T. M. Herres and I’m 52… for now.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Sticky question. I’m an Air Force brat, so moved around quite a bit in my younger years. Born in California, been to more States than I can remember, and settled in Austin, Texas. Ended up living the better part of 38 years in that Central Texas region.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Well, I did graduate High School, class of ’83. As for family… We tend to go our own ways, but communicate as often as possible. According to modern psychobabble, I come from a…

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Rob Lyons: My First Published Book

Fresh news from Rob Lyons:

Tales of horror

I just published my first novel Werewolf First Moon at smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/780154

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Editing Blues #writing #amwriting #amediting #writerslife #writerwoes

I know these thoughts and feelings…

G.L. Cromarty


Love it or loathe it, it’s a necessary part of the writing process. But it does present some challenges.

Life is sweet…

“Oh, look at that sentence.

So beautiful and so perfect!

Who says you can’t write a sentence right the first time, go me!”

Punctuation woes…

“Why did I put that comma there?”

…deletes comma

“Nope, it was right before.”

…replaces comma

“Nope, it’s a semicolon!”

…replaces with a semicolon

It works better as two sentences. Ha!”

…splits into two sentences


…removes all punctuation and joins using an ‘and’

The duplicate…

“Why do I have three sentences in a row starting with ‘He’!”

Thesaurus woes…

“I don’t like that word…it feels clunky…I need a better word.”

…opens thesaurus

…replaces word


…opens thesaurus

…replaces word


…opens thesaurus

…replaces word


…puts original words back


When nothing works…

“OMG! This sentence is so bad! What…

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EDITING 101: 61 – Passive Voice versus Passive Verbs…

Are you using Passive voice in your writing? I know I struggle with it. Here, The Stroy Reading Ape offers some advice.

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Passive Voice versus Passive Verbs

You may have heard of the great advice to get rid of the extra “to be” verbs as you self-edit. I concur with that task. Not only is it boring for the reader, but using passive verbs makes your writing weak. That’s why they’re termed…well…passive verbs.

However, contrary to what some people believe, every use of “was”—or another form of the verb “to be”—is not inherently using the passive voice. “Was” is the legitimate past tense of “to be” and in many cases is 100% correct. Unfortunately, some people who call themselves editors don’t recognize the difference and ruthlessly edit out every instance of “was” in a manuscript.

These are legitimate, correct uses of the past tense of “to be” (although in the last one, you could get rid of the “to be” helper verb and just write “waited”):

The sky was blue.

The man…

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It’s Glenn’s birthday! Have a book on him.

It’s Glenn’s birthday and he’s celebrating in a fabulous way!

Glenn Rolfe

It’s my 40th birthday, and I want YOU to get the presents…
These titles are all on KU, but today only, you can get Blood and Rain and The Haunted Halls for just 99 cents each, or grab copies of Becoming, Slush, and Out of Range for FREE!
Here are the link to each title:
Thanks for downloading and reading.  And reviewing, if you feel compelled to do so.
#ShareTheHorror #ScarySaturdays #HorrorFiction

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue 35 ‘The Classics’ | #Horror #ClassicMonsters

Open Call for the October issue of Sirens Call. Check out the basic rules and get to submitting!

The Sirens Song

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its next open call…

The Classics

eZine_Submission_ImageFor the October issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we’re looking for horror stories, prose, and poetry celebrating classic monster stereotypes.

Whether it’s vampires, swamp men, werewolves, witches, evil trolls, or… whatever, we want your spin on what these creatures are up to. What we do NOT want is Fan Fiction! No tales of Dracula or Frankenstein’s Monster; let’s leave the copyrighted names alone.

The only trope we’re NOT allowing: Zombies – NO EXCEPTIONS! We’re saving that genre for our year end issue.

Send us pieces that are creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, humorous, elegant, bizarre; or just flat out scary as hell.

The basic rules:

  • write the piece well
  • make sure it involves a classic monster but not a classic name (for example, don’t send us a story about Dracula-we’re not looking for Fan-Fic here)
  • the work…

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(A Writer’s Corner) A Shiny Star is Not the End…

Glenn Rolfe with some encouraging advice on how to handle poor reviews!

Glenn Rolfe


Over the course of my relatively short writing career, I’ve noticed varying reactions from writers you and old,  new and well-worn, when it comes to that truly horrifying thing – the 1-Star Review  Duh-duh-daaaahh!!!

What you really should be concerned with just how many you have for any given piece of work. Trust me, we all get them. There is absolutely no way to please everyone. And you won’t. You’re not that special. I mean it. I’m not being a dick, I’m just sayin’,  everyone that writes and releases their books to the public will have a number of people that do not get it, do not like it, do not want it near anyone that they care about….seriously.

For newbies, this first low rating/bad review can be devastating. It doesn’t have t be. Just consider it another of those  “Welcome to the Club” moments. Honestly, this is the age…

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‘Bloodsuckers’, a Surreal Horror Short Story

Check out this short story by Mawr Gorshin:


My name is Samir. I am ten years old, and I don’t know how many days it’s been since the last time I ate.

I do remember the bombs, though.

When they hit our house, I was with my parents and sister, trying to celebrate her sixth birthday.

I haven’t seen any of them since.

I haven’t eaten since then, either.

I don’t know how many days I’ve been in this hospital. I just lie on a bed, and the nurses have no food to give me. I have dirty bandages on my half-naked body. The blood from my wounds has stopped flowing, but other spots of blood, little red spots, drip blood from new wounds.

They are from the bites of the purple, flying insects.

They’re like mosquitoes: I’ve never seen such bugs before. They bite me, and suck out a little of my blood each time.

Do they…

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Zakk reviews Mayan Blue by Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza

A fabulous review of Mayan Blue by The Sisters Of Slaughter, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason by Zakk!

Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness

Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness presents “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”

Zakk reviews Mayan Blue by Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza. 278 pages (149 pages digital) published by Sinister Grin Press.

“The caverns had not been touched by the presence of man in centuries, but the professor could not shake the feeling he wasn’t alone. He had felt this sensation before many times in his days in the field. He questioned himself for not waiting for Wes as going into caves alone was really against protocol. Yet with his age had come some overconfidence. He excavated many tombs in SouthAmerica and Mexico and each time the atmosphere was much the same. His heart beat with excitement, knowing he was on the brink of something major. The professor’s helmet lantern cast a yellow circle around him as he explored the underground labyrinths, and at times, it felt hard…

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