New Josh of the Damned – Josh Vs The Fairies of Doom, Part 1

Funnily enough, Halloween was usually a quiet time for the Quik-Mart. Most of the monsters didn’t know about it, save for a few vampires and others, who took the time to go out among humans and get a quick bite. As far as Josh knew, no one went crazy and actually killed anyone, for fear of risking Medusa’s wrath, but who knew? Maybe some monsters gave it a shot. But tonight, it was humans who were bugging him. Namely, three lightly toasted frat guys who were apparently dressed as some of the Stranger Things kids, which Josh didn’t recognize until the guy in the too small dress bought a box of waffles. They were hanging around the microwave, pretending not to be stoned, and failing. Finally, Josh just had to ask, “Why are you guys here?” “You guys have...

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Three Infected books part of DSP’s daily deal!

Just good today! Act now!

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New instrumental playlist!

Because it had been a while since I posted one, and I felt like it. Instrumentals to enjoy while waiting for the end of the world from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Some free fic for you …

This is the first chapter of a story in process. It’s an urban fantasy that will get dark and weird – would you expect anything else? – starring an asexual female lead, and several weirdoes to come. As per usual, there is no title as of yet. ** It was bad enough that the goblin was using a shitty time freeze spell that was unraveling by the second. He was also tripping balls on bathtub meth, which was the icing on a shit cake. Rain always found it odd walking into a place where a spell was affecting everyone but her – and the goblin this time as well. She knew she should be grateful, seeing people frozen in mid-motion, the air around them thick like syrup. But it always reminded her how different she was, and how fun the world might be if...

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Six Song Wednesday – Another Trip Through Holden’s iPod

In the hopes of being a bit light-hearted, I decided to do a bit of character ipod surfing. I quickly concluded that Holden listens to more cheerful stuff than Roan, and how is that even possible?! But it’s true. Weird. So here we go, on a random tour of his ipod. Wolf Alice – Heavenward It may be because Holden is a big fan of setting moods with music, and doesn’t necessarily listen to music specifically to overwhelm his senses like Roan, that he seems more upbeat. Leading to nice little moments like these. My Chemical Romance – Boy Division But we can’t forget that Holden, at his core, is pretty goddamn emo. He might admit that, depending on his mood. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die –...

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Got an honorable mention in the Rainbow Awards!

For Hearts of Darkness. Yaay!

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Newsletter is out!

And the final part of the Holden serial is in it. Newsletter link

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New playlist!

Because I’m getting to the point where I can only communicate in playlists. Nazi Trumps Fuck Off from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New newsletter out! With the second part of the story – and a sale!

Yes, the second part of Holden’s Nazi punching adventure is now up …

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New newsletter is out – with an exclusive story!

I’ve resurrected my newsletter! And there’s an exclusive serialized story in it, about Holden joining an anti-fas group and going Nazi punching. It just started here: http://mailchi.mp/91ac598c7193/newsletter-sign-up And if you’d like to sin up for the newsletter, click here – https://andreaspeed.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c2c00e0831d76d0798fc70236&id=4531e0879e

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New music mix – Resistance Summer

Because it’s been a while … Resistance Summer from notmanos on 8tracks...

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Infected Flashback Fic – Love Like Blood

For my birthday, I thought I’d treat myself to a little Roan fiction. Namely, teen Roan sneaking out to a punk concert, where something monumental happens. This is a little longer than I intended, because it’s been fun being back in Roan’s mindset. Yes, he can be wrong, but you can never underestimate how ballsy he is, even as a kid. Some people are just born warriors, and Roan’s one of them. Enjoy. And sorry for the length. ** Love Like Blood Roan wondered how long he had before he was caught. The thing was, when you were in a temporary crisis home, like he was, curfews were strict. You could work for some privileges, but there were none that were going to allow him to sneak out to a punk show in Seattle that he was too young to attend....

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Cover Reveal Post 3 – A Trip Through Holden’s Ipod. And the goddamn cover.

Day three of cover reveal week takes a dive into Holden’s ipod. Sure, the little music machines are being replaced by … nothing really, just iPhones, but Holden would like you to know that’s very classist, and he’s sticking to hard to trace burner phones, thank you very much. So, in that spirit, let’s see what he listens to, and how he justifies it. (NB: Because there’s a good chance we’re all dead soon, I’m revealing the cover below. Feel free to jump to the end if you wish.) Kilo Kish – Collected Views From Dinner Holden: I’ve pretty much been there, or in a situation so similar this is almost painful. The problem is, sometimes if you’re someone’s secretly paid for date, you can’t tell your obnoxious dinner companions they can suck...

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Cover Reveal Week Post 2 – An Interview With Chai (and a cover tease)

Day two of cover reveal week has me interviewing Chai Nayar, Holden’s friend and investigative partner. I’m happy to say he’s not a willful little snot, Holden. A; Hello Chai, how are you? C: I’m good, considering. Therapy’s been helpful. A: Depression’s a beast. C: Isn’t it just? I’d love to say I was cured, but I know it doesn’t work like that. A; No, but I wish it would too. How’s the investigating going? C: Oh! You know, before I started working with Holden, I didn’t even know this was a career option. Hey … can I call him Den? A: Sure. C: I know that’s what Scott calls him, and it is so adorable. But Holden threatened to post me as a water sports enthusiast on Grindr if I ever called him that. So I’m calling him that in secret. A:...

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Cover Reveal Post 1 – An Interview With Holden

As part of Holden: Throwaways cover reveal week, I decided to start off with an interview with the star of the Holden series, Holden himself. He is a slippery fellow, so I want it noted for the record I did my best. A: Why don’t you start by telling everyone a little about yourself? H: Fine. I was born the son of a goat herder – A: Can you be honest for once in your life? H: Where the hell’s the fun in that? Fine. My father was a complete lying asshole, as was my mother. I come from a long line of lying assholes, which is why I’m so good at it. Next question. A: You’re glossing over a lot of cont- H: I said next question. A: You really are an asshole. Okay, why not tell us something about you that people may not know? And please don’t lie. H: How...

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Buy Some Music, Help Some People

Today, Bandcamp is doing a neat thing, in that they’re donating their profit from sales on their website to the Transgender Law Center. https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/07/31/this-friday-stand-with-bandcamp-in-support-of-trans-rights/ But maybe you’re saying “I don’t know if there’s anything I want to buy”. Let me help you! I’ve singled out some notable groups, and added genres as well as links. (Also, just added: bands and labels donating their profits: https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/08/03/labels-artists-join-us-in-donating-todays-profits-to-transgender-law-center/ ) Aesop Rock – https://aesoprock.bandcamp.com/album/the-impossible-kid Indie rap Aye Nako – https://ayenako.bandcamp.com/album/silver-haze Queer punk with an alt-rock...

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Infected Universe Short – The Crawl

This is a small story involving Grey and Scott, two of the Seattle Falcons hockey team from the Infected series. If you’ve never read those stories, you can follow this, which is just a little character piece during a night out on the town. I just thought we could all use a little something nice, since reality’s been really shitty lately. ** The Crawl Scott started this thing a couple of years ago, so it was weird to call it a tradition. But it kind of was anyway. Before the grueling training for hockey season began – and that window grew ever shorter, especially if you were in the pros – they all got together for what was essentially a marathon of drinking and eating foods they couldn’t touch while on a training regimen. Not that Grey worried...

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To Patreon or Not To Patreon – One Writer’s Thoughts

Making a living as an artist is really hard, guys. Unless you’re Stephen King or the Fifty Shades of Gray lady – forgot her name, and don’t care enough to Google it – you need at least one day job, and possibly two, to make ends meet. In other words, it’s hard out here for a book pimp. (I apologize.) One answer has been Patreon, a service that allows all sorts of artists to set up subscriptions to their work. It’s a neat service, and I think it’s helping a lot of artists. I have considered joining it. Let me tell you why I haven’t. I couldn’t get past the fact that there are a lot of readers out there who simply can’t afford to do that. Although Patreon tiers can be small – Dave Kellet, the web cartoonist, has twenty five cent tiers, which is...

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A writing preview …

If you’d like to read a chapter of my Social Justice Warriors superhero thing, I have it posted under updates on my Clarion page. https://www.clarionwest.org/members/aspeed/

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Fourth of July sale!

All e-books at DSP and Dreamspinner Press are $4 today! Including my catalog. If you’re missing some titles, now may be the time to catch up. My stuff.

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Soundtrack time!

Holden: Throwaways isn’t out until very early next year, but I thought you’d give a taste of it … musically. Holden: Throwaways Soundtrack, Part 1 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Clarion West Write-A-Thon!

I’m doing it! Here’s my page: https://www.clarionwest.org/members/aspeed/

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Flash Fic Challenge – Thorn of Prophecy

This is the challenge. I had no idea where this story was going when I started it. It does remind me I want to get to this paranormal horror story I’ve had brewing in the back of my mind for ages. I wonder if I’ll ever get to it. ** The Thorn of Prophecy He ran to the very end of the earth, and still, he couldn’t escape. He tried to hide in the coldest, darkest crevices of the world, in ice caves so slick and cold they’d have been death traps for anyone else. But they found him. He had no idea how, except they always did. He had gifts, but they did as well. He put up a fight, but he was badly outnumbered, and it was always a done deal. When he woke up chained to a chair, bag over his head, he wasn’t surprised. He also wasn’t surprised by the...

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The Writer and Music

As you probably know from the sheer number of soundtracks I make, music plays a big part in my writing process. It helps me get into the zone, into characters’ heads, and moves things along. Sometimes, for reasons I don’t understand, certain bands or songs will announce themselves as vital to the story in progress. For example, These Arms Are Snakes are pretty much entirely responsible for the Infected series (with some assist from Porcupine Tree, Pansy Division, and Aesop Rock). In the chaos of the noise, you could find Roan there, trying to bury himself. He used noise to block out all other noises, smells, and sights; he tried to confound all his sense with sound, and hide from his depression. Did it work? Kind of; sometimes. And that was enough for him. You...

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Lochlann is out today!

And here, I talk a little about what inspired it.

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New music mix!

It’s new music! So hopefully you’ll find something new you like. What's New With You? from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Flash Fic Challenge – Witch

This is the latest writing challenge , and I got haunted house/Weird West. So here’s that story. Witch The Waterford Ranch radiated evil like fire gave off heat. You could sense it as soon as you stepped on the property. Everyone in the Waterford family was slaughtered one night, in a grisly display of violence, but no one was ever caught for the crime. It was considered especially baffling since there were seven guns in the family, and none were fired, even though the oldest boy was strung up in the barn and bled out like a slaughtered sheep, the baby was thrown down the well, and the patriarch of the family was somehow impaled on the weather vane on the house’s roof. The violence was spectacular, and in most cases, impossible. Bandits were blamed, then...

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Books!

New books have arrived!

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I’m relaunching my newsletter!

It’s going to have new stuff in it, and be released on a regular schedule. There will be giveaways and more! Please sign up.

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Andy’s Music Corner 1

Welcome to the debut of my music corner. This is a recurring segment where I will share recent musical purchases, so you can point and judge me harshly. Also, I thought there may be people who would like some of the weird ass music I like. I’ll include links, and this covers a loose collection of time – the last month or so? Thereabouts. I’m going to generally recommend albums, although I may have just picked up a song or two. I’m going to make you guess. I’ll identify genres with Bandcamp tags. christian fitness– Slap Bass Hunks https://christianfitness.bandcamp.com/album/slap-bass-hunks Genre: Tagged as alternative guitar rock, and the cryptic but fabulous “protein words”. What the fuck does that mean? No idea. I like it, though. This is a...

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New book alert!

New book alert!

Lochlann is now available for pre-order! It’s my book in the Order of the Black Knights series, and my homage to La Femme Nikita, with an obvious twist. Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural deadeye aim that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives. Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious....

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Construction Zone, Part 2

Remember this flash fic I wrote? I finally decided to follow it up, although the story isn’t complete quiet just yet. Still, enjoy part 2. ** 2 Steve opened the door to reveal pitch blackness. In the moments it took for his eyes to adjust to the dark, he considered the possibility that he was looking into a void. Maybe the outside world had been swallowed whole, leaving them in a weird area that existed but also didn’t, like they were loose change that had slipped between the sofa cushions of existence. But no. He started to see shapes, small piles on the ground, abandoned tools. It was the building site. It had gone from just after noon to the dead of night in no time at all. “How is it night already?” Joni asked. Steve shrugged, stepping out onto...

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Last Time Movie Sign! The End of My New MST3K Reviews

12 – Carnival Magic – Another shitty, low budget kid’s film with fantasy elements, another MST3K regular. This time, it concerns a shitty carnival, and a sad man who has a mysterious gift with animals, and pals around with a talking chimp, who just may be special enough to save the carnival. I’ve made it sound more exciting than it is. For both a kids film and a fantasy, this whole thing is weirdly lackadaisical, meandering from scene to scene with no energy or life to speak of. Even the talking chimp is weirdly taciturn and joyless, which they point out in a host segment. It’s like the film has been cursed with terminal lethargy. Slap on a rote, desultory love story, and you have a snoozefest. This film would make an excellent sleeping pill. The guys...

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Movie Sign Anew! MST3K Reviews, Part 3

8 – The Loves of Hercules – The big news about this stinker is that it stars Jayne Mansfield and her bodybuilder husband. But if you know MST3K at all, you’ll know bad Hercules movies are their bread and butter. MST3K has had some doozies throughout the years – remember sandstorm?- and this one is right up there with them. The main problem with the movie is Jayne’s husband, bless his bronzed, buff heart, can’t act worth a damn, and his thick accent is nearly enough to distract you from it, but no. She isn’t much better, trying to use her beauty to distract you from her stiffness – it almost works, and might work for some. Add to that the clunky script, the super cheap special effects – dig that painted cow/bull, the hydra, and the Montessori...

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Movie Sign Again! New MST3K Capsule Reviews, Part 2

4 – Avalanche – This is by one of Mst3K’s favorite directors, Roger Corman, and this is his attempt at a star studded ‘70’s disaster film. Being a Corman film, there really isn’t that many walking scenes – he is as famous for those as Ed Wood is for parking scenes – but there is a lot of padding in this sad attempt at a film. Even star power like Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow – seriously! Doing the worst acting of their careers – doesn’t stop this from being a lesser Corman effort, ticking absolutely every box in the ‘70’s action movie cliché list (except no super pregnant lady – probably couldn’t afford to film a labor sequence). It’s more like Swamp Diamonds Corman, than Night of the Blood Beast Corman, which means...

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Movie sign! My capsule reviews of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, Part 1

Here’s something no one asked for – my opinions on the new round of Mystery Science Theater 3000! I’ll eventually report on all of them, assuming the world doesn’t end in the meantime. I mean, I wish that was a joke, but sadly it’s not. Okay, so, let’s go. 1. Reptilicus – It’s hard to believe the original MST3K never got around to covering this one, as it is the perfect MST3K movie, in that not a single element works. The script, the acting, the effects, the directing, the editing – all terrible, top to bottom. A Danish attempt at Godzilla, this one fails to conjure up a single scare. It also crashes down hard in the suspension of disbelief phase, which is critical in any movie of this nature. You have to agree to go along with the movie’s...

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Lochlann soundtrack!

Yes, I know I’m jumping the gun. But I need this. Lochlann the Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Five Song Wednesday

Sadly, since it seems we’re all going to need cheering up for the near future, I decided to go ahead and do another random song thingy. Here we go. And this took on more of an international flavor than I was expecting. ** Snowball II – Anais & Me Ah, here’s a cheerful sounding thing to kick things off with. I know nothing about this band, save for their name being a Simpsons reference. They sound fun, though. Japanese Breakfast – In Heaven Today it’s going to be the day of bands I don’t know a lot about. This is actually one performer, I think, but don’t quote me on that. I’m not sure either of these songs are genuinely cheerful, but they sound like they could be, and that’s good enough for today. De Osos – Todo el ruido entre...

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Book news!

My novel in the Order of the Black Knights series, Lochlann, will be released May 22nd. And I just signed the contract for the next Holden novel, Throwaways, out at the beginning of next year.

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A new list of MST3K recommendations

With the series reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 coming to Netflix in April, and me in need of some cheering up anyways, I thought I’d give you some opinions on the new to Netflix episodes you should definitely watch. Also all are available to watch online elsewhere, as well as purchase. ** Werewolf –This movie is wonderfully ridiculous, and could have been tailor made for MST3K. The movie is about a writer – who, I should note, is never actually seen writing – who picks up a case of werewolfism from being hit with the skull of a skinwalker. I should point out that none of our stars seem to be American, which wouldn’t be a problem if this wasn’t taking place in Arizona, and if anyone could, say, act. But save for Joe Estevez, who makes the...

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Story alert!

I have a story in this! Considering it’s a story by me, it’s really sweet.

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Six Song Thursday

Because it’s been a hell of a week, I decided to go ahead and be light, and just do an ipod shuffle thing. Why? Because sometimes, you need to. ** You May Die In The Desert – Signals To Safety Ah, an old stand by of instrumental music. This has a nicely epic feel to it, and would make excellent trailer music, if anyone ever used instrumentals in trailers. (I’m not sure they do anymore.) But feel free to imagine what an Infected series trailer would look like, cued to this music. Gaytheist – Elderly Assassin Yep, the song is about exactly what you think it is: folk dancing. No! It’s about an elderly assassin. It’s at once kind of funny, and kind of horrifying. Which fits. Constant Lovers – Mush Teeth There is a mild theme of local-ish bands –...

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Flash Fic Challenge – Construction Zone

The latest challenge is here, and I got this picture. I decided I saw something in the picture that isn’t true. But why not? ** “You’re gonna hafta come look at it, Steve,” Russ said, pushing his hard hat up higher on his head. Steve rubbed his eyes and sighed. This was supposed to be a simple building demolition, but at some point it had turned into a nightmare. Steve stepped out of the trailer and followed Russ, who stopped barely twenty feet away. Steve waited, not sure what he was supposed to see, and then, when he started examining it, he thought maybe it was a prank. What did they call it? A “tromp loll” or something? A realistic picture of something painted on something else? “There’s another building inside the building,” Russ said,...

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An artist, you say? This may interest you ..

Please share! There’s going to be a volume 2 and/or issue 2 of the Friends For Equality music compilation and zine. Proceeds we receive online are being split evenly between ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center. The zine will also be sold at local events in Richmond to raise money for local social and reproductive justice organizations. The deadline for both is tentatively April 30. We would like this compilation to be even more diverse than the last one and encourage submissions in all genres and especially would like to give a voice to people of color, women, and non-binary/LGBTQ folks. Songs should be unreleased and under 10 minutes in length. We hope that unreleased songs will generate more sales! Artwork and writing for zine does...

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New soundtrack!

Because why the hell not? Who The Hell Are You from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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I did a fun thing!

It’s an interview, but not a typical one at all. I talk about animal books and candy corn. Check it out.

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A new playlist!

The F the Inauguration playlist. Speaks for itself, really. F*** The Inauguration Playlist from notmanos on 8tracks Radio. As requested, here’s the entire playlist in print form: Governed by Contagions by At The Drive-In Burn the Witch by Radiohead Singing Of The Bonesaws by Future Of The Left The Shit Sisters by These Arms Are Snakes Body For The Pile by clipping. feat. SICKNESS Atom Bomb by Beach Slang Country Kills by Popstrangers Can’t Truss It by Public Enemy Thank God For Worker Bees by Botch Mark 13 by Error Fate The National Front Disco by Morrissey Wearing A Bear by P.O.S Kill the Poor by Dead Kennedys Motherfucker by Faith No More Everybody Gets What They Want by Wax Idols Bear Away (Live) by The Murder City Devils Give Violence A Chance by...

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New flash fic, and new interview!

Friday is busy for some reason, so here you go. Got a flash fic at Lex’s (warning: kind of depressing), and an interview up at Nicki’s. Hopefully not depressing, but I suppose that depends on your point of view.

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Random Shuffle Wednesday

I haven’t done this in a while, and I thought it might be nice to do something, so here’s a random song Wednesday for you. Just hitting shuffle on my iPod and seeing what come up. (Footnote: After doing this, I am now worried about myself.) Fvnerals – Shiver Oh, here’s a nice little creepy song. Can’t tell you what it’s about, but do you need to know? It’s creepy! Soak in that atmosphere. Fois Gras – Devotee Speaking of creepy songs, here’s another. The lyrics are clearer, but that’s no help. It seems to be eerie days in my ipod. Lionizer – Stone A more high energy song, but this time about preferring violence to seeing someone again. Um … yeah, I’m sensing a theme here too. Slug – Godstopper Okay! It’s classic noise rock from...

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New Year, New Flash Fic, New Soundtrack …

I have a NYE’s themed flash fic set in the Infected universe! Right here. And I have the soundtrack Scott put together, in hopes of impressing Roan. Old School Punk Party from notmanos on 8tracks...

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Got a nice review!

I appreciate them all. Link!

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Artists, aspiring or otherwise! Want to help out a good cause?

The great musician Spartan Jet-Plex – seriously, check out her stuff on Bandcamp – is organizing a zine and live benefit show in Richmond, VA in February. The zine is looking for contributors! It can be drawings, photography, comics, poetry, editorials, whatever. The theme is social justice/civil rights but it can be general or specific, literal or abstract. It will likely be black and white due to cost. Deadline is January 2nd. It will likely be sale on the Friends For Equality Bandcamp as well. Proceeds for show and zine are going to Forward Together and Sister Song. Great causes, and I’m hoping to contribute to the zine. Won’t you join me? If you’d like to join in, drop me an email at aspeed2 at gmail dot com, and I will pass on the submission email.

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A snippet of the work in progress Holden sequel …

I’m still working on the Holden sequel, which is too damn long. So I thought I’d treat everyone curious about it to updates and snippets. Such as this one. I will give you no context. This is simply a random part. Sorry, but I think it’s more fun that way.This bit has Roan and Chai in it, with a cameo by a couple of hockey players. ** “Roan!” Grey exclaimed, sounding remarkably like an excited little kid. And unlike an excited little kid, Grey grabbed Roan in a bear hug and lifted him off his feet. He even shook him around a bit, like he was no more than a rag doll. Roan looked both amused and slightly ruffled at this. “Put him down before you hurt him, you big oaf,” Scott said, with weary affection. That alone told Chai Grey had done...

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Andy’s Best Albums of 2016 Playlist Roundup

Andy's Best Albums of The Year 2016 Playlist from notmanos on 8tracks Radio. I know it seems a little early for a best records of the year compilation, but these last couple of months of terrible 2016 have been dedicated to distracting myself from thinking about reality. And what better solace is there than music? More than a few great musicians died this year too, which seemed like adding insult to injury. (David Bowie, as usual, knew exactly when to go. That bastard! Always ahead of the rest of us. If someone told me he was The Master, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.) But, putting Bowie’s prescience aside, it actually was a pretty good year for music. A lot of people released good albums, and some even released great albums. In no particular...

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Free flash fic! And a contest!

You have to vote to win. Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Cyber Monday sales!

Okay. All my books are on sale somewhere. Here are links. DSP: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/searchresults?q=andrea+speed Riptide: http://riptidepublishing.com/authors/andrea-speed Less Than Three: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=nskkvnuthmh9n5o3ljfvka7hr0&keyword=andrea+speed

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Happy holidays! A new playlist for you!

Not a huge holiday person myself, but if you celebrate, I hope you have a good one. But for all my fellow grouches, enjoy this themed collection of songs that don’t say anything positive about families or holidays. Or both. Or neither. Andy's Anti-Holiday Playlist from notmanos on 8tracks...

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Heartifact guest post

This is a book written to help very worthy causes. Please support it! HEARTIFACT IS OUT on NOVEMBER 24TH! Join me in welcoming Ash to my blog today with his newest novella, Heartifact! Ash advocates for abused youth and the net proceeds of this book benefit those youth in three countries. Thank you for supporting this novella! And don’t forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway! Net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US, le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow, Amazon, Amazon UK, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords WRITING THE ANTI-ANXIETY DUDE A special thanks to Andrea for hosting me today. It’s great to be here! If you’ve read Andrea’s books, you know she has writing...

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Let’s try and cheer ourselves up with a Turkey Day marathon …

I have to admit, I consider Thanksgiving cancelled. It doesn’t seem like there’s anything to be thankful for in this terrible, awful, beyond shitty year. 2016 should just go and eat a bag of dicks. For instance, I am personally hoping an asteroid wipes all out before 2017. But, in an attempt to not be all doom and gloom, I decided to put together a small MST3K Turkey Day marathon that you can legally stream yourself, any time you want. You don’t have to wait for (No) Thanksgiving. If you could use the levity, feel free to watch some now. Click the titles to be taken there. ** Teenagers From Outer Space Let’s start with this evergreen classic, about a teenaged alien – maybe in his late twenties/early thirties? – coming to Earth and falling in love with...

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And two more nice reviews!

It’s really difficult to be at all positive right now, but these reviews are lovely. Thank you! Rainbow Book Reviews and Divine Magazine .

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Got a nice review!

The one good bit of news among all the horror.

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Hearts of Darkness is out now! And here’s a soundtrack too.

Yes! The book is here! And as I usually do, I have the next part of the soundtrack for you. Hearts of Darkness Soundtrack, Part 2 from notmanos on 8tracks...

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Josh’s Work Diary, Continued

N.B.: I meant to have this up by Halloween, but it wasn’t a great writing week for me. Sorry it’s late! October 30th 11:23 Cindy, the woman who does the late shift – the one before my overnight hell shift – came back at this absurd time, because she forgot her phone. Normally this type of thing wouldn’t bother me – except how do you forget your phone, right? But the thing was, while she was telling me this story that I honestly didn’t care about, a zombie came in. It wasn’t a really gnarly one with bits falling off, it was a pretty fresh one, but still, clearly a zombie. To start with, zombies are always vaguely bluish, grayish, or a sort of ashy brown, depending on their original skin color. Their lips are whitish, grayish, or black,...

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In time for Halloween … an MST3K marathon!

It’s no secret I am a big fan of horror movies, horror novels … horror. I love it, and could discuss it in great length and detail. In fact, I have before, and that includes previously listing movies I think you should watch for Halloween. This time, I decided to do something different – namely, I’m moving my annual MST3K – another thing I unabashedly love – Turkey Day marathon to now. Let’s call this an MST3K Candy Day marathon, and make a new tradition, of terrible horror movies that MST3K has made fun of over the years. Think there aren’t that many? Au contraire! MST3K covered quite a few horror movies in their time. All terrible in their own unique ways, and in several similar ones. You can find these all playing online, but it would be...

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More soundtrack fun …

Because that’s what I do. Alternate Soundtrack: Freaks from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Josh’s Work Diary of the Damned, Part 2

Josh’s work is never done. (And, super subtle plug – the collection is still on sale …) ** October 5th, 11:11 PM The night’s first zombie, wearing the tattered remains of a Free Mustache Rides t-shirt. No one could have been deliberately buried in such a thing, right? I assume he was a frat boy who died during a keg stand and was hastily buried by his panicky brothers, who ran home and concocted some sort of missing person story. I’ve decided his name must be Cody, because they’re usually named Cody. 11: 20 I think I have a pitch script here. Accidentally killed frat brother comes back from the dead to enact revenge on his faithless brothers during pledge week. I’d call it All Frat Boys Go To Hell. The hero would be the gay college...

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Hearts of Darkness Soundtrack, Part 1

Yep, it’s about that time again. Hearts of Darkness Soundtrack, Part 1 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New! Josh’s Diary of the Damned

Josh Caplan, clerk at the Quik-Mart convenience store and lead of the Josh of the Damned series, doesn’t look forward to Halloween. If you think it’s related to his job selling snacks to monsters, you’d be wrong. Here now are some never before seen work diaries of Josh, and his overnight gig, as clerk to alternate dimension monsters and regular old humans alike. (And, if you don’t have the Josh of the Damned series, they’re all on sale this month at Riptide.) ** October 1st, 11 PM Arrived at work to find the Sloshy machine had backed up, and there was a small pool of Orangawesome syrup by the magazine rack. I wish when I was applying for this job, Mr. Kwan would have mentioned how much mopping I was going to have to do. I hate mopping. I...

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Join me today at the Seattle Library!

It’s GRNW 2016, and I will be there, along with many great authors. Check out the schedule. If you see me, I’ll have poorly made paper misfortune cookies for you to rip up in anger and disappointment, as well as Roan pins, Paris postcards, and Infected: Holden cover stickers. I will sign anything, within reason.

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Infected: Holden is out now!

And in honor of that, I have two things for you. A blog post about Holden’s origin story, and the second half of the soundtrack! Infected: Holden playlist, Part 2 from notmanos on 8tracks...

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A Trip Through Holden’s iPod

As you may or may not know, I make a ton of playlists for my stories. But while Roan’s love of punk and noise rock is well known, Holden’s musical tastes are less well known. (Although still somewhat questionable.) So here’s a spin with Holden’s iPod, with six random songs pulled up. ** 1. Green Day – Geek Stink Breath Look, I know I’m not Roan, who’s all cool and edgy, and listens to bands no one’s heard of. I liked a few Green Day songs, and I’m not apologizing for that. We can’t all like obscure shit. Hell, before the internet, where did you even find it? We couldn’t all run away from group homes and head to the shadier clubs where they didn’t bother to card you. Not that that was an ideal way to grow up. Oh hell, I don’t know what...

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Infected: Holden Soundtrack, Part 1

Busted it into two. Second part will come out publication day! Infected: Holden Playlist, Part 1 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New books coming!

I’m sure you all know Infected: Holden is out September 20th. But also coming out, on August 30th, is Private Dicks: Packing Heat, an anthology I have a story in. On September 19th, the charity anthology One Pulse will be released, and in that I have a slightly longer version of the Roan story Pride. And on November 8th, is Hearts of Darkness , my supervillains in love story....

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More musical mucking about …

This is what happens when I have time to dick around. 8 Song Titles That Together Tell A Story from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Infected: Holden has a release date!

It’s September 20th. Click for more details.

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Infected: Holden cover reveal!

I could have – and probably should have – done something special, or at least wait until the buy link was active, but screw it. I’m bypassing the middlemen and passing the savings on to you. Just promise me you’ll buy it when it’s out, and we’re all good. And, with no further ado, the cover –

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More Random Musical Pulls, Because Why Not?

Just to remind you I’m still alive – writing away, as always – I thought I’d do the five song random shuffle thing, and see if I can apply it to my characters. Let’s go. Botch – Thank God for the Worker Bees This one is a Roan song. Not just because he likes the screamy, aggressive music – although he does – but the repeated line “I’m the human shield” is very much applicable. Although how human is up for debate. Pack A.D. – Haunt You Bit of a toughie to start with, but this feels like a Holden song. Much like Roan, he’d like to believe in an afterlife, just for the possibility of haunting the fuck out of so many people. Modest Mouse – Dashboard This one is problematic...

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Even More Stupid Questions With The Infected Cast

Today’s stupid question – If you could live within one fictional universe, what would it be? Roan: Star Trek. Dylan: Um, hmm … tough one. I’m torn between Doctor Who and Harry Potter … let’s go Harry Potter. It’d be great to throw spells around. It’d certainly make doing the laundry a lot easier. Holden: Mad Max. (Why?) I’d be a great killer of warlords. Paris: Ooh … I’m trying to think of a sexy one, and it just brings to mind that there aren’t a lot of sexy alternate worlds, are there? What about Cowboy Bebop? That seems like it’d be fun. Grey: Slap Shot. (Not sure that counts.) Fine, what did Roan pick? Trek? Fine, yeah, I’ll go with him. We can be roommates. Oh, hey, can I be a Klingon? Fiona: Wow, this is a tricky one. How...

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More Random Songs Attached To Random Characters …

This has been a sucky year, and so, I thought I’d distract myself with more of this nonsense. As always, I hit shuffle on the iPod, and try to attach them to my characters. All instrumental tracks are skipped, because those could arguably go to everyone. ** Future of The Left, A Guide To Men – Oh, this is a Holden song. From using “civilized people” as an insult, and repeating the phrase “this is a song about total war”, this is all about someone’s probably doomed war against conformity and society in general. That’s Holden to a T. (And there’s this great bizarre video, which only hints at how honestly bizarre the thing the footage is taken from must be.) Sisters of Mercy, Dominion – Ah, this little...

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If you’ve read me, you might like … (List updated! And may continue to update for a while)

I was asked about other writers readers of my work might be interested in. There’s a whole bunch, and I would encourage everyone to explore and find authors for yourself, but here are a few of my favorites. Alexsandr Voinov (I can’t recommend Incursion enough.) L.A. Witt Rhys Ford Joseph Hansen (The Brandstetter mysteries were a direct influence on me. They are so good.) Jordan Castillo Price Kelly Jensen & Jenn Burke Richard Stevenson Madison Parker Piper Vaughn Heidi Cullinan Josh Lanyon Huston Piner S. Reesa Herberth Brett Hartinger Angel Martinez Kim Fielding Ginn Hale C. Kennedy Jeff Adams Jamie Fessenden Rick R. Reed Megan Derr John Inman Jordan L. Hawk L.J. LaBarthe Jason Nichols Scotty Cade Lex Chase Pat Henshaw Rebecca Cohen J. Tullos...

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New soundtrack – Gay As F**K

My answer to hate? Things can always be gayer. Gay As F**K from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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A Story of the Infected Universe – Pride, Part 2

Considering all the awfulness that has happened since I wrote the first part of this story, I just wanted to write something nice. So that’s all this is. Something nice. ** Weirdly enough, Roan thought he could get into this, especially if a mosh pit formed. He was hoping maybe he could create one if nothing else. He ended up talking to some guys with Mohawks and band t-shirts, and they discussed music for a bit, especially the local scene. They were all despairing the upswing in twee bands, and were probably too down to start a mosh pit. Also, the music playing right now was dance music, as Holden had said, and it was impossible to mosh to that. Roan enjoyed this, until he realized he was at least ten years older than these guys, and he got depressed....

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In time for Pride month – A Story From The Infected Universe: Pride

Consider this a “lost” chapter of the Infected Holiday Special – this isn’t technically a holiday. But it’s enough of an occasion that it’s worth mentioning. Roan’s first trip to a Pride Parade. Whether he likes it or not. ** Roan couldn’t believe what he had been reduced to. “I am not doing this,” he insisted, for what felt like the hundredth time. Dylan sighed, and opened his car door. “You are. Now get out.” With a dramatic groan, Roan got out of the car. They were in a parking garage, ground level, so it wasn’t a huge walk from there to the street. There were steady streams of people moving down the sidewalk, and Roan started popping peppermints to combat the overwhelming scent of so many people. He could...

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Rainbow Snippet – From Infected: Holden #2 (WIP)

I don’t actually know what the title of this one is going to be, as I haven’t officially titled it yet. (Titles are the hardest thing for me.) But here’s a preview. ** Holden scoffed, mainly at his holier than thou tone. “You are aware that the only two people in the world who give a shit that he’s dead are in this room? We’re it. Burn may have been street, but he was a bottom feeder, and you’re not gonna find a lot of people mourning him. There’s probably already a line forming to take his place. “ Kevin’s dark glare continued, but he looked away after a moment, and ran a hand over his face, the only acknowledgement from Kevin that Holden was correct. *** Read more Rainbow snippets here: Rainbow Snippets on Facebook ...

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Got a nice review!

For Infected: Prey.

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Join me later today!

I’m doing this around 5 Pacific/ 8 Eastern on the 25th on Facebook, with a couple of other authors. There will be Amazon gift cards and maybe more. I should be talking Infected, and taking questions. Please join us! RSVP here

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Roan and Holden’s advice column

It’s short for a very good reason. Ask them anything, you’re taking your chances.

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Out now! The Infected Holiday Special!

Out now!  The Infected Holiday Special!

  Available wherever books are sold, and also here. And of course I made a soundtrack for it. The Infected Holiday Special Playlist from notmanos on 8tracks...

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A not so stupid question for the Infected cast …

Since we’re coming up on publication date – the 17th! – I thought I’d ask a question that’s actually kind of relevant.   What do you think your best quality is?   Roan: Okay, now that I’m braced for idiocy, you throw a serious question at me? Fine. I guess my sense of humor.   Holden: My adaptability.   Dylan: Uh … I’ve been told I’m patient, so let’s go with that.   Roan: I feel duty bound to butt in here and say Dylan’s best quality is everything. He is a saint of a man and deserves a Nobel Prize.   Dylan: Except when I steal the covers, right?   Roan: Yeah, ‘cause then you’re a complete bastard, and I’m taking the Nobel Prize back.   Grey: I can’t say my overwhelming size? (No.) Can I say my...

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Buy some tea, help charities

I made some Infected series tea, and I hope you maybe want to give some a try! All help various charities. Infected teas

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More stupid questions with the Infected cast …

Two this time! A softball before we get really stupid.     If you were held at gunpoint and to sing a song for karaoke, what would it be? (And no, Roan, you can’t disarm this person in any way. There’s no getting out of it.)     Roan: Fuck Tha Police by NWA.   Holden: Demons by Sleigh Bells.   Grey: Paranoid Android by Radiohead.   Dylan: Oh, um. Maybe something by Elliott Smith? Not the same song everybody does. Maybe St. Ives Heaven. What did Roan say? Oh dear …   Tank: Big Balls by AC/DC.   Fiona: Whip It by Devo. You just walked into that, didn’t you?   Paris: I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses. I bet you thought I was going to say I’m Too Sexy, didn’t you?   Scott: Okay, I have two I really...

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Book sale!

As part of Dreamspinner Press’s 9th anniversary, all my books with them are on sale this week! So if you’re missing something, now’s the time to get them.

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Green

Another Flash Fiction Challenge, this one involving random photos. I pulled up this one, and the end result is a story that’s a little paranormal, and a little superhero. Green They called themselves the Four Horsemen, even though there were only three of them. Whether they were the real ones or weren’t was up for debate. The one who called himself War showed up in our city on an overcast night, the full moon bright, although the strange fireball that announced his appearance made it seem dim by comparison. He appeared to be just a man, almost skeletally thin and gangly, his skin like toughened leather stretched over a skeleton. He wore a long coat that flapped like broken wings and a wide brimmed hat that hid his face in shadows, although his eyes had...

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Stupid Questions With The Infected Cast, Part 1

Okay, this seemed like a fun idea at the time. Ask some of my Infected characters stupid question. Some took to it better than others. P.S.: I was going to do multiple questions, but since no one could just answer the damn question succinctly, I will spread these out until release day. (May 17th!) 1, If you could be any kind of animal, what kind of animal would you be? Note: Humans and big cats don’t count for this question. Roan: How is that fair? I mean, my answer’s built right in. Fine, I’ll be a honey badger then. People will leave me alone, right? Holden: What the fuck kind of question is that? Can I be mythical? (No.) Okay, platypus then. Or vampire bat. Maybe a wolverine. This is harder than I thought. It’d be much easier if I could just say...

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Art for my story in the SPN Case Fic Mini-Bang 2016 – Drown With Me

Art for my story in the SPN Case Fic Mini-Bang 2016 – Drown With Me

The theme was monsters, and I decided to do it as a writing exercise. It was a lot of fun! Kudos to the artist, deanwingedchester, for her work. The kelpie is amazing! (And if you’d like to read the story, you will find it...

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Got my first review for the Infected Collection Volume One set …

And it’s great! Thank you! Prism Book Alliance

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Random Music Time With The Infected Cast, Part 2

Since the last one was kind of fun to put together, I decided to do this again. Five songs randomly pulled up by shuffle on my iPod, and I’ll tell you who they’re most likely connected to in the Infected universe. Let’s go. Levitate The Pentagon, Publicist UK – Ooh! Possibly the most Infected universe song on my iPod right now. It’s not only a Holden song, but a weird Holden love letter to Roan kind of song. There’s lots of great bits in here, from the choruses “pain’s a secret no one keeps/you’re the lie that I believe”, to “You were born to die in a better world than this one”, which is a thought I’m sure Holden has had about Roan. And letting the losers tell their side is pretty much what Infected is all about. Will They or Won’t...

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A new review for Infected: Paris!

Thanks, Christy! Rainbow Book Reviews

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I attempt to interview some of my characters from the Infected series …

It doesn’t go well. Dawn’s Reading Nook

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Random music time with the Infected cast

I decided, as part of the whole build up to the release of the Infected Holiday Special, to play a sort of game where I put my iPod on random shuffle, and the first ten songs that come up – minus any instrumentals – I will attach to characters in the Infected universe. So let’s go. 1. Motherfucker, Faith No More – Okay, this is a super easy one. Although Roan is the Faith No More fan, this is definitely a Holden song. It fits him perfectly. 2. Bathtime In Clerkenweld, The Real Tuesday Weld – This is a weirdy, but I can see this being a song Grey likes, if only to annoy and irritate others. 3. I’ve Seen Footage, Death Grips – This is easily a Tank song. In fact, I could see him insisting this be the song he skates out to in games. I can also see...

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Book sale!

Did you know my Riptide books are on sale? If you need some goofy fun in your life, I recommend them. Riptide Publishing

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More Tarot readings for characters in the Infected universe

The first Tarot card reading for characters in the Infected universe got such a good response, I decided to do it for other characters in the series as well. Mostly the hockey guys, although there’s others in here as well. As before, it’s a random draw from the Major Arcana. Here we go.   Grey: For him, I pulled The High Priestess, which was a really weird card to pull for him. It’s a mystical card, and usually is good for artists to pull. But I could see how this could apply to him. He does have a certain creativity in how he presents himself to the world. He is asexual, even though he was unaware of the label until recently. But he has pretended to be mostly straight all his life, playing the role he was expected to play, with this little rebellious...

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A new writing playlist!

All instrumentals, for you writers out there. Yet More Music To Write To from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Got a another great review!

These give me life.  Thank you!

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Fun With Tarot Cards & The Infected Universe

Just for fun, and in honor of the new Infected Holiday Special coming out in a month – Amazon link here! –  I thought I’d draw Tarot cards for some of my characters. I limited the draws to the Major Arcana, and I want to specify that these are random draws. I let chance pick them. They just came out really apt.  Roan: The card I drew for him was Strength, which is super ironic, since it’s a Tarot card with a lion on it. And as you might guess from the name, the card is about force of character and the triumph of a higher nature over carnal desires. Does this mean Roan eventually triumphs over his lion side? Who knows? But it’s a good sign for him.   Dylan: The card I drew for him was Justice, which never occurred to me, but once I pulled...

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Seven Days of Fang (Two Stories For The Price of One)

So, the latest fic challenge is here, and I randomly got the title Seven Days of Fang. I actually had two ideas for this. One which I thought was obvious, the other which was really weird, but I ran out of room to explore. So here’s both. Pick your favorite if you have one. Seven Days of Fang – Story 1 Ultimately, no one was sure how it happened. There were lots of theories, from genetically modified crops to terrorist action to global warming, but there’s no answers as of yet. What happened was every human in the world woke up one day turned into animals. There was no rhyme or reason to any of the changes. The President woke up a hamster, while the Vice President woke up a musk ox. Families all became different animals entirely, including some...

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A great review for Infected: Undertow!

Thanks! Review is here.

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New playlist!

Because I get antsy once I haven’t done one in a while … Let's All Pretend This Dark Cloud Doesn't Portend Our Doom from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Infected: Holden Soundtrack preview!

Because I kind of had to. Preview: Infected: Holden Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New book news!

I just signed the contract for Hearts of Darkness, based on the free story I did for the M/M Goodreads group, Villains. So it’s a full length adventure involving Kaede and Ash, as two supervillains fall in love and leave a high body count. Out through DSP by the end of the year!

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Chew #55 Advance Review

Quick Rating: Very Good Savoy explains his plans to Tony. Writer: John Layman Artist: Rob Guillory Cover Art: Rob Guillory Publisher: Image Comics Remember how last review I said Chew had a trope in it I didn’t like? Well, the jokes one me – and all of us – as it isn’t that trope at all. Narratively, it’s a bit of a cheat, but I’ll allow it. (It’s not like I can disallow it.) Tony is eager to go after Savoy after what he did, and Savoy wants him to, as it’s part of his plan. Most of this issue is a long narration, as he tells the reader – and Tony – about his big plans for … saving the world, I guess? It started as a quest to tell the truth about the so called “bird flu” that led to the restriction of chickens, but ended up so much more....

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Wonderful review for Infected: Bloodlines

Yes, I know it’s a hard subject for everyone. But the review is great. Review! Kleenex optional.

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Infected Holiday Special cover reveal! And pre-order link!

I’m just going to admit it: I love writing anything set in my Infected universe. The universe is very close to our own, with subtle and not so subtle differences, (That whole cat virus thing? And cults dedicated to it? Not subtle. Although an argument can be made for the cults ….) But more to the point, I love the characters. There are way, way more than I anticipated when I started writing it. I thought there’d be this small core group, but the world expanded, and suddenly I had a boatload of lovable and not quite lovable weirdoes. If there’s any overall theme to Infected as a whole, it’s that we’re all weirdoes, and it’s okay. Although some people are just weirder others. (And that’s okay too.) Somehow that all leads us to the upcoming Infected...

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New soundtrack!

Because why not? A Dark Musical Interlude from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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A new thing I’m a part of …

Black Knights – more info as things become available.

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Chew #54 Review

Savoy declares war on Tony.   Writer: John Layman Artist: Rob Guillory Color Assists: Taylor Wells Cover Art: Rob Guillory Publisher: Image Comics Building off last issue, Savoy doesn’t take Tony’s rejection of his plan to work together well at all. This leads to some bloody consequences. I won’t spoil, but I will say a trope I hate is used here, and yet the writier in me says it’s okay in this instance, because at least this person was a character in their own right before this happened. Also, shit happens, and just because it happens to this particular character, doesn’t make it a trope. Still … am I a little uneasy about it? Yeah. That’s unavoidable.   But you knew Savoy was going to react badly to rejection, and this makes sense for...

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New Infected: Holden chapter!

So The Infected Holiday Special isn’t out until May 17th, and Infected: Holden isn’t out until fall. But I did start writing the next Holden book, and this is the first chapter of it. It’s not edited, but there are no spoilers for Infected: Holden. It’s just Holden acting as a P.I. on a case that just irritates him. Grumpy Holden is fun Holden. ** 1- A Guide To Men Holden had always been very proud of the fact that he didn’t give a shit about fashion. He was happy whenever he could subvert a shitty stereotype. Which was why it was annoying him that he was so bothered by his wardrobe. He prided himself on dressing to fit the role, whatever the role was, from cheap ass street hooker to classy, expensive dom. But dressing down to blend...

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Listen to the opening of all the stories in the Infected Holiday Special!

Yes! The only problem is, you get stuck with my terrible voice and sometimes stumbling delivery. And I do talk about a couple of the stories, so there’s that, if it sweetens the pot at all. http://AndreaSpeed.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/book1.wma

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Chew #53 Review

Quick Rating: Very Good Title: Last Suppers, Part 3 Savoy tries to come to a détente with Tony. Writer: John Layman Art: Rob Guillory Cover Art: Rob Guillory Publisher: Image Comics From that description, as meager as it is, you should know this is a bad idea. As it turns out, an ambitiously bad idea, as Savoy comes up with a way to force Tony to see his side of things, or so he thinks. This flawed plan goes bad immediately, and while they have to work together – kind of – to find a way out of it, Tony isn’t really swayed by Savoy’s arguments. And how could he be? Even if you ignored everything else Savoy has done to Tony, the fact that he cut off a piece of him and ate him is pretty unforgivable. Tony even reminds him of this, but Savoy is pompous...

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New flash fic!

Over on Lex Chase’s site! The title pretty much says it all: Karma

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New instrumental mix!

Because, why not? A Musical Interlude from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Infected Holiday Flash Fic – Hannukah 2: The Reckoning

Hanukkah 2: The Reckoning (There is a story in the upcoming Infected Holiday Special entitled Hanukkah. So calling it #2 and giving it a nonsensical sub-tile felt appropriate.And minor spoilers if you haven’t read Infected: Epitaph yet. ) ** Roan had a feeling Dylan was up to something. He just had no idea he’d spring it on him at the gallery. Dyl had a two week showing at the Lohmann-Chang Gallery, a small but apparently super hip place in downtown Vancouver. It struck them both that Dylan was an odd choice for the showing at the middle and end of December, but since when did any hipster place have a sense of sentimentality? So Dylan’s paintings of bleeding machines, colorful, geometric abstracts, and isolated, painted body parts – all...

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And Keep The Stars Running just won a Rainbow Award!

And it’s a fabulous anthology, and I hope everyone reads it.

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Infected: Epitaph just won a Rainbow Award!

And I may need to go lay down for a bit. What a fantastic list of authors to be included in. Yes, I know the grammar’s wrong, I don’t care right now. Too thrilled. See?

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Infected: Epitaph …

… picked up an Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Awards! Woohoo!

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My Best Albums of the Year Mix

It’s all over the place, and long and weird. Which probably isn’t a shock to anyone. Andy's Best Albums of '15 Mix from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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I’m one of Piper Vaughn’s Authors She’s Thankful For

I’m so chuffed.

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Infected Holiday Flash Fic – Throwaways

How does Holden spend the holiday, now that Roan has moved? Now you know. ** Throwaways Holden had been hoping global warming would eventually give Seattle a warm November, but no luck this year. He sunk deeper into his bomber jacket and felt like an idiot. He needed a more stylish warm weather jacket, but what was that? They probably existed, but he had no idea where to look for them. Once a peasant, always a peasant, he supposed. He wished gay boys were just born with a fashion guide in their hand, like some assholes seemed to think, but he supposed he and Roan – especially Roan – were living proof that this was not true. The boulevard was as close to deserted as it ever got, because most people were home, dealing with the bullshit holiday that was...

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The Infected Holiday Special playlist

The book isn’t out for a bit, but it seemed like the soundtrack would be appropriate earlier. No holiday songs! These are character specific songs. So you’ll know who’s in the book. The Infected Holiday Special Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks...

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Infected: Holden is coming …

Just signed the contract, so it will be published in the fall of ’16.

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Some lesser known MST3K Turkey Day recommendations

So Mystery Science Theater 3000 is being relaunched, which is great, but in the meantime, Thanksgiving is getting here first, and you need something to watch right now. I thought that I’d recommend some of the lesser known MST3Ks for your Turkey Day perusal. We all know The Final Sacrifice, Werewolf, and Manos: The Hands of Fate are great, but there are other treasures waiting to be found in their massive back catalog. Here’s a few you may not have seen. And while they’re all available online, and I have included links, some are available for purchase, and I must encourage you to buy them if possible, and if you enjoy them. Prince of Space A badly dubbed Japanese children’s film is a wonderland for the crew, as there’s so much weirdness and little...

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Another soundtrack for your listening pleasure …

This is just a random assortment of recent Bandcamp purchases. Enjoy! Bandcamp Is My Record Store from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Win a story from me!

And other stuff too!At Piper’s birthday bash! Go there and wish her a happy birthday too.

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Casting Hearts of Darkness

There’s a Tumblr bit going around, about “casting” your NanoWriMo projects, and I thought that might be a fun way of prodding me on to finish my novel (along with the soundtrack.) So here’s the cast of Hearts of Darkness … at least for now. The story of two super villains in love, and the heroes and villains that get in their way. Kaede – The son – or possibly the clone – of a infamous mad scientist supervillain called Doctor Terror. Having grown up semi-secretly in the looming shadow of a hated, yet eccentric and strangely distant villain, Kaede is at once feared and ridiculed, and uncertain about his own identity and place in the world. He is constantly underestimated by heroes and villains alike, taking him for a fragile, pampered boy nothing...

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New soundtrack!

For my NanoWriMo thingy! NanoWriMo Soundtrack: Hearts of Darkness from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Free flash fic, part 2!

And here’s a little horror tale about Home …

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Free flash fic, part 1!

I did a thing, with a bunch of other authors. My story is of a weird apocalypse. (But check out the other stories on the site! The one with the robot is aces.) When The Rains Came

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Keep The Stars Running picked up an Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Awards!

Keep  The Stars Running picked up an Honorable Mention in the Rainbow Awards!

This is a big deal. And I got a nice compliment out of it too....

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Some Halloween viewing recommendations

For Halloween, I usually put out a list of movies, but I’m repeating myself and decided to do a little something different this year. I was going to recommend a Hannibal TV series viewing party, where you’d just watch all the episodes. I don’t know if they’re all available legally online, but you can get the DVDs that are out and watch those. I recommend every single episode, because even the ones that don’t cohere completely are a visual feast for the eyes. The cinematography is top notch. And I’m completely in the tank for the new Ash Vs The Evil Dead series, sight unseen. But there is another series that has been on the air for coming on eleven seasons (no, really, that’s a fucking ridiculous amount of time), Supernatural. It’s been on way too...

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New Halloween playlist!

Let’s face it, I just love doing this. A Halloween Mix That Doesn't Suck from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Come see me at GRNW tomorrow!

It should be fun. I’ll be speed reading Tarot cards and everything.

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Got a great review for Josh of the Damned

Yes, the entire series. It’s neat! Clicky-click!

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New playlist!

Just because I can, pretty much. Songs For Tragic Love That Don't Suck from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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The Charmed & Dangerous anthology is out today!

So of course I made a soundtrack for my story. Josh of the Damned Vs. The Bathroom of Doom Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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And another soundtrack!

I wrote the fic, so I may as well soundtrack it. Another Supernatural Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New playlist!

It’s quite random. Let's Get Random from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New anthology pre-order available! Josh of the Damned alert!

New anthology pre-order available! Josh of the Damned alert!

Yes! There is a new Josh of the Damned story in this brand new anthology. Check it out! There are many great people involved.

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They judge, and they judge …

They judge, and they judge …

Because I haven’t posted anything for a while, I thought I’d post a picture of all the figurines that stand at the top of my monitor as I write . They judge me harshly, in all their plastic wisdom. And yes, I realize only one is human, and he’s technically a mutant. But I can take or leave non-mutant humans, I suppose.

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Supernatural: The End, Part 11 (The Actual End)

  11 – Back In Black Sam looked out at the pond, and tried to remember when he had ever seen this place. When he was five maybe? He was standing on a back porch that looked kind of rickety, but you couldn’t argue with the view. A placid blue-gray oval of water, a couple of ducks bobbing on the surface, with scattered clots of willows and aspens arranged around the perimeter. This was some hunter’s home, wasn’t it? A friend of their dad’s. Sam couldn’t recall any of the finer details, just this peaceful view, which was so unlike the motels and truck stops and other random places that made up his scattered childhood. “Hey Sammy,” Dean said. He turned to find Dean standing there, but he knew somehow this was Dean and yet not Dean. What was...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 10

  10 – Misfits and Mistakes (Falling, falling forever -)   Dean had had just about enough of waking up in pools of blood. If only he could stop it. When he had the strength to move, he pushed himself off the floor, and felt his gut tear. He gasped and put a hand to his stomach, only to feel warm blood gushing out of him. He wasn’t sure if it was a gunshot wound or a stab wound; it was an opening that was making his blood drain out. He sat back against the wall, putting pressure on the wound, until he got an idea of where he was. He was back at Bobby’s place, which was good, because he had buttloads of first aid stuff, but he was in Bobby’s study, which didn’t have that kind of thing. Had booze, though. He managed to reach one of Bobby’s...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 9

  9 – Pushing The River Dean regained consciousness running.   Which would seem impossible, but he had no memory of anything before he suddenly found himself running through a forest, jumping over fallen logs and swerving to avoid trees. He had the sense something big and bad was after him, and had been after him for a very long time. His lungs were burning, and his knee was starting to ache. He had a handgun in his right hand, and when he turned to look back at what exactly was following him, he saw nothing but darkness. Darkness that was corrosive, eating the woods at it progressed, flowing like water and washing away everything in its path. He emptied the gun into it, but it did nothing. Reality was simply being erased, and why did he think shooting...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 8

  8 – Drown With Me Sam knew he had to pick both the time and space where he deployed the Belial artifact carefully. He would be damning a particular spot to constant death. Nothing would ever grow there again. But it was better a mile of land died than the whole planet, so certain sacrifices had to be made.   He figured out the best bet was Oak Grove Cemetery, on the far outskirts of town. It was near an industrial area that was pretty well contaminated anyway, and the cemetery itself had gone to seed. It was mostly just a hang out spot for bored Goth teens. They’d probably find everything being mysteriously dead around it a huge turn on. On his way there Sam stopped to see if anything worked on the Darkness. It was a big fat no on rock salt and...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 7

  7 – Bear Away Crowley tried to remember the last time he was in London. Was it ’82? Something like that. The Thatcher years had been a real boom time for him, as people couldn’t sell their souls fast enough. Since these things were cyclical, he was pretty sure the city was ripe for harvesting, as he had a feeling the new boss was going to be great for business. You could smell desperation in the air. Well, mostly it was smoke at the moment, because half the city was on fire. London wasn’t alone in having Great Fire number two, as most major cities worldwide were burning. Governments had been overthrown, the economy had broken wide open, and everything was burning. Humans were not coping well with their new reality, which would also be damn good...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 6

  6 – Dam That River Sam knew he was taking as long as humanly possible to secure the Book of the Damned in the forbidden vault. But he also had no desire to move any faster. In fact, he wished he could stop time completely. Because Cas was eager to get this whole Ascension thing started, and seemed to either not notice or just ignore the fact that Dean’s time as a Human could now be counted in minutes. Sam guessed that if he were alive, his anxiety about this would be in the stratosphere, but at the moment it had a weird removed quality to it. He could see his anxiety, examine it from all angles, and yet could neither dismiss it or experience it entirely. He was starting to feel death in bits and pieces, even if it couldn’t fully commit. This was...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 5

  5 – This Corrosion “Find another way,” Sam said, still steaming mad at Cas. But why? Dean knew that getting Death involved in any of this was all his fault. “That isn’t happening.”   But Dean, after his initial shock, realized that it didn’t scare him as much as it should have. In a way, this reeked of inevitability. He was always very good at killing. Seemed he was born to it. “What if you killed me, taking the mantle back?” Dean asked. He could see Sam’s reaction out of the corner of his eye, and it was exactly what he expected. Cas shook his head. “You’d have to fully take the mantle first. Believe me, I looked for a loophole.” “This is crazy,” Sam said. “If I’m Death, I can bring everyone back to life,...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 4

  4 – Diamond Dogs There was little doubt that things were as bad as they had ever been. But Crowley wasn’t sure what to do about any of it.   Hell was a little chaotic, because panic was slowly but surely leaking out into the demon population. It was hard to say if the lack of death or the reemergence of the Darkness was the more bothersome thing, because they both had some solid negatives. None of this was a win for demon kind. It wasn’t a win for anyone, except maybe some Humans who really wanted to live forever, no matter how shitty the world was. He was pouring himself a drink in his throne room when he sensed the angelic incursion, and he turned to find Castiel standing there. Somehow he was not surprised. Two of his largest demon guards...

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Supernatural: The End, Part 3

  3 – Witching Hour Metatron couldn’t believe those shaved apes did it.   He knew it was within the realm of possibility that they would destroy the world, and in fact it was a guarantee they would at some point – most evolved races ran into that problem at a certain point. But the thought that the Winchesters would? Crazy. They were so stupid! Did they not think that maybe the Mark of Cain existed for a reason beyond the obvious? He knew Castiel was out of the loop, because obvs, but it was hilarious to think those buffoons could accomplish anything. They weren’t good more than they were lucky, and they had a habit of picking good allies. While Cas was pathetic, he did have his moments, and Crowley was quite possibly the cleverest demon he had ever...

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Supernatural: The End, part 2

  2 – Game of Thorns Crowley could not recall a time when he was so furious. You’d think, in all his years, from mortal to King of Hell, he’d have gotten this enraged. But oh no. What a mother did to her children.   While that witch bitch somehow froze him, powerless, to the spot, he wasn’t really as powerless as she thought. As Castiel was growling like a pit bull and bleeding from the eyes, bearing down on him with an angel blade, Crowley summoned minions to put space between him and the rabid angel. A couple died, sure, but one of the smart ones brought some holy oil, and now they had Castiel confined to a circle, which he kept trying to get out of, as mindlessly as a rat in a cage. He was still snarling, still crying tears of blood, and still...

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If You Don’t Like The Ending, Write Your Own – Supernatural Fan Fic, Part 1

  So, Supernatural has limped to a close, and once again, I find myself underwhelmed, and a little upset. Yes, the show has been on way too long, but it can be a whole lot better than it is. So, between more “serious” writing, I decided to write my own fanfic, fixing the problem, and giving everyone an idea how I’d end Supernatural. You probably don’t care. But if you do, here it is. (Yes, these aren’t my characters, no ownership intended, it’s fanfic, you know the drill.)  (Season ten spoilers, obviously.) ** 1 – The Beginning of the End Even before he fully regained consciousness, Dean knew something was wrong. The hell of it was, he didn’t know what. He wasn’t in pain, which was the first thing he noticed. If...

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Hop Against Homophobia, Bi-, and Transphobia 2015

Hop Against Homophobia, Bi-, and Transphobia 2015

The hop has come around again, and I am forced to ask why is this still a thing? (For more about this day, please go here: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/) Seriously, homophobia is the stupidest thing ever, and that goes for biphobia and transphobia as well. What are you scared of, exactly? Afraid you’ll catch it, and suddenly think boys or girls are the best thing ever? Or that you’re trapped in the wrong body? These things aren’t communicable. Your kids can’t “catch it” by simply acknowledging that these things exist in the world. In many ways, society has been moving forwards in leaps and bounds, but yet there are still pockets of ignorance and resistance that seem to be becoming more intractable as things get better elsewhere. Why? There’s...

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New Roan flash fic!

Not here, but at the DSP site.

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News!

just signed the contract for the Infected Holiday Special, which is a group of holiday themed shorts set in the Infected universe! Along with short stories involving Roan, we get stories from the POV of Paris, Dylan, Kevin, Fiona, Grey, Dropkick, and more! Looks like it will be out next year.

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Sale time!

Sale time!

DSP is having a storewide sale to celebrate May the 4th Be With You! From May 4th-10th, everything on the site will be 25% off. My books included!

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New music mix!

I mean, why not? The Work In Progress Holden Mix from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Click and help!

Okay people – we need more people to enter this giveaway. It’s for charity, and you can win some really neat stuff. So please enter!

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Flash Fic Challenge – Past Prologue

.The latest writing challenge I used Pavowski’s opening line, for my sci-fi/cyberpunk throwback. Past Prologue I had hoped that my past had forgotten me… right up until the moment they kicked the door in. I rolled out of bed, blaster in my hand, and fired even as I dropped to the floor and hid behind the frame. Green bolts lit up the room like a disco, dissolving furniture and leaving huge holes in the wall. “I’m wanted alive, you stupid fucks,” I yelled, shooting back. Well, assuming the original wanted call was still ongoing. Maybe something had changed in the interim. My assailants wore the concealing black armor of the UPF, meaning they were kind of out of their jurisdiction … maybe. The laws were pretty loose on Gaora, which was why I’d been...

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LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway!

You can win books from me and other great authors. Check it out! LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway! It’s not about pizza! It’s about human rights! ENTER NOW. 

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Flash Fiction – Pure Filth

Although it was a genuine writing challenge, I just wanted to write something with as many curse words as possible in the smallest amount of space. This has no redeeming qualities. ** “What kind of fucknuggets did people used to be?” Roman asked, scratching his head. They’d been hard at work unearthing artifacts of the early twenty first century, and this was one of the most startling yet. It was right up there with that woman famous for her gigantic ass on a show that was purported to be reality. “I don’t know,” Audra admitted. “This fucking Clean Reader app supposedly sanitized books for motherfuckers who couldn’t take one fucking bad word or dick-punching anatomical terms.” ““What the fuck ..? What kind of dick...

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Everybody Hates Monday – A Microfic

This was a writing challenge, to a write a story of one hundred words or less. Here’s mine. ** Everybody Hates Monday When the ground shook, Luis thought it was an earthquake. But once the explosions started, he realized something else was going on. He joined many of his office mates crowding up to the twelfth floor windows, looking out on the city. A huge red alien octopus looking thing had squashed the Tacoma Dome, and was slapping fighter jets out of the sky like flies. “Who had giant aliens in the apocalypse pool?” he asked, hoping it was no one. Not that it mattered. He doubted he’d be around long enough to pay off on...

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Picked up a nice review …

For Infected: Paris! Woohoo!

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Who doesn’t want to talk to Paris?

Final days of the Kindle giveaway! And a new interview with Paris.

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An embarrassment of riches! And the Kindle giveaway is almost over!

First I got a lovely review for Infected: Paris. Then I got a lovely review for Infected: Prey. And then I got a lovely one for the Infected series as a whole. Thanks everyone! And the Kindle giveaway is nearing its end date. Join now if you want to get in on...

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An interview with Paris! And I take over Twitter!

Kind of. The interview (and giveaway) with Paris is here. And I take over the DSP twitter feed tonight from 5pm to 7pm Pacific time. Join me!

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Happy Infected: Paris release day! Enjoy an interview with me.

There’s a giveaway!

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The Infected: Paris soundtrack is now up!

The story itself is out the 24th! Infected: Paris soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Got a review for Infected: Paris …

… and it’s not really spoilery! So yaay!

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Next stop on the tour!

Next stop on the tour!

I talk Pansy Division! And it made me unreasonably happy.

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The blog tour goes on!

The blog tour goes on!

Much stuff to be won. Don’t miss it!

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Blog tour continues!

Blog tour continues!

That Kindle is still up for grabs. Books Direct

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Win a Kindle!

You could also win some of my books. But I know the big one’s the Kindle. Mythical Books

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I won something!

I won something!

Infected: Epitaph picked up a Sensual Reads’ Reviewer Choice Award! And I’m in some great company too. http://sensualreads.com/extras/awards/sensual-reads-reviewers-choice-award-2014/

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Reminder, and a new wallpaper!

Reminder, and a new wallpaper!

First, I’ll be having a Twitter takeover of @DSPPublications on February 26th, from 5-7 pm Pacific Time. (Adjust your time accordingly.) I’ll be talking Infected: Paris, the Infected series, and anything you want! Please join me. And as a bribe, here’s a free all Infected covers wallpaper! If you want a different size, let me know on any one of my social networks.

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The Infected: Paris cover!

The Infected: Paris cover!

I know some of you have been waiting for it. Here it is. And remember, the book is out February 24th.

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Flash Fic Challenge – Dark at Heart

This was the latest writing challenge, latest writing challenge, and I got Harry Potter meets True Detective. Well, I tried. ** Dark at Heart The letters burned green in the air, hovering over the charred corpse like a video advertisement. Her partner, Burdett, sighed, impatiently shifting his weight foot to foot. “So, is it?” Katya’s green eyes finally glanced away from the mystic sigils only she could see, the scar on her cheek tingling with residue magic. “No, Holt, people routinely burst into flames in meat freezers. Of course it was done by him. Or his people. The magic’s so similar it’s kind of hard to tell.” He groaned and turned away, heading for the open door crisscrossed by crime scene tape. They’d turned off the freezer, but there was...

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Holden, Part 3

3 – Krill Holden was in the shower, pondering whether he should use the fruity smelling conditioner or the one that smelled a bit like bad aftershave – for some stupid reason, all “men’s conditioner” was a variation of bad aftershave – when his phone hummed and jittered on the sink. Because of its proximity to the porcelain, it made much more noise than he anticipated, and was kind of startling. Still, he conditioned his hair, mixing both kinds together, because what was he, an animal? He wasn’t risking split ends due to a text. When he got out of the shower, he checked his phone, and saw that he was indeed texted an address from an unknown number. Towel around his waist and still dripping, he went to the living room so he could check the...

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Holden continues, Part 2

As a New Year’s treat, here’s part 2 of the Holden story. Mostly set up, but I hope it pays off … 2 – Part Man/Part Negative Space Holden headed home to take a shower and wash the blood and fear stink off of him. Other people’s fear stink was always the worst, as it seemed to cling to you like cigarette smoke. Still, he had this good peppermint goat’s milk soap that seemed to obliterate any scent, no matter how tenacious. Even hockey stink, which he knew was difficult to get rid of at the best of times. Afterward, he slipped into his velvet “lounging pants” (pyjama pants, but that seemed too immature), and poured himself a big tumbler full of gin, which he threw a lemon wedge in for vitamins. (He could just about hear...

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Got a nice review for Infected: Prey

Thanks, Beth!

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Flash fic – At The End Of The Tunnel

More Twitter fun: @FrogCroakley @aspeed Your standing challenge is now “the girl who could only see trains”. the story must also contain a tame bat. Here’s the result: It figured that the first day of his new job, his car wouldn’t start. On the bright side, it gave Jeremy the chance to worry about how he was going to get to work, rather than obsesses over whether or not he’d make a fool of himself in front of his new boss. He wasn’t too far from the train station, so he caught a lift with a grumpy neighbor. Something about the station looked run down, gone to seed. Then again, when was the last time he’d caught the train? University, probably. Seemed like a lifetime ago. He went up to the ticket booth, digging out his wallet, and said,...

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A little holiday treat – Merry Christmas, Roan

If you know anything about Roan, you probably know he’s not big on holidays. Which is probably why I’m putting together a collection of Infected shorts based around holidays. He may hate them, but he keeps running up against them again and again. This one concerns him and Dylan at Christmas, a holiday that neither particularly look forward to. But it’s good to have friends. ** Merry Christmas, Roan Roan was taking a long, hot bath, when he thought he heard voices downstairs. Now Dylan was up, he knew that simply because he could smell his heavenly huevos rancheros cooking, and also he wasn’t in bed when he woke up. But Roan assumed Dylan was alone. It was technically Christmas Eve, though. Had his sister Sheba come over? Dylan normally told...

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Flash fic – Crabby

This one came from a request on Twitter: @FrogCroakley – @aspeed will you do me a 200 one about a man with crab DNA struggling to make it as a con artist in future las vegas? Okay. It’s actually a bit over 200 words, and the bizarre thing? I could have kept going. ** Crabby Carver looked out at the heat waves rising from the asphalt, and wondered how anything human ever survived such heat. Even in the walkway suspended between Shell’s Tropicana Casino and the Hallburton Mayfair Hotel, you could feel just a bit of the heat bleeding in through the plasteel. The air conditioning was fighting a losing battle when the sun was out. A couple of pasty, overweight tourists trundled past him, and he pulled his baseball cap low over his eyes, even though he...

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Flash Fic Challenge – Murderer’s Corps

Another random title challenge random title challenge, and I came up with Murderer’s Corps. Any relation to any other super powered group is coincidental. Murderer’s Corps Cariad knew something had gone wrong when she heard a high pitched shriek that could only be Ko getting caught off guard. “Is there a situation?” she asked. Delphi came over the comm.. “Blockhead showed up. Wasn’t he supposed to be in jail or dead or something?” Cariad sighed. Blockhead – well, he called himself Hardhead, but somehow that was even worse – was one of those super strong guys who was also really brutal and really dumb. He gave all the super strong blockheads a bad name. “I’ll fry the son of a bitch.” Tomas said, with his usual homicidal...

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Flash Fic Challenge – Seasons Greetings From R’lyeh

This time the challenge was seasonal horror, which is a specialty of mine (please search for Jingle Hell on this site, the first of my holiday horror stories). But this one took a weird turn, and it might be a dark comedy? At least at the end. Don’t know if it works, but if you know what R’lyeh refers to, you can probably see this one coming. Seasons Greetings From R’lyeh When Ben first heard the noise downstairs, he thought it was Santa Claus. Until he remembered that Santa Claus didn’t exist. It had to be a burglar. Never mind that he lived in a gated community, and it was specifically advertised as being more crime free than those other neighborhoods. Nowhere was safe nowadays, was it? He grabbed his gun from the drawer of his nightstand and...

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Chapter 1 of the untitled Holden spin-off

Maybe you know by now that I’m working on an Infected Holden spin-off. I have no idea what the title will be (Infected: Holden makes sense in one respect, but not in another), but I do have a first chapter I thought I’d share with you. Holden is a very different beast than Holden, as you surely know, and any story told from his point of view is going to be different. Perhaps this chapter is a good representation of that. As you can see, he’s going soft. *cough (*Using sarcasm online. Always a tricky proposition.) 1 – Blood, Muscles, Bone His cell phone hummed in his pocket, and Holden answered it without looking. It could only be Otter. “It’s him,” he said, and hung up. Holden pocketed his phone, and pulled the black leather gimp mask...

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New wallpaper!

New wallpaper!

For the release of Infected: Epitaph, I decided to make an all Infected wallpaper. So here it is!

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My Ficathon Into A Bar entry – Singularities

I used to write a bit of fanfic, and when I heard this was going on, I figured what the hell, might be fun to do a bit of ficcing again. Their page is here, and my assignment was to have Captain Jack (from Doctor Who and Torchwood) and Commandant Grayza (from Farscape) run into each other in a bar. From there, the story was mine. So this is the result. (And Grayza’s exile is actually a reference mostly to the post-Peacekeeper Wars comics. I’m just assuming that’s in canon.) ** Title: Singularities Author: AndreaSpeed Prompt: Captain Jack Harkness goes into a bar and meets… Grayza (Farscape)! Fandoms: Farscape (TV), Doctor Who (TV), Torchwood (TV) Word count: 12,833 Rating/Contents: PG – Some bad language. No warnings...

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Infected: Epitaph Soundtrack, Part 2

Infected: Epitaph Soundtrack, Part 2

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A somewhat incomplete list of Roan’s tattoos

Per request, here is a list of Roan’s tattoos. It is incomplete, because I’m pretty sure I always forget one or two. I’ll edit and add as I remember them, but please keep in mind this guy has so many now it’s hard for me to keep track. But here we go. Bleeding heart with a Paris ribbon across it Leo astrological symbol Biohazard symbol Paintbrush with Dylan ribbon Quote from Krapp’s Last Tape (I will reprint it here if you want, but it’s depressing) Japanese inkbrush style tiger (Dylan did this for him) Koi fish forming a yin/yang symbol (Dylan did this for him too) Cat’s eye peering out of a rip in the skin (Dylan did this too)

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The first review of Infected: Epitaph!

No spoilers!

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The First Chapter of Infected: Epitaph

The First Chapter of Infected: Epitaph

Out November 18th! While it wasn’t the first time Roan had been at Gracie’s diner at one in the morning, it was the first time he’d been here with Dee. Roan had been at Panic, trying to make up with Dylan for a fight they’d had earlier (over Roan sleeping in the cage, of course, a common thing to fight about nowadays), when Dee called him and asked to meet at the all-night diner. He sounded so oddly subdued and distracted that Roan agreed. He wondered if Dee and Luke had finally broken up for good. When he arrived, he found Dee at a back corner table, alone with a cup of diesel-grade coffee and a picked-at slice of apple pie. On closer inspection, Roan realized Dee hadn’t eaten any of it, simply autopsied it with his fork, leaving a jumble of innards...

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Flash Fic Challenge – The Sensorians

Flash Fic Challenge – The Sensorians

So, this is a weird one. Chuck Wendig just issued a writing challenge centered around bizarre stock photos. And this just came to me as soon as I saw this photo. Make of it what you will. The Sensorians (Open on the Channel Eleven News, already in progress): Blandly handsome anchor: – the puppy was saved. In spite of that, there were no survivors. (Cuts to camera two) Anchor: And now, onto our lifestyle report with Ladonna Merton. Today, she looks at a fad that’s sweeping the nation. Ladonna? (Cut to camera three, and Ladonna Merton. She is acceptably, vaguely ethnic, although really she looks pretty white. She has her hair excruciatingly styled in a painful updo.) Ladonna: Thanks, Tom. Do you remember the Zone Diet? What about the Paleo Diet? Now...

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Infected: Epitaph Soundtrack, Part 1

Another long one, so I split it into two. Infected: Epitaph, Part 1 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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I’m doing a thing at my local library!

In January! It’s a writer’s workshop. Maybe you can join me. F-Andrea Speed Writer Workshop

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Infected short: Saint Patrick’s Lament

Just a couple of things, as a bit of background. I’m putting together a collection of holiday related Infected universe set shorts. Why? Because it struck me as a kind of funny idea, as holidays don’t really mean a lot to Roan or his friends. But in the course of writing these, I have discovered there are things I actually want to say. Be it ruminations on them themselves, as characters, background info, or small moments that never made it to the novels but feel like missing scenes. Which brings me to Connor Monaghan, Roan’s tragic, bad boyfriend. For a man who’s never technically showed up in any of the Infected novels (a dream sequence doesn’t count), he plays a huge part. Roan did love the guy, and yet Roan also left him shortly...

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An interview with Holden …

Good think he’s not real, or he’d have the cops on his ass.

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New mix …

This time involving songs with some kind of shouting in them. Really! Ow, My Ears! from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Flash Fiction – No Exit

This was inspired by the latest Chuck Wendig writing challenge, but those stories were supposed to be horror, and this deviates from that. It’s just me being silly with the idea of a disease caused apocalypse … and the disease is pretty underwhelming. (If the title doesn’t make sense to you, Google Jean-Paul Sartre.) ** No Exit We knew the disease had reached our shores when the news anchor on channel five just gave up, mid human interest story. He was talking about an otter that had befriended a goat, when he suddenly glared at the teleprompter like it was insulting his mother, and slumped back in his chair. “Whatever, I don’t fucking care anymore,” he said, as the adorable footage played on in a small square to the left of his well...

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The cover for Infected: Epitaph!

The cover for Infected: Epitaph!

If you didn’t make it to GRNW, you didn’t see this yet. I don’t have a pre-order link, I’m afraid. By the always wonderful Anne Cain, as always.

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Flash fic challenge – Important!!! Please Read!!!

I should say that the title of the story of this fiction challenge is Important!!! Please Read!!!, as it’s based on spam. I tried. Much like actual spam, the punctuation is deliberately hit and miss. ** Important!!! Please Read!!! Do you want a longer, harder cock? A cock as hard as stone, a cock that would plunge through the earth’s surface like a missile, a cock that throbs like a second heart, a cock that is damned and howls with the names of the Old Ones, hard as a soulless homunculus, one that screams into the void and is answered by the Nameless Horror that lurks in the shadows behind your eyes, waiting to pounce, waiting to corrupt you, to enfold you in its long, hard cock, and fuck the world, fuck the universe back into void and shadows, fuck the...

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Infected: Prey & Infected: Bloodlines relaunch today!

Infected: Prey & Infected: Bloodlines relaunch today!

And on the occasion of the relaunch of the Infected series, I thought I’d write a little something about it. But when I sat down to do it, I realized I wasn’t sure what I was going to say. What is there to say? The Infected series has been a part of my life for longer than the books have been published, and it’s a place I like to be. It’s like our own universe, except not quite. Things are a little different. Namely, there’s a cat virus, but also, on a very minor level, I’ve altered Seattle’s geography a little. (There are some streets that don’t exist in actual Seattle, and some genuinely existing streets that lead to other places – this is called the whims of an author with a very bad sense of direction, who just likes to monkey around with...

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Got a great review for DMZ!

!It’s pretty neat.

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Get your ass to Mars!

Or at least your name. Come on, it’s fun.

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An interview with Dylan!

I go on Kim’s site with an interview of Dylan from the Infected series.

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A sneak peek of Infected: Epitaph!

Angel Martinez was nice enough to feature me in her Story Time segment. And it’s a part of an Infected: Epitaph chapter.

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New flash fic challenge – Rapture

This is the latest flash fic challenge from Chuck Wendig. And here’s my story. Thanks to CDNWMN for the sentence. ** Rapture Demons and angels are sometimes hard to differentiate, and they are even harder to kill. I know this the hard way. I fired off the last round of silver buckshot before slamming the door. Salt and silver nitrate were fixed to the floor by glue, but that would be a minor inconvenience for the big boys. Even the sacred symbol made of iron nails hammered into the ceiling wouldn’t hold them back for long. This was it. I retreated behind the overturned sofa, where I had piled up all my ammo. I broke open the shotgun as I sat down, and loaded the chambers with the hybrid shells I’d invented. They contained silver shavings, iron...

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Twitter take over!

@dreamspinners Today at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT, I will be taking over the DSP Twitter account talking about “DMZ”. Come by and check it out!

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DMZ is out today!

So of course I made a soundtrack. DMZ Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Infected: A Day In The Life

Infected: A Day In The Life

I was kind of curious to check in with Dropkick, one of Roan’s few cop buddies, and see how she saw Roan. So here’s a story that does just that. ** Not for the first time, Darinda Murphy was sure that she was married to a crazy person. If the alarm clock was on her side of the bed, she’d have probably have had it tuned to the Mexican pop station, because it was the type of music that annoyed her enough to wake her up, but didn’t annoy her enough to make her homicidal. (That would be the country station.) But it was on Kim’s side of the bed, since Darinda had broken the last two clocks (the second time was an accident, but Kim didn’t believe her), and she kept it tuned to NPR. Their low voices and dry subjects threatened to put Darinda back to...

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I have a Tumblr page now …

And no idea what to do with it. But here it is!

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Great new review!

This time for City of Monsters! (Please buy this one, so I can write more stories in this world. Thank you.)

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News on release dates …

GRNW was great! Hope I saw you there. (Or you saw me.) And I have some release date for you. The new, DSP versions of Infected: Prey and Infected: Bloodlines releases October 14th. October 21st will see the release of Infected: Life After Death and Infected: Freefall, and Infected: Shift will be released October 28th. Infected: Lesser Evils will be in stores November 4th; Infected: Undertow comes out on November 11th. Then, on November 18th, Infected: Epitaph. I will post pre-order links as they come in.

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Some nice reviews …

For Infected: Lost Weekend and Josh of the Damned: The Final Checkout

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Infected: Devil’s Night, Part 2

Infected: Devil’s Night, Part 2

  The story concludes here. But it could always go on, I know … * Another thing that sucked about hunting big cats in the city? The noise level. Roan could hear everything around him, from the music leaking from Panic to the music thudding from car stereos jacked up to weaponized levels, to conversations on the street to revving motors at red lights, to the audio cues from electronic street signs. It was easy to get distracted by this discordant symphony of noise, but it didn’t have the built in, inherent danger of scents. That’s where the real danger was.   His sense of smell was better than his hearing (although his hearing was a bit better than the average human –lucky him) by far. He was a legal bloodhound, after all. But what absolutely...

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Minimalist Infected “posters”.

Minimalist Infected “posters”.

I got these on fiverr, for Infected “minimalist” series posters. What do you think?  

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Infected: Devil’s Night, Part 1

Infected: Devil’s Night, Part 1

Yes! So, I got a mad posh to offer another free Infected story, this time taking place on Halloween. Only it became a longer one than I expected. So here’s part one of Devil’s Night.   ** Infected: Devil’s Night       Sometimes, Roan was genuinely horrified at how geeky he was. At least he wasn’t alone.   Panic was having a big Halloween party, and it fell on one of Dylan’s work nights, so of course he was going to do it up big. He wanted Roan there, and he knew he’d have to be in costume too.   He grumped about it, but the truth was, Halloween was probably the only holiday Roan genuinely liked. When he was a kid, he loved dressing up, and most of all he loved free candy. What kid didn’t?t He didn’t...

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Wallpapers!

Wallpapers!

I was going to call these Infected Wallpapers, but realized I might get spam tagged. Anywho, two sizes of all the Infected covers out there. Right click to save.  

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Interstitial Eschaton

I know, another story? But yes, another. Here was the challenge,and the title I ended up with was Interstitial Eschaton. This is the story that resulted out of me puzzling out that title. ** Interstitial Eschaton From a distance, the body floating in the water looked like a log. It was impossible to say how long it had been there. It was face down (mercifully), but as swollen and discolored as you might expect, its arms missing and ragged strips of fabric trailing from its shoulder sockets like streamers. Jace used an oar to push it away from the boat, even though it could be nothing but a smelly and gross distraction. She had nothing to fear from its diseased flesh. She was immune from the virus that had wiped out about two-thirds of America. She had no idea...

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Another free read!

A quick shorty, but I honestly like the idea of this a lot.

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Two more things …

Two more things …

DMZ is finally on the coming soon page! Check it out – it’s on sale! And I picked up an awesome review for Infected: Shift.

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Infected: The Lost Weekend is available right now – for free!

Right here! And there’s a soundtrack you can listen to as well. Infected: The Lost Weekend Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Flash Fic Challenge – Shades of Blue

Latest flash fic challenge, and this resulted. I’m not quite sure why this story happened the way it did. Hmm. Whoever knows? ** Shades of Blue He was a vision, a bronze god with a chest like sculpted gold. His torso was a vee, tapering down to a slender waist and a firmly muscled stomach, his hipbones visible but not prominent. Cullen found this god on Grindr, and miraculously was able to come over to his place. He lived in a condo on the East side, not cheap, and his décor looked like it came wholesale from a mid-range catalog. The Adonis, who said his name was Gavin, was honestly a five in the face. He had a rugged jaw, but it didn’t quite fit with the rest of his visage, from his small nose to his sunken eyes. His haircut was trendy, short, and...

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Five Song Shuffle Tuesday – Doing It On Purpose Edition

I decided to call it that since I seem to be weird on purpose. I apologize. ** Black Cab– Sexy Polizei I’m the type of person who will blindly click Bandcamp links of people I follow on Twitter, just to see if I find something I like. That’s the case with Black Cab, a band I know nothing about, except I liked two of their songs enough that I bought them. This is one of those songs. Esben and the Witch – Deathwaltz Okay, sometimes I download the free mixes of record labels to see if there’s any songs I like. Which is where I got this song from. I can’t be alone in doing these things, right? Antigen Shift – This Is An Exit Another random Bandcamp find. I ended up buying the entire album. It’s really good....

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Reverse tooth fairies and more …

Today on the blog tour, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about reverse tooth fairies – don’t forget to comment & enter the big contest!

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The City of Monsters blog tour starts!

And to kick it off, I interview … a blender?

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More infor on The Lost Weekend, and an announcement

And here’s the Coming Soon info for Infected: The Lost Weekend! Roan is hired by Scott to look for a hockey player friend of his. After a long night of celebratory drinking, Scott can’t quite remember what happened to his friend, and he isn’t answering his cell. Roan discovers Scott’s friend was much more troubled than he ever realized, and that some mysteries should remain unsolved. Now, just a note: If you want to buy any of the Infected books under the Dreamspinner Press imprint, you must do so by August 30th. Because the whole series is going out of print September 1st (save for The Lost Weekend), so it can be relaunched under the DSP imprint in October. The covers are the same, but I have been through the books with a fine toothed comb, so there will...

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A sale, and an announcement!

A sale, and an announcement!

Dreamspinner is having a sale, that includes all my books. And … the release date for Infected: The Lost Weekend is September 1st!

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Flash Fic Challenge – Breathing Around Our Abandon

New Chuck Wendig writing challenge, new fiction. I’m not going to lie to you, this is super depressing. But it’s what came to me. Breathing Around Our Abandon Ultimately, we don’t know what caused it. Communication had been spotty at best for the three days before, blamed on an increase in sunspot activity as well as a variety of disruptions to the electrical grid. From the viewing ports at the base, we could make out the red algae bloom that took up a good third of the Pacific Ocean. It was actually kind of pretty, if you didn’t think about what it meant. The same was true of the hurricanes along the Eastern seaboard. We knew tensions were high. Hell, the moonbase was staffed by Steve, a Canadian; Kathleen, an American; and Ivan, a Russian,...

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Coming soon …

Coming soon …

Infected: The lost Weekend.

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Writing advice, and a pre-order!

First up, here’s me giving writing advice. Should I? Write On The Edge And I have a story in the First Time For Everything YA Anthology. Check it out!

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City of Monsters soundtrack!

Of course I was going to make one. That seems inevitable. City of Monsters soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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New graphic!

New graphic!

I’ve always been told I should have a general “writer’s graphic”, but I never knew what it would be or how it would be done. To my rescue came Dany Yáñez, @ashesafirewoken on Twitter, who made this great graphic for me. (He also did that great fan art of Roan I posted a while back. Talk to him, he loves making art.)

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5 Song Shuffle Thursday – Please, Can’t You Stop Being Weird?

Of course, that’s a trick question, as the answer is always no. Apparently I can’t stop it. Kinski – Last Day On Earth A bit of shaggy rock, with no overarching message. And at under two minutes, it makes its point and gets the hell out. Dead Milkmen – Stuart A classic bit of punk comedy, where the redneck of the song begs Stuart to listen to him about what the “queers are doing to the soil”. In concert with gay aliens, of course. Everybody who talks about gay marriage being the ruin of society always reminds me of this guy. Thanks, Dead Milkmen. Porcupine Tree – Synesthesia Mopey prog rock! I don’t like a lot of it, but I do like Porcupine Tree, who always try and do something interesting with it. Bear In...

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Play Cards Against Humanity? Familiar with the Infected and Josh of the Damned universes?

I know, I’m really specializing this. But they had a customizable card thing, and I couldn’t help myself. Right click, save, and print them out. If you actually use these, you must email me and let me know what the funniest ones were. I’d love to know. customcards

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5 Song Shuffle – Musical Mayhem Edition

The only connecting thread here is gloom, doom, noise, and weirdness. Which figures. ** Nine Black Alps – Cosmopolitan Quite possibly the most “normal” song on this list, a straight ahead rock song … until you realize it’s totally taking the piss out of women’s magazines. Which is pretty cool, just weird from an all male rock band. The Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion A piece of weirdly pop-y goth rock from the masters of weirdly pop-y goth rock. My ipod has the standard length song, which means almost ten minutes of this nonsense, which is honestly great fun. But check out this so ’80’s post-apocalyptic video! Goddamn it. It didn’t matter that it was the ’80’s, they fucking refused to...

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A Roan & Dylan short – Art, Interrupted

Just a brief, fluffy story, but I felt it’s the least I owe everyone. ** Roan put his finger against the plastic fishbowl, wondering if the big goldfish inside would see it. He wasn’t going to tap it, because that seemed cruel, and non-humans had to stick together, right? Unless one was dinner, but that was another story. Besides, if Dyl had his way, he’d be the first vegetarian lion in existence. (Possibly also the last.) Dylan pulled out one of the red leather stools and sat beside him. “We’re not so bored we’re taunting the fish, are we?” For whatever reason, the goldfish and its habitat were planted on the bar of this art gallery/bar. It wasn’t a part of the exhibition; it was just the pet of the gallery. Or more...

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Now available for pre-order!

Now available for pre-order!

My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales! Also, my novella in it, City of Monsters, is available separately, if you insist. It has a haunted blender in it. And a vampire with crystal legs.

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Part 1 of the soundtrack for Infected: Epitaph

Infected: Epitaph Soundtrack, Part 1 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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The Vermilion in pictures

The Vermilion in pictures

So Sunday I did a reading at The Vermilion Art Gallery & Bar, along with Layla Hunter, and I took several pictures before things got going. It’s mostly reference material, as I plan to write a story set here with Roan and Dylan, but before that, I thought I’d just share some photos with people who may have wanted to come but couldn’t make it. Thanks to Layla, for the notes, thanks to Tracy for the help, thanks to Old Growth Northwest for putting on the shindig, and thanks to the Vermilion for having us! (Also, thanks Joe!)

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You can now download Villains for your e-reader!

Still free too.

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My Love’s Landscape story is now up!

Supervillains never win … except when they do. Go here to read Villains.

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Shotgun Bastards

So,there’s another challenge, this time involving a random title. I got Shotgun Bastards, and not only did this make me very happy, I want to write a whole bunch of stories with “Bastards” at the end. A bit violent, if you didn’t guess. ** Shotgun Bastards The first shot cut Morris in half, his upper half flying backwards, while his lower half just fell over, like crutches kicked from a lame boy’s hands. Scarlet swung the shotgun around and levelled it at Tony, who was just pulling out his .45. She shot him in the neck, and the spray of lead all but decapitated him, his head exploding like an overripe melon, his neck reduced to sinewy shreds. He was long dead before the rest of his body slumped to the floor. Scarlet knew these...

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Pub Crawl – A Roan & Paris Short

Since Infected: Epitaph has been pushed back a couple months to accommodate the new publisher, I’ve decided to put out some shorts as an apology to fans. There should be a free downloadable short coming soon, but until then, I’ll be posting short ones on the website. Consider them “cut scenes”, lost moments between mysteries. The first is all about Roan and Paris … and Randi? ** “How did you blackmail me into this again?” Roan asked. Paris gave him his most charming grin, which was powerful enough to persuade a dead man to come back to life. “Blackmail is such an ugly word,” Paris replied, putting his arms around him and resting his chin on Roan’s shoulder, so he could look at Roan in the mirror. “I encouraged you to go...

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Flash Fic Challenge – 25 Minutes Into the Future

Another writing challenge, and this is my odd response. There were too many good photos to just pick one, so I picked a few. Hope you enjoy my brief dip into sketch comedy. ** 25 Minutes Into the Future *computer boots up, ad starts to play* V/O (Cheerful, male): Unsure of what to do with your excess cloned Hitlers? At Hitler University, we train your Hitler to do many time consuming chores, giving you more time to enjoy the good life! Send us your uncoordinated, megalomaniac Hitlers, and we’ll send them back to you gifted in the art of lawnmower repair or kitchen maintenance! There’s no reason to junk your Hitler when we can turn them into productive members of society. Click on the link below for more information! * ad fades out, new ad fades in ...

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Won’t Back Down available right now!

Won’t Back Down available right now!

I have a science fiction story in this! I think it’s pretty neat. Hope you do too.

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I am comics

Better late than never, here’s my #iamcomics. I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid. I’m even the Editor In Chief of CX Pulp, a comics website where all are welcome, and bullying and abuse are not tolerated. Why? Because it’s the 21st century. If comics aren’t for everyone, then they’re for no one. Feel free to drop by and say hi sometime. But if you’re an asshole? Feel free to walk on by.

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Flash Fic Challenge, Big Bad

Chuck Wendig had another flash fic challenge, and this is my addition to it. A little story about a werewolf, and a surprising weakness. ** Big, Bad Fear smelled like honeyed wine. Carlo followed its bright, intoxicating trail through the dark woods, running so fast it felt like his paws barely touched the ground. Up ahead he could hear the helpless cries of his prey, hopelessly trying to escape. Up ahead, he saw a squat square building that reeked of rotten, moldering wood. Did they think that was enough to save them? He charged towards the flimsy door, and flung himself at it with all his strength … … and rebounded off of it as he heard a sickening crack, and felt a lightning bolt of pain strike deep inside his skull. He landed on all fours and shook his...

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All my titles with Riptide are on sale until Sunday!

Here’s where I make a plea to buy more Josh of the Damned, so I can write more of it ( if you don’t mind.)

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Library talk time, in photos!

Library talk time, in photos!

It was a lot of fun, and if you were there, thanks for joining me, and checking out my page. I took a few photos, but mainly of the room as we were setting up. I didn’t want to infringe on anyone’s privacy, so I didn’t take a pic of the people there. But know you were appreciated. And good luck with your writing endeavors! Thank you Laura and everyone at the Parkland/Spanaway Library! Remember to support your local library today!

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How to work with your local library

All authors should try it. It’s fun!

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Wallpapers!

Wallpapers!

There was a request for Infected covers wallpaper, and while I’m hardly good at photo manipulations, I gave it a shot.Right click to save....

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Just an update …

I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year, basically creating a longer story spun off from the Love’s Landscapes story I’ve done this year for the Goodreads M/M group. Does that make sense? I hope so. You can read a little bit of it and follow my general progress here.

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Hat Party!

I’m interviewed, and I’m wearing one of my hats. I have many hats. This one is pretty sedate, for me.

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Now, a Merged Soundtrack!

Two within days of each other! I do believe that’s a record. Merged Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Merged is available for purchase right now!

Merged is available for purchase right now!

You can buy it from Less Than Three press. Woohoo! Merged

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Grand Adventures is out today!

And of course, I made a soundtrack for my story in it. The Exhibition Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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A new Roan & Dylan short!

A new Roan & Dylan short!

In this book, which is available for pre-order, and all the money goes for a good cause. Check it out. Grand Adventures

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Another brief bit of Infected: Paris …

This time, as requested, with Paris in it. But it’s short … ** “I’m about done with that Bruen book you brought me,” Paris said, around a mouthful of breakfast croissant. Paris still ate like a feral cat, like he was afraid someone was going to rip it away at any second, and Roan didn’t begrudge him that at all. There had been times in his life when he was that hungry. “When I started reading it, I wondered how anyone could write a book with so few words, y’know. I mean, he hardly describes much of anything, does he? But then at some point I got sucked in. He can say a lot with a little.” Roan smiled. That’s what he always thought about Bruen. “A good way to put it. He has a lot of the terse machismo of Hemingway without a lot of the...

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Another little snippet of Infected: Paris

Roan is really good at being an asshole. (Posted unedited, without total context.) ** Roan dropped his phone back in his pocket, but didn’t say anything until he joined George in his office and closed the door. “Why the act? You know exactly who I am.” He scoffed as he retreated behind his desk. It looked like a big box warehouse special, a cheap metal desk with a couple of nicks and dents in it. There were some papers piled on one side, a computer monitor and keyboard, a phone, nothing else. The walls were surprisingly bare, with his just his framed detective license on it. “Sorry guy, I don’t know every private detective in town.” Roan sighed, doing his best to rein in his temper. But the urge to growl was almost overwhelming. “If...

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Got a lovely new review!

Of course I’m evil. We all knew that, right?

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Merged – now with a pre-order discount!

Merged – now with a pre-order discount!

Merged, part of A Loose Screw, is 15% off until 4/1! Less Than Three Press

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Just an update …

I am writing many things! A lot of it hasn’t showed up yet, but hang in there, it will. I promise. (I also hope to get a flash fic up before the end of the week. And maybe another Infected: Paris snippet?) The M/M readers group on Goodreads is having another story prompt event, and while I thought I wouldn’t do this year, I ended up grabbing one. This is the prompt I grabbed, and the picture that went with it. Dear Author, I know that everyone believes that I’m the monster, and that He keeps me in a leash. I don’t mind, it’s funny how everyone is deceived by our act and while they look at me with fear and loathing, His secret is safe. No one is going to know that behind his innocent look and smile there is soulless and sadistic man. I love...

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New soundtrack! Kind of!

See what happens when I goof off? Infected Series: The Personal Theme Songs from notmanos on 8tracks Radio. (Go to 8Tracks site to see the list of characters in order.)

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Flash Fic Challenge – Kill It In The Morning

Latest flash fiction challenge involved pulling up a random song title and writing a story with that title. I shuffled my iPod and used the first song that came up. It was this one. A story of post-apocalyptic revenge. ** Kill It In The Morning It was almost impossible to tell which was worse: the noise or the smell. In reality, it was a false choice, because long enough exposure kind of deadened you to both, But Amira found them both excruciating. The smell seemed to get everywhere, it just parked in your nose and refused to go away, and there was no air freshener in the world strong enough to cover it. Not even the scent of freshly made coffee. Right now the noise was mainly coming from the basement, as Edgar pounded on the door, occasionally yelling. She...

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New story alert!

I just signed the contract for a new novella, titled DMZ, to be released in October/November through Dreamspinner Press. More details when I have them.

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Valentine’s freebie!

A short set in the Josh of the Damned universe. But, sorry, no yeti this time out.

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Now available for preorder ….

Now available for preorder ….

Merged, my sci-fi pulp story about pilots in mech suits battling alien dinosaurs. Yep. ** After barely surviving a surprise attack by long-time enemy the Lharaz, mech pilot Takeshi is tasked with a new mission: Protect the people of Ia, and capture a live specimen of the local fauna that has been turned against them by the Lharaz, who are using Ia as a testing ground for suspected new weaponry. The mission would be a lot easier if Ia’s local fauna wasn’t...

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Twitter take over!

Tomorrow, join me & Indra Vaughn as we take over Dreamspinner’s Twitter feed, @dreamspinners, at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. You can ask us any question you want, there will be a secret discount code, and I will more than likely make a fool of myself, so come join the fun.

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New Flash Fic Challenge – Creme De Nepenthe

New flash fic challenge, this one concerning the invention of a drink. So here’s my drink, and the story to go with it. ** Crème de Nepenthe 1 jigger of water from the river Lethe 2 Niobe’s tears One shot of milk from a golden cow One hair of the Minotaur 2 drops of Proteus’s blood Splash of absinthe Pinch of regret ** It had taken Martin what felt like seven years to find the place. And the terrible thing was it could have actually taken seven years. It wouldn’t be Purgatory if the time wasn’t all kinds of fucked up. How he’d ended up here was a mystery to him. He was from a good Christian family! Okay, so maybe he could be kind of a jackass, that didn’t mean he should end up here, a place that was neither heaven nor hell. But clearly very...

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Infected: Undertow is a runner up!

Infected: Undertow is a runner up!

In LRC’s Best of 2013 awards, paranormal/urban fantasy! I will happily take that. Thanks all of you who voted for the book. It’s one of my favorites. (Although I say that about every Infected book. But I swear they are at the time I finish them.)

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Wolf and Fox

Yep, another challenge, this time a “fairy tales remix”. So here’s the fairy tale of the wolf and the fox, told after the zombie apocalypse. ** Wolf & Fox “This better pay off, squirt,” Wolf said, yanking his leash hard. “It ain’t ending well for you if you keep leading me to empty houses.” Fox tugged at the leather dog collar Wolf made him wear. He could have just cuffed him or something, but oh no, he wanted this extra bit of humiliation. Wolf was a total fuckhead. Wolf didn’t need any of this. Not only would three of Fox make one of Wolf, but he was about two hundred pounds of solid muscle. Before Z-Day, he was probably some gym bunny ‘roidhead, who still managed somehow to keep from turning to complete jelly when his...

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Bottom Fishing

There’s a new flash fiction challenge, and here’s the result. I hope the title makes sense at the end. ** Bottom Fishing If you had asked Ben before it happened, he would have said living in a trailer park was the lowest thing possible. But dying in a trailer park? Holy shit, who knew there was a false bottom on the bottom of the barrel? Worse still, he seemed stuck here. Crammed in the Sunny Acres Trailer Park as some kind of half-assed ghost, wedged between worlds like an empty beer can jammed in a door. What had he done to deserve this? Actually, come to think of it, he deserved worse, as hard as it was to imagine anything worse than this. Sure, he’d been a cop, and he put some bad guys away, but … he was kind of a bad guy himself. He...

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Five Song Shuffle – Soundtrack Edition

Somehow, most of these songs turned out to be the “personal” songs of some characters. So soundtrack edition it is. These Arms Are Snakes – Horse Girl Okay, while this song isn’t technically anyone’s theme song, its story of drug addiction could apply to Roan. Also, a bit of this song floated through Roan’s head in a pivotal scene in a book. Because Roan’s mind deals with extreme pain by throwing music at him. It’s a valiant but vain attempt to distract from the overwhelming agony of a partial change. (See, there’s a reason he’s a drug addict.) Elliott Smith – Some Song Here we go with the soundtracks. This is tied with Sun Kil Moon’s somber cover of Dramamine as Dylan’s theme song. I think a lot of...

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I’m an LRC Best of 2013 Nominee!

I’m an LRC Best of 2013 Nominee!

I got some nominations in the LRC’s Best of the Year awards. Notably best paranormal/urban fantasy and best author. I probably don’t deserve either, but if you want to throw any votes my way, I’d appreciate it. (There are many great authors up for many things. Feel free to vote your...

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Fan art!

Got some lovely fan art from a Twitter follower. Thank you!Roan

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Chat & Giveaway!

I’m talking at Bitten By Books today, and there’s a $20 Riptide Publishing gift certificate up for grabs! Please enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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New Year’s Giveaway!

Books up for grabs, and not only mine. Check it out. New Year’s Kisses

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New Year’s Eve 5 Song Shuffle

Why not have a New Year’s Eve shuffle? I have no idea what that has to do with anything, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Baroness – Take My Bones Away A bit of sludgy hard rock to kick things off. Why not? Dave Porter – You’re All They Talk About From the Breaking Bad soundtrack, here’s a representative tune. Quiet, somewhat ambient, somewhat eerie, I’m afraid this show was so good it kind of overwhelmed the stellar work done by Porter on the soundtrack. Even if you didn’t watch the show, you should give the soundtrack a listen, as it’s a masterpiece of minimalistic mood. Buke and Gase – Hard Times I bought this “single” online for charity, but it turned out I rather liked this little piece of slightly emo art rock....

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Christmas cookies

And a giveaway of Infected: Lesser Evils. Because why not?

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A holiday flash fic – The Christmas Visitor

Keep in mind, I’m a terribly cynical person. Happy holidays. ** The sound of the bells was the only warning we had. “Get down,” Momma whispered, tightening her grip on her shotgun. She peered over the back of the couch. The chimney was shut, and we piled up stuff in it so it would be impossible to open. Well, impossible for a normal person. Momma didn’t think it would be good enough. We heard dull thuds against the flue, and a weird growl, kinda like what I imagined a dragon would sound like, if they were real. Dust flew, and the pile collapsed. There was a boom, and the chimney exploded near the bottom, sending fragments of bricks and junk flying all over the room. “Ho ho ho!” The Santa Claus monster roared. He was big and red, eyes and hair as...

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My best music picks of 2013

I almost didn’t put this together, because my picks are so obscure. If you get these, I love you. Best music of 2013 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Where I shamelessly pander for votes …

Roan is up for sexiest shifter! It would annoy the shit out of him to actually win, so I hope we can make i t happen. His bitching will be awesome. Also, the M/M Goodreads Awards are in the voting phase, and I’m up for a couple. The great thing? You don’t need to be a member to vote!

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A Five Song Friday the 13th Shuffle

No spookiness here, unless you count wild swings of mood and genre. Then I suppose it kind of is. The Presets – Get The Fuck Out Of Here Dance music that isn’t quite danceable, this song is a strange one, and yet I like it a lot. I may like it just because it isn’t a radio friendly unit shifter, and I can really identify with the song’s main sentiment. I also think it’s a strong runner up for Holden’s theme song. We Are Scientists – Chick Lit Now we swing into alt power pop that sounds cheerful, but is all about a bitter break up. The dichotomy between the tone of the music and the words could give you whiplash. Porcupine Tree – Strip The Soul Well, at least the music and words match. A gloomy, creepy song by a band that isn’t Tool. Perfect for...

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A snippet of Infected: Paris ….

Just to prove I am indeed working on it. Keep in mind, this is unedited, so there may be errors. You’ll have to forgive me for them. ** Roan was aware of a minor headache just starting to bloom when there was a knock at his door. He wasn’t expecting anyone, but he never expected anyone. He wasn’t much for entertaining. Roan opened the door, hoping for the UPS guy (he wasn’t Paris hot, but he was pretty easy on the eyes as long as you didn’t look down at his knobby knees), but it was Dee, dressed down in civilian clothes for once, in jeans and a red plaid shirt. “I thought grunge was dead,” Roan said. Dee frowned at him. “You’d know more about that than me. C’mon, get your coat, we’re going out.” “You remember we broke up,...

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I won a Rainbow Award!

I won a Rainbow Award!

Again! Infected: Lesser Evils got the bronze medal (I came in 3rd) in the Gay Science Fiction category! Woohoo! I am chuffed. Check out my esteemed competition here. Congratulations to everyone – and thank you, readers!

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Flash Fic Challenge – 200 Words, Part 3

Here’s the details. And here are the bits. First bit, by Meagan Wilson and the second half by napmonkey. Pasted below. ** (Meagan Wilson) “Yes, this penthouse view is quite breathtaking,” I turned to the luscious blonde before me, “but not nearly as lovely as—” A thunder clap, and then I was standing in a small, glowing circle, surrounded by a gaggle of chanting fools in robes. ”Oh great Sorasel im Palat, lord of fire and darkness, fell devourer of the innocent, conqueror of—” Arcane symbols covered the speaker’s robes, nearly obscuring the heavy crimson fabric. “Yes, yes, get on with it.” I gestured with my gin martini. He paused, then finished in a post-pubescent squeak, “We invoke thy true name and bid thee do our will.” “Oh...

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Five Song Shuffle Tuesday, Infected Soundtrack Edition

Not only does noise once again rule the week, but the majority of these songs have appeared on self made soundtracks for my Infected books.Funny how that works. These Arms Are Snakes – Meet Your Mayor Unreleased track (in MP3 form), hard to find. I can imagine Roan working the heavy bag to this.     Black Eyes & Neckties – Bloodbath The title of one of the Infected chapters! (Yes, I named it after this song.) From a defunct (of course) Washington State Goth-punk band. It’s easy to imagine the snuff house takedown taking place to this.     Alkaline Trio – Private Eye Tailor made for Roan, this tale of a (metaphorical) hard boiled detective short circuited by his addiction problems and bad decisions could have been written...

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Flash Fic Challenge Round Robin, Part 2

This fiction challenge continues , and here’s my continuation of Liz Neering’s start, titled Devil’s Night. (First half pasted on. My part continues after the stars.)   Devil’s Night   Isa stood in the deer blind, the tip of her rifle pointed through the narrow slat out towards the forest beyond. To her teammate she looked like a stranger, a bundle of cold-weather clothing with only a thin strip of brown skin showing between scarf and snow goggles. The brown strip turned to face him, black eyes a shadow behind polarized plastic. “I fucking hate these sneaking missions,” she said. “I just want to shoot something. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask.” Tyler snorted. Behind the heavy fur lining of his coat, he...

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A bit of an Infected flash fic – Tanksgiving

Nope, not a typo. Happy Thanksgiving, American readers. ** “Tell me again why we’re doing this,” Roan asked, as he set up the dining room table. They’d just bought it at a thrift store yesterday, and Roan had to shift the couches, chairs, and end table in the living room to make room for it. Dylan sighed at him before turning away to pull the lasagna out of the oven. “Because you’ve never had a proper Thanksgiving, and I wanted to give you one.” “See, that’s where you’re wrong. I’ve had a couple of “proper” Thanksgivings, and that’s why I hate it so much.” Roan shook out the green tablecloth Dylan had dug up somewhere, because even though he thought it was silly, he knew he had to play along, or there would be hell to pay. “See,...

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Charity anthology now available!

I have a couple of flash fics in this, and the money is split between several good charities. Check it out, and support a worthy cause.

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A free read -Night of the Leaper

Set in the Josh of the Damned universe. Poor Josh …

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5 Song Shuffle Saturday

Yes, I intend to keep doing this. While last week’s was dominated by noise rock, electronic music is the victor this week. 1. Sleepy Eyes Of Death – Night Wires The first of two defunct Seattle bands on this list alone. Both were favorites, and both couldn’t have been more different. SEOD liked semi-orchestral, lush electronic soundscapes, as you can hear for yourself. 2. These Arms Are Snakes – The Blue Rose And the second defunct Seattle band, a noise rock group that is the only noise rock represented on this list. They had the best live shows I’ve ever seen, even when playing in the attic of a junk shop. (This happened. I was there.) 3. A Grave With No Name – Dig Me Out Now back to sort of shoegaze/alternative, although...

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Flash fic challenge – 200 Words

Okay, new flash fic challenge, involving writing the start of a story alone, clocking in at 200 words. Here’s mine. ** The explosion made theground rock like a ship on a storm tossed sea. Kira covered her head as flaming debris rained down.“Well, that could have gone better.” “Was there an outcome where this wasn’t a certainty?” Dana replied. Kira thought a thousand different curse words at the AI companion implanted in her brain. Not that Dana would care either way, as it may have been an artificial intelligence, but it’s emotional understanding was limited. Kira jumped up to her feet and looked around, surveying the damage. Futureshock’s cybertech lab was now a hole in the ground, covered with a smattering of smoldering rubble....

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5 Song Shuffle Monday

Stolen from Shira Anthony, who stole it from Eric Arvin, here’s my first five songs that came up on random shuffle on my iPod. Just in case you needed any more convincing I’m one weird mama-jamma. 1. Police Teeth – Christian Rudolph, A Man of Science How can you not love a song that opens extolling you to wipe the fake blood off your face? 2. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Holy crap, you couldn’t think of a more diametrically opposed song. This is a great rabble rousing ’70’s poem put to music. 3. Gaytheist – Taking Back Sunday From Taking Back Sunday And yet more musical whiplashing, as this is a hard charging but short instrumental from these punk noisemakers. 4. A Place To Bury Strangers –...

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Blog Hop – Tag, You’re It

Blog Hop – Tag, You’re It

William Stafford tagged me for this one. Four simple questions about my writing.   **     1)      What are you working on right now? Many things, including a short story about a comic con, a sci-fi comedy for Nanowrimo called I Left My Heart On Omicron Ceti Three, and a prequel to my Infected series called Infected: Paris. I seem unable to work on one thing at a time. 2)      How does it differ from other work in its genre? Hmm. Well, The Infected series is a bit different than most “shifter” stories, because the cat virus is in no way a good thing. In fact, it’s an early death sentence for everyone, but Roan, the main character, has a curious relationship with his virus, that just gets curiouser as the series goes on. Save for...

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Flash Fic – Eyes Without A Face

New flash fic challenge, and I sprung off of Rebecca Douglass’s opening line. Because how could I not? (Please note – no relation to the French horror film or the Billy Idol song.)     Eyes Without A Face “Harold! Harold! Hurry, the eyes are back and they’re in the pantry!” Harold groaned as he levered himself out of his cozy armchair, and walked towards the closet to retrieve his golf club. He and Randy had gotten a great deal on the house. It was good sized, with a big garden for Randy to work in, and a nice distance from the nearest neighbors. Not that he expected any harassment, but you never knew. After all, Randy found “qweer” (sic) spray painted on the door of his last apartment, and he lived in downtown Chicago. But – and...

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Roan’s rap sheet …

Just in case you ever wanted to see it. (It’s not his real one, of course. That would be longer.)

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The first bit of my Nanowrimo story, I Left My Heart On Omicron Ceti 3

Be warned, it’s unedited. So sorry if there are typos I missed.   **     Iwan couldn’t decide if his luck had turned for the better, or if it had remained at its typical worst.   Iwan had worked in the Galactic Force’s front office for six years. He’d joined the GF in the hopes of being one of those swoopy, sex magnetic space pilots who traveled the universe and scored with every attractive being from here to the Crab Nebula. There was one teeny tiny problem: Iwan was terrified of flying. Both in atmosphere and outside it, even as a passenger. The only way he got on the ship that took him from Earth to the GF training facility in orbit was some pills given to him by the Docbot. Now, some of those space jocks took pills, but not ones...

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Flash Fiction Challenge – The Secret Rebellion

Yep, another one. And a brief tale of science fiction/horror. ** The Secret Rebellion Serai waited while Commander Garrand and his thugs forced open the airlock of her ship, the Shadowstar. It was no match for a Confederacy battle cruiser and they all knew it, so she had no choice but to surrender. Gerrand took his time boarding the ship, because he was a raging asshole. She scanned her readouts to find out what size boarding party he had and counting him, there were seven. That seemed excessive considering it was just her and her service bot aboard. Well, that they knew of. Boots clunked heavily on the deck plating as Gerrand and his blue uniformed hit squad marched to her cockpit. “I see working for the so called “rebellion” hasn’t made you any...

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I can die happy now …

Someone made a Roan costume for Halloween! Makeshift, but I love it.

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I have a snippet up …

… from the novel I hope to knock out for Nanowrimo. Check it out.

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Flash fic challenge – Labyrinthine Sailor

New Chuck Wendig challenge. New weird story. Although, I kind of want to see where this one goes from here …. Labyrinthine Sailor The bar was as inexplicable inside as it had been on the outside. The tables and chairs seemed to grow up from a floor of living wood, which on first blush was impossible. There was a tree and there was wood, but you couldn’t have it processed and unprocessed at the same time. Except here, where the floor looked smoothed and planed, and yet a fingernail scratch brought sap to the surface, and the bartenders had to trim back rogue branches between rounds. The wood even felt somewhat lukewarm, bringing to mind body heat, which was why Mallory was reluctant to sit down. If it was still alive, could it feel? It was a creepy thought....

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I’m a finalist in the Rainbow Awards!

I’m a finalist in the Rainbow Awards!

Well, Infected: Lesser Evils is. Woohoo!

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Infected: Lesser Evils got a Rainbow Awards honorable mention!

Infected: Lesser Evils got a Rainbow Awards honorable mention!

Woohoo! I’m in fantastic company too.

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An interview with Paris!

All for Bi Pride!

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Got a nice review for Strange Angels ….

Yes, already. But hey, it’s a novella.

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Last stop on the blog tour!

Last stop on the blog tour!

Last chance to win.

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Latest stops on the blog tour …

Latest stops on the blog tour …

First, meet Dar and Bren, the stars of Strange Angels, and here I talk mythology.

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Blog tour, day two

Blog tour, day two

It’s here. You could win a copy of Infected: Prey!

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Strange Angels blog tour starts today!

Strange Angels blog tour starts today!

And remember, you can win anything from my back catalogue! An interview with Bob

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Who wants a new soundtrack?

Out on the 16th! Strange Angels soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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News about Infected: Revolution …

This is an apology to all those reading it online. I haven’t posted a chapter in a while. It’s not because I’m not writing them, but because I have hit an odd problem. There was part of the plot I was saving, because it’s very spoilery for the end of this particular series of Infected. I tried my best to write around it – including removing a chapter before posting it – but I’ve hit an impasse. Either I spoil it all now, or I hold back until publication. I hate to cheat you, my dedicated online readers, but I think I may be done updating Infected: Revolution for the time being. To make that up to you, I will post exclusive short stories within the Infected universe. A “lost case” as it were. Thank you for readin

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Suicide Prevention Blog Hop

Suicide Prevention Blog Hop

I’m sure it’s a huge shocker that I am a clinical depressive. I mean, who isn’t right? Except … no. Depression gets widely dismissed as not a big deal, or something that everyone deals with, but that’s not quite true. There are degrees of depression, just as there are degrees of any mental illness. And what seems like passing blues for you may be a dreadful, unending nightmare for someone else. I think I have it easy. My depression is generally manageable, and to that end I think writing has saved my life. It’s therapy in a very real sense for me. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit to having suicidal thoughts now and again, as recently as a couple of weeks ago. Depression seems to be this dark passenger that, even when you’re fairly certain...

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My Write on the Edge blog radio interview is available for you to listen to …

I know what despair tastes like, apparently. Also, don’t play the drinking game, as you’ll be so hammered twenty minutes in you’ll pass out before you finish the interview. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/writersonlinenetwork/2013/08/30/write-on-the-edge-w-guest-andrea-speed

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I’ll be on the Write On The Edge blog talk radio show tonight …

Which should be 8PM Pacific, 11pm Eastern, 10 Central. (Overseas, I’m afraid you’ll have to Google for it, as this is the edge of my time zone understanding.) So if you ever wanted to hear my annoying voice again, now’s your chance! And to answer a question that was brought up – but won’t be included in the segment: What is your favorite theme or element in writing? I have to admit, I really didn’t think I had one, beyond the obvious. (The mundane and the fantastic smashing together.) But the more I think about it, I suppose there is a running theme of oddballs, misfits even within the strange worlds they inhabit. Roan – and just about all of his friends – are quite obvious in their outsider status, but look at Josh,...

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Hey, who wants a recipe?

Hey, who wants a recipe?

I don’t cook a lot – hardly ever, really – but I thought, in advance of my birthday, I’d make myself a cake. But honestly, I didn’t want cake. I wanted an ice cream sundae pie. Those don’t exist? Well, maybe they do, but not around here, so I made my own. They’re simple to make, and you can vary the recipe by what you like. But here’s the basics. Step one – Crust. With a little melted butter and many crumbs, you can make your own. You can crush cookies – chocolate, chocolate chip, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, graham crackers – whatever you like, and make your own. Or, you can skip it and go to the straightforward pre-made, store bought crust. Your choice. Just make sure it’s a kind you like....

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Flash Fic Challenge – A Suicide of Glass

Another flash fic challenge, another short. This one is a bit of a downer, I freely admit that. ** A Suicide of Glass When the rains first came, no one could quite believe it. The clouds got a lot of attention, as they were a rich, brilliant blue, more intense than the sky, and there was a lot of speculation as to what they could have meant. If they were pollution, part of a study on the drought, cloud seeding, stuff of that nature. The truly crazy settled on aliens or some kind of government experiment, but you couldn’t go down those rabbit holes for long. The crazy seemed contagious, like a virus made of a corrupt idea, damaged DNA just replicating itself over and over again. There wasn’t time to do a proper study, not before it started to rain. From inside,...

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Books in order

I get asked this quite a bit, and so I regularly feel I should put out the list for new readers. Infected series: Book 1: Infected: Prey Book 2: Infected: Bloodlines Book 3: Infected: Life After Death Book 4: Infected: Freefall Book 5: Infected: Shift Book 6: Infected: Lesser Evils Book 7: Infected: Undertow Josh of the Damned series: Story 1: Pretty Monsters Story 2: Peek-A-Boo Story 3: Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #1 Story 4: Night of the Dust Bunnies Story 5: Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #2: The Final Checkout

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The Rainbow Awards …

The Rainbow Awards …

They are an annual award given to the best in queer (LGBTQ) literature all across the board. Awarded by who? This is  the best part: your peers. Yes, fellow authors read your work, and judge you on it. Which is scary, yes, but it’s really rewarding too. I should know, since Infected: Freefall won one last year. (Yaay!) This year, I decided to take part, and I am on the jury. Not only is it a fun thing, but it’s a cool thing. Please read more about it at this site. There’s still time to submit a book too! But just barely, so get a move...

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Want to hear me read some of my own writing poorly?

Here you go. A part of the mustache rampage segment from Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #1. (You will have to download it. Sorry!) josh3

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Flash Fic Challenge – Noise

Yep, another fic challenge fic challenge. Here’s the result.   **   Noise       The fourth blow of the sledgehammer put a hole in the wall big enough to shove a pony through. After that, tearing down the rest of the wall was a piece of cake. Zach stopped for a beer, and to wipe off the sweat and drywall dust. Taking down a house always seemed slower than it should have been. Really he should have just hopped in his truck and floored it. He’d have brought the house down in much less time, and with minimal effort on his part. Of course, there was a chance he’d destroy his truck in the process, but he was insured, and he could always claim it was an accident. But insurance agents were notorious pains in the asses, and he’d...

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Fan art!

Madison Parker – a fine author in her own right – made this as a cover for Animal Magnetism, a Love Has No Boundaries short I wrote with Willow Scarlett (another fine author). Here it is! And if you haven’t checked the story out, it’s still available as a free download!

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Mr. Fix-It

Yep, another challenge, another flash fix. Enjoy!   **     Mr. Fix-It     “Hull breach in sector 8-A,” the computer reported in its calm voice, as tremors shook the space station like a rattle. Elon scrambled onto his feet, and was helped by Slo-Mo, the station robot. Slo-Mo  – called Slom by Elon, since Slo-Mo was not only an incorrect designation, but also a little bit racist – was a Mark IX design, meaning he looked almost human, but not quite. Hair couldn’t be replicated in a useful way, so rather than deal with that, the top of his head was covered with a chromed tritanium plate that looked like the sleekest of safety helmets, and it could in fact take a metric ton of impact with no appreciable damage. Although hidden beneath a...

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Flash Fic Challenge – Haunted

I decided to do another one. Here it is. ** Haunted There was something like a muffled scream as the man opened the door. He turned to look at her and smiled. “See? Haunted, like I told you. This house eats the unwary.” Elana smiled weakly, wondering if he was trying to scare her. It was such a lame thing it was hard to imagine, but maybe that worked for him. “I doubt a house can eat anything, Mister … what did you say your name was again?” He held the door open for her, continuing to smile that creepy smile that never reached his eyes. “Smith. John Smith.” “Okay.” If that was his actual name, then her name was Amanda Huggenkiss, but she wasn’t about to point that out. No, she was here for a tour of the house with the creepy old man....

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I’m talking the Infected series here …

… as well as what kind of bugs me about typical superhero and shifter tales: Tempeste’s Place And I talk a little bit about diversity here: ARe Cafe

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Roan is interviewed!

And I’m not sure he likes me very much … On The Couch

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Flash Fic Challenge – The End Is The Beginning

Yep, another Chuck Wendig fash fic challenge, another quick fic. This one involves global warming and the supernatural. Enjoy! ** I waited for the acid rain to stop before I ventured out of the armored ground transport, and only then did I start carving the symbols into the earth. The worst part was using my own blood to make them, but hey, the stuff in the corpse wouldn’t work. I knew that from hard experience. Once I was done, I popped the vehicle’s trunk, and lugged out the corpse, which I dropped on the ground and dragged to the center of the circle. At least it was a thin dude, body ravaged by UV radiation caused growths, as unattractive as a fresh corpse can get, but light. I painted the summoning symbol on his forehead in my blood, and only then...

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New interview!

And also, read to the end and ask me any question you want. Come on, you know you want to! GRNW Interview

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Infected: Undertow is out today! Wooohoo!

And as is my custom, here’s the second half of the soundtrack. Infected: Undertow Soundtrack, Part 2 from notmanos on 8tracks...

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The Venture Brothers Is The Gayest Show On Television … And Proud Of It

The Venture Brothers Is The Gayest Show On Television … And Proud Of It

  You wouldn’t think, of all shows currently on the air, the one with the most gay characters would be a cartoon, and yet, here we are. When it began, The Venture Brothers was a pretty straight ahead (no pun intended) parody of old Johnny Quest cartoons and similar action oriented kiddie cartoons, with a decidedly adult slant. But the world and character building began to get more complex by the end of the first season, and by the second season, it was well on its way to becoming its own thing. Part of being its own thing meant introducing characters who weren’t just straight, and were a bit less than rigidly binary. When Brock Samson, the impossibly lethal bodyguard, found out his old mentor, Hunter Gathers, had a sex change operation,...

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New release, and a free read!

New release, and a free read!

First up, Dreamspinner’s Make A Play anthology is out today! You could buy the whole package, or just my story separately. Thunderballs – Luke Diaz signs up for an adult dodgeball league out of morbid curiosity and a love for a crazy movie. After all, sports aren’t his thing. Then attraction to the team captain, Shane Kinrade, keeps him from ducking out of tryouts, and Luke discovers he’s actually rather good at hitting where he aims. Along with his newfound ability, Luke considers the charming team captain to be right up his alley and luckily, Shane shares his interest. Also, my Love Has No Boundaries story, Cartoon Logic, is now available as a download in multiple formats. So read...

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Free read! And blog hop winner!

As part of Dreamspinner’s six year anniversary, I have a free flash fic up, with Roan and Dylan. And the winner of the blog hop is Trix! I have emailed her. Congratultions, and thanks everyone for reading!

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The final cover for Infected: Undertow

The final cover for Infected: Undertow

Out June 14th! The pre-order link should be up on Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page shortly. And remember, the first twenty paperback copies will be autographed.

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Infected: Undertow is out June 14th!

And, to go along with that announcement, here’s the first part of the soundtrack.It’s a weird one.

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Registration is now open!

Registration is now open!

So come see how weird I am in person!M/M Meet up. Oh, and Closet Capers got a nice review today, so maybe check that out. Joyfully Jay

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Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia – Where I ramble like a crazy person (and give away something too)

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia – Where I ramble like a crazy person (and give away something too)

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. You should really visit here for more information. This is a struggle that’s far from over * Hi there. With gay marriage being made legal all over the place, it might seem pointless to bring up homophobia for discussion, but far from it. I wish that were true. While gay marriage opponents have found their counterargument wildly lacking (essentially, it boiled down to “it’s icky”, which isn’t the super persuasive argument they thought it would be.), this is a visible sign of change and it’s welcome. But all is not rosy. Did you know, in many states, you can be fired or denied an apartment simply because you’re gay? You wouldn’t think blatant, stupid, and petty discrimination like...

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Flash fic – This Town Is Dead

Yep, Chuck Wendig’s challenging people again … ** I lit a cigarette beside the smoldering pile of wreckage that used to be Los Angeles, and wondered if this qualified as irony, or just a variation on a theme. It wasn’t like I could actually breathe in more smoke, even if I was smoking the largest cigarette in the known universe. I stared at it, the huge crater that used to be one of the largest cities in America, and tried to wrap my head around the idea of it. How could a city so large just be erased, like a dirty word on a chalkboard? The Monitors blamed terrorists, but if being a detective had taught me anything, it was you never believe the official story. And there was no way in hell terrorists could’ve gotten a hold of something with so much...

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Want a free read?

One of my Love Has No Boundaries stories is up early, for your reading pleasure. It’s a comedic one I’m very proud of, called Cartoon Logic. Check it out.

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Dreamspinner sale!

From May 13th-19th get 30% off all authors who signed with them in the 4th year. Check out all the authors involved and get your favorite E and print books at 30% this week only. (Yes, this includes me.) Book sale!

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Want to meet me?

There’s going to be a meet up of m/m authors in Seattle on September 14th, and I will be there! Along with a bunch of other cool people. Stop by, won’t you?

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I talk writing …

… or at least about Infected and Josh of the Damned, and what connects the two. Is it what you think it is?

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The Final Checkout is now available!

On the Riptide site. And, for that reason, here’s the soundtrack! Josh of the Damned: The Final Checkout Soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Win a copy of The Josh of the Damned Triple Feature #2: The Final Checkout!

Here!

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Closet Capers is out today!

Closet Capers is out today!

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you know this, but I’m very proud of my story in this anthology, Tempest For A Tea Cup. It’s frothier and lighter than most of my stories, and stars two fisted, hard drinking private dick Jake Falconer, and his on-again, off-again (but now on) boyfriend, Officer Kyle Gomez, supposedly the soberest and most uncorrupted cop in all of Echo City. If you read my novella The Little Death, you’ll recognize them, but you don’t need to have done so to get this story. It’s not a sequel, just a parallel story. And to tease it a little more, I’ll give you a little sample of the story: ** As a private detective, I was used to pretty trouble stumbling through my door. But adorable trouble?...

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New Roan flash fic now up!

And remember, 20 %  of every purchase made today through Dreamspinner goes to GLSEN.Day of Silence

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Would you like to win my books?

Please read on … Books and things

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Free read!

A new Josh of the Damned story is up. There’s kind of a tie-in with Easter … kind of … Night of the Leaper

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Win a copy of the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature!

Just answer question #10 (as of this posting – it may change numbers) to win!

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Want a silly interview? Okay …

There’s one with me up on Lex Chase’sblog today …

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Flash Fic Challenge – They Fight Crime!

Yep, another Wendig challenge, and too good to resist, as it’s tied to the amazing They Fight Crime! site. Here’s what the site came up with for me. **   Time To Kill **     Caitlin wrinkled her nose in disgust. There was no fucking way Tony expected her to work on a fucking eight year old Kia. Fucking piece of shit car. She wanted to take it out behind the garage and shoot it point blank in the radiator.   “I’m taking my break,” she said, wiping her hands on a greasy rag and throwing it at the turd colored Kia She didn’t care if Tony heard her or not, she went right into the back, and grabbed her coat before retreating to the bathroom. Only there did she pull out her phone and check on her traps.   The Headhunter...

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Flash Fic Challenge – The Empire Strikes Bus

There’s little excuse for that pun, except it perfectly describes this silly entry in Chuck Wendig’s latest flash fiction challenge. Very short, very silly.   ***   The Empire Strikes Bus       It had been a relatively quiet day on bus 535 when Destruxtor The Galactic Emperor suddenly teleported into the aisle. He laughed triumphantly, helmeted head cast up towards the ceiling, a blinking blue locket held tightly in his gauntlet clad hands. “It works! It is the Dafraxian Nexus!” He laughed again, earning dirty looks from many of the passengers around him.   “Tone it down, will ya buddy?” A weary man in a worn denim jacket snapped.   “Did you pay the fare?” the bus driver asked, staring at the man in his...

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The cover for the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature 2: The Final Checkout

The cover for the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature 2: The Final Checkout

It’s out April 29th. Check out the Riptide page for both a synopsis and a teaser! Riptide Publishing

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Chat alert!

Tomorrow the 20th, from 7 to 9 PM Eastern time, I’ll be on Love Romances Cafe, talking writing, Infected, and all sorts of other things. I’ll probably be giving stuff away too, so drop on by. Love Romances Cafe

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Somehow I won another award

Somehow I won another award

This time a Reviewer’s Choice award from Sensual Reads, for Infected: Shift. Woohoo! I’m really not worthy. Thank you!

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It’s been too long since we’ve had a mix …

So of course I created a new one. It’s a theme one too. Each character is asked for what Roan’s theme song should be. Here are there answers. (In order 1. Holden 2. Scott 3.Fiona 4. Grey 5.Dropkick 6.Tank 7. Paris 8. Dylan 9. Roan) Roan’s Theme Songs? from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 4

Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 4

  Food, Drink, Holidays, & Culture Having a unique cross-section of beings in Dev, you will find all sorts of food and drink, perhaps more diverse than even your world, whatever that may be. From flesh for zombies and yetis, blood for vampires, vegetables and vegetation for our lizard friends, and all sorts of refuse for our werewolf brothers. Eating your fellow citizens is punished by banishment to the yeti zones, unless you’re a yeti, and then you have to face the Cursers.   There are not many holidays, but there is the three day Bacchus festival, held in what humans would call spring. During these days, there is a celebration involving much food and drink, as well as the occasional orgy. (But it’s all very tastefully done.) While a feast...

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Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 3

Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 3

Religion & Magic Since Dev was established and is still currently overseen by a god, Medusa, it’s almost funny how little merit religion is given in this world. We have a god, we know she exists, and we know, if we sufficiently anger her, there will be grave consequences. (Those rumors of a previous city have also claimed the cataclysm that wiped it out was simply Medusa’s way of cleaning the slate and starting over with a more peaceful society, but, as before, there is no proof of this.) Medusa requires nothing from her people, save for a few rules that are the bedrock of our peaceful world. There are statues to her, but small, as she herself finds them gaudy. She requires no worship, and anyone who speaks in her name finds themselves regretting it...

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Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 2

Dev, A Visitor’s Guide, Part 2

The World Building Blog Hop continues …. History & Politics     While home to a diverse group of beings, Dev’s history is remarkably peaceful. Founded by a god looking to create a containment area for her mentally imbalanced sisters, it soon became a haven for other creatures looking for a place to stay. There are rumors that there was a city before Nightshade, full of warring creatures, wiped out completely in a massive cataclysm, but there’s no legitimate proof of this. Ruins have been uncovered, but their meaning is unclear.   The political system of Dev is an unusual one. Since the city of Nightshade is divided between clusters of competing groups (werewolf gangs such as the Dogpack and its rival, the Dogpound; the Vampire’s...

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World Building Blog Hop, Day 1 – Dev, A Visitor’s Guide

World Building Blog Hop, Day 1 – Dev, A Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to the Worldbuilding Blogfest! Links for more wonderful worldbuilding can be found here: World Building Ahoy. Ever wonder about the world on the other side of the hell portal in the Josh of the Damned universe? Here’s the beginning of a comprehensive look at a place you’d never want to visit. ** Welcome to Dev. We hope you enjoy a stay in our world, although please be sure you made out a will and have your affairs in order if you’re a human being. It is not advised you come here without a chaperon, unless you’re suicidal. Geography & Climate The climate is much like you’d find on Earth. A mix of sunny days and rain, with the occasional rain of toads, which usually only occurs in what humans would call the fall. The weather is...

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Roan won an award! How about that …

In honor of Roan coming third in the Goodreads M/M Members Choice Awards Hottest Shifter Category , he accepts his award. Or at least tries to.Roan’s award “speech”.

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Got a great review from Infected: Freefall …

From Elisa! Pretty sweet. Elisa’s Reviews

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I get geeky …

Again. I’m not sure I ever stopped. Naughtea Time

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LR Cafe’s Best of 2012 voting has started!

I’m up for best GBLT author, best series, and best paranormal/fantasy book, if you wanted to vote. Love Romance Cafe Poll

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I’m up for some LR Cafe’s Best of 2012 Awards! Also, a snippet of Josh of the Damned.

Woohoo! I should crib for the Colbert Report and have a regular “who’s honoring me/who’s ignoring me” section. Anyhow, I’m up for some awards in the Best Paranormal/Fantasy Book, Best Series, and Best GBLT Author categories! The book that got the nod was the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature. As such, I thought I’d give you a tease for the book. What most people call a hellish shift, Josh Caplan calls a normal evening. After all, he works nights at a convenience store beside the mouth of hell, selling snacks to zombies and lizard men. And in this bit, Josh and his vampire boyfriend Colin are on the roof, and Colin lets Josh know something about himself that he never knew. While danger gets oddly closer …   ** Colin...

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Andy’s Best Albums of The Year

I listen to enough music (don’t we all?) and subject my readers to it that I feltl like I should list my albums of the year. Especially since I always post these soundtracks. Because ranking them would cause me great agony, I’m not going to put them in numerical order. I just liked these, and I will give you a brief thumbnail sketch of why. Feel free to listen along. (Yes, I made a soundtrack. I always make soundtracks. Andy’s Best Albums of 2012 from notmanos on 8tracks Radio. Metz – Metz: This was a pretty good year for noise rock, as this album succinctly and noisily proves. Somewhat melodic, but mostly just noisy, and given out in short, sharp bursts. Aesop Rock – Skelethon: I think stream of consciousness, slightly abstract rap may be my...

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Free e-book download!

This is for Love Is Always Write, Volume 9, which I have a short story in, but there are more volumes available, all free, so please check them out as well. Lots of good authors involved. Love Is Always Write

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Next Best Thing blog hop

What is the working title of your book? Strange Angels Where did the idea come from for the book? I like the idea of gods as essentially fatally overpowered teenagers. Moody, capricious, just concerned with their own petty squabbles and nothing else … kind of like regular people. And what happens if your absentee dad is one of these gods, and oh yeah, he’s dead and passed on his powers to you, and some other gods, who you didn’t even know existed, wanted to kill you? It’s well trod territory, but I hope I’m livening it up with my usual weirdness and humor. What genre does your book fall under? Fantasy. Honestly, this is probably one of the clearest genre pieces I’ve ever done. Usually I just make a hash of things. Which actors would...

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I was going to be dignified about this …

I was going to be dignified about this …

…. but, let’s face it, me and dignity don’t have a l ot of experience with each other. Infected: Freefall just won the Rainbow Book Award of 2012 (well, co-won) for best horror/paranormal novel, and Infected: Shift got an honorable mention in the sci-fi/fantasy category. Yeah! Woohoo! Thank you readers! If you’d like to see all the winners, go here: Paranormal/Horror and Sci-fi/Fantasy....

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Nice new review for Infected: Lesser Evils …

http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/2012/11/22/review-infected-lesser-evils-6-by-andrea-speed/

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My MST3K Turkey Day List, Volume 2

Last year, I suggested a Turkey Day MST3K marathon for you, and while I’m going to do the same thing again this year, I decided to do it by picking out one episode per season, while also limiting myself by being unable to suggest any titles I used last year. Yes, it’s an odd way to do it, but since the internet has all the episodes that the DVD collections don’t (not that I’m saying there’s an MST3K club where you can watch every episode ever made … although there is … ), I thought this might be a fun way to showcase everything MST3K has to offer, as well as force me to make some very tough decisions. Just promise me you’ll watch the ones on DVD/streaming if they’re available.   Season 1 – Kind of a rough...

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New “autograph” little widget …

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Got an awesome review for Lesser Evils …

Check it out: Infected: Lesser Evils

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Want a free download?

Want a free download?

Just in time for Halloween, help yourself to a free Josh of the Damned short, Night of the Dust Bunnies. Night of the Dust Bunnies. Also, I do an interview on Lou Sylvre’s blog. Check it out. Lou’s blog.

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I love this time of year …

I talk monsters, and what connects Josh of the Damned and the Infected stories –Jana’s Blog

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Until Wednesday, Josh of the Damned is on sale …

Until Wednesday, Josh of the Damned is on sale …

The entire series (to date). If you haven’t read it, now’s the time to give it a shot.Josh of the Damned collection.

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The first chapter of Infected: Lesser Evils … Part 1

The first chapter of Infected: Lesser Evils … Part 1

1- Gimme Shelter Roan knew he should never have taken Nadia Rubin’s case the moment he took it. She couldn’t afford him, she’d know he was taking pity on her and would probably resent it, and it wasn’t his usual thing anyways. She was asking him to be a bodyguard as much as a detective, and that really wasn’t his thing. Still, how did you turn down a fellow infected? Especially when they were being threatened by another infected. It almost felt like a duty. What she was, was a waitress who wasn’t wearing enough makeup to cover all the broken blood vessels beneath her eyes, indications of past beatings. She was a cougar strain, in the midst of a divorce from her abusive husband, Mike Oliver, who’d been threatening her. The problem was, the threats...

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New, free Josh of the Damned story up …..

With a surprise cameo at the end. Night of the Dust Bunnies

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Please visit me on Facebook next weekend …

Next Saturday, from noon Eastern time (3 Pacific) I will be having a chat on Dreamspinner’s FB page! Ask me anything about the Infected series, or anything, and maybe win some stuff. Dreamspinner’s Facebook Page

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Book giveaway tomorrow only!

Follow me or Dreamspinner Press on Twitter (or get a friend to) as I’m giving away a free book tomorrow, but for a very limited time! (Around five Pacific, 8 Eastern). A good chance to get introduced to my writing for free …@aspeed@dreamspinners

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Infected: Lesser Evils out today! Of course there’s a soundtrack …

And the book is on sale this week at Dreamspinner, so you have no excuse not to pick it up. Infected: Lesser Evils soundtrack from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Want a free book?

It’s a cookbook! But I have a recipe in it. Crazy, right?Passionate Cooks

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Cover contest still ongoing … and new cover banner!

Infected: Shift made it to round three! Feel free to vote. Rainbow Awards Cover Contest And, just to show off, here’s a swoopy new book cover banner.

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Want a free e-book?

A cookbook of all things? Passionate Cooks is available for pre-order now, and I have a recipe in it. No, really, I do. I can’t quite believe it either. And yes, it’s totally free. Passionate Cooks

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Rainbow Cover Awards …

It’s Rainbow Cover Awards Contest time, and I have three covers up: Infected: Shift, Josh of the Damned Triple Feature, and The Little Death. Am I shamelessly pandering for votes? You bet I am! Rainbow Cover Awards Contest

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Want to see the cover to Infected: lesser Evils ..?

Want to see the cover to Infected: lesser Evils ..?

  Here it is! The book will be available for purchase October 5th.  

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Rainbow Blog Hop – What Writing GLBTQ Literature Means to Me

Rainbow Blog Hop – What Writing GLBTQ Literature Means to Me

I have to admit, this question struck me as funny at first. As far as I’m concerned, writing is writing – whether a character is a straight female spy or an omnisexual hermaphrodite spy is irrelevant to me. A story is a story. The character is what they are, and that’s that. But here’s the funny thing: to other people, this question can mean a lot. Maybe I’m just spectacularly naive, but I thought part of the joy of reading was experiencing life from the points of view of people and things you could never be, exploring new worlds and cultures and places you could never be, seeing through eyes that aren’t yours. A lot of people feel the opposite way – they just want their viewpoint represented, over and over again; they want...

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Nice review for Infected: Prey …

If you want to give it a look/see …. One Good Book

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Saturday Snark is back …

And here’s my contribution, from Infected: Shift. Roan had bitten into a steaming hot croissant and was letting the pastry melt in his mouth when Holden paused and turned back. “Oh, one more thing. About the client? A bit obsessed with you.” Roan almost choked. “What?” “Not in a gay way, although I’m not a hundred percent certain about that. But he’s definitely fascinated by you. He asked about your scars, if you had a boyfriend, and when we were in the cop shop giving our statements, he asked if any of those cops knew you. He’s way into you.” He didn’t know what to think about that. “Are you sure you’re not projecting here?” “Nope. It’s your macho allure, I think. He’s in awe. And why not? You are Batman, after all.” Roan...

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New soundtrack!

Because I like making them. Infected: Shift Soundtrack, Part 2 from notmanos on 8tracks.

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Giveaway, review, and interview.

Yes, all of those and more! (Well, okay, not more, but it sounded good. Interview & Giveaway Review

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Chat tomorrow!

At the Dreamspinner Press group. Check out the link for more details. Hope to see you there! Bulletin

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Goodreads chat on the 23rd!

Come by! I’ll be giving away books and answer questions, although I can’t guarantee I’ll be truthful. http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/2607111-dreamspinner-chat-on-the-23rd

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New review, and what it would be like to date Roan …

First up, another five star review for Infected: Shift: Reviews By Jessewave. I’m glad most people seem to like it. I thought it was, at once, both the funniest story in the series, as well as the most violent. If you have the grim, you may as well balance it out with humor. Oh, and how would dating Roan actually be? Interesting, I imagine. SJD Peterson’s blog.

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Infected: Shift giveaway!

Visit the Yam Mag site, and make a comment! Easy as pie. Infected: Shift giveaway

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Genre Entertainment & Gay Representation – Better or Worse Than The Mainstream?

Genre Entertainment & Gay Representation – Better or Worse Than The Mainstream?

In support of Yam Mag’s LGBT Blogathon , I look at the state of “genre” TV today. Hmm … **** Probably the number one comedy in the country, according to people who keep these types of statics handy for advertisers, is Modern Family, a highly rated comedy that I must admit I’ve never gotten. Oh, maybe it’s improved since the pilot, but I watched that, didn’t laugh once, and never returned. (Sorry, but there’s a lot of shows begging for my attention. I will give you a chance, but if there’s nothing I’m even remotely interested in, I probably won’t come back again. Not enough time in the day.) There’s also an argument to be made about me having shitty taste in comedies, although I will argue...

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Got a great new review for Infected: Shift

Long and Short Reviews

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Correction – Upcoming author chat!

This June 23nd, in the Dreamspinner Press group on Goodreads, I will be having a chat. I hope to see you there! Dreamspinner Press Goodreads Group

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Two great new reviews

A fantastic one for Infected: Shift – Joyfully Jay Reviews And another fantastic one for the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature – Love, Romance, & More Blog

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Free story, anyone?

Free story, anyone?

Would you like a free short story from me? For a limited time, Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned #1) is free!Pretty Monster (Josh of the Damned #1)

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Lovely review for Infected: Shift …

Thank you, oh fast reader you.Novel Approach

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Sale! (You procrastinators are in luck.)

As part of its anniversary sale, all of my books – including Infected: Shift, including paperbacks – are 25% off until next Saturday. So if you’ve been putting off a purchase, now is the time to buy.Dreamspinner Press Store

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My Hop Against Homophobia post – I Don’t Get It

My Hop Against Homophobia post – I Don’t Get It

In case you don’t know, a bunch of us bloggers got together today, the International Day Against Homophobia, to talk about it. The linkage is right here: Hop Against Homophobia. And in my post, I admit to a personal failing. *** What are you afraid of? I must admit, I always wanted to ask that question of a homophobe (or a transphobe – even a xenophobe). What exactly scares you about gay ( or trans or foreign) people? That they’re contagious, and you’ll catch it? Because, let’s face it, what you’re afraid of says a lot about you. A fear of falling, of fire, of drowning, of animal attacks and natural disasters, speaks to our own fears of losing control or being helpless in the face of something greater (stronger, faster, meaner, more...

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Free short story!

As part of the “Love Is Always Write” fan event for Goodreads, I wrote a short horror story about forgiveness. Have a look. Love Is Always Write: Soulmates

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Infected: Shift is out!

Happy release day! (Remember, you may just be able to pick up an autographed paperback at the Dreamspinner store if you’re one of the first buyers.) Anyways, here’s the weird ass soundtrack for Infected: Shift. If you want me to explain it, I will try. Infected: Shift soundtrack from notmanos on...

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There’s a sale on …

Nearly all my books are 30% off today at ARe. So are other people’s, but I thought I’d be selfish and plug me. ARe sale

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Infected: Shift promo continues …

Would you like a wallpaper? Here’s a cover collage: Wallpaper

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A nice new review, and a new Chrome theme …

A new review for the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature – Right over here. And, in a countdown to the release of Infected: Shift, here’s a new Chrome theme where I play with the cover: Arty Roan

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A thing I’m a part of …

A thing I’m a part of …

The “Tag Party”, housed on Harper Kingsley’s site. You could win a copy of Infected: Prey! Read all about it here: Tag Party

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A nice review for Infected: Freefall

Right here: Whipped Cream Reviews

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Win a paperback copy of Infected: Shift!

Goodreads Book Giveaway Shift by Andrea Speed Giveaway ends May 30, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to...

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Last stop of the book tour!

Here today! Comment, and you could win a copy of Pretty Monsters –Win a free book!

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The Backlist Strikes Back!

The Backlist Strikes Back!

This is going on on Em Lynley’s blog, and I’m not the only person taking part in this. The Backlist Strikes Back! Join me and a dozen other LGBT authors as we talk about our favorite older releases. We’ll be at E.m. Lynley’s blog for a week of time-traveling fun, starting April 18. Other participants include: Clare London, L.C. Chase, Victor Banis, Pd Singer, Shira Anthony, Ethan Day, Rick R. Reed, Sean Michael, Trina Lane, Kiernan Kelly and more! EM Lynley’s...

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Last part of the three part Josh story is up!

And it is here: Black and White and Furry All Over, Part 3. (And here are the first two segments, if you missed them: Black and White and Furry All Over, Part 1 & Black and White and Furry All Over Part 2 On top of this, I also got a neato review: The Novel...

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Here is the cover for Infected: Shift, out May 14th.

Here is the cover for Infected: Shift, out May 14th.

Yes, I know I’m borrowing it from the Hulk, but damn it, you wouldn’t like Roan when he’s angry either.

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Second part of the Josh of the Damned story up now!

Second part of the Josh of the Damned story up now!

Josh of the damned, free story

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A new, free Josh of the Damned story starts today!

The three part Josh of the Damned story, “Black and White and Furry All Over” starts at Amara’s Place. Meet the saddest excuse for a were that you’ll ever meet … Part 1 Part 2 will be going up at another blog tomorrow! I’ll keep you apprised.

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The Josh of the Damned triple Feature book tour started today! And I got a great review too.

When the page is up – ha ha! – there will be details of the ongoing blog tour for the novella, and starting tomorrow, there will be a three part, all new Josh story, about his encounter with a man who got the short end of the were-stick. Blog Tour Page, if it is up. Also, I got a fantastic review today, even though the novella just came out. Thanks Melanie! And another review, also nice: Book Wenches Reviews One last thing – let’s give a hearty round of golf applause for webmaster Craig Reade, for the great site redesign. It looks like I’m a serious writer and shit, so thank...

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A Preview of Infected: Shift

The snippet from Infected: Shift is here: Infected: Shift

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News from the Andrea Speed Quadrant of the Globe

News! About Josh of the Damned, and about the new Infected novel. Woohoo!

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Josh of the Damned Triple Feature Soundtrack #1 !

I’m alternately proud and amused to admit this is the strangest mix of bands and genres ever. Circle Jerks and Metric? Sure, why not. But who the hell invited Rob Zombie? Josh of the Damned Triple Feature Soundtrack #1

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Josh of the Damned Triple Feature on sale now!

The JotD Triple Feature is now available for download from Riptide Publishing, ahead of schedule. Orders placed before midnight Sunday still count as a pre-order for the Free Books for a Year contest, too. Josh of the Damned Triple Feature

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Win a copy of the Josh of the Damned Triple Feature

I’ll be here all weekend, and one lucky poster will win one! TRS Giveaway

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I did another podcast!

With Jason Henderson. I talk writing and Infected: Media Life with Jason Henderson

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New Review, and More Roan on Chrome

A nice review, and yet another Chrome theme!

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Josh of the Damned Triple Feature now available for pre-order!

And it’s an actual novella this time! How about that? Check out more at RiptidePublishing.com

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Lucky Seven post

I got tagged on Facebook by MJ O’Shea for this. Here are the rules: 1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current ms 2. Go to line 7 3. Copy down the next 7 lines-sentences or paragraphs- and post them as they’re written. No cheating. 4. Tag 7 other authors. No cheating. **** So here are seven sentences from my work in progress “prequel”, Infected: Paris: Paris snickered, enjoying their back and forth. “Actually, it’s kind of hot.”   Roan raised an eyebrow at that. Was he gay or just teasing him? He couldn’t tell, but he didn’t get the sense he was being made fun of. Well, beyond his fashion sense, which was fair game.   “Don’t encourage him,” Dee said, picking up a...

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I did a podcast!

I talk about Infected, and a hundred other things. NSFW! I am filthy.

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Win a copy of Infected: Freefall!

If you answer my question correctly, you could win an e-copy of the book. It's a super easy question too.

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Newsletter time!

With prizes and everything!

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Nice new review for Pretty Monsters …

Nice new review for Pretty Monsters …

Right here: Hearts on Fire Reviews Josh of the Damned: Pretty Monsters

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The Romance Reviews’ 1st Anniversary Party

The Romance Reviews’ 1st Anniversary Party

It starts in March, and runs for the month. You must be registered to take part, and yes, you can win an e-copy of Infected: Freefall (among other things). So stop by!  http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

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Two nice reviews …

One for Infected: Bloodlines, and the other for Infected: Life After Death: Here  & Here

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Roan’s guide to Valentine’s day

I really wouldn’t follow it. Roan’s Guide to Valentine’s Day on SJD Peterson Blog

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A brief snippet from Infected: Freefall

A brief snippet from Infected: Freefall

Roan ended the call and started gathering up his papers, wondering how unflattering Dylan’s picture of him could possibly be, when his phone rang again. He thought Dylan was calling to rescind the invitation—maybe he’d decided to hide the painting rather than show it to him. “Yeah?” “You have Elijah Prophet’s computer,” a voice said. It was being processed through a voice changer, which you could buy at a spy store or a toy store. It was a cheap one; the guy sounded like Darth Vader with a severe case of asthma. “Return it, or we will take it by force.” “Whatever. Get a better voice changer and call me back.” “You ignore us at your peril.” “Do I? What d’ya got, boy? Whip it out and show me, or fuck the hell off before I rip off your...

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The Infected books, in order

The Infected books, in order

I should have done this a while ago, but I didn’t, because I can be an idiot like that. So these are the published books, in order:   Book 1: Infected: Prey Book 2: Infected: Bloodlines Book 3: Infected: Life After Death Book 4: Infected: Freefall Book 5: Infected: Shift Book 6: Infected: Lesser Evils Book 7: Infected: Undertow Book 7.5: Infected: The Lost Weekend Book 8: Infected: Epitaph   And all releases are, of course, available here:

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Nice review for Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2)

Nice review for Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2)

Read it at Love Romances & More

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Preview of the next Infected story, Infected: Revolution

I’ll get to this one soon, but I still have some other work on the table. Still, just to prove I haven’t forgotten, a teaser. **** 1- Haunt You It was going to be a clusterfuck, of that there was no doubt. The only question was how big a clusterfuck. Roan wasn’t going to bother the Kims with any of this,and although Randi requested to be kept in the loop, he spared her from this as well. Mainly he kept this between him, Holden, and Fiona, although even that wasn’t strictly true. He told Dylan, and even though Scott had been called up to the Vancouver Canucks, Holden had obviously clued him in, as Richie had called Roan to offer his help (along with Jeff’s, whom he was going to drag into things whether he wanted to be in it or...

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Valentine’s Day Sales!

Both my publishers are having them, so on the off chance you need something from my catalog, now's your chance to pick them up on sale.

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New soundtrack!

Because I love making these things. Roan’s Mix #4 from notmanos on...

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I wrote about writing horror/comedy …

It’s not as easy as you would think. Read it at Paranormal Paradigms

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Two new things for you to read ….

Got a little short up at Cup O Porn’s birthday bash – Read it here And for those at Goodreads, I have an episode of Boxer Falls up: Read it here

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Got a couple of good reviews ….

For The Little Death – Erotic Romance Reviews and for Peek A Boo – Reviews by Jessewave

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Last day of the blog tour!

Last day of the blog tour!

And you might want to check out two different spots: http://renthewriter.com/2012/01/19/author-andrea-speed-josh-of-the-damned-contest-giveaway/ http://rainingmenamen.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome-andrea-speed.html

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I’m featured on Riptide’s blog today

Check it out here

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Latest stop on the blog tour …

There’s an interview with me, and a quiz – could you work at Quik-Mart?

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The latest blog tour stop ….

…. just may have my favorite Diary of the Damned piece.

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Internal Emails of The Damned

Internal Emails of The Damned

For this stop on my Josh of the Damned tour, I have gotten my hands on internal e-mails from Quik-Mart Co. (don't ask how) that suggest Josh's life is about to get even more complicated ... **** For Quik-Mart Industries Internal Review Only! Destroy After Reading!

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Voting is starting over at Dawn’s!

I’m up for something, so if you’d like to vote for me, go here!

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Got a nice review for Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2)

Got a nice review for Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2)

Review at Top 2 Bottom Reviews

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The blog tour stops at Dawn’s today!

The blog tour stops at Dawn’s today!

Check it out here!

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Josh of the Damned blog tour starts today!

Josh of the Damned blog tour starts today!

Check it out, have some laughs, maybe win some books! Blog Tour Starts Today

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Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) is out today!

Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) is out today!

And so is the brand new soundtrack! Peek A Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) Soundtrack from notmanos on...

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Peek A Boo out early!

Peek A Boo out early!

Peek-a-Boo is now available 2 days early only at Riptide Publishing, & your purchase enters you to win Free Books for a Year!

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More Infected on the horizon …

Since I just signed the contract, I can announce book 5 (really) in the Infected series, Infected: Shift, will be released in May/June of this year by Dreamspinner. Woohoo!

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Starting soon ….

And remember – if you pre-order Peek-A-Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) at the Riptide site, you are entered into the contest to win free e-books for a year! Check it out: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/

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I’m an LRC nominee!

Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned #1) is up for the best paranormal/fantasy release! Woohoo! Also, my Infected series made the best of 2011 on Top 2 Bottom Reviews! http://top2bottomreviews.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/and-here-they-are-our-top-picks-of-2011/ I hope you all have as great a new year as I seem to be having.

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Remember to vote …

In the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers Choice Awards. It’s still going on – for now, and see, I have a swoopy new banner. http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=OLOEKL_b0e3067

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Get my books cheap ..!

Last of day of the ARe 50% off sale. My books are all there! (I’m not too proud to beg.) www.allromance.com

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Free book!

As part of Dreamspinner Press’s 12 Days of Christmas promotion, if you sign up for their newsletter, tomorrow the 21st, you can get an e-copy of my first book, Infected: Prey, absolutely free. So if you’ve never read it, now is your chance. Good for only one day, though! http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/newsletter/

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My best of 2011 music mix!

Because why not?  

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My new newsletter is out

And it has actual news in it!  Happy Holidays Everyone! – http://eepurl.com/hVeUA

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M/M Romance Group Choice Awards 2011

I’m up for a few! Which is pretty cool. Go vote if you’d like. http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=OLOEKL_b0e3067

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New Redemption Reef post up!

http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/rr2-2-fire-down-below/

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Ten things you didn’t know about me ….

http://mjandpiper.blogspot.com/2011/12/ten-things-you-probably-didnt-know.html?zx=8ce7813496417d4b

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I’m here today, giving away stuff …

http://renthewriter.com/2011/12/11/andrea-speed-riptide-publishing-author/

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I’m here today, and giving stuff away …

Check it out. http://literarynymphshotlist.blogspot.com/2011/12/pretty-monsters-by-andrea-speed.html

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Also, got a nice review for Infected: Freefall …

right here: http://jenre-wellread.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-infected-freefall-by-andrea.html?zx=87d59c71c578e15b

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New interview & contest!

So I had an interview, and I forgot. Because I am a dumb ass. It’s a good interview too. Oy vey …http://www.mizlovelovesbooks.com/2011/12/interview-andrea-speed.html

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I interview Roan …

… or at least I try. He’s a stubborn little bastard. http://karennacolcroft.com/?p=1545

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New Redemption Reef chapter up!

And yes, that means Flynn is back too. http://redemptionreef.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/rr2-1-king-kong-vs-the-smart-ass/

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Also, win a copy of The Little Death!

Scroll down to the questions for your chance to win! http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

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Rainbow Awards Cover Contest still going!

And Infected: Life After Death is just hanging in there. Vote if you’d like! http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1448787.html

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Saturday Snark …

This is from the just released Infected; Freefall . Dylan, Roan’s artist boyfriend, has just called him to tell him he wants him to come see a painting he did of him before he goes public with it. This makes Roan understandably suspicious and nervous. **** Roan really didn’t like Dylan’s sudden squeamishness—this was making him nervous. Did he paint him killing a bus full of nuns or something? Fucking Robert Mapplethorpe? Dylan should have known better than to be so vague, because now he was getting paranoid. “What did you do to me?” “It’s nothing bad… or at least, I don’t think it’s bad. You still might not like it.” Oh, this didn’t sound good. “Am I naked?” “No.” “Shooting Dick Cheney in the face?” “No.” “Why...

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Infected: Freefall released today! New soundtrack!

You just knew there was going to be...

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Guest post by Amber Kell

Check out her website, http://amberkell.wordpress.com/   Accidental Alpha #24     “I-I’m sorry F-Fenris,” Paul stuttered.   Stanley’s mouth opened. It was like watching a monster movie in slow motion. Huge fangs elongated like a saber tooth tiger. He’d never seen anything like it in his life. Most shifters were an all or nothing affair. Sure they could bring out their claws and the occasional slight fang but this was more than that. It was like he was channeling an entirely different animal. One who could nick a major artery with a light scrape of a tooth.   Chills ran up and down Fenris’ skin. For the first time he realized Stanley could really kill Paul.   “It’s okay Stanley.” Fenris stepped forward, keeping his...

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My own MST3K Turkey Day Marathon

Ah, Thanksgiving. Many people look forward to turkey and all that crap, but not me. I look forward to creating my own MST3K marathon. What are those? Well, when the show Mystery Science Theater 3000 was on the air at Comedy Central, they used to play these blocks of MST3K movies all day. I look forward to programming my own MST3K block for the holidays. Thanksgiving means nothing to me but astonishingly awful movies. So here is my choice for a holiday stuffed with celluloid turkeys, with the added benefit of being really, really funny. A warning: as they once said, all these films star no one and feature nothing. Teenage Crime Wave – You may have to search for MST3K + Teenage Crime Wave to find this one online, but you can, and I recommend it because...

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The voting continues in the Rainbow Awards cover contest!

And two Infected titles are still in the running! I’d appreciate the votes, and so would Anne Cain. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1443995.html

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Author’s note ….

Due to some contractual obligations – and the writing of the Infected: Paris prequel (oh yes, that’s happening), there will probably be a longer than average gap between Roan stories. But fear not! This is not the end. Just a brief hiatus until I can get ahead of my deadlines. Thank you for your patience, and for reading. (Infected: Freefall is out November 25th, in ebook and paperback form, in case you need a fix before I return.)

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My new newsletter is out …

… and there’s a new giveaway! Check it out if you’re interested in a free book. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c2c00e0831d76d0798fc70236&id=09e9090bab

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Voting in the Rainbow Awards Cover Contest continues!

And if you want to continue to show me and Anne Cain a little love for Infected: Bloodlines or Infected: Life After Death, I’d be grateful. http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1427480.html  

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Free ebook download!

Out now is Don’t Read In The Closet Volume 2, which has my story “My Bloody Valentine” in it, as well as other stories by fantastic authors. Check it out here:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12993786-don-t-read-in-the-closet    

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Infected: Freefall, out November 25th!

Yaay! A cover and a release date, all at once! What a Happy Halloween for me.

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The cover for Infected: Freefall

No solid release day yet, but a cover exists! And here it is. (Also, note the wrist tattoo.)

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Pretty Monsters is out today!

And in its honor, so is a new soundtrack!

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Andy’s Horror Movie Recommendation

I love horror films. I always knew this about myself, but when it came time to compile this list, I actually had a hard time narrowing my list down to ten. How could I not include An American Werewolf In London? Is there really no room for Dawn of the Dead? Is A Clockwork Orange actually a horror film? The problem is I love so many horror films that I could go on for years about this topic. Horror to me is actually a very cathartic genre, where you can let your dark side run around and play for a little while. So I decided I’d approach this as if I was making up a film festival, my own round the clock horror show, and tried to figure out what might be the most interesting put side by side, as well as mix some more obscure titles with old favorites. The Thing...

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Another interview, & the Rainbow Cover Awards …

… I have an interview up at Lisa’s blog: http://lworrall.blogspot.com/2011/10/wednesdays-guest-andrea-speed.html?zx=d5fef7731bd9856c And Infected: Life After Death was the voter’s choice in the Rainbow Cover Awards, so thank you to all the voters, and congrats Anne Cain! http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1416236.html

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New interview up

… over at Lou Sylvre’s blog. I almost don’t sound crazy. Hooray! http://sylvre.com/2011/10/25/andrea-speed-lions-and-monsters-and-men%E2%80%94oh-my-the-interview/

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A great review for The Little Death …

… from Jessiewave. Thank you!   http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2011/10/22/the-little-death/

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Saturday Snark

This little bit of snarkery is from the latest in the Infected series, Infected: Life After Death: Roan started doing some basic searches on Ron’s Social Security number and name, and he gathered up his courage and called Randi at her office. When she answered the phone, she said, “This is a joke, right? Jon, is this you?” He sighed heavily. “It’s me, Randi, you know it’s me.” “No, it can’t be Roan. He’s a sad piece of shit who mopes all day.” “Look, I’m up now, I have a job, will you help me with something?” “Did bedbugs hire you?” she asked brightly. He banged his forehead on the edge of his desk, but it didn’t...

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My Kindlegraph page has been updated …

… so if you want me to sign your ebooks, it’s all in one handy place. Kindlegraph

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The Little Death is out today!

And in its honor, of course there’s a soundtrack.

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Free Roan & Paris story!

Free lost Roan & Paris story! Dreamspinner Press has an October promotion, “Halloween Howl”, where free stories by many authors are hidden around their site. I contributed a small Roan & Paris story! Where? Well, get the details at Dreamspinner’s page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php

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