Three Flashies from a Friday in June

It’s a Friday worth Flashin’.

Cleave Unto Her by Bokerah

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WOE by Bokerah

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Much Ado About Something

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Be sure to enter your flash fiction in Splickety’s Lost at Sea contest, up to 1000 words, Deadline of July 10, 2015.

And the Cisco Writer’s Club Writing Contest! 6 categories and quadrupled prizes. Deadline July 31, 2015.

Interview with {J. M. Miller}: Part One

J.M. Miller is releasing her Falling in Deep novella, Deep Breath, next Tuesday, June 16, 2015. I caught up with the author recently, and she agreed to answer a few questions. (:

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Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

I’m a military spouse and I have one daughter. I live in Florida right now, but don’t plan to stay permanently. I have four novels that are Young Adult or New Adult Romance. Deep Breath is my first novella.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing my first novel at the end of 2009. After querying a couple of projects, I finally decided to self-publish at the end of 2012. The hardest part of writing used to be research because it’s time consuming. Now, since I’m an Indie, I think the hardest part of writing is publishing. Writing is the easy part; everything that follows takes more work.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

Oh, wow. I think my male MC from The Line That Binds series is my favorite. He was my first attempt at writing first-person male and I had a lot of fun creating him.

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Music is a big one for me. I’m a lyric lover. If I’m stuck with whatever I’m working on, I’ll read, watch a movie, or listen to some music. It usually helps.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I’ve stuck with YA and Na categories so far, but with genre, I jump around—Coming of Age, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense.

Watch for Part Two of my interview with J.M. Miller on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

PreOrder the AWESOMENESS here.Deep Breath

Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.

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J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida.
When she isn’t distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery or suspense thrown in for fun. Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Cold Water Bridegroom by {B. Brumley}

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is drawn to the ocean, and he’s spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of a dark haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and everyone he loves?  

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What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

I included the Blue Men of Minch and 1830 Mermaid of Benbecula. Both are briefly mentioned in history, but they were great for my novella.

What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and I were brainstorming during a Write Day at the Albergucci estate. I joked that I might do something completely ridiculous this time…  My husband and I really like UFC champ Coner McGregor +  I like beards = Calder was born. To be different, I decided that Cold Water Bridegroom should mostly be written from Calder Brumen’s point of view.

Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Calder Brumen: Gerard Butler (think: redheaded Leonidas that paints), Gaire: Ayelet Zurer or Alexis Knapp (but, man, Jenn Proske has the hair), Mike Love: Scott Evans (Captain America’s younger brother) or Brett Tucker, though they are both a bit tall for the role. Venora: To be honest, she’d be much harder to cast, but I bet Uma Thurman could pull it off. If Uma was busy that year, I’d choose Cate Blanchett. I still haven’t figured out the twins.

What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

I think the hardest part was making the characters believable, while crossing from water to land, or even into the mer-city – just how to make it all work, think of and answer all the questions.

Ursula or Ariel?

Ummm…. Can I pick King Triton? 😉

What else should we know about your novella?

Set in San Francisco, Calder is an moody artist looking for his forever. Somebody dies. (:

Bokerah Brumley is an award-winning freelance writer. In her spare time, Bokerah enjoys climbing trees, photographing peacocks, and writing flash fiction. Two novellas and one novel are planned for 2015. She lives with her husband, five kids, and three dogs in West Texas where she serves as the blue-haired publicity officer for the Cisco Writers Club.

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Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

“Hush, Calder,” she whispered.

Pulling the sheet from the floor, she slipped into the bed, covering them both. The feel of her against his side brought on another struggle to touch her, another groan of her name.

“You’re dreaming. Go back to sleep.”

The edges of the room twisted inward when Gaire’s fingers fluttered up his thigh. The scent of saltwater, coconuts and jasmine grew stronger, lulling him and clouding his mind. He struggled to reach out to her, but his limbs did not respond and then even his thoughts fell silent, swallowed by the warmth of her gentle lips on his.

She murmured something against his mouth, but he could no longer understand her words. He drifted in the confusion her nearness wrought.

*              *              *

He glanced around the room through squinted eyes. Always wake up alone. The glaring sun streamed through the open sliding door. The white chiffon curtains fluttered in the wind, but there was no other movement in the room. When he propped himself up on his elbows, bits of sand jumped along the edge of the king-sized bed.

Real… she’s real, she’s always been real. 

He scrubbed his hand over his face. Does she come every night?

Small, sandy footprints led toward the bed from the balcony, but none led away. Flashes of softness, warmth, bright red lips calling his name, feathery kisses across his chest.

He felt a flush creep across his body.

Oh, good god… I think I’ve finally gone insane.

Cold Water Bridegroom – RELEASING AUGUST 4, 2015!

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Recap of Monday in #MommyWriteLife (and why my #Periscope #Debut is delayed) AND a #CoverReveal

And HERE is what I received last week from Lori at Contagious Covers.  She’s awesome!

Yesterday, I intended to conduct my first broadcast on Periscope. Unfortunately, life happened at a spectacular speed, and the day ended – outlasting my mental capacity to be engaging.

At 7:30 AM, I took my oldest son to his first job, and with a terror I thought I had tamed, I realized I had no way to contact him. Normally, I yell from my desk, and he answers. No such Monday luck.

Enter: a Wal-mart purchased go phone. Once procured, it took a while to set up and rid the device of internet access. By the end, I felt worn out. (How did he get to be old enough for a summer job?)

Not to mention, my daughter (see her here) had some leftover birthday money. During the Wal-Mart trip, she bought a pink, Frozen microphone. Guess what it plays. Let it Go. All over the house. ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE. She’s been belting it out, with a dramatic flare, for the past 24 hours. Her brothers are ecstatic. (Oh! The Sarcasm!)

Monday had newspaper articles to write, brainstorming to do, and I was able to pitch my SciFi WIP (work-in-progress) to a potential narrator. (He tentatively agreed – *happy dance.*)

This morning, I was notified that I will be shortlisted by Mash Stories for a bit of flash fiction. It’s a piece featuring one of my current SciFi WIP characters – makes for an awesome Tuesday!

I am working on creating a fiction proposal to pitch to publishers in July at the DFW Writers Conference. In honor of my WIP, and my Periscope debut later today, I’ve donned my Millennium Falcon t-shirt, and THIS is on repeat in a YouTube tab while I pound out the words on my young adult Space Opera.

Off to plan.written plan

~B

Happy Star Wars Day!

This is a few hours late, but I’m a mom.  Moms are always happy to arrive anywhere in one piece, fully dressed, and no one left behind.  Late is something we happily endure.

Happy Star Wars Day!

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I’m reading an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from a new book coming May 26.  I’ve already pre-ordered it.  It’s called Scales. Pauline Creeden.  I’m hoping to do a review and interview with her later this month.

Check it out Scales: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella.  I love her work.

Until tomorrow,

~B

CWC Book Look – WIN a Kindle Fire!

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Cisco Writers Club Working Beside Cisco Civic League

First annual CWC Book Look held adjacent to the 42nd Annual Cisco Civic League FolkLife Festival

April 25 – April 26, 2015 (Cisco, Texas) – The Cisco Writers Club is proud to offer Book Look 2015 alongside the Cisco Civic League’s 42nd Annual Folklife Festival.  Located on Cisco College Hill in Cisco, Texas, these family friendly events are held Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the FolkLife Festival is only $3 with free admittance to CWC Book Look 2015.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the CWC, a diversity of authors will be present to sign books and meet readers. USA Today best-selling author Ophelia London, Mom’s Choice award-winning teen’s and children’s author Amanda M. Thrasher, and award-winning multi-genre author Margo Bond Collins, to name a few. Some of our local authors are Cisco’s own Dr. Duane Hale and Eastland’s own Marsha Vermillion.  Also, local authors Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and Nancy Masters. Other Texas authors include Matthew Gene, Dr. David Bedford, JoAnna Grace, David Hughes, C.A. Szarek, Emma Gingerich, Amanda Stone Norton, with more possible. All ages are welcome.  Door prizes, including a Kindle Fire, will be given away.

The FolkLife Festival boasts over 40 vendors providing—among other things—the following: special gifts, crafts, jewelry, health and beauty products, unique services, furniture, art, and one-of-a-kind treasures.  Fun events will be happening around the Folklife Festival, as well.  Friday evening, April 24, enjoy a barbeque dinner on the Folklife Festival grounds hosted by the Cisco Lion’s Club.  Later, from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. there will be a street dance downtown featuring the Jason Ryan Band.  On Saturday downtown businesses will have sidewalk sales, quilt displays, a wildflower show, and a pet contest.

“There will be many fun things going on and so much for the family to do,” said Leeann Barron, President of the Cisco Civic League.  “We will have great food, including the legendary homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and strawberry shortcake.  Fun activities for the kids will include bouncy houses and games.  Interactive pioneer life activities and demonstrations will take us back to our Texas roots, and top-notch performances on the entertainment stage will have us smiling and singing along.”

“It’s an honor to be able to bring attention to our Texas literary community,” said Cisco Writers Club President, Anna Albergucci.  “We are celebrating our 40th year in a big way. We’re excited to offer the Book Look alongside the FolkLife Festival, working with our sister organization, the Civic League. And we greatly appreciate Cisco College and their Library staff member Elizabeth Speer for facilitating our event. We want to bring attention to Cisco, our long-standing traditions, and everything good this community has to offer. We hope that you visit with the authors, learn about their journeys, and if you, too, are interested in writing, we hope you find this helpful in your own journey. Can’t wait to see you there!”

With a variety of events that the whole family can enjoy, the weekend of April 25 and April 26, 2015, Cisco, Texas, is the place to be.

About Cisco Writers Club

The Cisco Writers Club was established in February 1975 by some twenty determined, industrious writers. The mission of the Cisco Writers Club is to encourage the development and improvement of its members through educational and informational programs, workshops, seminars and contests; to stimulate the systematic study of writing and research methods; to offer constructive criticism of individual members’ writings. Members from the Central Texas area gather the first Thursday night of each month for meetings, workshops, speakers, writing challenges, and mutual encouragement.

About Cisco Civic League

Established in 1967, the Cisco Civic League is a service group of women dedicated to helping the community.  Through their fundraisers and donations community projects of many types have been funded, from civic support and beautification efforts to assisting area social services groups.

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CWC Book Look 2015

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Cisco Writers Club Book Look 2015

First annual CWC Book Look offered by the Cisco Writers Club

April 25 – April 26, 2015 (Cisco, Texas) – The Cisco Writers Club is proud to offer the first ever CWC Book Look.  The CWC is welcoming over 15 authors to Cisco College Library in Cisco, Texas, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Door prizes and giveaways will be available.  $3 admission to the Cisco Civic League FolkLife Festival is applicable.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the CWC, over fifteen authors will be present to sign books and meet readers. USA Today best-selling author Ophelia London, Mom’s Choice award-winning teen’s and children’s author Amanda M. Thrasher, and award-winning multi-genre author Margo Bond Collins, to name a few. Some of our local authors are Cisco’s own Dr. Duane Hale and Eastland’s own Marsha Vermillion.  Also, local authors Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and Nancy Masters. Other Texas authors include Matthew Gene, Dr. David Bedford, JoAnna Grace, David Hughes, C.A. Szarek, Emma Gingerich, Amanda Stone Norton, with more possible. All ages are welcome.  There will be story time and crafts for younger children. Children’s books will be available, as well as young adult.  For adults, the CWC Book Look will offer a wide array of genres – including romance, paranormal, horror, science fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, local history, inspirational, and others—to fulfill the reading interests of everyone.

“Our goal is our motto, ‘helping writers where they are,’” said Amber Draeger, CWC Programs Coordinator.  “Too often in rural Texas, we lack the resources and the support system that is found in the metroplex, so we want to be a literary hub for this area of Texas for all the writers that are willing to come and join us.  Our goal is to help as many people get to their dreams as possible.”

Come meet the authors, take a photo, snag signed copies, win prizes, and help the CWC celebrate this first annual event.

About Cisco Writers Club

The Cisco Writers Club was established in February 1975 by some twenty determined, industrious writers. For some, writing earned their daily bread. For others, it was a hobby and diversion. All wanted to learn, progress, and share the journey. Cisco Writers Club is a support group for writers. The mission of the Cisco Writers Club is to encourage the development and improvement of its members through educational and informational programs, workshops, seminars and contests; to stimulate the systematic study of writing and research methods; to offer constructive criticism of individual members’ writings. Members from the Central Texas area gather the first Thursday night of each month for meetings, workshops, speakers, writing challenges, and mutual encouragement.

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