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News of anthologies by Kim Cox, Elizabeth Delisi, Chris Grover, Elaine Hopper, Maureen McMahon, and Sheryl Hames Torres--The Yarnspinners!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Oh, The Benefits!

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and I say, "I'm a writer," they get all starry-eyed and excited. "Oh, I've never met a writer before!" they say as they crush my hand in theirs, and I try to keep my eyes from watering.

I guess being a writer sounds like a glamorous occupation, second only to being a rock star or Oscar-winning Hollywood actress, and I have to admit, there are bits of it that are really fun. Like oh, for instance, getting to say, "I'm a writer."


But like any other career, writing is hard work and primarily involves the less-than-glamorous application of your behind to the chair, your fingers to the keyboard, and your brain in gear for many hours a day in order to get anything done.

Writing involves creativity, which is the fun part of it, but also many hours of research, constant education and learning, a good business sense, and many other less-fun things.

"Ah, but the royalties!" you say. "What about those big royalty checks? Surely THAT at least is glamorous."

Let's just say, most royalty checks are closer to allowing me to live in the fabled garret of nineteenth century fame than in a crystal palace with a yacht moored in the private lake in the back yard.

Case in point. I received a royalty check today for...anyone wanna guess?

Time's up.

Sixty-two cents.

Yup. Sixty-two cents.

Now, admittedly that's for a six-author anthology, so the royalties have to be split six ways. And also admittedly, it's for a HOLIDAY anthology and we're at the start of summer, so sales at this point aren't expected to be high for this book.

But still...anyone see me retiring to the Riviera on sixty-two cents? ;-)

"Okay," you persist, "so why do you write for a living, then?"

Good question.

Like most things in life that are worth anything, writing grabs you by the throat and won't let you go. It sucks you in with siren promises of wealth, fame, changing the world through your immortal prose. And once you get in deep enough to realize the unlikeliness of those things occurring...well, you've seen your name on that book cover and you're hooked. You're committed. You're addicted.

So, you keep struggling away at your day job, and in your "free" time you keep putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), writing in the eternal hope that THIS book will be the one to crack the bestseller list and put your name on everyone's lips.

Off I go to cash my sixty-two cent check and sixth a cup of coffee, one fifth a gallon of milk, or maybe an entire candy bar. Woo hoo! And then, it's back to work and back to writing. Because after all of the above, there's still no career I'd rather be in. And maybe THAT'S the glamour of writing, eh?


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Review: Shivers and Screams, Visions and Dreams

Shivers and Screams, Visions and Dreams
Kim Cox, Elizabeth Delisi, Chris Grover, Elaine Hopper, Maureen McMahon and Sheryl Hames Torres

Paranormal romance

Available from DiskUs Publishing

ISBN: 1-58495-831-6

October 2006

Get Out or Die by Kim Cox

This is a delightfully comedic story about the adventures of Lana Malloy, a young woman who is able to communicate with the ghost to help them move on. When suddenly ghosts are able to possess her body, things get more out of hand than usual.

Restless Spirit by Elizabeth Delisi

Using her deceased son’s Ouiji board, a grief-stricken mother tries to contact him. Instead she reaches a living man using an Ouiji board in the same room in her same house but more than a hundred years in the past.

Believing in Dreams by Chris Grover

When a young woman’s mother dies suddenly, she begins having dreams of the grandmother she never knew existed calling her to travel to a hometown she’d never heard of to meet her destiny before it is too late.

Aliens Among Us by Elaine Hopper

Two teenaged heroes have trouble conceiving they are the only ones who realize aliens are taking over the bodies of the townspeople and it is up to them to enlist the aid of a disabled veteran who owns some weapons to save the town and possibly the world.

Neath Hallowed Halls and Ivied Walls by Maureen McMahon

Two old college buddies who went their separate ways are reunited for the funeral of their favorite professor. His death was ruled a suicide but they believe it was murder. As they investigate the death of their beloved professor, they realize these feelings they still have for each other are love.

Enigma by Sheryl Hames Torres

A policeman falls in love with his suspect. He works to prove the innocence of a young blind woman who has been found every five years, sobbing and covered in blood, sitting beside the brutally butchered, bloody body of a murdered victim. She doesn’t know how or why she came to be there.

Each of the stories in the Shivers and Screams, Visions and Dreams anthology were based on a paranormal thread. The book is a showcase of the vivid imaginations of its authors making this anthology a delightfully stimulating read. If you are the least bit interested in Science Fiction or the Paranormal this is a must read. Even those who don’t particularly care for the genre will find they enjoy these stories. I highly recommend Shiver and Screams, Visions and Dreams.

Sensuality rating: Sweet/Mildly sensual
Reviewer: Karen H.

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