20 April 2012

YA Anthology: Prom Dates To Die For

Hello Friends! I’m excited to tell you about a new paranormal anthology titled PROM DATES TO DIE FOR published by Buzz Books USA. A fellow writer friend, Heather Dearly, let me know about this cool Prom-themed collection and I wrote up a short story titled “Darkness Becomes Him”.

May 1st is the official release date and you’ll be able to read 5 Prom stories with a paranormal twist!

A Night They’ll Never Forget. Five young adult authors cordially invite readers to five proms with a paranormal twist: – In Kelly Parra’s “Darkness Becomes Him,” teen supernatural hunters are hired to save a prom date hungry for souls. – Heather Dearly introduces us to a young reaper haunted by a past she doesn’t remember in “The Bone Flower.” – A prom queen seeks justice and revenge in Lena Brown’s, “Every Breath You Take.” – Aaron Smith gives us a loner musician called to save his classmates from an enemy only he can see in “A Kiss at the Threshold.” – Jenny Peterson’s heroine gets much more than she wished for on her prom night and 18th birthday in “Tonight, You’re Mine.” Frightful, fun and unforgettable.

Here’s what two of my awesome friends have said about the anthology so far…

“Prom Dates to Die For is a deliciously dark collection of prom-gone-wrong stories guaranteed to keep you curled up on the couch until you reach the end.” ~ Amanda Ashby ~ author of Zombie Queen of Newbury High and Fairy Bad Day

“Prom as you’ve never imagined it, with five talented authors unleashing their paranormal best in this memorable, page-turning anthology. Appearances by a dark angel, a ghost, a soul stealer, a demon hunter and a time portal help make Prom Dates to Die For a guaranteed pleaser for young adults and adult readers alike!” ~ Tina Ferraro, author of Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress and The ABC’s of Kissing Boys.

PROM DATES TO DIE FOR will be available in print and ebook. Pre-order your print copy today at the following links:

Buzz Books USA

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for a short excerpt of “Darkness Becomes Him” and details on giveaways and blog tours with Buzz Books USA!

29 September 2011

The Orchard: A memoir by Theresa Weir

The Orchard by Theresa Weir.

Reading Theresa’s story was like reading about someone I didn’t know. The writing was so involving and exquisite that I had to stop reading, telling myself this is a real story. These events happened to someone. Someone I’ve known for years.

The truth is I’ve never met Theresa in person. We’d become friends on-line. And like many of her on-line friends, I’d learned bits and pieces of her life, learned some of her likes and dislikes, read her wonderful books, and now reading The Orchard, I felt I didn’t know as much about Theresa as I had thought. In fact, turning every page I felt like I was invading her privacy.

But she is sharing her private story with everyone. And I can’t tell you how incredibly brave that is.

I told her before I read the memoir that I was worried about crying. And knowing what the outcome would be, I thought I would get through it without shedding a tear. But once I reached the near end, I felt uncontrollable sadness.

I couldn’t not cry. I couldn’t stop myself from feeling.

If my husband hadn’t been next to me, I would have cried harder than I had in a long time. You reach an age where you learn to hold back your emotions, and as it was I let the tears roll down my cheeks as I wiped them with my hand. Again and again.

Even now I feel like I shouldn’t be sharing Theresa’s secrets, and I’m not. Yet this is the experience you will receive from this memoir. As if you’re sharing in her past, like you were there, watching over her shoulder all those years as she speaks to you about innocence lost, love gained, cherished, and pain endured, while the apple farm surrounds every aspect of one woman’s family in a way that is never forgotten…just like the memoir The Orchard.

15 August 2011

Deadly Treats Now Available

I’m excited to have a short story titled “Graveyard Soul Sucker” in the anthology DEADLY TREATS (Nodin Press, August 15th) with many talented writers, and edited by novelist Anne Frasier!

This collection of Halloween short stories features witches, zombies, vampires, food critics, crazy writers, ghosts, suburban housewives, and aliens.

How cool is that?

Deadly Treats is published by Nodin Press, and available for order in paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon (Temporarily out of stock due to pre-orders! With more on the way).

Here is an excerpt on my story, “Graveyard Soul Sucker.” If you get a chance to pick up a copy, please let us know what you think!

Here are blurbs for the 19 stories included:

1. Patrica Abbott, The Angel Deeb

When a pickpocket begins to have serious health isssues, he finds himself contemplating a new line of work. If you’ve never read Patti Abbott, you’re in for a treat.

2. Bill Cameron, Sunlight Nocturne

Ex-cop Skin Kadash spends Halloween day building a bat house with his neighbor, four-year-old Danny, while helicopters circle overhead looking for a murderer who might be hiding nearby. This wonderful story skillfully contrasts a lazy fall day with a brutal murder and police search. Bill Cameron writes crime fiction, and is the award-winning author of Lost Dog, Day One, and the recently released County Line published by Tyrus Books.

3. Pat Dennis, Dead Line

Sibling rivalry and a suburban Halloween decorating contest cause Kate to take a pitchfork to her sister’s yard display. Pat is a stand-up comic, popular writing instructor, publisher, and published author.

4. David Housewright, Time of Death

A young girl under arrest for the brutal murder of her cheating boyfriend attempts to convince the investigator that she is innocent, claiming the murder was committed by a ghost. David is an Edgar-winning author, and writing instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

5. Stephen Blackmoore, World’s Greatest Dad

By the time Franklin Delacorte wakes up, he’s been dead six hours and is unsure of how he feels about his sons turning him into a zombie. When Franklin’s behavior gets out of control, the boys feel compelled to undo what they’ve done, but Daddy knows best, and Franklin doesn’t want to stay dead. Stephen Blackmoore has an uncanny skill for writing black humor, and World’s Greatest Dad is a hilarious zombie tour de force. Look for his upcoming DAW release, City of the Lost, January, 2012.

5. Heather Dearly, Troubled Water

The anniversary of two deaths brings about the return of the Grim Reaper to Anya Madjigijik’s house on Cemetery Road. A haunting, moody, and beautifully written tale by this previously unpublished author.

6. Mark Hull, Friday Night Dining with Marianne

It’s Halloween, and a food critic finds herself dining on chubby Boy Scout, mountaineer eyeballs, and sea monkeys. If Bram Stoker had written comedy, it would look exactly like this. Mark Hull’s Friday Night Dining is pure charm and delight from beginning to end.

7. Leandra Logan, You Called

A bitter, lonely woman spends Friday nights drinking cheap wine and entertaining herself by redialing the days unanswered calls to harass telemarketers. But she finally meets her match. Leandra is a multi-published, bestselling author.

8. Marilyn Victor, The Ogre of Her Dreams

Fledging witch Aurora Piddleworth wants a soulmate, and she blackmails instructor Olympia Dalrymple into creating the man of her dreams.This is a clever, well-drawn, delightful story from beginning to end. Marilyn Victor is half of the crime-fiction writing team of Marilyn Victor and Michael Allen Mallory, known for their zoo mysteries.

9. Julia Buckley, Motherly Intuition

A mother’s job is never done, and death is no reason to keep Daphne’s mother from looking out for her daughter. Julia Buckley always delights, and Motherly Intuition is a great showcase for her charm and humor. Julia is author of the Madeline Mann series

10. Lance Zarimba, Fangs and All

It’s love at first bite for Billy Joe Jim Bob when he brings his first vampire home in this hilarious and deliberately cliché-packed story. Lance is a multi-published author.

11. L.K. Rigel, Slurp!

Feed your Muse takes on a whole new meaning when a writer has a breakdown on Halloween. A wicked, fresh, and clever tale by a talented writer.

12. Kelly Lynn Parra, Graveyard Soul Sucker

It’s Halloween, and group of college students visit a graveyard in an attempt to reanimate a dead serial killer with a ritual found in an ancient book of spells. Kelly Parra is the award-winning author of Graffiti Girl and the more recent Carina Press release, Criminal Instinct.

13. Jason Evans, She Came on the October Wind

A stray black cat appears nightly at Natalie’s window, bringing with it memories of a sister who ran away years earlier. Jason is the author of the blog, The Clarity of Night, where he hosts and judges a popular flash-fiction contest.

14. Paula L. Fleming, Tricks, Treats, and Terror in Tin Lake

Halloween is the one day of the year when alien Adeela can shed her costume and walk freely among the humans. Paula L. Fleming is a short-story writer and busy freelance editor living in Minneapolis.

15. Shirley Damsgaard, Bewitched

So what if you don’t have the right ingredients to cast a spell? Rachel buys a magic book from an antique store and uses household ingredients to bring Mr. Right back into her life. Shirley is the author of the popular Ophelia and Abby mysteries.

16. Anne Frasier, The Replacement

After a young man is reanimated, he has forty-eight hours to find a replacement for his empty grave if he wants to remain above ground. The best candidate for replacement is the man who murdered him. Anne is a USA Today bestselling author. Her memoir, The Orchard (Theresa Weir), hits stores September 21.

17. Paul D. Brazill, This Old House

If you want a job done right, do it yourself. Or in the case of This Old House, never hire an idiot to burn down your home. Paul is a resident of Poland and brings a fun, unique voice to the mix.

18. Michael Allan Mallory, Boo!

A lonely widower discovers that his old Halloween pranks no longer cut it with the new generation of jaded kids who are too old for trick-or-treat anyway. But when an unexpected visitor shows up at the widower’s door, they hatch a plot the teenagers won’t forget. Michael Allan Mallory is the co-author of Killer Instinct and Death Roll.

19. Daniel Hatadi, Playpen

When eight-year-old Tim vanishes while playing in Kids Playhouse, his best friend Manny must solve the crime and convince adults that there is more to Tim’s disappearance than a human abduction or childish prank. Daniel Hatadi lives in Australia and is the mastermind and puppet master behind Crimespace, an online writing world for crime-fiction writers.

11 July 2011

Hello Writer Self. It’s me, Kelly

I’m on a personal mission.

Several aspects happened over the last two years that created something that festered inside of my writer self. Something that writers are not supposed to talk about.

And the big secret is: I lost confidence as a writer.

For a while I didn’t know if I still wanted to be a writer. I no longer had an agent. I didn’t have a new contract after I sold Criminal Instinct. I kept telling myself I had to write, but write what?

Where was my heart and head telling me to go??

Not only that, but my home life became my main focus while we struggled to buy our first home. I pushed away my fears of my writing career to focus on a home that almost didn’t happen, but finally did after months! Then it took several months after the move to organize our family life.

After things settled down, the writing reality came back. I still had no agent. No contract. I would write in blasts of energy, then not write for weeks. I closed my blog, and I went back to work.

Well, this last month, something changed. I’m not going lie, the lack of confidence still lurks behind me like the Writer Boogeyman ready to pounce. I’m not sure what exactly changed, but I started to see things a little more clearly again. Not only was I going through a life transformation (new home, new job, children growing up) but so was publishing.

I realized I had to brush off my dusty laptop. And get ready to start all over again. To re-educate myself on an industry that was basically mutating. Agents had to adjust, publishers had to adjust, and so did writers.

So do I.

So what’s my solution? To treat myself as a writer. Believe in myself. Take baby steps to build my writer confidence again. Take a few chances…again.

Yeah, this may seem a little silly. Giving myself steps to build my confidence, to basically rebuild myself as a writer. But that’s okay. Whatever works, right?

I AM WRITER ~ Step #1

Write a little bit each day.

Even if it’s nonsense. Even if no one will ever read it. Even if you write a scene and later think you are going to cut it. Repetition becomes habit. And an everyday writing habit? A good thing.

Hello Writer Self. It’s me Kelly. Did you miss me?

12 May 2011

Gone WordPress!

I’ve gone WordPress!

I’ve been wanting to move my website to wordpress for a long time. But I thought it was too complicated and living off a writer’s salary is tough. I can’t afford the services of some of my favorite web designers.

Luckily, I’m not a complete novice to basic coding, and when I purchased a wordpress theme it came with basic instructions on how to make this theme into my own.

Am I still learning the ins-and-outs of WP?

YES. 😉

I’ve always believed websites to be works in progress. So I’m building onto this WP site as I go.

So. . . here I go!