What’s Up Doc?

Howdy all! I’ve been absent for quite some time from my blog and social media, and plan to continue my aloofness through the end of the year at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed there have still been quite a few visitors to my blog every month. So I’m going to write a blog post a month to let you know what I have been doing.

I’m Writing!

Yes, I am writing…A LOT. Half way through the year, I decided to cut out the distractions and improve my comedy writing. So, I’ll be releasing quite a bit next year, but for the rest of this year I plan to continue to be a reclusive writer and pamper my body and soul.

Call for Obstruction on Audio

At the end of last month, I did release Call for Obstruction on audio. It’s narrated by Jack Wallen, who did an awsome job with the characters, especially Margery. Go get it>>

Boy, was it FUN to produce audio with Jack. I really look forward to doing more books with him in the future. Fall for Freedom is scheduled next, and I’m thinking it will be a free download on NoiseTrade.

Fall for Freedom

And speaking of Fall for Freedom, it’s in Beta on WattPad. Read it now or wait for some major changes in the next version. It’s a prequel to Call for Obstruction and explains Barry’s conception. You’ll be introduced to his crazy fallen angel father, Azael, and his mentor in book 2 and 3, Pete, who you meet at the end of book 1. You’ll also meet the demon, Boss, who possesses Pete. Beta readers are loving his craziness, and I’m hoping you will too. Go read it>>

That’s all I’ve got for ya this time. Have a GREAT month and enjoy Halloween as much as I will!

Welcome 2017 B2BCyCon Visitors

Hello and Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention Visitors!

I’m author W. J. Howard, but you can call me Wendy.

Tomorrow starts the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, so I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to the next three days.

I write dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. My main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people who are looking for books as fast paced as video games. My stories feature unique and memorable characters everyone can relate to. I have watched countless horror movies since the age of six, and have become a bit addicted to any form of media that aims to scare. In my spare time, I hangs out with her husband and two cunning beagles while drinking lots of wine. MORE ABOUT ME

This is my first Brain to Books Cyber Convention. I hope you enjoy the events here on my website. Below is a summary of my activities from April 7th through April 9th. Go to the B2BCyCon Horror Page for more awesome activities.


HORROR GENRE TOUR STOPS

Christine (C.A.) Verstraete is my guest author for the the B2BCyCon Genre Tour. She’s written Zombies and Real Life Monsters, and you can return here tomorrow to read her article.

I’ve also contributed Horror: Best Believable with a Daub of Blood to the Genre Tour. I ask “What is it about the horror genre that makes us want to transform the questionable into the believable?” Christine is hosting me and you can CLICK HERE to go to her blog.


HORROR BLOG HOP

I’m the final stop on the Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop, and it’s dark at the end of the road where dragons lurk. I’m talking about how monsters have evolved from human fear and anger in Why We Create Monster.


JOE LIVE

I’ll be on Joe Live April 9th at 12:00 PM MT with Joe Compton, Karina Kantas and the other horror authors.


ABOUT MY GIVEAWAYS

FOR THE HORROR SCAVENGER HUNT, visit my Why We Create Monsters post for the blog hop tomorrow for the details on how to enter this contest. I’ve contributed a $10 Amazon gift card for the winner of the scavenger hunt.

WIN A ZOMBIE MUG: For those of you in the U.S. and Canada, leave a comment on any of the blog posts for the event or LIKE my Facebook page and you’re entered to win one of three of these zombie mugs. I’ll draw a new name all three days of the convention. Winners will be announced in the right column.

WIN A $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD: Anyone who signs up for my newsletter or downloads Call for Obstruction on NoiseTrade during B2BCyCon is entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card.


HOW TO READ MY STORIES

I believe in taking full advantage of any and all available methods to distribute my stories. There are a number of ways to read The Courier series. Follow the links below to access my profile pages and then further purchase, download, or read online.

AmazonNoiseTradeWattPad – Smashwords

Want to save a book for later, follow me on GoodReads or add Call for Obstruction to your to-read list.

BOOK DREAMS ANTHOLOGY: My short story, Road to Nowhere, is in this year’s B2BCyCon Anthology with a bunch of other great authors works. CLICK HERE to purchase Book Dreams.

Road to Nowhere Blurb: What’s a girl to do when she find herself lost on a rural highway? Text her sister? Consult the GPS? Whatever her choice, there’s only one way to exit a road to nowhere.

WiHM Events, A Bad Snow White, and Heads that Roll

Howdy all! Every Saturday I share what I’m up to along with things I recommend you check out. Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

February 6th WiHM Getting to Know You: I’ll be participating in a Women in Horror Month blog post on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog on the 6th of the month. This blog post includes female members who are horror writers talking about our chosen genre.

February 20-24 WiHM Blog Talks: I’d like to remind everyone about the Women in Horror Month event I’m hosting the last full week of February. The talks feature creative women in the horror genre talking about horrific topics and their favorite peers. It’s a shared blog event where you can respond the 5 topics and be featured in blogs up to 5 times during the event. CLICK HERE for all the details on how to join, or CLICK HERE to volunteer your blog or be featured in a blog.

Other Events You Should Know About

28 Days of Black Women in Horror History: Eden Royce and Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters are collaborating on this project. From Eden’s blog, “Each day in February, both Ashlee and I will post a brief bio, photo, and links to these horror sisters. Ashlee will focus on television and film on the Graveyard Shift Sisters site, while I focus on novels, short stories, and poetry here on my blog The Dark Geisha.” I’m looking forward to reading their posts and learning about a bunch of new ladies in horror. MORE INFO

The Movies

This week’s review was remembering the movie Kiss of the Tarantula.

This is a weird one more than a horrific one. While the spiders are supposed to be the thing that scares us, the lead actress is way creepier. Predictable character, constantly getting herself in situations, mostly sexual, that warrant the spider attacks she delivers. READ MORE

Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Flash Prequel to Snow White by Carole Gill
Check out this fun flash fiction story that’s just what the title says, a prequel to Snow White from the evil step mother’s perspective. I’ve always thought it would be fun to write some fairy tales that turn the good princesses into the bad ones, and this story delivers such a twist. It’s dark comedy you’ll enjoy. READ IT

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 10 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. Some crazy things happen this week you don’t want to miss, including Barry gets his first look at his fallen angel father’s temper.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 10.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Follow my Amazon author page. CLICK HERE to follow me.

Thank you and have a GREAT week!

Join Women in Horror Month Blog Talks

Need something to do during Women in Horror Month? Here’s an opportunity to join group blog talks February 20th to 24th. The talks feature creative women in the horror genre talking about horrific topics and their favorite peers.

Go to the SIGN UP FORM
and respond to as many topics as you like
and/or volunteer your blog to host a talk.

How does it work?

Be Featured in Blog Posts: There are 5 topics for the ladies participating in the blog talks. Men are welcome to join in on the Tuesday and Thursday posts because the topics are about the ladies. Each topic has an assigned post date during the February 20th to 24th time frame–dates and topics are below. Join in on as many topics as you like. Your responses to topics will post with 3-4 other participants in other people’s blogs. You can also add giveaways and drawings to your responses.

Volunteer Your Blog for a Post: We need bloggers to feature submissions for 3-4 participants. You’ll receive a document with everything you need to add your assigned blog post with the ladies responses. You can volunteer for specific topics if you like.

Help Promote the Participants: Everyone participating will promote the blog posts during the week on social media. You’ll receive a plan on how to best help promote the talks.

Below are the topics and schedule:

Monday, February 20th: Choice of Weapons: What have been your favorite weapons to use in your work? Talk about a weapons scene in your work. Or, write something you know about weapons and their use that horror fans would enjoy reading.

Tuesday, February 21st: Favorite Women in Horror: Of the women who create horror, who do you admire? Who do you love? These can be writers, directors, artists, actors, characters, etc. Include a short paragraph on why. Yes, you can add more than one lady you admire.

Wednesday, February 22nd: Scary Confessions: Tell a story about the things that scare the crap out of you. How have your worst nightmares influenced your work.

Thursday, February 23rd: Evil Women Personified in Pop Culture: There are many stereotypes of evil women such as the Witches in Disney movies, the evil stepmother, women of success, the friend who turns psychotic, women killers, and more. Contribute something favorable or critical about these personas as they relate to the horror genre. Talk about women in history who embody evil and have influenced the horror genre. Or discuss how these stereotypes perpetuated in books, movies, and other media.

Friday, February 24th: Torture: Let’s talk torture both physical and psychological. Share something about torture scenes in your own work. Share an example of torture you admire in another writer/artists work. Or share anything else about this topic.
Enter 200-500 word about torture

If you have questions, add it to the comments below.

The Weekly Wrap Up with Mystery, Horror Comedy, and More

Howdy all! Here’s what happened this week.

Upcoming Events

No new events this week, but I do have a new Events page.

The Movies

This week I suggested you watch Solomon Kane.

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere. READ MORE

Stories

In an effort to read more fiction in 2017, I features a novel, anthology, or short story I’ve read and enjoyed over the past week. Below is this week’s read:

Hallelujah is Dying by Michael Arches
Flint Harrington was Hallelujah’s marshal until Mayor Joe laid him off. Five months later, the mayor is dead, found collapsed in his mine. His widow asks Flint to investigate. He agrees to help her as a favor but expects to find that Joe died of natural causes. To Flint’s horror, he discovers instead that Joe was hiding a terrible secret from his wife and the town. Joe’s unexpected death pulls back a curtain and exposes a criminal enterprise thriving in Hallelujah’s dark and remote mines. BUY IT

Podcasts

I listened to the first Devil Dog Podcasts this week. Appropriate for me because it’s about horror comedy, the very thing I love writing best. I really enjoyed it and will catch up on more episodes. Here’s what the episode is about:

Jack and Jaime dive into the dark and hilarious world of horror comedy. Find out what their favorite uproarious horror films are as well as their take on using humor to mask the atrocities found within their own works of the dark fantastic.

If you want to listen, here’s a link to the episode that initially drew me in.

This Week’s Release of The Courier

Chapter 9 of Warrant for Damnation was released on WattPad yesterday. This week, Barry learns the truth about his father.CLICK HERE to read it from the beginning or GOT TO chapter 9.

How to Help Me This Week

Every week, I end the post nicely begging you to help promote my work. Here’s this week’s request:

Same as last week. Go like my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to go like it.

Have a GREAT week!

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