FEARLESS by Elliott James A modern twist to the Prince Charming tale in this third urban fantasy in the Pax Arcana series. Fearless (a stand-alone novel and #3 in the Pax Arcana series) by Elliott James Release Date: 08/11/15 Publisher: Orbit Summary: When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory — even Read More
Today’s the day! Check out the cover of THE DROWNING GAME: They said she was armed. They said she was dangerous. They were right. Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and Read More
I was not a great cocktail waitress. My junior year of college, I worked at a bar called the Country Playhouse, and the very first guy I waited on ordered eight draws of beer for him and his friends. I scampered like an excited puppy up to the bar and put in my order, where Read More
New band names usually bubble up spontaneously. For instance, my friend Andrew sent me a text in which he inadvertently thumbed the numeral 9 instead of the @ symbol. His next text said, “Disregard the 9.” Thus a new band name was born. If you’d like to play, use the hashtag #NewBandName when posting or Read More
After college, I lived in Manhattan, Kansas, and worked at radio station KQLA-FM. During that time, I was so poor that at one point all I had to eat for six weeks was frozen English muffins. I was so poor I qualified for government cheese, but I didn’t know where to get it. I was Read More
A big, grateful “thank you” to my brilliant, talented agent Michelle Johnson, who made all this happen in just nine weeks. To quote William Hurt in Broadcast News, “What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?”
Today is the anniversary of my arrest. Let me explain. My sophomore year of college, I took a semester off to work at a Colorado mountain resort so I could enjoy my latest existential crisis at altitude. I would get to live the dream: earn $3.35 an hour, sleep in what amounted to a broom closet with bunk beds, and ski during Read More
In my second senior year of college at KU (long story), I lived in an ancient studio apartment building across from the Beta and ATO frat houses on Tennessee Street. It was so old it had dumbwaiters in the halls and murphy beds in the apartments. The closet was only three feet wide, and the Read More
My music collection
Here’s a Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from me to you: a list of my music collection in a sortable Excel spreadsheet.
Today 3:20 Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 Waffle Stomp 3:45 Joe Walsh Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack 1980 Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues 3:34 The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies 1971 Hot for Teacher 4:45 Van Halen 1984 1984 Working Man 7:12 Rush Rush 1974 Drivin’ South 5:04 Chris Duarte Tailspin Headwhack 1997 Nightclubbing 6:21 Iggy Pop Read More
It took me a month, but I finally finished the changes to Deep Forbidden Lake requested by the acquiring editor of an excellent small press. (Don't you love how casually I tossed that sentence off, as if it happens to me fortnightly, coinciding with KFC cravings*?) Yeah, all it means is I'm waiting to hear Read More
The Drowning Game Soundtrack from LSHawker on 8tracks Radio. Name Artist Time Album Year 1 Fire Delta Rae 3:41 Carry the Fire 2012 2 American Girl Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3:33 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1977 3 Mama Flyleaf 3:56 New Horizons 2012 4 Troublemaker Weezer 2:45 Weezer (Red Album) 2008 5 All Messed Read More
by Chloe Hawker My mother gave me her love of cemeteries And words—those carved into stone monoliths As well as those scrawled across the back of Receipt paper and notepads stained with old Coffee drippings. She gave me skinned knees From kneeling in front of gravestones taking Rubbings of the names and strange symbols, Of the Read More
My WIP, Deep Forbidden Lake, won first place in the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon contest. Many thanks to the judges, and congratulations to all the other winners, especially in Suspense/Mystery category. Here are some comments from the scoresheets: Judge #1 Narrative grips you from the first paragraph. Wonderful pacing. I wanted to read more. I Read More
Tor has finally bought Michael Haspil‘s brilliant urban fantasy Graveyard Shift. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mike’s agent, Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency, Graveyard Shift is slated to be released the first or second quarter of 2015. Congratulations, Mike!
What an idyllic scene. In the corner of our yard grow three mammoth pine trees, in one of which an owl roosts occasionally. Underneath it is sand, Tonka trucks and…is that a…headstone? Well, yes and no. You see, my dad passed away in our old house. Andy found him dead one Monday morning. Dad was Read More
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack Read More
1984 – George Orwell Alas Babylon – Pat Frank All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner Anthem – Ayn Rand Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson Bel Canto – Read More
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Airplane Aliens Almost Famous American Graffitti Animal House Annie Hall Apollo 13 The Big Lebowski Blazing Saddles Blood Simple Bull Durham Caddyshack Casablanca Close Encounters of the Third Kind The Commitments Contact Dazed and Confused The Descendants Dodgeball Drugstore Cowboy Dumbo Ed Wood The Emperor’s New Groove Fail Safe A Few Good Read More
After the Gold Rush — Neil Young 1970 Against the Wind — Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 1980 Aja — Steely Dan 1977 Almost Famous Soundtrack — Various 2000 America — America 1971 Another Grey Area — Graham Parker 1982 As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls — Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays Read More
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Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ~Calvin Coolidge
Publishers Weekly, Amazon Breakout Novel Award Expert Reviewers, other contest judges
ABNA Expert Reviewer #1
ABNA Expert Reviewer #2
Deep Forbidden Lake
Narrative grips you from the first paragraph. Wonderful pacing. I wanted to read more. I found the voice original and very interesting.
I would buy this book.
Zebulon Judge #1
Deep Forbidden Lake
Right away I had to know more about Petty. What a terrific character! I was biting my nails. Even when it was slow the tension ran through every sentence. The end of chapter one was amazing! Please let me know when this book is published. I just have to read it all!
Zebulon Judge #2
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