Sunday Surprise

And from the Eclectica Bundle, another awesome author ansering my writerly questions! Her story of socks and aliens is really funny! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Thea Hutcheson!

Where do you live and write from?

In my lovely lavender lair located in a small Denver Suburb, high atop the shoulder of a great hill.

Why do you write?

I love story telling, I always have. I used to creep out of my bed at night when I was little and slip into my little sister’s bed and tell her stories when she couldn’t sleep, all sorts of outlandish tales of tiny cowboys and fluttering ghosts and baby doll’s that told secrets to special little adventure girls.

When did you start writing?

When I was nine I started to write them down. When I was thirteen I started my first novel, but the next door neighbor lady got hold of it and I nearly died of shame from the way my adventure came out of her mouth.

What genre(s) do you write?

I love to write SF, fantasy, urban fairtales, time travel, and a thriller, just to prove that I could do it.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

I would love to become a full-time writer as it has been my life-long dream. Unfortunately, the achievement comes in dribs and drabs as I juggle two jobs and caring for my mother. But now I am concentrating on developing enough product to have something to market.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Oh, Heinlein’s rules, of course.

  1. You must write.
  2. You must finish what you write.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting, except where you agree with editorial suggestions.
  4. You must send what you finish out into the world to look for a home.
  5. You must continually refuse to let it back in the door so it must stay out in the world until it finds a home.
  6. Rinse and Repeat.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I have improvised, but I have been trying out various outlining methods to avoid some of the rabbit holes I have chased myself into.

I am fast. I can crank out a thousand words an hour. Not all will be good. But some will be awesome and I can get lost in the tale I am telling myself.

Tell us more about your book in the bundle

I wrote a story a long time ago as an answer to a fellow writer’s claim that no one could make a story about laundry interesting. I flipped the idea and flapped silly thing about, and it became “Fishing”, a story postulating one idea about what happens to the socks in the laundry. It was also my very first professional SF sale. Jim Baen’s Universe published it and then included it in the first Best of Jim Baen’s Universe.

So, I thought it was time to flip that story again and look at it from the other side and came up with “Sock and Pins and Aliens”.

When Megan moves into her new house, things begin to disappear. Weird things like socks, and decorative pins, and a cheap class ring. Things she just saw recently and don’t have a lot of value, but she misses them all the same. She can’t decide whether to blame it on her cheating ex or a klepto ghost. When her best friend sends a geeky ghost hunter her way, Megan finds a new chance for romance and something she never expected in her wildest dreams.

I will have you know, I never lose socks in the laundry anymore as I use these super fancy clips to keep them together. Except that there was this one pair I really like, lacy and slinky, that I never did find after I put them in the washing machine.

Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)

Weird Wild West

…some of the weirdest and wildest western tales that you could shake a rattlesnake at.

Edited by Steve Vernon

Featuring “Over the Wire”

Brice Sebastian is a half-breed riding his Iron Horse across the White Man’s West stringing telegraph wire.

He knows these things: copper wire shouldn’t hum or tingle before it’s live.

It shouldn’t open a door to a new land full of fantastic beasts, either.

But it does, and that opens up a dangerous new door onto his life.


Any other projects in the pipeline?

I am working on the third in a time travel series.

The first is about a young woman from the near future who takes on a job delivering a message for a goddess. The goddess never mentions traveling four thousand years into the past to save the people an entire culture, the eruption of Mount Thera that will destroy the Minoan civilization, or that she’ll fall in love with a handsome animal magician she can’t have.

The second book is set in the same time period, but the main character is a young forensic anthropologist from the 1980s. He takes on a quest to protect a young shamaness when the world blows up, but finds himself sold as an oar slave almost as soon as he arrives in the Bronze Age Middle East. He hates the goddess, he hates the ocean, and he hates sailing, but he falls in love with woman he is sent to protect and must keep safe when Mount Thera erupts.

This third book sets both of them and their newly found lovers from the ancient Middle Eastern culture in a new quest to rescue animals in the path of a flood for this goddess. They learn they are part of the goddess’ secret organization whose job is to travel into the past to save those parts of the Earth’s inhabitants that the goddess cannot bear to see lost forever when disaster strikes. But Chaos has other ideas about the tide of time and fate.

I love research and ancient cultures, so for those who love the past and lots of magic, these stories are crisp and well-fleshed out.

Thea Hutcheson web site


Happiness is…

Random Friday

I could ramble some more about GDPR or the very interesting What? comments (20 of them deleted before starting to write this), but since Kris Rusch has opened a can of worms, I shall talk about that instead. Well, she didn’t really open the can herself, but she’s the one I follow, so I read the report from her.

If you’re a young writer and you’re still looking for an agent, STOP RIGHT NOW! No matter where you are in the world, but especially if you are NOT in the US, DO NOT QUERY A US AGENT! Clear? Now, the why.

An Agent Nightmare Revealed by Kris Rusch. And for her Patreon patrons she added a couple of links I will share with you. My commentary will probably NOT be as informed as hers, but well… I’m not her, LOL! 😉

The Guardian about Chuck Palahniuk being close to broke because he was with That Agency. I mean, Chuck “Fight Club, now a major motion picture with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton” Palahniuk! It’s one of my 3 favorite movies of 1999 (and yes, I read the book, I have the paperback, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the movie – no Brad’s abs in the book, LOL!)

Here’s were he apologize for blaming publishers and piracy when it was his agent accountant stealing from him.

 I’ve worked with the same team of people since 1994.  To suspect anyone was stealing, I had to be crazy.

And then I wasn’t.  You may have read about this over the weekend in the New York Post.  All the royalties and advance monies and film option payments that had accumulated in my author’s account in New York, or had been delayed somewhere in the banking pipeline, it was gone.  Poof.  I can’t even guess how much income.  Someone confessed on video he’d been stealing.  I wasn’t crazy.

If you’ve written to me chances are that your letter passed through the hands of the accused.  He’d collect the mail and forward it to me.  He seemed like a good guy.  Like a prince of a guy.  Like man-crush material.  And then he wasn’t.


So on the minus side, I apologize for cursing my publishers.  And I apologize for any rants about piracy.  My publishers had paid the royalties.  Piracy, when it existed, was small scale.

I do hereby humbly apologize.

Headshaking. So take it from him. Forget agents. They are unregulated and even the big agencies can embezzle your money.

Now I’m not saying you’ll get rich quick by Indie Publishing – you won’t. I haven’t been able to quit my day job and I’ve been doing this since 2011. But I don’t write in the popular genres. And even if you do, don’t take it as a get-rich-quick scheme, cuz it doesn’t work that way.

If you want to go with a traditional publisher, submit to them directly. Cut the middle man. Let those darn agents die the death that awaits any obsolete profession. They are no longer needed. Not for your writing.

You don’t need their approval. Go write and submit or publish. Heinlein’s Rules, remember? 😉 Have a great weekend! 😀

Sunday Surprise

Two more days and the anthology Nightly Bites will go live… have you pre-ordered it yet?

If you’re on Facebook, the anthology page is publishing the authors’ bios every few days… We already had David Miller and Russ Crossley, and more are coming in the next few weeks, so you can start knowing these wonderful authors who trusted me with their stories! 🙂

And it’s not all! The Vampires of the World bundle will go on sale on the same date! Check your calendars, DECEMBER 19, for these great deals… and more! Stay tuned… Have a great Sunday! 😀


A Vampire’s Journey Through Centuries… Check out this #paranormal #historicalfantasy series!

if you haven’t heard much about my vampires series (historical fantasy), check the excerpts here!

Guest Post – Publishing on Bundle Rabbit – Barbara Tarn

How to be a bundle curator…

Library of Erana

So, you joined BundleRabbit… great! You’re just another hopeful author waiting to be picked up! And when you do get picked up, all you have to do is follow Diane’s advice – she is one of the authors of my first bundle and I couldn’t have said it better. She explains everything about how BR works for authors.

But wait, months go by and nobody requests anything. You see dozens of other great authors and start thinking… why not? Maybe I should become a curator! How hard can it be?

Putting bundles together at BundleRabbit is great fun, but it’s also exhausting. Not very hard, but there is a small learning curve.

First of all, you apply for “curator” status. Create a draft with your vision (it can include your book or not) and choose a release date, but check what else is coming out that month.

Try to book…

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Writer Wednesday


So yes, you can go and grab it now! On BundleRabbit or on the retailer you pre-ordered it! 🙂 Book trailer here, in case you missed it… I look forward to reading all those amazing books, but I’m still on the previous bundle and had to stop to read non-fiction for the current project. And have you seen how many bundles are available for your summer reads?

I’m also prepping flyers for Worldcon, even though the final calendar hasn’t reached my inbox yet. There you go, busy gal folding paper stuff… I printed 50, but I’ll display only 10 at my first panel, since only 20 can get the free bundle… look me up at Worldcon! 🙂

Wordcount for June was 63K. Currently working on the July novel and since it’s historical fantasy, I have a batch of books to read and some quick Wikipedia checks every now and then. But my paper books pile is going down (I prefer non-fiction on paper)…

of these 3 – 2 are read and the third can wait, yay! 🙂

Some writerly links! 12 truths about publishing – if you want a writing career, that is. Customize your produtcivity to fit your life – for those of you who still have trouble finding time to write. I have a part-time day job and Monday I didn’t write a word of fiction, but I didn’t panic. I usually catch up on weekends (Sunday night I had already 20K in the new novel)… 😉

Some thoughts on writing a scene because terrible minds sometimes say absolute truth, like #0 says

As always, writing advice is bullshit, but bullshit can be fertilizer. Maybe this page of scene-writing advice helps something grow in your narrative garden, or maybe it’s just something to shovel out of the way. Use or discard at your leisure.

And ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid because you never have enough motivation do you? I know I can beat Mr Procrastination if I put my mind to it, but can you? 😉

Now I better go back to writing. 18th century stuff… but ideas keep bouncing in my head like popcorn kittens! Have a great week! 🙂


Ebook Bundles

While you wait for my post, here’s the perfect explanation of how this works!

D J Mills Writer

Have you thought about participating in eBook Bundles? sells eBook bundles at all eBook distributors as well as on their own web site.

I have heard good things about BundleRabbit, so uploaded Rider, the first in my Tracker Series, to see how the process worked. And have been selected for an upcoming bundle.

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Writing All Over The Map: Leah Cutter’s Island Sampler

And since l can’t write much yet…. Here’s some writer’s wisdom to keep you enterrained! 🙂

Kobo Writing Life

By Leah Cutter

Welcome to the Island Sampler!

Why do I call this the Island Sampler?

Like many writers, I write all over the map.

I primarily write fantasy, but I write many different flavors of fantasy. I’m best known for my historic fantasy (Paper Mage, the first book I sold to a New York publisher), but I also write fantasy with shapeshifters (The Shadow Wars Trilogy) as well as more rural fantasy with clockwork fairies. And changelings.

And I write mysteries—I’ve had more than one short story published in “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.” I also write science fiction stories. And post-apocalyptic fairy tales. And…

You get the point.

The problem with writing so many differently flavors of fantasy under a single name is that it makes it difficult for readers to find what they like. As I am now indie publishing all of these titles, I…

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Random Friday

Let’s make it sorta kinda Bollywood soundtrack Friday. I watched Ek Ajnabee and the soundtrack isn’t really my favorite, but the title track features Arjun Rampal dancing, whoot! So, there you go, Tall Man Dance – he’s not as good as Hrithik, but he can shake his booty! 😉

As for Mohenjo Daro, the title track is actually the nicest song of the whole sountrack, so… not to show off Hrithik’s skills, there you have him too! 🙂

Two very different movies and two very different kind of songs and dances… An action vs an epic historical…

Now another thought that occurred to me… lyrics of songs that end up being titles of the next movie! That’s the Akhtar siblings for you! Here goes:

Rock on (has the line “zindagi milegi na dobara”)

which leads us to the movie Zindagi na milegi dobara with the song Dil Dhadakne Do

which leads us to the movie Dil Dhadakne Do… Will Zoya Akhtar’s next movie be titled from some lyrics of Dil Dadakne Do? 😉

And that’s all for today… busy at the book fair… more next week! 😉

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