Writing changed my life. It can change yours too.

I began writing as a child, but I was terrified to share it with anyone. When I hit my 40’s and the dreaded midlife crisis began I was asking “IS THIS IT?” and truly disappointed with where I’d led myself to. Life was work, watch TV, repeat.

Thanks to my dear friend Lisa Crawford who informed me of self-publishing, I dusted off the novel that’d been sitting in my drawer for twenty years and I was off!

Unchanged since first loaded Jan 2016 http://Cataclysm was my life long project.

Then I began blogging and connecting on social media with other authors. The scariest next step was live interviews! I tell you I was terrified for my first one. I felt like an imposter talking about my new career. However, once I started chatting and learning that everyone else feels the same way, all my jitters fell away. Don’t let fear stop you! Now I’ll talk to anyone about anything, that’s huge for me. A quick 4 yrs. later and here I am doing an interview with the local paper.

Put yourself out there, the worst that can happen is people say no – and they will – however it’s the YES’S that count and those will come too.

If you’ve read all the way to here I have a special for you. Do you have a book you want to promote? Drop the comment with a link and I’ll add it to my #WHATTOREAD2021 page – FREE. Check it out below, you can drop your comment there too if you prefer. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Calls for Horror Anthologies

I’ve been slacking on my blogging, just busy with life, so here are some open calls I’ve seen.

Some I’ve entered, you can too!

Good Luck. 


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As most of you know, Fractured Mind Publishing will be publishing three anthologies in 2019. They are:
1) Seven Sins of The Apocalypse
2) More Lore From The Mythos
3) Christmas Kills






RED CAPE Publishing


We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies. The series will be based on the theme of the Four Elements, and will consist of four books. We are looking for short horror stories, between 3000 and 5000 words, on each of the themes; Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. 




Gothic Fantasy: Epic Fantasy March 24th

American Cult Anthology April 31st

Year’s Best Cosmic Horror 2018 May 31st

The Third Corona Book of Horror Stories April 30th

Haunted Playthings Aug 31



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Addicted to publishing

Publishing my first book was both terrifying and exhilarating.

How would it be received? Would I be outed as a fraud and have my internet privileges locked away? Would people be kind or mean?


So many emotions came with the first book, and when nothing exceptionally bad, or amazingly good happened, I kept writing.

As I was ramping up to publish book two, I got excited. It was a geniuses idea that come from nowhere. This was going to be the big one! This one will launch my career. The excitement was palpable.

It was received to the tune of …


But that’s okay, writing marches on, my next book is almost ready.

Here we go again, let’s publish this baby. This is the one! I’ll be famous. It’s my best yet.


It gets the most five star reviews. People do love it. I’m not famous YET.

I published again and again.

I came to realize I’m addicted to publishing! With every book I get excited. I know it will be the one. The one that hits it big. The one that make it’s to the New York Times best sellers list. The one that will get me out of this town.

Will this be the one? Stay tuned and find out.



Share your feelings on publishing. Do you love it or Hate it?

Author Spotlight Stefan Lear


1) Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books generally are dark in nature. Almost all of them are tinged with horror elements. I’m a twisted little f*** and don’t see things the way “normal” people do. You have breakfast with eggs and sausage and see eggs and sausage. I have breakfast with eggs and sausage and wonder what parts of the victim’s body are stuffed inside that sausage skin. Twisted, yeah I know.

His newest release – and in audio today! 


2) How long have you been writing?

That’s sort of a loaded question. The first time I remember writing and being proud of what I had written was somewhere in the third grade (I’m in my fifties now). Our mother used to sit us down on Wednesdays at the coffee table in the living room and have us write. We could pick our own topic, and Momma would require us to write a one page paper on our chosen subject. She would grade us for spelling and grammar. i think my most memorable paper at that age was “When I become a rock star.”


3) Are you traditionally published, or self published?

Traditionally published? Are you kidding me? No way; I’m a proud indy. Let me briefly explain why I’m not seeking to have a traditional publisher.

In both traditional and indy [publishing] the first thing that happens is I write and get a story ready for submission. But in traditional publishing, I submit my work to a person that subjectively decides whether or not my writing will be financially viable for the market. More often than not, this one decision is influenced by their personal tastes. They say whether or not the work I just poured my soul into will bee accepted by the public. And oftentimes they are wrong. Let’s use JK Rowling as an example. She had over twenty rejection letters from publishers before a small press decided they would take a chance on her writing. We all know what happened after that.

The next issue is money. IF you get accepted by a traditional publisher, you’re lucky to get paid 10—13% of the royalties that the book you just wrote generates. But if i’m an indy author, I can see royalties of as high as 70%. So now I have to decide: 13% vs 70%. Hmmm…yea, no contest there.


4) If self-published when/why did you take that route.

See my previous answer. Let me also add I like to manage my projects from start to finish: I hire editors, I hire formatters for the interior, I hire covers artists, and love to figure out marketing plans for each launch. I love the nitty gritty details of bringing a book to market, and I’m okay with spending 12+ hours each day to do that.

5) Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I write. I’m an author. I chose this career. It’s obvious isn’t it?

6) How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I try to stay in my chair and pumping out words at least seven hours a day, but under a tight deadline have stayed up for fifty-two hours straight to pump out  edited words.

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Of course! I think every author loves reviews. I’m extremely happy when five-star reviews show up, but the others that are three stars and down are a learning experience. It shows me what are perceived as weaknesses in my writing. The pivot, the determinant of whether I can grow as an author, is whether I take those negative reviews personal and let that resentment grow. If I can honestly assess my writing, I can use my negative reviews as a chance to hone my craft.

8) What was your hardest scene to write?

It hasn’t been written yet – or more precisely, it hasn’t been released yet.

Let me explain that. My middle sister (I had three) was violently murdered on June 2, 2017. I know how she got to that point, all the big events that led up to her being where she was, in the condition she was in, when she was murdered, and I was helpless to do anything about it. I’m working on a novel that dives in-depth about the subject. It’s a work of fiction, but there are thinly veiled events that happened in real life that heavily influenced the narrative. It’s an exploration of what I feel around the events, and each time I work on the novel I end up crying and have to stop and set it aside. After a year, the pain of losing my sister still overwhelms me at times.


9) What is your favorite childhood book?

That one’s easy. Lord of The Rings by JRR Tokein. It was the only fantasy book, the only book period, in which the author took the time to craft and create two syntactically correct languages for the story. You could say that about Star Trek and the Klingon language, but the creation of Klingon didn’t happen until the release of the series.


10) What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

lMAO, just sitting down at the desk and starting each day. There are a thousand things I want to do every day. It takes a few minutes to remind me once I’ve started writing that this is what I really love, what makes my soul soar. It really is a labor of love. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing…it just takes me a few minutes each day to be reminded of that.


11) Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Favorite author? That would be Clive Barker. Emulate him? I couldn’t even begin to think that I could write like him. The visual tapestry his words conjure are as close to magical for me as any magic show I’ve ever seen. He writes the most psychologically dense horror stories I’ve ever read. He weaves nightmares and philosophy into new worlds that teem with life and menace and hope.

12) What book changed your life?

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

13) Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

First, they’re damn good and getting better. Second, I don’t follow one genre. You never know what I’ll write. But there is always darkness in them. Not everything ends nicely and neatly. Life is full of tragedies and personal disappointments. But there is always hope. I like to cover all aspects of that, of life.


What are you waiting for – get stalking! 

My personal site, which is forever in a state of flux… https://stefanlear.com

Facebook profile… https://www.facebook.com/stefanlearauthor

Facebook group… stefanlearslaughterhouse

Twitter… https://twitter.com/stefanlear

Amazon page… https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B01903R4WE

BookBub page… https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stefan-lear

Meet the Author – Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds is a native of North Alabama. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.

She is a multi-genre author who focuses mostly on post-apocalyptic novels with plagues and zombies as their source of destruction and paranormal romances, especially shifters, weres, and ghosts. She does occasionally dabble in other genres such as general fiction, horror, and suspense thrillers.

When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver of her elderly in-laws, a stay at home wife, an avid reader, and the mother to two kitties, Lilith and Midnight.

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.


Supernaturals Book 3

A BBW Paranormal Romance

The loss of a job, her husband, her home, and her quiet life has Talia dreaming of a life she’s only read about in paranormal romance novels.

An inherent need to find his mate and settle down has werecoyote Bane hoping that the human who’s just entered his life is the one for him.

Peace is all Casen, the king of the werewolves, wants but with half his pack yearning to be the warring pack they once were, he’s sure it won’t come in his lifetime.

Max is determined that the war between his people and the coyotes continues even if it means kidnapping and torturing a group of coyotes and the human with them to make it happen.

The Fates, on the other hand, have their own agenda for these four, and their desires are all that matter.

  1. How long have you been writing?

All my life, but I published my first book in 2012.

  1. Are you traditionally published, or self-published?


  1. If self-published when/why did you take that route.

    I took this route because I have a master’s in creative writing and while getting that degree I worked for two small press. I learned a lot from them and figured I could do most of this on my own. I have an editor and cover artist that I love dearly, and I am teaching myself the marketing process.

  2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?


  1. How many hours a day do you write?

Unfortunately, in the last two years, I’ve only managed to write about an hour a day. My FIL was diagnosed with Dementia, and I became his full-time caregiver.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

On occasion. The bad ones don’t bother me, especially the ones that I know are honest. I use them as learning experiences. I take the comments, if they are valid ones, and try to apply them to my current project.

  1. What was your hardest scene to write?

There wasn’t one particular scene Captive that was hard. For some reason the first few drafts of the novel didn’t feel right. My editor and I finally got it right, but Captive was one of my most difficult to write, but that probably had more to do with the fact that I was adjusting to my new life as a caregiver while working on the novel.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Where the Red Fern Grows

  1. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Aside from marketing, I’d say getting time to write at this point in my life. Usually, once I start a novel, and have time to give all of my focus, I don’t have much difficulty in finding the flow.

  1. Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Stephen King. No. I’d give up on writing if I aimed to be like him.

  1. What book changed your life?

The Stand. The uncut version. I made me want to be a writer. I long for the day when I can create such a world as that.

  1. Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Nearly all of my novels have happy endings. I strive to show that we as a people can be better than we are. I’m also not afraid to be real and graphic. My romances aren’t overly erotic, but there is sex. I do describe rape as what it is, dead bodies as they truly look, and my characters got to the bathroom, have morning breath, stretch marks, and almost always over a size 14, and have flaws.












If you’d like to know more about me, Author Jennifer Reynolds, then check out this informational brochure or one of my many social media sites.
















Exciting NEWS

Good Morning, afternoon, or evening, to my wonderful readers. My new book, The Cimmerians was published this am!

If you like looking over your shoulder and jumping at every shadow, then this one is for you.

Grab your E-Book and drop a review. Paperbacks coming soon. If it’s not your cup-of-tea please share with your friends, encase it’s theirs.  THANK YOU ALL!

Book Launch, the pleasure, the pain, and the rewards

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Paperback Book Wrap 

For those of you who do this regularly you know how difficult the road is. The hours, days, months and years to get  a story together.
If you have not seen one of my hundreds of posts yesterday – I finally hit publish on my novel.  Yeah me! (link at bottom)

And that’s only the beginning.

Next you have re-reading, editing, revising, editing, beta readers, editing. I’ve read this book so many times that I just can’t do it again.  

Why do we do this to ourselves? 

You still have to create a blurb, possibly a dedication page – don’t forget to thank someone – the begging for reviews and links at the end.  Then there is the perfect cover, if you’re like me and create your own, another headache may arise when you go to upload and you get size errors. Let the hair pulling begin. I tend to clench my jaw, and it will lead to a headache. But I persevere.

All ready hit upload and voila I have formatting issues to contend with. More clenching, spend hours adjusting the file. Try again, tap toes while the wheel spins…uploading…

And bingo we have a winner! Two or three stressful days later, I have a book online. In about a week, I’ll have a paperback in hand. 

Now I can celebrate. Today I did that by setting up a sit-stand desk. No more sore hip, slouching shoulders, or cricked up back. I hope.


I’m off to enjoy my new desk, standing style, and continue writing my next book. A complete 360 for me, a sci-fi.

So please be kind and check out my new book, leave me a review, or write to me personally. Heck, even if Horror is not your cup of tea, it helps if you share with friends. And thanks for reading my blogs!

You’re welcome to share your own book links in my comment section too, I enjoy reading and meeting new authors.

.99 cents on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/596600

Or sadly $2.99 on amazon (their rules) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B786Z7K



See you again next week, happy writing folks. Theresa Jacobs.

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