Archive | June, 2016

Interview with SM Randle

30 Jun

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

interviewToday we have SM Randle, author of Night of the Shadows: Murder and Mayhem

NewBookCV_upd3Jo: Welcome ! Please tell us a little something about your newest release.

SM:  This story picks up where the Night of the Shadows: The Beginning left off.

Night of the Shadows: Murder and Mayhem weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and revenge.

In the summer of 2013, in Miami Florida, a series of brutal, unspeakable, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. Bobbie Jean Pratt and her lover lured their victims to their horrible deaths with such ease; they were able to carry out these murders for months.

J: You had me at murder! What inspired you to write it?

SM: Writing is very comforting to me.  It helps me to relax.

J: That sounds like a good reason! Do you have a favorite character? 

SM: No, I don’t have a favorite character.

J: Fairness…

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Submit your creative work to “The Bees Are Dead!”

29 Jun

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

Hey, gang — my colleagues and I over at The Bees Are Dead are just thrilled with the submissions we’ve been receiving after the launch of our transatlantic webzine!  As you might know from my blog right here, we’ve been honored to launch the site with a powerful poem by Scott Thomas Outlar.  And Eddie Skelson’s “Fort Hope” was a wickedly clever post-apocalyptic zombie story.

Again, we’re interested in your very darkest visions of worlds gone bad — the editorial focus of The Bees Are Dead is dystopian and post-apocalyptic prose, poetry, art, photography and reviews.  Our submission guidelines are actually fairly flexible; click here and take a look:

Submissions – The Bees Are Dead

If you have submitted already, thanks!  If you are working on a submission, then keep at it!  And if you enjoy stories or verses about fearsome futures or world-ending catastrophes, then bookmark us and remember…

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Finnegans Wake: Book 3.2

29 Jun

Wee Willy Winky,
takes a bite of his Twinkie.
Trudge thee through the sand,
on the way to Winkyland.

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

Shaun returns to reality (if you can call it that) from the donkey’s dream, going by the name Jaunty Jaun, a man know ‘far and wide, as large as he was lively, was he noted for his humane treatment of any kind of abused footgear,’ . He seems a little roughed up or worse for wear. He passes a policeman who has fallen asleep, drunk, at his post and eventually comes across his sister Izzy (Isa from previous chapters) and 28 schoolgirls from St Brigid’s School sitting under a tree. They are apparently learning ‘their antemeridian lesson of life.’ 

Jaun greets the schoolgirls with a doff of his hat (with a reinforced crown) and they all make a great fuss of him – all except the prettiest girl. The girls jiggle his fat, feel his manhood and declare him to be sixteen years old, which is rather forward of them…

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The Future of Amaranthine

27 Jun

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

Though I officially announced that Goddess of Night will be the final book in the Amaranthine Series, it won’t be the last for the Amaranthine Universe. Here’s a look at what’s coming:

October 2016: Patrick’s story (Title to be announced)

The prequel to Shades of Gray. When Patrick’s missing brother reappears, he offers a crazy explanation for his absence: he’s been turned into a vampire and is little more than a slave to the coven. Patrick manages to drink away his disbelief, but not his terror. Still, scared or not, his brother is his responsibility, which means he has to try to help him escape the clutches of the immortals – even if he has to die trying.

March 31, 2017: Goddess of Night – book 9

Katelina, Jorick, and the others return to take on Lilith and end this once and for all. But after parting on uneasy terms with…

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Reality Bites Issue #2

22 Jun

“she,” by Eric Robert Nolan

22 Jun

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

“she,” by Eric Robert Nolan

in iridescent lavender
sidles up to me in dreams of burning purple.
sloping violet shoulders set like lilacs when she sighs.
eyes are all tormented amethyst.
whispers from her pomegranate lips that I am fiction.

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Photo credit: By Werner100359 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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Publication notice: Dead Snakes features “Smiling Among Inert Shipwrecks”

19 Jun

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

I’m honored to report here today that another of my poems was featured by Dead Snakes.

Click here to read “Smiling Among Inert Shipwrecks.”

Once again, thank you to Editor Stephen Jarrell Williams!

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