Check it out! My zombie novel In the Dead of Night releases tomorrow from Breathless Press! To celebrate, I thought I’d do something fun. What is that, you ask?
A FREE EBOOK PREQUEL! It’s titled Dawning of the Dead and runs just over three thousand words. For those of you who don’t have eReaders, don’t worry. You can read the novella online at Wattpad here:
And for those of you who do have an eReader, why not download the eBook at Smashwords here:
Here’s a little bit about Dawning of the Dead:
Ikarus Kane’s life has turned into something out of a nightmare. After a horrific car crash, he wakes in the hospital to find the world he knows greatly changed. There are no people roaming the streets, only the hungry dead that feast on flesh. Human civilization as he knows it is gone. All that exists is the need to survive. What Ikarus doesn’t know is that he spent nine years in a coma. All that exists now is survival. It’s either fight or be eaten and only the strong will prevail. And Ikarus is about to learn of his destiny in this new dark world, in the dead of night… Dawning of the Dead is a prequel novella that is free to read. However, it’s only the beginning of Ikarus’ adventure. Find out what happens before Ikarus’ adventure begins with In the Dead of Night, available from Breathless Press.
Even cooler? The eBook includes the first chapter of In the Dead of Night! Woohooo!
And if you wan to continue the zombie action, why not pre-order In the Dead of Night here:
More news coming tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy Dawning of the Dead!
I wrote a flash fiction piece for the Breathless Press authors group on Facebook. I had such a fun time writing it that I thought I’d post it here.
We’re giving a picture or photo for inspiration and we write the piece based off of it. Here’s the pic that inspired my flash fiction piece.
And now, here’s the piece to go with the picture! Enjoy!
THE BLOOD GIFT
When he woke, the first thing he smelled was blood. It took him a moment to realize that it was his own.
He looked at the crimson liquid with detachment. He could see the bite marks, the wounds closing over before his eyes and wondered what he had become. The last thing he remembered was walking through the forest, the sound of shouting, the hard glare of fire in the darkness.
He had been going to visit his lover who lived in amidst the trees in a small log cabin. He wondered if his lover was worried about him or presumed him to be dead.
*You did die.* said a voice. *I’m sorry. It was the only way*
Theo looked around him, looking for the source of the voice, before realizing that the voice had echoed inside his head. “Who’s there?” He asked. His voice was different. It had taken on a deep, guttural quality.
The leaves of the bush in front of him began to move and rustle and Theo tried to quell his fear. A wolf, bigger than he had ever seen, stepped out of the shadows. *I’m sory.* the voice said. *You don’t remember what happened do you?*
“Who’s there?” Theo asked. “Who’s speaking?”
The wolf in front of him huffed out a breath in impatience. *I am.* The wolf barked loudly and Theo knew it was the wolf speaking inside of his head, as impossible as that fact seemed.
“What did you do to me?” He asked, trying to keep the fear from his voice.
*You are like me now.* The wolf whined in apology. *It was the only way to save you. They’ve taken everyone in your village, you are the only one left* It whined again. *I’m sorry*
“Like you?” Theo asked. “What do you mean like you?”
*I will show you*
The wolf stood still for a moment and Theo watched as light began to emanate from its fur. It began to grow in intensity, showering the darkness like stars. Theo was blinded by the brightness of it and had to turn his eyes away.
When he looked back, the wolf was gone. In its place was the most beautiful man that Theo had ever seen. He was naked but the cold didn’t seem to bother him. Theo’s heart thudded in his chest as he realized the wolf and the man had the same piercing green eyes. Something clicked inside of his head and Theo corrected himself. The wolf and the man were one of the same.
“I won’t hurt you, Theo.”
“Then why am I covered in blood?”
“It was the only way to save you. The group that took your village was led by the man you’ve been seeing in the forest. Everything and everyone was razed to the ground. I found you here in the snow bleeding. I had to bite you to transfer the gift.”
“What gift is that?”
“Immortality and the ability to change shape, among other things.”
“Am I a wolf now, too?”
The wolf man nodded. “I’m sorry.” He held out a hand to help Thro up. Despite the fear that thrummed through him, Theo took his hand. “I am called Xavier.” His hand was calloused but warm, despite the cold. “I promise that no harm will come to you. I will be your protector.”
Theo’s cheeks flushed and he looked away from Xavier’s piercing green eyes. Instead, he looked to the ground where he had lain. The snow was covered in blood. There was so much of it that had flowed around him that it looked as if he had been wearing a red riding hood and cape or as if he had red wings that had fallen away from his skin.
There were more shouts in the darkness and Theo could see the bright flare of fire. Xavier pulled him further into the darkness. “Come, we must go.”
Xavier offered him another reassuring look and took a stronger hold of Theo’s hand. Theo nodded and let Xavier lead him through the trees. “Where are we going?”
Theo nodded, knowing that he was in danger and that Xavier spoke the truth. As he moved with Xavier into the darkness of the forest, leaving behind the red riding hood made of blood where he had lain in the snow, Theo thought it was as if he had left one life behind only to start another.
With his heart thick in his throat, Theo shivered.
A few days ago, I posted a giveaway. You can find it here:
I had two people enter, so Denise and Diane, you each win copies of The Deep Woods Trilogy! Sweet! Drop me a note on here or on Facebook and we can figure out how to get your books to you.
I still have three sets of the trilogy to give away! If you’d like a set of the books, just drop me a line on here or on Facebook and let me know! Woot!
I’ve got a new poem up on Wattpad in my serial collection of poetry titled Talking Poems.
The new one is titled G and the D in an E and you can read it for free here:
Or you can read it below!
I had the idea for this poem after watching the movie Devil (a so so movie about five people in an elevator, each of their souls claimed by the Devil). The poem turned out way better than I thought it would and all I started with was the idea for the title.
G and the D in an E
When the elevator
doors opened, G
was already there.
We have to stop meeting like this. He said.
The D snorted.
I suppose you want to go up.
G inclined his head.
Yes, and I suppose you want to go down.
The D snorted again.
Where else is there for me to go? You sent me to this cesspool remember?
G’s voice was kind but stern.
Yes, I did, as you constantly remind me.
The D snorted
For a third time.
I hate it here. You know I can only get basic cable.
G inclined his head once more.
You know that the higher cable packages are only for the enlightened. Of which you are not.
The D grimaced.
You constantly remind me of that, too.
Yes. I do.
The D scowled.
Let’s go down.
There was steel in the D’s voice.
Let’s let the next wayward soul who boards decide our direction.
Fine. I am amenable to that.
The elevator stopped
and the doors
pinged and slid
a very sorry
looking man. He
had blood on
his clothes and
it was caked
into his fingernails.
Looks like we’re going down then?
The D’s words were full of smile.
G only smiled.
He let the
man covered in
blood onto the
elevator. Reaching out,
G took the
man’s hands in
his and looked
into his eye.
Do you repent? G said. Do you seek forgiveness for what you’ve done?
Tears leaked out
of the mans
eyes and they
were filled with
a beautiful light.
Yes. The man said. Yes.
The D snorted
as the elevator
began to move
upwards, filling with
light as it
went. The D
snorted a final
time, grimacing at G.
You use the same trick every time.
And yet, you fall for it every time, do you not?
The D growled
as the light
in the elevator
began to burn
and singe his
Bastard. The D said.
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