Please Help the Family of a Fellow Author Who Has Died

Sad news. In this case, the author no longer needs our help, but his grieving family does. Please share.

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program…

From one of the most prolific writers I’ve had the honor to read since coming back online. If you’re a lover of horror fiction, not the usual vampire and werewolf kitsch but the otherworldly, creepy, paranormal kind of horror that evokes H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, and Rod Serling, you will love the fiction of Jessica B. Bell. Read on for how you can help the “creepy f**ker” keep writing 😉

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As brevity is the soul of wit, I shall be brief – Shakespeare “Hamlet” Act II, Scene II

This week is a very big week for your favourite dilettante and that creepy fucker, Jessica B. Bell.

You may have been reading all about JESSICA, a collaborative project directly involving seven writers, and augmented by seven artists last week. All week long, that story continues, culminating in what will be a full length publication (with more than 50 pages of additional material) but more on that later.

Also this week, for those who have been following, CHUK, Jessica B. Bell’s serial novel, concludes, with the last two posts being Wednesday and Friday. What began on August 1st, 2013 comes to an end, and I thank you all so much for reading.

So, what’s next for me, and what’s next for Jessica?

Well, I won’t say too much. Me, I’ve finished Memoirs…

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IndieGo-GO? Here I go!

Katie Sullivan, the younger (by far) half of the D/A Dialogues is crowdfunding her new novel, Changelings: Into the Mist. Follow through and give her launch a hand. I was a beta reader for Changelings and I am really looking forward to reading it again!

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indiegogoheader - BLOGSo, I did something I never thought I would be bold enough to do: launch a crowdfunding campaign.

But I did – and it’s live! 

There’s even a contribution on it (Thank you, Christopher – and no, this is not the official thank-you).

Through the campaign, you can PRE-ORDER your very own copy of Changelings, and even have it signed or personally inscribed by yours truely (and if you ask nice, I’ll even have D sign it!). There are also a lot of great perks to be had. I think I had the most fun looking for those!

All of this is an effort to expand the distribution for Changelings. I’ve pushed myself to become more active in my local community, and I want to be able to share this with them – with the libraries I love so dearly, with the bookstores and coffee shops – and distribution…

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A Different Kind of Book Review: Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie

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The sweet aroma of warm cinnamon coffee cake circled the kitchen, enveloping the cousins as they sat in their usual spots around the table.  Randy was pouring coffee into plain white stoneware mugs.  Mary had conceded to using the mugs instead of the usual delicate teacups she preferred.  Randy wasn’t clumsy by nature but he seemed to channel Elizabeth from the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances whenever he handled fine bone china.

Mary was passing around slices of the coffee cake.  Maggie was knitting, and Melissa was leafing through the book they would discuss that morning.  She handed the paperback to Randy, and he grinned as he placed it beside his mug. (more…)

Feelin’ lucky? Enter my Goodreads Occasional Soulmates giveaway

Enter this contest for a chance to win Kevin Brennan’s latest novel, Occasional Soulmates!
Of course, you could do as I did and buy the book and then you wouldn’t need to enter the contest. In fact, if you buy the book now, you’ll probably get it before the contest closes on November 5. You might even read it before the contest closes. And then you will be very very glad that you went ahead and bought the book 🙂

WHAT THE HELL

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Occasional Soulmates by Kevin  Brennan

Occasional Soulmates

by Kevin Brennan

Giveaway ends November 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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#Thunderclap #Fantasy #Dragons #Magic #Vampires #Zombies

Time is running out to participate in the Legends of Windemere Thunderclap campaign. It doesn’t cost a cent to participate. More importantly, you would be helping the one and only Charles Yallowitz, author of the high fantasy series Legends of Windemere! Go to Charles’s blog and click on that cute Capybara!

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Just a few more days for the Legends of Windemere Thunderclap campaign and I’ve been stuck at 74 for days.  I have until Saturday to get 26 more volunteers to make this a success.  I’ve tried tweets, Facebook posts, and WordPress posts.  For now, I’m doing this post and then one on Friday night.  After that, I’ll talk about my experience with this and give my Pro/Con opinion.  (At least after I’ve eaten since this campaign ends on Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Fasting.)

SO CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW OR SHARE THIS TO LEND A HAND!

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Sisters In Crime Blog Hop

The talented and versatile S. K. Nicholls (of Red Clay and Roses fame) has tagged me to participate in the Sisters in Crime Blog Hop.  Click here to see what Susan has to say about Sisters in Crime (SinC).  She’s pretty much convinced me that I should join this organization.  And why is that, you may ask?  Well, I know I tend to not join organizations because, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, I don’t like to belong to any club that would accept me as a member.  And yet …. (more…)

Not Too Late to Give Your Support

Help high fantasy author, the genius of Legends of Windemere, Charles Yallowitz, reach his goal of 100 supporters on Thunderclap! It’s so easy. Just click on the cute purple dragon and sign up!

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There’s still 11 days left to reach the goal of 100 supporters.  We’re at 44 and it’s been that way for the last 2 days.  So I ask again for people to click on the picture below and give their social media support for Legends of Windemere!

Also, please spread the word to others and let’s see if we can meet that October 4th goal.

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Yesterday Road for 99 cents? You betta believe it, baby!

I’ve got two things to say to my blogging, reading friends: (1) If you haven’t already purchased Kevin Brennan’s Yesterday Road, then you better do it now while it’s available for a mere 99 cents; (2) If you’ve read YR, then leave a review on Amazon. Short and sweet as the man says, that’s all you need to do. So step up, people! (Pretty please!)

WHAT THE HELL

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That’s right, I’m running a summer sale on Yesterday Road, and it’s now live on Amazon. (The other retailers will follow soon.)

The sale runs through 6/27, but it doesn’t begin officially till next Friday. You, my devoted readers here at What The Hell, get first crack, so if you’ve been waiting for that perfect price point and you have a spare dollar in your virtual coin pouch, it’s time to pull the trigger.

This is also the last promotion I’ll be doing for YR before the publication of Wish I Were Here in September. After 6/27, the price returns to $4.99.

If you do take the plunge, I’d also appreciate a brief review on Amazon. I’m stuck at 24, and I’ve encountered recently at least one promotional outfit that requires 25 reviews. Short and sweet is welcome.

Finally, a big thanks to Phillip McCollum, who stepped up…

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Honourary Dilettante Contest Update – Reviews, etc…

Still time for a fun contest! Check out the reviews for Helena’s Memoirs and stories!

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Hello all,

Just a quick reminder that if you’ve written reviews, drop me an email helenahannbasquiat@gmail.com with the links.

Yes, I’ve read them, and thank you so very much! But I’m terribly unorganized, so if you could just drop me an email with your reviews and/or pictures (still waiting for the video!) then I can tuck them away in a folder and keep everything together.

SEE MORE ABOUT THE CONTEST HERE

Still lots of time to write reviews, take pictures, etc….

Here’s what people are saying about Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One:

Helena’s writing is both captivating and hilarious. The antics of the dilettante and the Countess kept me entertained throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys breathing and knows how to read. Anyone else simply won’t be able to find joy in it.”

Helena took me in immediately. I could…

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