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Runner: Book II of The Chosen

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Welcome to my blog home

You may notice that it’s a bit musty, with a few cobwebs in the corners and dust bunnies lurking in the darker places. But I’m in the process of opening the shutters and sweeping the floors, so you can expect some changes over the next few weeks as I tidy up broken links and outdated content. Be sure to stop by – I promise to have a clean chair so you can stay awhile.

roh morgon @ Saturday, 18 February 2017 8:04 pm
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~ and in with the new

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2018.

I can’t believe it’s here already. It seems the older I get, the faster the years fly by.

Most folks welcome the new year with a list of resolutions. But I prefer to call it my list of goals, and the first one is to get back to writing.

I have several projects I’m working on, one of which is a young adult fantasy that I hope to publish this spring.

And with Watcher and Runner behind me, I can now focus on the next book in the series—Seeker: Book III of The Chosen.

I actually wrote a scene in Seeker for a workshop last year. In that scene, Sunny meets someone who she believes will assist her in her journey. But not all is as Sunny first perceives, and as friend becomes foe, Sunny comes face to face with an old enemy as well.

My recent trip to Romania will provide part of the setting for this book.

I’m excited to embark on these next chapters in Sunny’s life, meet new characters, and get re-acquainted with old. As Sunny ventures deeper into The Chosen world, the lessons she learned from Colin will be instrumental in keeping her alive. I’m looking forward to discovering the challenges she’ll be facing along with the choices she’ll be forced to make to survive.

Besides working on Seeker, I have a few challenges of my own to face:

  • Marketing and promotion – now that there are four stories published in the series (The Last Trace and The Games Monsters Play are related novellas), I feel it’s time to do some serious marketing. My biggest challenge will be learning the ins and outs of Amazon and Facebook ads. Publicist Beverly Bambury is helping me with blog appearances and Instagram, and I’m planning to have a more frequent presence on Twitter. All of this takes time, so I will be looking for folks who can help me with this vital part of the writing business.
  • Website overhaul – Bob Perea of The Creative Bees has been building a new website which will fully integrate social media, SEO, and all the bells and whistles to help bring me into the modern age. There will be a bit of a learning curve as I assume maintenance of the site, but Bob’s promised to help me in the transition. I’m looking forward to utilizing the site to flesh out The Chosen world for readers who want to know more about it beyond the books.
  • Newsletter—I’m developing a quarterly newsletter which will contain project updates and excerpts from works in progress. The first one will go out by the end of January.
  • Speculative Fiction Writers – I belong to a writers’ cooperative that is dedicated to promoting speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). We feature columns on writing craft, marketing, publishing, and promoting speculative fiction, and will be opening up the site this year for short story submissions. Our challenge is to develop a site that will draw both readers and writers, and our co-op members bring a variety of talents to help make that possible.
  • Yosemite Romance Writers – the YRW monthly meetings in Fresno feature speakers on a variety of topics from finding an agent to writing craft to self-publishing. This year I’m sharing the responsibility of lining up those speakers, and I’m looking forward to helping coordinate their appearances (both in-person and online) at this year’s meetings.

That’s it for now. Hopefully you’ll read my next post on the new website!

Happy New Year to all!

roh morgon @ Friday, 5 January 2018 9:19 pm
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~ out with the old . . .

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All-in-all, 2017 was a good year.

It began on a hopeful note as the re-write of Runner: Book II of The Chosen neared completion, making the novel’s pending publication more tangible.

Once I handed over the final draft to my editor, Jodi Lester, several other dreams began morphing from fantasy to reality: 1) the long-planned release of a professionally edited version of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen, and 2) publishing it with a new, professionally designed cover.

My deepest thanks go to Jodi, and to the cover design crew at Deranged Doctor Design, for bringing the realization of both those dreams to fruition.

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I’m also extremely grateful to my beta readers for their time and effort spent to read and comment on Runner. Their feedback provided me the information necessary to fine-tune the story and more fully immerse readers into the world of The Chosen.

I did manage to take a couple short breaks from the mad race toward publication of the two novels. The first break was a quiet week in May spent visiting my parents in Arizona; the second was a week-long cross-country trip in August to witness the Great American Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming. The eclipse was phenomenal, and I’ll never again look at a sunrise or a sunset without remembering the magic of the 360-degree twilight we experienced in the middle of the day.

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After we returned from our eclipse trip, efforts to complete the edits on both books began in earnest. Jodi and I spent the next two months swapping versions of the books back and forth in a flurry of further editing and proofreading. As the October publishing dates neared, I donned my publisher hat and began prepping the manuscripts for both paperback and ebook editions. Jodi and I were literally editing and formatting clear up to the midnight deadlines for each of the books with scarcely a breath between.

But it was well-worth the effort. The second edition of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen was successfully released on October 7; Runner: Book II of The Chosen followed on October 25.

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October was busy in the PR department as well. The books and I were featured in eight different blogs and newsletters in the first real promotion I’ve done since Watcher’s initial release in 2011. Between those appearances and my engagement of an ARC (Advance Review Copy) distribution service, Watcher picked up a significant number of reviews. At this time, Watcher has nearly fifty (50!) 4-star and 5-star reviews, with new ones rolling in every day.

Also in October, I discovered a new music idol. Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer whose wonderful compositions defy any one-word description. Combining classical, rock, pop, and electronica, he frequently backs his piano with avant-garde string sections and semi-psychedelic visuals in concert. Though he’s a far cry from the hard rock artists I favor such as Tool and Nine Inch Nails, or the bluesy sounds of The Black Keys and the retro-psychedelic moods of The Black Angels and Wooden Shjips, he is currently my favorite musician. I used several songs from his “In a Time Lapse” album in Runner, and am already building the Seeker playlist with his music as its foundation.

November and December were as hectic as those months usually are, and it was with some relief—and some reluctance—that I stepped away from the book business to focus on shopping, cooking, and visiting family for the holidays.

As I look back over the year, I feel grateful for all that I have and all that I’ve achieved. My family members are doing well and are in reasonably good health, and I’m thankful to have been able to spend time on several occasions with my aging parents. They, along with my children and my husband, fully support my writing, and I’m fortunate to have their love and encouragement.

Writing is a balancing act, and with a day job and family, there is little time to pursue other interests. But, as cliché as it sounds, it is important to stop and smell the roses. Or watch a sunset in the middle of the day, or hug a parent or a grandchild.

With the publication of Watcher and Runner now behind me, I’m looking ahead to the next chapters in both the series and in my own life.

Farewell 2017. It’s been a good year, and I look forward to the next one.

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roh morgon @ Monday, 1 January 2018 11:50 pm
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~ launch day #2

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Today is Launch day for Runner: Book II of The Chosen. The day it is officially available for purchase or borrowing as a Kindle Unlimited title.

It’s been a long journey for both the book and for me. But it’s over now – the editing, the revisions, the formatting, and the uploading.

It feels a bit surreal to no longer worry about this book ever being published.

Now my worry is a new one – that fans of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen will find its sequel equally engaging.

Guess we’ll just have to wait for the reviews to roll in and hope for the best.

But I suspect fans might like reading about the new challenges facing Sunny and how she deals with them.

Meanwhile, it’s time to turn my attention to Seeker: Book III of The Chosen and follow Sunny as her story continues.

roh morgon @ Wednesday, 25 October 2017 9:36 pm
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~ launch day #1

Today is the day. Launch Day.

The day a new Watcher: Book I of The Chosen is revealed.

So far, the reviews for the Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) are pouring in, more than half of them with five stars.

Unless you’re an author, you have no idea how stressful it is to release your work to the world and hope like heck that everyone doesn’t hate it.

I write weird stuff. It’s dark, violent, bloody, and heartbreaking in places.

But it makes you feel. At least, it makes me feel when I write it (yes, there are parts that make me cry), and, according to direct testimony from fans and reviewers, it makes readers feel as well.

And isn’t that the point of a story? To make you feel something? Whether you’ve never experienced those feelings yourself, or you have all too frequently, a good story should elicit emotion.

My own emotions are all over the map right now. Today is the culmination of an adventure I started nearly nine (nine!) years ago. It began with writing down a one-page lament from a strange vampire woman who was in my head when I woke up one morning in December 2008.

The various stages I’ve been through since that fateful morning have been like riding a rollercoaster as I navigated through the initial drafts, critiques, edits, rewrites, and publishing – all to do it again with the second edition. One moment I’m elated; the next I’m doubtful, and fearful that what I’ve written is absolute crap. And some folks might think just that.

But it seems the majority of readers like the story – and many of them love it. Sunny touches something within them. Maybe it’s sympathy. Or maybe she connects with that little part so many have within themselves that feels isolated and alone, that wants nothing more than understanding and caring from another.

Whatever it is, her followers want more of her story. And so I keep writing it as she gives it to me. The second installment, Runner: Book II of The Chosen, is due for release in a few weeks on October 25.

As with the first book, the second will likely leave you wanting even more.

And yes, “more” is in the works. Seeker: Book III of The Chosen, is slowly getting underway, and I’m going to do everything I can to bring it to the readers as soon as is humanly possible.

Or, with the help of a lonely, but brave, vampire woman, inhumanly possible.

 

 

roh morgon @ Saturday, 7 October 2017 1:17 pm
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~ Runner: Book II of The Chosen – the journey, part I

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It’s finally here.

The day that I announce that Runner: Book II of The Chosen is available.

It’s been a long journey, filled with interruptions too numerous to count, medical issues, family problems, and repeated revisions.

It started eight years ago, when I finished writing Watcher: Book I of The Chosen. As the final words of the first book in the series hit the page in May 2009, I realized I needed to keep going. So I wrote the first section of Runner—about 20,000 words—and saved the file at what I felt was a good stopping spot. I then spent the next year and a half trying to learn how to write properly, and in October 2011, published Watcher.

Sometime in that eighteen months, I had a “shower inspiration“, also known as a “shower epiphany” or “shower thoughts.” (one study even noted that “72% of people get their best ideas in the shower“).

Anyhow, I had one of those moments. And in that moment, three characters walked into my head: a tall, massively built Native American male; a stocky, red-bearded Scot with a wee bit of an accent; and a diminutive, chocolate-skinned Creole woman every bit as lethal as the other two.

I had no idea who they were, or what role they’d play in Runner. I just knew they’d be pivotal.

And boy, did they turn out to be—in ways I never expected.

In June of 2011, I attended a self-publishing workshop in Oregon put on by Dean Wesley Smith. At the workshop, one of their recommendations for those of us working on a novel series is to write short stories that tie into the novels. The appearance of these stories in anthologies, periodicals, and other mediums provide an additional avenue through which to funnel readers to your series.

As my husband and I started the 16-hour drive home, I thought about that, and recalled the trio from my shower inspiration. The most interesting of the three was their leader, and so I decided to write his story about how he’d become a Chosen and how he winds up encountering Sunny, the series’ main character.

The result of that was The Last Trace, the first of three novellas that explore Taz’s life up to the time of Runner. But writing his story gave me more than just another book—it gave me a deeper insight into who he is and why he does the things he does.

But writing The Last Trace also delayed the writing of Runner, and the novel languished while I focused on historical research, editing, and publishing the novella.

Once Taz’s past was out of the way (at least the first part), I was able to dive back into Runner and made substantial progress on the novel.

A second major interruption (a wonderful one) was an opportunity to participate in a vampire anthology edited by Gabrielle Faust, noted author of the vampire series ETERNAL VIGILANCE and other dark fantasies. The theme centered on vampires and the games they play with both their prey and with each other, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to submit a story.

I didn’t even have to think hard about what to write. I had a ready-built world with The Chosen series, including characters. What I didn’t expect was the entrance of a character previously unknown to me—Colin O’Neill.

The story that ended up in 2013’s High Stakes: A Vampire Anthology, along with stories from nine award-winning authors, was The Games Monsters Play. And when the rights reverted to me after a year, I expanded the short story and published it as a novelette.

Again, all of that brought my work on Runner to a screeching halt. But I’m glad it did, because it allowed Colin to infiltrate my psyche, and he did it so surreptitiously that I was stunned when he walked onto the pages of Runner.

In early 2014, I sent the first completed draft to my core beta readers—Lex, Janine, Mellie, Edd, Earl, Vanessa, and Odette. The feedback was glowing, and contained wonderful suggestions for improvement, which I promptly incorporated.

But that draft was missing an early chapter—a chapter dealing with a complex medical emergency for one of the characters. I’d simply labeled it as “Surgery??” with the intention of researching that scenario once the first draft was finished.

That ended up being more complicated than I expected. And the more I researched, the more I realized I needed the expertise of a medical professional.

I found one later that year. Janeane was an emergency room nurse, and when I gave her the first part of Runner, she excitedly dove into her own research. Her critique of the chapters both before and after the missing one was invaluable, and I realized that I would need to completely rewrite the first section of the book in order to keep somewhat medically authentic.

That same year, and the one following it, was filled with my own medical issues, along with family problems and other distractions. The rewrite haunted me, and it wasn’t until 2016 that I completed it. I ran it past my sister-in-law, Gazelle, who is also in the medical profession, and after a few minor adjustments, she gave me the green light.

The second draft went out to another group of beta readers, including the wonderful Jeannie, my fox friend who read it several times and provided great insight and suggestions.

With a few changes and a last bit of polish, I handed the final draft over to a third group of betas, as well as my editor, Jodi Renee Lester.

At her suggestion, I sent it to a few readers who had not read Watcher. We wanted to ensure there was enough flashback and other references to the first book that someone starting the series with Runner wouldn’t feel lost—and yet, not be boring with too much rehash for current fans.

Another milestone in this journey was the discovery of a cover artist who captured the kind and quality of look I wanted for these books. I’d been looking for one for years, and though a couple were promising, I still kept looking. I was so thrilled when I found Deranged Doctor Design and fell in love with the covers done by Milo.

The timing couldn’t have been better—DDD was able to fit the first two books into their summer schedule in time for me to meet my publication deadlines in October. They’ve been awesome to work with, and I highly recommend their services.

And so here I am, with both of my main goals for the last six years just weeks away from achievement:

  • Watcher: Book I of The Chosen – with a professional, high-quality edit, additional content, and a shiny new cover, this book is finally what I’ve dreamed it could be, and, for the first time, I feel proud of it. The second edition premiers October 7. The ebook version is available now for pre-order.

What a long, strange trip it’s been. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

In Part II of this post, I’ll talk about some of the folks who’ve helped me along the way. Be sure to check back – you may find yourself in the story!

 

roh morgon @ Saturday, 30 September 2017 9:49 am
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~ pre-orders for new Watcher: Book I of The Chosen

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Last week, the new cover for the second edition of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen was revealed. Apparently folks like it – the two facebook posts picked up nearly 100 likes by unique viewers in less than two days, which, for me, was pretty spectacular considering the small number of followers I have.

A few people asked me about pre-orders, so as a thank you to my followers, pre-orders for the ebook version are now enabled at a discounted price.

Paperback pre-orders should hopefully be ready sometime later on this week.

As the official release date of October 7 nears, I’m scrambling to get the word out to readers and reviewers. There was never an official “launch” for the first edition, which was released six years ago almost to the day. This time around, I have a small, but very devoted following, and am trying to launch the new Watcher properly.

But this is also practice – because three weeks later, Runner: Book II of The Chosen, will be released as well. And since this is a “virgin” release, I’m doing everything I can to publicize it, including the promotion of its now grown-up sister, Watcher.

As I mentioned previously, I feel like I’ve just graduated high school and am starting college at the University of Life as a Published Writer.

Thank you to all of my supporters for sharing this journey with me.

Here is the link for ordering the ebook version of Watcher: Book I of The Chosen:

https:/www.amazon.com/dp/B075QP4H2Q

roh morgon @ Saturday, 23 September 2017 8:13 am
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~ cover reveal

It’s Cover Reveal Day!

As I’ve mentioned here and elsewhere, Watcher: Book I of The Chosen, has been updated with a new cover, professional edit, and new material.

This second edition is scheduled for release on October 7, 2017, six years after its original publication date.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the new cover.

Hope you like it.

 
 

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roh morgon @ Friday, 15 September 2017 9:02 pm
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~ 50 minutes of fame

On Wednesday, July 26, I will be featured on Yvonne Mason‘s Off the Chain BlogTalk Radio podcast!

I’ll be sharing the latest news on The Chosen series:

  • Watcher is getting a makeover
    • The new cover is being worked on THIS WEEK and I hope to see the first draft by Friday
    • The revisions incorporating a professional edit and new material are nearly complete
  • Runner is with my editor
    • Its new cover will be ready at the end of August
    • Projected publication date – October 2017
  • Seeker is underway
    • Expect a Carpathian experience, courtesy of my trip to Romania last year

We’re gonna have fun on the show. I have all kinds of weirdness that I’m sure Yvonne will do her best to bring out. :)

roh morgon @ Tuesday, 25 July 2017 9:30 pm
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~ a little history

I’ve been a reader since I can remember. I started with animal stories, and along the way fell in love with a magnificent Arabian stallion called The Black in Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion. I read the whole series, and anything else about horses that I could get my hands on.

My next phase was the Readers’ Digest Condensed Books for Children. Though they were shortened versions, without the RD books I probably never would have been exposed to such classics as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and countless others.

When I was in junior high school, my dad signed me up for the Science Fiction Book Club. Every 30 days they would send their book-of-the-month. I read Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dune long before they were made into movies, along with many other science fiction classics.

I briefly dabbled in westerns when I spent a summer with my grandparents, and I fell head over heels for the steel-eyed, silent stranger who was fast with a gun and saved the day.

And then I discovered fantasy. Lord of the Rings opened up doors to lands even more wonderful that those in the wild west or on the faraway planets of science fiction, and I quickly immersed myself into realms ruled by magic and swords.

In the 1990s, the movie Interview with a Vampire introduced me to a new genre. After I read all of Anne Rice’s books, I consumed every vampire story I could get my hands on. Wonderful stories by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Elaine Bergstrom, Nancy Collins, Nancy Baker and many others showed me how a simple mythology can have so many different—and fascinating—interpretations.

Fast forward to 2008. Vampires had taken over pop culture, thanks to the Twilight books and movies. Stephanie Meyer brought a new twist to the genre, one I thought was actually quite clever in spite of the grumblings by critics about “sparkly vampires.”

And then, one morning in December, I woke up with this sad, lonely vampire woman in my head. I couldn’t stop thinking about her, and when I got to work, I quickly wrote a one-page lament in her voice. She talked about her isolation, her fear of killing someone, and her anguish at watching her daughter live out her life from afar.

I wasn’t sure what to do at that point. I’d always thought about writing books, but never felt I had the time. Writing was something I’d decided would have to wait until I was retired.

But this creature, this vampire woman, would not leave me alone. And I found myself wondering about her life, and how she spent her time, and what had happened to make her this way.

And so, in early January 2009, I gave in and started writing down the bits of her existence that she revealed to me. Sunny showed me her life as though it were a movie, and all I did was translate the film into words on a computer screen.

Nicolas entered the picture a week or so later. Together they were relentless, and as their story unfolded in my head, movie-fashion, I could do nothing but write.

They would start in on me late at night, at 10:00, or maybe 11:00 – just when I was ready to go to bed. The movie played, and I had no choice but to type.

Sleep was a reward they allowed me only after the clock showed 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and I would gratefully shut down my computer and stagger to bed. My alarm would go off the next morning at 6:00 a.m., and I would crawl to work. After a long day, I returned home, only to repeat the cycle again, and again.

Weekends became typing marathons, with 5:00 a.m. bedtimes and 8:00 a.m. wakeups. And the movie played, and my fingers could only comply with the pressure to get the story out.

And I learned what it’s like to live with vampires.

Five months later, the first draft of the novel was completed. I then spent the next eighteen months learning how to write (something I’m still working on), and in October 2011, Watcher: Book I of The Chosen was born.

Since then, I’ve written several short stories in the Watcher world, along with a number of stories in a new YA series.

But the vampires refuse to let me go just yet. Runner: Book II of The Chosen is scheduled for release in Fall 2017—and there are more stories about their world on the way.

roh morgon @ Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:32 pm
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~ Watcher re-boot

Watcher re-boot?

Yes.

It’s been six years since Watcher: Book I of The Chosen was released. In that time, the series has gained a small but dedicated following.

And so, with the pending release of Runner: Book II of The Chosen this fall, I thought it was a good time to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time:

Re-release a professionally edited Watcher, with new and improved content – and a brand new cover.

The editing was finished some time ago, but with my focus on completing Runner, it was necessary to delay actually incorporating those edits.

Runner is now with my editor, and Watcher is getting a serious makeover – one that I hope will make it more worthy to be the flagship of this series.

But even with snappier dialog, expanded scenes, and a flashy new cover, the heart of the story remains the same – a story about choice, about love and loss, and about coming out stronger on the other side.

 

 

roh morgon @ Sunday, 9 July 2017 10:54 pm
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~ a new story

More than a few years ago I worked on an anthology project with the Fresno Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers. It had a pretty cool theme, with stories that were connected to a specific family and place, as well as to the stories preceding and following our own.
 
The place was a fictional town in England by the name of Woadsbury (known for growing the woad dye plant and making the blue dye itself). The family was the resident, or in some cases, ruling family of the town. There was no restriction on time period, and so the antho opened with a story that pre-dated history and ended with one set in the far future in space.
 
The story I wrote took place in the early 1600’s during one of Europe’s witch-hunting phases, and was a charming fantasy about a young healer and her dog. It’s my mother’s favorite story that I’ve written.
 
Unfortunately, the FSFW group disbanded and its members are now scattered across the world. Our ambitious little anthology (our second such project) withered away with no one to curate it, and our stories of Woadsbury and its family sit idly by on desktops and laptops and forgotten flash drives.
 
Recently, I took out my Woadsbury story and dusted it off with the idea of fleshing it out a bit and publishing it as a stand-alone novella. In the process, it changed from semi-YA to YA, gained a new title, and tripled in word count (nearly novel-length). It’s also tied more securely to my middle-grade/YA series, Forbidden Doorways, that I’ve been working on here and there for many years.
 
So, to make a long story short (one about me making a short story long), I will be looking for beta readers who enjoy YA fantasy. This is a bit of a sweet romance, with a little humor and a little darkness here and there. Oh, and magic. It has lots of that.
 
Stay tuned for my next post, in which I will include the opening scene from “Saving Magic”.
roh morgon @ Friday, 24 March 2017 10:34 pm
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~ women in horror month blog talks – day 5

W.J. Howard is the organizer behind this week’s Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Below is her blog post with a list of featured writers for today’s topic, “Torture”.

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Welcome to our final day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on torture. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

To Connect with Participants and Join More Discussions
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James P. McDonald hosts
Torture as a Favorite Pastime
by Anne Hogue-Boucher

Anne is always wondering when the stars will be right, and is madly in love with her spouse. She is a werewolf wrangler, and writer of weird fiction and horror.
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W. J. Howard hosts
Thinking Torture
by Dina Rae

Dina Rae has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy, NWO, paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest book.
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Briana Robertson hosts
Fascinating Torture
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Roadie Notes hosts
The Most Intense Torture
by Debbie Christiana

Debbie writes dark romantic fiction and dark short fiction. She’s a lover of yoga, Halloween, horror, wine and Labradors.
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Dina Rae hosts
A Difficult Topic
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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W. J. Howard hosts
The Threat
by L.J. Moran

L.J. Moran currently lives in S. Jersey. She’s into animal rescue, horror conventions, and is addicted to coffee.
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roh morgon @ Friday, 24 February 2017 8:19 am
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~ women in horror month blog talks – day 4

W.J. Howard is the organizer behind this week’s Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Below is her blog post with a list of featured writers for today’s topic, “Evil Women in Pop Culture”.

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Welcome to our fourth day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on evil women in pop culture. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

To Connect with Participants and Join More Discussions
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W. J. Howard hosts
The Worst Kind of Villain
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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James P. McDonald hosts
Women Who Kill
by C.A. Verstraete

C.A. Verstraete loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.
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 W. J. Howard hosts
My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list
by Juli D. Revezzo
Juli writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend.

C.A. Verstraete hosts
Death Personified
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors.
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Claire Fitzpatrick hosts
Beverley Allitt: Serial Murderer and
Evil Woman in Pop Culture
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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roh morgon @ Thursday, 23 February 2017 6:13 am
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~ women in horror month blog talks – day 3

W.J. Howard is the organizer behind this week’s Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Below is her blog post with a list of featured writers for today’s topic, “Scary Confessions”.

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Welcome to our third day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on our scary confessions. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

To Connect with Participants and Join More Discussions
Go to the Facebook Event Page

W. J. Howard hosts
Scary Inspiration
by W. J. Howard with Lauren Curtis

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Audrey Brice hosts
Secret Confession: I’m Not a Woman in Horror
by B.E. Scully

B.E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions.
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Lincoln Farish hosts
Inner Voice
by Suzie Lockhart

Convinced she was destined to be an artist, Suzie Lockhart attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh after graduating high school, but the gnawing urge to write remained with her.
AND
Nightmares
by Naching T. Kassa

Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
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Naching T. Kassa hosts
A Path of Fear
by Carson Buckingham

Carson Buckingham is a professional novelist, short story writer, editor, proofreader, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer and worshipper of Terry Pratchett and Shirley Jackson.
AND
Nightmare Influence
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic is a member Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors. She writes contemporary fiction, which leans toward the paranormal and adds a pinch of history.
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Travis Heermann hosts

Enter the Spirit World
by Audrey Brice

Audrey Brice writes paranormal thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories where spirits, demons, and occult practitioners are both heroes and villains.
AND
Everyday Horror
by Briana Robertson

Briana Robertson is the author of all things dark–horror, fantasy, poetry, and more. Advocate for mental health and suicide awareness. Wife and mother of three.
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Christine Fitzpatrick hosts
Irrational Things
by Claire L. Fishback

Claire lives in Morrison, Colorado with her loving husband, Tim, and their pit bull mix, Belle. Writing has been her passion since age six.
AND
Fear of Failure
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Roadie Notes hosts
Night Terrors
by KC Grifant

The founding co-chair of the Horror Writers Association’s San Diego Chapter, KC Grifant has written scifi, horror and fantasy stories for the Lovecraft Ezine and more.
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roh morgon @ Wednesday, 22 February 2017 8:39 am
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~ women in horror month blog talks – day 2

W.J. Howard is the organizer behind this week’s Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Below is her blog post with a list of featured writers for today’s topic, “Favorite Women in Horror”.

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Welcome to our second day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on our favorite women in horror. Below is a list of blogs and guests in today’s talks.

To Connect with Participants and Join More Discussions
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Morbidly Beautiful hosts
Women I Hope to Write Like
by Roh Morgon

Roh Morgon writes fantasy and horror for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. She’s best known for her vampire series.
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Roadie Notes hosts
First Lady, Mary Shelley
by James P. McDonald

James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Blaze McRob hosts
The Dark Romance of Anne Rice
by Travis Heermann

Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
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Juli D. Revezzo hosts
Alexandra Sokoloff
by Zrinka Jelic

Zrinka Jelic is a member Romance Writers of America and its Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, as well as Savvy Authors. She writes contemporary fiction, which leans toward the paranormal and adds a pinch of history.
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W. J. Howard hosts
Ghost Dance
by Naching T. Kassa

Naching is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
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Susanne Leist hosts
Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook
by W. J. Howard

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Debbie Christiana hosts
A Few Amazing Ladies
by Dina Rae

Dina has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy NWO paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest release.
Dana Reed
by Audrey Brice

Audrey writes paranormal thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories where spirits, demons, and occult practitioners are both heroes and villains.
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roh morgon @ Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:54 pm
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~ women in horror month blog talks – day 1

W.J. Howard is the organizer behind this week’s Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Below is her blog post with a list of featured writers for today’s topic, “Choice of Weapons”.

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Welcome to our first day of Women in Horror Month Blog Talks featuring a discussion on weapons. Below is a list of blogs and bloggers in today’s talks.

To Connect with Participants and Join More Discussions
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Audrey Brice hosts
The Art of Weapons
by A. F. Stewart
A. F. Stewart is an author of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror). Her published books include Horror Haiku and Other Poems, the Killers and Demons series, and Ruined City.
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James P. McDonald hosts
Select Your Weapons Carefully
by Lori R. Lopez
Lori’s novels are dark or fantastic. Her poems are horrific or witty. Her stories could be anything, except some things. Her artwork is peculiar, brooding, and quirky like her!
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W. J. Howard hosts
The Deadliest Weapon
By C.A. Verstraete
C.A. Verstraete loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.
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A. F. Stewart hosts
An Out of the Ordinary Weapon
by Roh Morgon
Roh Morgon writes fantasy and horror for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. She’s best known for her vampire series that begins with Watcher: Book I of The Chosen.
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Blaze McRob hosts
A Special Affinity for Sharp Things
by Naching T. Kassa
Naching is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
AND
A Take on All Sorts of Weapons
by James T. McDonald
James is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fic author, technology and futurist speaker.
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Roadie Notes hosts
Something to Sink Your Teeth Into
by W. J. Howard
Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy. Her main focus is creating fast-paced, action-packed stories that keep the interest of young and new adults, although readers of all ages enjoy her work. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two boisterous beagles, and wine is an important part of her diet.
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Claire Fitzpatrick hosts
A Good Sharp Blade
by Jo-Anne Russell
Jo-Anne is a dark fiction writer and a publisher at Lycan Valley Press. Her work can be found in a multitude of anthologies, and as standalone stories.
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roh morgon @ Monday, 20 February 2017 12:19 pm
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~ women in horror month blog talks

This week, Wendy Howard is sponsoring Women in Horror Month Blog Talks on her blog, http://wjhoward.com/

She’s bringing bloggers together to promote and celebrate women horror writers and has lined up a pretty cool program. Check out the flyer below for a list of topics, then visit her website to navigate to the various hosts. You can also find good info on the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1556103594403190/

I’m thrilled to participate with my contributions to Monday’s topic, “Choice of Weapons” and Tuesday’s “Favorite Women in Horror”. In addition, commenters on my posts will receive free ebooks.

Monday’s host – A. F. Stewart on her blog, Are You Afraid of the Dark http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday’s host – Morbidly Beautiful‘s Stephanie Malone on her blog, Morbidly Beautiful http://morbidlybeautiful.com/

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~ 2017 update

2016 was a busy year that included a number of positive events in my life.

Most importantly, a serious health condition that has dogged me for much of my adult life has been resolved. I’m getting healthier by the day and that spark (which had been fading the last few years) has returned. I’m grateful to be alive.

My new lease on life motivated me to take a trip this past summer to a magical place featured in many of my favorite stories – ROMANIA. Even better, the trip was hosted by Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker.

As my husband and I visited Romanian villages and hiked the Carpathian Mountains, I realized our trip was not only to another place, but another time. I absorbed as many sights, sounds, and smells as I could, and hopefully I’ll be able to reproduce some of those experiences in my next novel.

Another significant life event was a change in my day job, which now brings me more satisfaction and will allow me more time – and energy – for writing. In addition, for the first time I can truly see retirement on the not-too-distant horizon.

My dream of writing full-time is now a little closer.

As for my writing itself . . .

*  “Saving Magic”, a young adult fantasy from my Forbidden Doorways series, will be released this spring. “Magic” was originally written for the Fresno Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Woadsbury anthology. Unfortunately, the anthology never saw publication.

*  “The Games Monsters Play”, a novelette of The Chosen, was published September 2016 and is now available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats.

“Games” is an expanded version of the story that first appeared in 2013’s “High Stakes: A Vampire Anthology”, edited by Gabrielle Faust and published by Evil Jester Press. The story follows a minor character from Watcher and introduces a major character from Runner.

*  “Runner: Book II of The Chosen”, after more revisions than I can count, is finally with my editor. I will not promise a publishing date (because that seems to be a promise I’ve been unable to keep so far), but I’m going to do everything I can to get it published this year.

*  “Seeker: Book III of The Chosen” is in development. All I can say about it is that my trip to Romania last summer has provided me wonderful backdrop material for Sunny’s continuing journey.

That’s it for now. It’s great to be back in the game.

roh morgon @ Saturday, 18 February 2017 3:03 pm
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~2016 update

New year. New determination.

I am writing.

I am editing.

Runner will be published by the end of the year.

The last three years have been a wild roller coaster ride. Every time I’ve thought I had control of my life again, or at least some semblance of it, some new challenge rose, frequently flanked by a couple old ones.

But everything feels different now.

My medical and family issues have slowly resolved, finally allowing my creative self to unfurl her wings and climb out from the protective cocoon in which she’s been hiding.

And it feels so glorious to stretch those wings.

My edit of Runner has morphed into a complete re-write of the first section, something that I hadn’t anticipated.

But it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing, and as it turned out, was absolutely necessary.

Runner‘s opening scene – about 20,000 words – hit the page in 2009, right after I completed the first draft of Watcher. It slowly evolved, 20,000-40,000 words at a time, until the initial draft was complete in late 2013.

Once the final chapter was done, it was time to turn my attention to an early chapter which I had purposely skipped. Medical research was needed to complete it, but that turned out to be much more difficult than I realized. I finally met an ER nurse who gave me a crash course in ER procedures (thank you, Janeane) and made me painfully aware that the scenes leading up to that chapter were completely unrealistic and needed major revision. Further discussions with my sister-in-law, a surgical nurse instructor, helped me fine-tune the scenes and keep them as medically accurate as possible.

And so the re-write began.

But like I said before, that was absolutely necessary. And not just because some of the details were wrong.

The writing was, well, not that great. I wrote those initial chapters five to seven years ago, and in the intervening years, something cool happened.

My writing improved. A lot.

And the first section of Runner is so much better now. There’s a maturity to the writing that even I can see, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to write this story the right way BEFORE it’s published.

So for those of you who’ve been wondering if you’d ever see Watcher‘s sequel, believe me when I tell you this:

It will be well worth the wait.

And so I slowly step back into the writing world.

I was recently accepted as a featured author at the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca on October 8th. And next week, I’ll be helping the San Francisco chapter of the Horror Writers Association with their booth at the Bay Area Book Festival.

And in July?

I’m traveling to Romania for an 11-day tour of the country as research for Seeker, my third book in the Chosen series. I’ll post more on that later.

Several weeks ago, I attended StokerCon, the Horror Writers Association convention and awards. I hugged writer friends I haven’t seen in three years, and made some great new ones. The workshops re-energized me, but it was being back in the presence of so much wonderful creativity that really strengthened my determination to finish my current projects and start new ones. That, and the belief in me and my writing that my close friends and family have, is giving me the drive and the energy to pursue my passion and my dream of someday being able to do this full-time.

Because I have so many wonderful stories to tell.

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roh morgon @ Sunday, 29 May 2016 5:42 pm
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~checking in

Thought I’d check in and give you an update.

I’m in the midst of a major revision to the first part of Runner. I know – I thought it was done. But after consulting with an expert on an important part of the storyline, I needed to make some changes. I thought it was going to be the simple addition of a scene and maybe some minor corrections surrounding it. But that’s not the case. It’s amazing how one little change creates a ripple effect, and the tiny blip that was on the edge of your radar is now dead center and staring you down through sights aimed right at your face!

So, yeah. Gonna be a little longer. But I’m halfway through it – finishing it depends on just how much time real life demands of me.

I am also working on another project, one a little more personal and something totally different for me. When my mother was a child, she was given the Civil War diaries of her great-grandfather. He was a well-known war correspondent who regularly wrote articles for the National Tribune, a weekly newspaper based in Washington, D.C.

It’s been her lifelong dream to publish those diaries in the form of a book, and she has been transcribing them – first on a typewriter, then on a computer – for much of her life. She recently started prepping the finished book for publication through Amazon/Create Space and was having trouble with the formatting. I volunteered to help her, and am slowly straightening out the many kinks that Word can throw into a document. And no, not interested in using Scrivener or InDesign – I’m pretty good at beating Word into submission and just don’t have time to learn to use new software at this point.

So anyhow, my latest foray into publishing is now in the realm of non-fiction. I love this business – there’s always something new to learn and new territory to explore.

And for those who are Civil War buffs, I’ll let you know when this book is out. It’s pretty interesting – my great-great grandfather was certainly in the thick of things. I’m enjoying getting to know him, too. It’s kinda cool to think I might’ve inherited some of his talent.

roh morgon @ Sunday, 1 February 2015 12:22 pm
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~reawakening

That’s what it feels like.

A reawakening.

Words stirring to life. Images joining one another to become fluid scenes, snippets of other worlds. Characters beginning to prod me with their stories again.

An urge similar to the nesting instinct has been building in me for a little while now. An urge to create a space in which the writer within me can once again create. The ingredients necessary for the focused wanderings of my imagination are slowly coming together: a quiet seclusion, a proper desk. A computer strong and powerful enough to capture sentences and harness them into coherence, to explore webpages without hesitation, to craft cover images into lures for the unsuspecting reader.

This past year – yes, it has been a year since the onset of my unplanned withdrawal from writing – has been filled with medical issues and family needs on top of an increased workload at the day job. But as each of these demands on my time and energy lessen, I can feel the writer begin to peek out and look around.

As my new workspace begins to take shape, excitement rises within me at the prospect of long hours spent recording the lives of the characters who’ve entrusted me with their stories. I’m eager to continue Sunny’s saga, to explore the origins of Nicolas, to follow Taz as he storms through history. Others wait as well – Sullivan and Sanders and Jade, whose young lives are complicated by their supernatural needs along with those of normal teenagers. In addition, a number of fresh faces are standing by, impatient to be given life upon pages of their own.

One of my first tasks as I emerge from my cocoon is to find an artist to illustrate my book covers. I need someone who can create from scratch, a realist to replicate the images floating within my mind as well as offer designs of their own. I’m starting my search at local colleges, but will also be exploring online resources.

I’m open to suggestions, so please contact me if you can recommend someone.

That’s it for now. But not for long – I’ll be stopping by regularly to introduce new features to my blog, and hopefully, a new design in the not-too-distant future.

It’s nice to be back.

roh morgon @ Wednesday, 30 July 2014 6:13 am
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~Women in Horror Month

Well? Did you notice I used proper capitalization in the post title?

I never do that.

But I did today, and will for the rest of February.

That’s because this is Women in Horror Month, and out of respect, I will behave like a professional writer and use proper punctuation.

But only in my blog title. No promises about the rest of my ramblings.

So you might be asking what this Women in Horror Month is all about.

It’s just that – celebrating women artists whose works, from film to art to literature, disturb you in some way.

For those of you unfamiliar with the genre, I’d like to clarify what horror means.

Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries offer several definitions of horror. I’ve combined them:

  • horror: a very strong feeling of fear, dread, shock, disgust, or dismay

As you can see, horror does not necessarily mean gruesome or terrifying.

In reading my work, you will experience little fear, dread, or disgust, though non-horror readers do sometimes have issues with the images I paint of torn throats and coursing blood.

And jars.

Okay, I’ll admit it. The jars are a little creepy.

As for feeling shock and dismay? Yes. Regret? Plenty. And that constriction in your chest working its way up your throat? The prickling skin electrifying your scalp and that sudden intake of breath? That you might experience as my characters face appalling choices and devastating losses—provided I’ve done my job as a writer.

Horror can take many forms. Women writers excel in all, though they are particularly adept at exploring the more subtle emotions in what I like to call “quiet horror.”

Even if horror isn’t your normal cup of tea, read some of the stories by women being highlighted around the web this month. You might find a flavor you like.

Women in Horror Month is being celebrated by a number of online blogs and resources. Below are a few which are featuring guest posts, interviews, short stories, and promotions in support for those of us who write horror literature.

  • Sirens Call Publications – their online magazine of edgy fiction, Sirens Call eZine, has devoted their February issue (#13) to women’s short stories, photography, and promotions
  • Natasha Ewent’s Blog – in addition to articles and interviews, Natasha is showcasing women writers in a series of guest posts

I’ll add to this list as the month progresses. In the meantime, check out the above sites. You might discover a new author whose work sends a chill or two up your spine.

Oh, and BTW – I’m appearing in several of the above sites. Both the Sirens Call eZine and Nina’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog have featured me and my work so far this month!

roh morgon @ Monday, 17 February 2014 4:24 am
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~life imitating art

I’ve been absent from facebook and the blog scene for the last six months, and thought I’d offer an explanation as to why.

With that in mind, I considered titling this post “Becoming a Vampire”.

Yeah, you read that correctly. Think

  • extreme photosensitivity (unable to go out into the daylight without being covered head to toe)
  • need for blood (hemolytic anemia in which red blood cells are destroyed faster than they can be made)
  • rages and other wild emotional swings (due to the anemia)

But before I explain further, let’s take a step back into the past:

In December of 2008, I woke up with the tragic figure of a sad and lonely vampire woman in my head. I lay there wondering who she was and she began to show me her story. As her life unfolded in my head, movie fashion, I felt compelled to write it down as fast as I could. After five months of sleepless nights and weekend marathons with my laptop, I finished the initial draft.

And so, Watcher: Book I of The Chosen was born, and was published in its current version in October of 2011.

Fast forward to 2013:

In early July, I entered a clinical study to treat a long-term medical condition I’ve had for much of my life. After several weeks, I began to develop the side affects I listed earlier in my post. The photosensitivity is due to one of the new drugs, and the anemia is due to an old one that’s been in use about fifteen years. Fortunately, both were temporary conditions and resolved once I completed treatment.

So, yeah.

Couldn’t go outside during the day unless I was wrapped up like a Ninja.

Low on blood, which left me craving red meat, and well, needing more blood.

Rage issues, as in the least little upset triggered an emotional tsunami.

Vampire.

Life imitating art.

In spite of the above difficulties, I, along with my friends and family, had no choice but to laugh at the irony of writing a book about a vampire woman only to tread (somewhat) in her footsteps four years later. The experience certainly gave me fresh insight into what it means to be a creature of the night.

All I can say to my fellow writers is:

Be careful what you write, because you never know when you might become a character from one of your stories.

~roh~

roh morgon @ Friday, 29 November 2013 12:32 pm
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~SCAREanormal Fresno

(I know I still haven’t posted about my experiences at the World Horror Convention and the Bram Stoker Awards ® in New Orleans, but I’ll get to it. Soon.)

Wow. What an amazing three days at the SCAREanormal – Fresno Horror, Paranormal, and Pop Culture Fan Expo! At times a bit of a rocky ride, it ended on a positive note with Central Valley fans begging everyone to hold it again next year.

Special thanks to convention volunteers Kaci Hansen and  Sharon Kille Jenkins for keeping things going and taking such good care of us.

The Horror Writers Association vendor booth was the only bookseller at this film-based convention, and we had a fairly steady stream of visitors for much of the con. Most were readers excited to discover new authors–I enjoyed watching them as they left our booth bearing bright smiles along with their freshly purchased paper treasures.

But we also had a number of aspiring writers spend time talking with us. We shared our individual experiences as HWA members, handed out all of the HWA brochures, and in general spoke about how supportive the organization is. I hope to see their names listed in the membership directory sometime in the near future.

Saturday’s discussion panels–“The Best in Horror Literature: From the Classics to the Modern” and “The Evolution of the Monster from Folklore to Film”–were well-received by attendees, and I think the panelists enjoyed them too. Many thanks go to Brad C. Hodson, Eric J. Guignard, PS Gifford, Fred Wiehe, and Dana Fredsti for doing such a great job exploring their topics and answering audience questions.

Each panel was followed by readings from HWA members. Brad read from a work-in-progress about a pair of unique serial killers that left us all begging for more. Dana introduced listeners to kick-ass Ashley Parker in excerpts from Plague Town and its sequel, Plague Nation. Paul totally creeped us out with a semi-autobiographical story about an encounter with a red-haired girl. I tried not to bore the audience with an excerpt from my novella, The Last Trace.

The audience seemed to enjoy our panel discussions and listening to our stories, and many of them visited the HWA booth afterwards.

Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, Lisa Morton and Richard Grove were unable to participate in Sunday’s programming. I know they were looking forward to the convention and I imagine they were quite disappointed to miss it. Hopefully we’ll get to work together on another event in the near future.

Our Sunday panel, “Psychological vs. Physical Horror – What Scares Us the Most?” was quite interesting. Since Lisa and Richard had to bow out, we were short two panel members, and this, combined with several other uncertainties regarding the con, led me to consider cancelling the panel altogether.

But when an attendee stopped by our booth–not once, but several times–to check on the panel status, I realized she might not be the only disappointed fan if we cancelled. In talking with her and a few others who came by, it became apparent that a number of Sunday’s attendees were there for just the one day, and that they had missed most of the convention highlights.

Paul and I were the other members scheduled for this panel, and we didn’t think we’d be able to explore the topic well with just the two of us. Fortunately, we’d spent the previous evening (or should I say the early-early morning) drinking, I mean, socializing with film guests Sid Haig (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) and Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD, HALLOWEEN, THE LORDS OF SALEM). Both were intelligent and personable and seemed to enjoy spending time with our group.

With that in mind, I bravely approached Sid about an hour before our panel and asked him if he’d be willing to sit in on it with us. He graciously accepted my invitation.

All I can say is that our panel was absolutely amazing. Just think about what it would be like to discuss psychological and physical horror with a legendary master of both. Not only do Sid’s experiences covering decades of film and stage give him a special insight, but he’s a licensed hypnotherapist and has a deep understanding of what makes people tick.

Due to the unique opportunity offered by Sid’s participation in our panel, I elected to forego the reading and use the entire hour for our discussion. The audience seemed fascinated, and quite willing to add their own inputs. It made for a highly successful panel, and I’m so grateful for the fan whose repeated inquiries spurred me to do what I could to fulfill our programming commitment.

A number of audience members stopped by our booth afterwards,mentioning how much they enjoyed the panel as they examined our books. I remember seeing their smiling faces in the audience as they nodded in response to our discussion, and I’m glad we were able to contribute to their enjoyment of the convention.

Many thanks to Sid for helping us make it happen.

And a huge thank you to all the HWA members who gave up their weekend and spent hard-earned dollars on hotel expenses and gas to Fresno: Brad C. Hodson, Eric J. Guignard, Dana Fredsti, Fred Wiehe, Christopher C. Payne from JournalStone, and of course, PS Gifford, who was the first to arrive on Friday morning and stayed until the bittersweet end Sunday evening (couldn’t have done it without you, Paul). We made a great team and I look forward to working with everyone again.

Last, but not least, thank you to Lisa Morton and the HWA for supporting this event and making it possible for members to promote their works along with promoting the organization. This wouldn’t have happened without your support.

roh morgon @ Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:37 pm
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~ update on Ben

Thought I’d post a brief update on writer Dave Farland‘s son, Ben.

As you may have read in my previous post (or elsewhere on the Internet), Dave’s 16-yer-old son was involved in a horrific longboard (a type of skateboard) accident, breaking multiple bones, including his pelvis, and suffering a severe head injury.

It’s been two months now, and, well, his recovery is nothing short of a miracle.

From a website (http://www.helpwolverton.com/) which follows his progress:

June 2

  • “He returned home on Friday and promptly asked to go the Mongolian grill. I was surprised at how well he is learning to walk. He still needs a walker, or someone to hold his arm, but he’s very mobile for someone who said, just last week, ‘I can’t figure out how I ever learned to walk the first time.’  On Saturday, Ben had friends over to talk, and then we went to see Ironman 3 in the evening. For the first time in two months, Ben stayed up for the whole day, without a nap.”

Like I said, for a kid who 2 months ago underwent brain surgery which required removing sections of his skull and storing them (literally) for several weeks within his abdominal cavity, the fact that he’s walking and talking is absolutely amazing.

If you’d like to know more about his miraculous story, visit his website at http://www.helpwolverton.com/

roh morgon @ Monday, 10 June 2013 10:31 am
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~book bomb fundraiser

Hi all,

As those of you who follow my facebook posts may know, one of my mentors, fantasy writer and Writers of the Future judge David Farland, suffered a terrible tragedy last week. His 16-year-old son, Ben, was in a horrific longboarding accident that resulted in severe brain trauma and numerous broken bones including his pelvis. He is still in a coma but is showing improvements each day.

Dave’s former and current students, his fans, and his friends and family are spearheading several fundraisers to help with the astronomical medical bills. As with many self-employed folks in these rough economic times, the family had no health insurance.

One of the fundraisers is a book bomb. If you haven’t heard of these, a book bomb is a one-day concentrated push to purchase a book (or books) by a particular author in order to help raise their visibility on Amazon and other ranking lists. The short-term benefits (a one-day bump in sales) is frequently outweighed by the long-term increase in sales due to the improved visibility.

A book bomb is being held for Dave today (Wednesday April 10). This is a great way to help his family during their recovery. For as little as $6.99 for one of his ebooks you can add to this monumental effort and make a difference. You can make a bigger difference if you buy several, maybe even some as gifts.

So support an award-winning author whose contributions as a teacher and mentor have helped thousands of writers. Buy a book. Or two.

TODAY.

Here’s his multiple-award winning YA paranormal novel, Nightingale.: 

And his recently-published Million Dollar Outlines is garnering some great reviews:

 

 Both photos are linked to their Amazon pages – just a click will take you there!

You can visit his website to get more details on these books: 

http://www.davidfarland.net/writing_tips/?a=208

Here’s a little more about the book bomb from the coordinator:

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As many of you know, Dave’s son, Ben, was in a serious long-boarding accident last week. He is 16 and suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drum, road rash, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.

We are having a book bomb this Wednesday on behalf of Ben Wolverton to help his family out. You can view the event’s facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/453677124707603/

For those that don’t know, a book bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton.

Many of you have expressed sympathy for Dave and Ben and have asked if you could help. Now you can. We need you to help Ben get the most out of this book bomb. Right now we are focused on spreading the word and telling others about it. If you could share this event on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog, or through email, please do. This is a way everyone reading this can help, whatever their financial situation.

On Wednesday, we will have the book bomb. If you haven’t yet purchased NIGHTINGALE or MILLION DOLLAR OUTLINES, please consider doing so on Wednesday. If you have already purchased them, you can donate money to Ben and his family here:

http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery

If you have a blog and would like to do a post about this book bomb, please email  at kami_marynda@yahoo.com, and she will send you some information you can use.

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roh morgon @ Wednesday, 10 April 2013 8:53 am
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