In January, 2011, my New Year's resolution was to submit something somewhere every month. I hoped that if I could get a few short story credits, I could parlay that into an agent and hopefully a book deal. Fast-forward 18 months, and here I am celebrating not one, but TWO releases in the month of June.
First out is my short story "The Loft", which appears in the anthology Scared - Ten Tales of Horror. It's available NOW from Amazon and Smashwords. I learned a lot while working on "The Loft". My most important lesson was that, since I don't like reading horror - I think I made it through The Shining only because it was for college credit - I didn't know what I was doing when I tried to write in the genre. I didn't know the tropes, the touchstones, and while "The Loft" is a fun story, it might fall more into the suspense category than true horror. That's alright. I love working with the editor, Rayne Hall, and have learned a ton from each of the projects I've done with her.
Later this month, Still Moments Publishing will release Something Borrowed, Something Blue, an anthology of wedding-themed stories. My piece is called "The Ring Toss", and it's a sequel to "The Santa Drag", which appeared last December in Christmas Treats: Santa's Nice List. LOVE the story, LOVE the characters. It's a shamelessly chick-lit romance, and I hope you keep an eye out for it's release date. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the cover art:
Ain't it purty? I think every good Rancourtesan should have a pair of fancy blue pumps. Don't you?