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Author Krista Walsh and I “met” when our stories were pubbed in the Day of Demons anthology by Anachron Press last spring. I was super excited for her when she shared that she was working with best-selling author Devin O’Branagan (along with a few other authors) to create a compilation of novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s novel, Witch Hunt.

Devin was kind enough to give me a copy of Witch Hunt of the Blood to review.

Starting on page 1, I was sucked into a vivid historical world. Immersed in WWII England, I followed along the lives of the Hawthorne witches, sharing their joys, feeling their pain, and suffering their tragedies. The stories continue from there, and they are all just as strong.

When I read paranormal (and I read it a lot), the focus often becomes about the characters powers and how it impacts their lives. What I find different about this anthology is that I feel like I get to know the characters first. As a result, I get to know each person, well, as a person. The fact that they are witches isn’t necessarily secondary, but it’s part of the whole.

Another way to look at it is that most paranormal (at least the stuff I’ve read) focuses on the paranormal world and the characters become further drawn into it, leaving their original (and dare I say, normal?) world behind. In this anthology, we see the characters living in the “real world,” as it were, and their powers are a part of it.

I’m so glad I came across this anthology.

Here’s the blurb:

Five novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling novel, Witch Hunt. 

The anthology begins with O’Branagan’s own novella about the Hawthorne matriarch, Vivian. She and her fellow British witches work together to prevent a Nazi invasion during World War II. Then there is Colonial maiden, Bridget, who struggles with the guilt of failing her family in Salem, 1692. Her younger sister, Prissy, mysteriously disappears and finds another magical world. Julia, torn by family loyalties, love, and her spiritual quest, pays a huge price to continue the bloodline. And Miranda uses her powers against the great influenza outbreak of 1918 – but finds the ultimate foe is prejudice against her kind.

Discover what was left out of Witch Hunt and revisit your favorite characters with these exciting novellas. The story isn’t done until the battle’s lost and won.

Witch Hunt of the Blood on Amazon

Witch Hunt of the Blood on Goodreads

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Anachron Press is hosting a pre-order special to the first 50 folks who pre-order the URBAN OCCULT anthology. Pre-order now and get a copy of Day of Demons for FREE! My story, City of Lights and Stone is in the Day of Demons anthology. ;)

Here are the deets:

Urban Occult Limited Pre-Order

Limited to 50.

Behind urban life, weird and horrific things fester. 

The whispers and chills of things long gone… the promise of power from the darkness… the seduction of those that lie in the shadows… the occult is all around us: in town houses, in mansions, and in your very own street.

Editor Colin F. Barnes collected together fifteen stories by a cast of critically acclaimed authors from around the globe who look into the stygian gloom, explore the dark corners of our houses, and peer into the abyss of human temptation.

Featuring stories by: Gary McMahon, Ren Warom, Gary Fry, Mark West, K.T. Davies, Nerine Dorman, Alan Baxter, Adam Millard, Julie Travis, Jason Andrew, James Brogden, A.A Garrison, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Anne Langton, and Chris Barnham.

Special Pre-Order Edition Limited to 50.

This pre-order edition means you will get the book at least a week to two weeks ahead of general release and:

A FREE ebook version (for any eReader)

and A FREE ebook of Day of Demons. (eBooks will be emailed to you on the 4th of March).

Just £9.99 (+£2.99 shipping anywhere in the world).

Pre-Order here: http://www.anachronpress.com/product/anthologies/urban-occult-limited-pre-order/

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Time is money and us spread-too-thin multi-taskers have to spend it wisely.

For me, I spend around 50 hours a week doing day job stuff, and sometimes work weekends (those 12 day stretches really exhaust me!).

That leaves nights and weekends for writerly stuff. Encompassed in that time is blogging, visiting blogs, social media-ing, marketing, reading, reviewing, critting, writing, and editing. I tend to reserve reading and critting for weeknight stuff and writing and blogging for weekends, when I’m fresher.

Note the placement of each item.

It’s quite scary that writing and editing are last.

I’m a writer who writes after everything else is done. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Gosh, admitting this makes me sad.

When I first started writing, that’s where most of my time went. Sure, I’d spend some time on forums (like QueryTracker), but for the most part, my brain was hyperfocused on writing and that’s what I did.

With time came critting.

Then I started this blog.

Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing came after New Pride and Shifting Pride were published.

With each added item, writing got shoved further down the list.

I’ve been feeling the pain about this for a while, but now it’s time to admit I need to do something.

I need to reassess where I’m at.

My goal is to incorporate more writing and editing into my routine. I will continue blogging, but may do only two posts a week. There will be the odd week with the same M-W-F routine, based on previously scheduled posts. ;)

I’m getting back to basics.

What about you guys? Do you engage in periodic reassessment? What have you learned by checking in with your routine every so often?

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GraveTells reviewed SHIFTING PRIDE yesterday–gave it 4 stars!!! Click HERE to read the full review.

Shifting Pride is a compelling read with heartwarming family dynamics. The bond that forms between Xavian and Nickie is unbreakable and adorable. If you’re looking for an interesting YA read about shape shifting felines, I recommend this one!

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I had so much fun collaborating with author Theresa McClinton to develop the trailers for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE that I had to tinker with iMovie and draft trailers for my short stories.

I’d like to share them with y’all today.

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE (A short story in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press):

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR BEGGING DEATH (A short story in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications):

I have a trailer for my spin off short story, TSAVO PRIDE, that will be revealed at a later date, closer to the release of the story. So stay tuned!

Best-selling author Rebecca Hamilton (The Forever Girl series) also posted my trailers–so cool! Check it out and say hi! ;)

Question: Do you guys like trailers? Hate them? Have you used them as part of your social media/marketing?

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Hey gang!

On Tuesday, I got to share some fun info on Colin’s cyberpunk/horror/exorcistesque novel, THE TECHXORCIST. Today, Colin himself is here to answer questions on how he took the plunge into publishing.

HE STARTED HIS OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY, FOLKS! I’m incredibly impressed with Colin, his drive, and his work.

Let’s give him a warm welcome!

Hi Colin!

I’ve been so impressed by how you’ve put together your publishing business. How did Anachron Press come to be?

Thank you for the kind words, Laura. Anachron Press come about as a means to publish an anthology of stories known as ‘City of Hell Chronicles’. It was a combined project between me and 7 of my writer friends. As it came together it made sense to create a publishing name to put it out, and then I got the bug and carried on with other titles.

How did you come to be involved in publishing?

I’ve been a writer for about 15 years on and off, and between those times I’ve had a number of businesses and took a number of publishing courses, and with publishing City of Hell Chronicles it seemed like something I’d enjoy doing.

What made you choose to open your own press?

Probably a bit of ego and a sense of adventure. I’ve got nothing against traditional publishing houses or other small presses and I still submit my work to them, but there’s a different range of skills needed for publishing, and I wanted to make my work and bring great fiction to the world.

I can’t imagine the learning curve necessary to develop all the skills required to run a press—taking submissions, developing ideas, editing, developing cover art, formatting, marketing, etc. What’s been the most challenging part?

Apart from scheduling and organising the work, I think the hardest part is marketing. Getting noticed amongst the thousands of other small presses (and larger presses) is very difficult without spending a lot of money. So at the moment it’s a case of taking baby steps and slowly increasing my catalogue and hopefully fan-base.

I was first introduced to your work when City of Hell came out. I particularly love how all the stories in that anthology follow the same theme. Each writer brings their own flare and each story builds on the central idea. It was really fascinating seeing how all the pieces went together. Where did the idea come from?

I’ve always been off H.P Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. I love how it’s grown in size as other authors have written in that world, adding to it their stories, and I wanted to do something similar. I wanted to have my own pantheon of gods and myths to feature in stories. I have many more plans for the City of Hell Chronicles world and will hopefully be seeing more titles in that universe in 2013.

Your cover art is FAB! I know you work with an artist—how does the creative process go for you guys?

It’s true I have a couple of artists I work with. In the main I do the covers myself, but some of them are collaborative. I studied Graphic Design at college so this is an area I really enjoy working in. If I’m not doing the cover myself, then the process is I usually come up with the layout, the typography and the art-style, then I’ll go to one of my artists to create an image for the illustration if I can’t find something suitable from a stock photo library.

You are developing a new Pulp Line of fiction. What do you like about Pulp Fiction? How can people get involved?

Pulp fiction is all about fun. It’s that simple. It’s silly over-the-top stories with larger-than-life characters going on adventures or investigating dangerous criminals. It’s the stuff I read as a kid and still love today, and that’s what I’m doing it now; I want to bring it back and give pulp stories a new platform so that readers new to it can discover it and have as much fun as I’ve had reading it. People can get involved in two ways:

1. Buy the books! :)

2. Submit a story. Full details are here: http://www.anachronpress.com/open-submissions-for-pulp-line/

You’ve done some excellent work, Colin. I’m a forever fan, always looking forward to the next piece of work you pub. Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you Laura, your support is much appreciated, and I hope to continue publishing stories that you enjoy reading. And thanks for having me on your blog again.

Remember to check out Colin’s newest work, The Techxorcist. I know I am! Click here to go to Anachron Press!

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I’ve been happily and humbly surprised by the extraordinary outpouring of support my co-workers have shown me for the release of my short story, City of Lights and Stone, in the Day of Demons Anthology by Anachron Press.

I even got a picture of my first fan, Tiffany. (I signed my first autograph for her.) SO exciting!

Tiffany keeps me organized in work. And we’re both Libras (holla!).

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Here’s Joey and me. Joey’s a psychology student and an incredible storyteller.

About City of Lights and Stone: “Devils and demons are all about making deals. On the streets of Paris a man called Hector must complete a seemingly impossible task or face never-ending damnation.” ~ From theeloquentpage.co.uk

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I am pleased to announce my short story CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE will be PUBLISHED in APRIL of THIS YEAR in the DAY OF DEMONS ANTHOLOGY by Anachron Press!!!!

(This is what I looked like when I found out my story had been accepted.) ;)

Colin F. Barnes developed Anachron Press and debuted his series of anthologies with the CITY OF HELL CHRONICLES in December 2011.

(Here’s me with my very own copy! It’s a great read, people, seriously. CHECK. IT. OUT.)

Check out his website for information on more anthologies and how you can get in on the action! 

THANK YOU, Colin! I’m honored to be a part of your anthology. Seriously, my dreams are coming true. YAY!!!!!!


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