Turning The Curse Part 1 is Now Available on Amazon, and Free to Download!

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A brand new story up on Amazon for the first time in far too long! Here is the Amazon blurb:

It’s May Eve, and the full moon is shining down. Elizabeth Shipton is walking the moors outside McAllister’s Mill, and she is afraid.

For a beast has been harrying McAllister’s Mill for months – a werewolf. A half-human shape is spotted under the full moon, then, in the morning, half-human paw prints are found around ravaged flocks and herds.

No people have been killed yet, but Elizabeth fears that by coming out on this night, she may be volunteering to be the first. But that is a risk she must take, for she, alone out of all the people in McAllister’s Mill, knows who the werewolf is: the man she loves, William Archer.

Elizabeth doesn’t have the power or the skill to either fight the werewolf or protect him from his hunters, but there is one way she can save him: the werewolf’s blood rage cannot be stopped, but it can be redirected into other passions. To save the man she loves and the people of her town, Elizabeth Shipton offers herself up to the werewolf’s wild passions…and is shocked to find her own passions responding.

An homage to Hammer Films, Turning the Curse is an erotic supernatural romance.

Check out the updated Grindhouse page, the Turning the Curse main page, Turning the Curse Part 1’s home page, or just go straight to Amazon and download yourself a free copy. And as always, while you’re there, check out the rest of the library!

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Changeling Is Available for Free Download Now Through Thursday!

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I thought that I’d change it up a little this week, and have the featured story be a romance instead of horror. Of course, being who I am, even the romance is a bit uncanny.

If you want to see what I mean, head on over and download yourself a free copy of Changeling from Amazon.

And while you’re there, of course, check out the rest of the library.

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Dreams of the Boardwalk Part 4 of 6 is now up at Matthewkeville.com!

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The next part of the story of the dreams of the city is now up over at Matthewkeville.com.  The pleasant dreams are over now, and the nightmare begins…

(Sorry for the long wait.  The story is running longer than expected, which is also why I’ve divided it up into more parts than originally planned.)

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Chrysalis is Available for Free Download Now Through Thursday!

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The world is ending not in fire or ice, but in terrible beauty. Download the chronicle of beautiful doom free at Amazon now through Thursday!

And while you’re there, check out the rest of the library as well!

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An Excerpt From Facing The Music

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Tomorrow is the last day of the free giveaway for Facing The Music. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, here’s a taste of what you’re missing:

New Year’s Day – Posted January 3, 2016

I woke up beside my boyfriend with a pounding headache, a throbbing bladder, and aches in places I didn’t know I could ache.

With a groan, I rolled out of bed so I could go to the bathroom and empty out all of the booze (Lewis Grizzard once wrote that a professional drinker drinks every night of the year except New Year’s Eve, because that’s Amateur Night. Steve and I might not be professional drinkers, but no one can say that we didn’t make the most of amateur night). On the way, I found myself having trouble walking. Go ahead and snicker, it means exactly what you think it means.

After I finished taking care of business (more ouch…we must have been out of our minds last night), I returned to bed. Steve was still asleep – so deep he was still curled up facing the wall, instead of sprawled to fill the empty space like he usually did when I got up first. I wanted nothing more than to join him, but it was already past noon, and we both hated missing too much of the day, even for hangovers.

“Steve? Steve, baby—” I nudged him. Not even a groan. How much did we drink last night?

That brought me up short. How much did we drink last night? I couldn’t remember, and that was weird. I’d been pretty seriously drunk in my day (for an amateur), but I’d never had a blackout. All I could remember after maybe ten o’clock – and we weren’t really drinking that hard at that point – was something about…bells. Tolling bells, counting down to Midnight.

I shuddered, then wondered why. Counting down to Midnight was a good thing on New Year’s Eve, wasn’t it?

Enough with the weird thoughts. I must still be drunk. I nudged Steve again, then harder and more until finally I’m shaking him. “Steve? Steve, wake up, honey, it’s after noon. Steve? Steve? Steve?” By then, I was shaking him hard and he was kind of flopping around and I already knew why he wouldn’t wake up but I didn’t stop shaking because I must be wrong it’s just not possible, he’s only twenty-eight.

“Baby, wake up, baby please!” I finally pulled him far enough toward me that he flopped over on his back, and that’s when I started to scream.

His eyes were wide open and blank, staring at the ceiling. Worse, the pillow was all bloody where his head had been. My first thought was Alcohol poisoning, but there was no puke anywhere – not even on his breath – and besides, alcohol poisoning doesn’t make your ears bleed, does it?

I didn’t know CPR, not really – we’d had a few days on it in Health Class in High School, but that was nine years ago – so I didn’t even try. I just snatched up my cell and dialed 911.

Nothing. No answer. It just rang and rang and rang.

How is that possible? They don’t have holidays off at 911.

After two or three tries, I gave up on that and tried calling a hospital directly. But I didn’t know any hospital numbers, so I dialed 411, then 0.

Nothing.

That was when I ran out into the hallway and started pounding on doors, screaming for help. I started with Mrs. Rosario, who’s a nurse at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt.

Nothing. No one.

Finally, I just ran out into the street, barefoot and still in my PJs, screaming for help from someone, anyone, my boyfriend was dead.

Which was when I saw the New Year’s revelers, lining the sidewalks of Manhattan, still tricked out in their party clothes and hats and streamers and sparkles, lying still on the ground with dried trickles of blood coming from their ears.

And that’s where I lose track of myself for a little while. All I can remember after that point is running through the slushy streets of New York, trying to find anyone alive. That, and something about the sound of bells.

 

The Rest of The Story – Posted January 3, 2016

The next few hours are just…lost. I still have no idea what I did between the moment I started running and the time I woke up in a stranger’s apartment.

Well, that’s not completely true. There are a few fragments of memory, like bits of pottery dug up at an archaeological dig:

Running through streets, calling out for somebody, anybody, until my bare feet felt like dead, frozen fish slapping the pavement.

Calling friends and family, boss and co-workers, the guy I met in a bar and dated once back before I met Steve, my bank’s emergency number for if you get your card stolen – anything to make contact. Nothing.

Then I remember this…feeling. A pressure, like a vast weight hanging over my head or a storm front moving in, charging the air with something thick and dark and heavy and smothering, something that burned on the skin instead of tingled. Something that rang like bells instead of thundered.

That drove me inside when January in New York couldn’t. Some instinct told me that being outside under that pressure, that sound, the curtain of darkness advancing down Fifth Avenue, was the worst thing in the world, far worse than entering a dwelling of the dead. I was a mouse in a hawk’s shadow, and I took whatever shelter I could.

Anybody else know what I’m talking about? What was that thing? Could it have had something to do with

For the rest, head on over to Amazon and download yourself a copy. And while you’re there, check out the rest of the library. Keep watching for further promotions, and new stories coming soon.

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Facing The Music Is Available For Free Download Now Through Thursday!

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The story of Lovecraftian doom and courage at the end of the world is available for free download at Amazon now through Thursday!

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Killing Time Available Now Through Thursday!

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The Lovecraftian (or Twilight Zone-ish, if you ask my father) story of a man watching as time fragments around him is available for free download at Amazon now through Thursday!

While you’re there, check out the rest of the library!

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