The Servants and the Beast is officially released into the world for readers to enjoy. And we had a fabulous Release Party to celebrate. So many of our friends and family came to support us and hear about how 5 friends came together to collaborate on our little story to make it into a physical, and electronic, book.
We took over the local Round Table Pizza restaurant where our writing group, Stonehenge, meets weekly. This group is actually where we all met and became friends. From left to right, we are Cheryl Mahoney, R. A. Gates, Kelly Haworth, Jenniffer Lee, and Karen Blakely.
We sold lots of books and then gave a presentation about how the story came about and what it was like to work with four other writers. Thankfully, all five of us worked very well together.
But if you weren’t able to make it to our Release Party, don’t sweat it. You can get your very own copy of The Servants and the Beast on Amazon. And don’t forget to leave a review. Authors love reviews!
A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.
Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.
There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.