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April 2014 Updates!

Hello readers and listeners. I hope you are having a fabulous Spring!
Wow… What a busy couple of months! I’ve been working so hard on the Sweet Dream Series and so I have a lot of news! First, the freshly squeezed stuff to read, then… an update on all those projects you are looking forward to.

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COMING SOON

  • √ Coming soon… Anime Girl 2: Abby and Chase are back with this exciting surprise follow-up to Anime Girl. Find out what happens when Abby meets Chase in San Francisco for a con where he is obligated to take care of the sexiest cyborg on the planet – Miss Tosh James. Just waiting on the cover – hoping to publish in May.
  • √ Coming soon… Rich & Roulo: Volume 2, RUINS: Contains a poem from me, “Goddess” and a short story “The Mummy”. We’re almost ready for print, should be out in May.
  • √ Coming soon… True Love? Sweet Dreams #3 is on the editors desk, hoping to publish in May.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES STATS

  • SD#1 Sweet Dreams – available now.
  • SD#2 Star Struck – available now.
  • SD#3 True Love?  – 2nd review with the editor. Hoping to publish in May.
  • SD#4 Undecided  – podcasting now…to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • SD#5: One More Try – The first readers have reported back and I am doing some rewrites of the main battle scene.
  • SD#6 – 2 B with U
  • SD#7 – Anything 4 U
  • SD#8 – Life or Death
  • Anime Girl 1 – available now.
  • Anime Girl 2 – coming soon.

NIGHT’S KNIGHTS SERIES

  • NK#1 Night’s Knights – available now.
  • NK#2  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to an editor.
  • NK#3 Day’s Children

  • NK#4 Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  •  Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.  SOLD!
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

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February 2014 Updates!

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Happy Valentines to all you romance-crazed readers and to all you who despise the holiday, I have some horror news that will make you a little less disgruntled! Let’s start with new stuff first, then I’ll give you some lovey dovey Valentines suggestions.

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  • √   Phobias – COMPLETE! Book by Hidden Thoughts Press featuring my non-fiction tale of my fear of monkeys called “The Monkey Queen”.
  •  √  One Hellacious Halloween– COMPLETE! Book by Horror Novel Reviews Featuring my story “SoulTaker 2.0”.
  • √ Coming soon… “Slice” TBA
  • √ Coming soon… Rich & Roulo: Volume 2, RUINS: We’re working on this now.

FOR THE LOVEY DOVEYS

  • √  Sweet Dreams – The story of two music lovers overcoming social class lines, parental disapproval, and ghosts from their pasts to prove that their love is meant to last.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – Sexy, hot, horrifying love! Read how my vampire prince lets his desire overtake his senses.
  • √  Anime Girl – Written in the world of Sweet Dreams, this novelette is about love between a manga artist and her talent manager.
  • √  Artistic License -Love between a woman and a man from the past as they battle shadow demons in her newly inherited home.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES

  • Undecided (SD#4) – podcasting now…to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Star Struck (SD#2) – For those of you more interested in the print versions of these books, never fear! This is on the 2nd editor pass!
  • True Love? (SD#3) – Done with the first draft edit, inputting edits and then off to the editor!
  • SD#5: One More Try – This is out to the first readers!

Night’s Knights SERIES

  • √  Dusk’s Warriors Working on the first read through now, then on to inputting edits and getting this puppy out to an editor.
  • Day’s Children

  • Dawn’s Drog


OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. It’s coming along!
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  •  Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.  SOLD!
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

Lookalikes – Writing Research

What does writing research have to do with Hollywood lookalikes? Well, it combines my two favorite things, the website imdb.com and my love of digging for the truth! When researching movies and actors there is no better site than imdb.com, the internet movie database. I have the app on my phone and use it daily, but recently was shocked to find out some people don’t know about it.

How do I use it for my writing? Well, let’s say you’re trying to reference a certain actor for your character to mention in your text. You can’t say… “You know that one guy who played that cop in that one show with the other guy who is always the bad guy? THAT’s who I’m gonna act like when I smash your skull to bits.” Not as powerful as if you know what you’re talking about, right? I also search stars when I am looking for character pictures for my own personal slam books.

This post is one I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I am just amazed at how many lookalikes there are in Hollywood. When I was younger and we moved a lot, mom used to tell me there are only 1,000 people in the world, so when we moved and saw someone who looked like someone from our old town, she’d nod knowingly. “I told you so.” Her theory stood up when I was five. Now that I know that’s not true, I am still fascinated by lookalikes… so let’s see if you agree with my observations.

Catherine Mary Stewart vs. Jessica Steen
Catherine was in the Night of the Comet – our favorite zombie-smashing, video game playing, cheerleader’s older sister, hide in the movie theater projection room hottie. Jessica was in one of my favorite 80’s movies, Sing and also in a great TV series called Homefront. For the life of me, I can never tell the two apart. They are both gorgeous women and have aged well.
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Cher Lloyd vs Kaya Scodelario
The bad girl from X Factor UK vs. the bad girl from Skins. They both happen to be from the UK, but as far as I know, are no relation.

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Rick Ocasek vs. Ivan E. Roth, or “Willy” the head stock boy in Night of the Comet.
I actually thought Rick Ocasek from the Cars played this zombie stock boy for years! Add a little zombie makeup and he could do it!
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Alexandra Chando vs. Nina Dobrev
The Lying Game‘s star vs. The Vampire Diaries star. What’s more is they both play “twin” like characters on their shows. Alexandra is playing twin girls, separated at birth and Nina is playing the lead Elena and her doppelganger vampire ancestor from the past.alexnina

Sam Trammell vs. Matthew Settle
The wolf from True Blood vs. the dad from Gossip Girlsammat

Demi Moore and Jordana Brewster
Mom and daughter? When I first saw Jordana in D.E.B.S. I thought for sure she was Demi’s daughter.

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Do you have any Hollywood lookalikes?
Is there a site you use for reference that you couldn’t live without?

What the heck has Emz been doing? Update Dec 2013

Oh man… you guys, I didn’t even know it had been since July that I made an update post. Bad, bad author.

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Sorry to all of you who wanted to meet at the 100 Authors Event and ConVolution. I had to cancel these events because of family life. Hope to do more events in 2014. I’ve been going through a big life change, but it is for the better. It gives me more time to write and so I dug into my projects with a gusto and totally forgot about blogging. The up side? I have lots of lit news! Let’s get on with it!

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  •    halloweenOne Hellacious Halloween – COMPLETE! Book by Horror Novel Reviews Featuring my story “SoulTaker 2.0”.
  • √  Anime Girl – COMPLETE! A new novelette written in the world of Sweet Dreams. So excited about this one. It’s available now on Kindle and the cover art is by a long-time reader of mine, Alyssa Loveless. Abby Tanaka is the creator of the fastest selling manga series on the market, Shuttle 5. Chase Everett, a talent manager with Malloy Inc., promises to take away Abby’s stress. Find out what happens when they finally meet.
  • √  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Thhorrifichistorygrings”.

SWEET DREAMS SERIES

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Star Struck – For those of you more interested in the print versions of these books, never fear! I am finished the final edits for Star Struck and it’s on the editor’s desk! Looks like this one will be in 2014. After Star Struck, will of course be True Love!
  • SD#5: One More Try – Just finishing up the edit inputs for this puppy! Hoping to send out to my first readers very soon. Can’t wait to podcast this one. Cyn will have a spotlight like in Undecided, but so will Victoria as her 1st solo gig approaches.

Night’s Knights SERIES

  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – my next move on this is to input all of Dusk’s Warriors edits and get a really good first draft… then move on there through the edit and print process.
  • Day’s Children – is the next to write, but I’ve only got a handful of notes.
  • Dawn’s Drog – will be the fourth (I won’t say final – but it’s the final in my 4-part plan) novel in the series. I have even less notes on this one.

OTHER SERIES/STORIES

  • Northanger Abbey rewrite – This will be the next full-length novel to release. I am looking forward to getting this one all together since I’ve been taking notes on it for years.
  • Phantom rewrite – I just decided a year or so ago to do this… the ideas are still churning. After watching Love Never Dies, it rekindled my interest in Phantom’s tale.

PODCASTING

  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to www.SweetDreamsNovel.com for updates.
  • Artistic License – collecting voices and recording now.

COMING SOON 

  • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
  • √ Rich & Roulo: Volume 2: We’re working on this now. 

AVAILABLE NOW

  • √  hdfrontcoverHorrorAddicts.net Season 8 is COMPLETE – gearing up for Season 9 in 2014!
  • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
  • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √ “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
  • 999 word story about Halloween/Soul Taking. Submitted to a flash contest, pending. SOLD! See above.
  • √ Nonfiction piece about my autistic son. Submitted, pending.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

Thank you all for your emails and kind, encouraging words. Check out the word counts on the left, because I’ve been working!!!
Happy reading and listening!

~Emz

Updates 5.14.13

Hello readers! Haven’t done an updates post since March! Geez… how time flies.

Before I get to my list (you know how I like to make lists!) I want to talk about an event I will be at very soon.

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Emerian Rich and other HorrorAddicts.net authors will be at this year’s BayCon. BayCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. The convention takes place over Memorial Day weekend, starting on Friday afternoon May 24th, and ending Monday, May 27th.

Read more about BayCon at: BayCon 2013

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Another topic on my list these days is my computer! It crashed, it came back, it crashed, it came back… now it is a Frankenstein-like creation, sewn together by my husband, that is actually working quite well now-thanks hubby! :). Good news, is it’s back and I didn’t lose any of the audio I created before the crash, bad news is that I lost about two months in the process of it turning evil on me! So… want to let you all know that the podcast projects Undecided (#4 in the Sweet Dreams series) and Artistic License are back on track. Also the print novels Star Struck and True Love (#2 & #3 in the Sweet Dreams series) are also back on track. I have one more project called Anime Girl that is in the Sweet Dreams world that will be coming out on Kindle soon. So, without further ado…. THE LIST!

NEW AND AVAILABLE NOW

  •  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Things”.
  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – FINALLY!!
  • √  HorrorAddicts.net Season 8 is alive and kickin’!
  • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
  • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
  • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!

COMING SOON 

  • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
  • √ Anime Girl, A Sweet Dreams Novelette, coming to Kindle soon. Waiting on cover and final draft. So excited to get this one out to you guys!

SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)

  • √  “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
  • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
  • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.

LOOSE ENDS

  • Undecided, the 4th book in the Sweet Dreams Series is completed!  I still need a cover for this book! O.o And I am in the recording phase – Chapter 8. You can read a sneak peek here on the 7/7 challenge blogStill in the recording phase!
  • Star Struck and True Love – Inputting corrections right now so that I can send this off to the editor and have done with it! Hoping to get these two print novels out by the end of 2013!
  • I am also reading, One More Try, the 5th book in the Sweet Dreams Series. It is needing some adjustments because of the way Undecided ended up, but because I have basically the whole book written, it should be fast going. I would estimate I am about 6 10 Chapters in. Have not worked more on this yet. WILL! Want to get Undecided out and publish the 2nd and 3rd novels before I move on.
  • o.o I forgot about this story! I wonder where it is!? Found it! “This is a Demons do Bad Things on Halloween story. Challenging myself to stay under 1000 words. Can I do it?” I found it, I’m working on it. I would estimate it’s about at 800 words. I need to close it up before I go over. Still working on this one. It’s taken a back seat to the other publications I am working on right now.

NEW PROJECTS!

  • Northanger – still pumping away. Yep, haven’t touched this in awhile, but will get back to it soon.
  • Phantom – I wasn’t going to start this until WAY in the future, but I watched Love Never Dies and was immensely inspired to carry forward on this. Can’t get it out of my mind. I haven’t written any of the text yet, but the entire plot and character slam book few out of my pen onto the page at about 5000 words and counting. Seems like it will be a quick write, but only if I’m not distracted, which seems to happen so easily! Yikes… got distracted! I still love this story and you can read an excerpt here on the 7/7 challenge blog. It’s the second story blurb.

For all of you into the word count thing, I’ve updated my list to the left!
Happy reading!

~Emz

March Updates

Wow. I haven’t done an update since November, so it’s time to kick it in high gear again. Lots going on… here’s the run down:

  • ON SALE NOW

    • √  Horrible Disasters – COMPLETE! Featuring my 1906 San Francisco Earthquake story, “Hammersmith House”. All profit goes to help disaster relief.
    • √  Rich & Roulo: Volume 1, DESIRE – COMPLETE! Kindle eBook short story collection with me and H. E. Roulo. This is a new series we’ve kept top secret till now. We will be rolling more of these out. I’m excited about this project. Hope you are too.
    • √  Artistic License – COMPLETE! Podnovel version coming soon!
  • COMING SOON 
    • √ Vampire short story, “Prettiest Things” SOLD to Hazardous Press! Publication details coming soon.
    • √ Monkey phobia short story, “The Monkey Queen” SOLD to Hidden Thoughts Press! Publication news to follow.
    • HorrorAddicts.net Season 8 starts March 30th!
  • SHOPPING (love this term. makes it seem fun!)
    • √  “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to 3rd new market, waiting.
    • √ Gorey flash fiction piece. COMPLETE! Stayed to 500 words only. I remembered where I am going to submit, but have not sent it yet. There is something it needs. Tweaking, then I will resubmit.
    • √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.
  • LOOSE ENDS
    • Undecided, the 4th book in the Sweet Dreams Series is completed!  I am in the recording phase – Chapter 8. You can read a sneak peek here on the 7/7 challenge blog.
    • I am also reading, One More Try, the 5th book in the Sweet Dreams Series. It is needing some adjustments because of the way Undecided ended up, but because I have basically the whole book written, it should be fast going. I would estimate I am about 6 10 Chapters in. Have not worked more on this yet. WILL! Want to get Undecided out and publish the 2nd and 3rd novels before I move on.
    • Dusk Warriors, the vampire sequel to Night’s Knights is still going on podcast. Almost done. I estimate 1-2 casts left to wrap that puppy up!  Last episode with extras is being produced as we speak! Lots of fun goodies on this, so it might take a bit.
    • o.o I forgot about this story! I wonder where it is!? Found it! “This is a Demons do Bad Things on Halloween story. Challenging myself to stay under 1000 words. Can I do it?” I found it, I’m working on it. I would estimate it’s about at 800 words. I need to close it up before I go over.
  • NEW PROJECTS!
    • LOVELY BRAND NEW-SPANKING NEWS!!! I am writing a short story in my Sweet Dreams world. It came to me and would not be denied. I’ve been typing it now every spare moment (not many of those) for about 2 weeks. I can’t tell you much, but the star’s name is Abbey and she is a manga/anime writer/artist. I can’t wait to break this one out. I’m planning it to be a short story, Kindle only for now.
    • Northanger – still pumping away. Yep, haven’t touched this in awhile, but will get back to it soon.
    • Phantom – I wasn’t going to start this until WAY in the future, but I watched Love Never Dies and was immensely inspired to carry forward on this. Can’t get it out of my mind. I haven’t written any of the text yet, but the entire plot and character slam book few out of my pen onto the page at about 5000 words and counting. Seems like it will be a quick write, but only if I’m not distracted, which seems to happen so easily! Yikes… got distracted! I still love this story and you can read an excerpt here on the 7/7 challenge blog. It’s the second story blurb.

For all of you into the word count thing, I’ve updated my list to the left!
Happy reading!

~Emz

October Updates

Wow… looking at this list and the sidebar of word counts, I realize… I am so behind on updating everyone on news!!! So here it goes.

  • √  Artistic License – Ready to order and don’t miss my extra freebies pack! Podnovel version coming soon! 🙂
  • Vampire short story, anthology was cancelled — grrr! Am looking for a new market for this.
  • √  “Haunted Item” short story is awesome — submitted to new market, waiting for answer.
  • √  GothHaus 3, The Gothmazing Race – COMPLETED! Last episode will air on HorrorAddicts.net #84… incidentally our season finale, so that means I get a little time off and then time to finish up all these loose ends.
  • LOOSE ENDS
    • Undecided, the 4th book in the Sweet Dreams Series is completed!  I need to have time at the computer to put it in so I can podcast later this year.
    • I am also reading, One More Try, the 5th book in the Sweet Dreams Series. It is needing some adjustments because of the way Undecided ended up, but because I have basically the whole book written, it should be fast going. I would estimate I am about 6 Chapters in.
    • Dusk Warriors, the vampire sequel to Night’s Knights is still going on podcast. Almost done. I estimate 1-2 casts left to wrap that puppy up!
  • Horror Disaster Anthology is coming along nicely. We are in the formatting stage and the target of late 2012 seems to be pretty right on.
  • o.o I forgot about this story! I wonder where it is!? “This is a Demons do Bad Things on Halloween story. Challenging myself to stay under 1000 words. Can I do it?”
  • Gorey flash fiction piece. Challenging myself to 500 words only. Can I do it? I’m about 200 words in. Choosing words very carefully.
  •  √  Wrote a 100 word story for HorrorAddicts.net’s 100 word story episode. And I did write about a bird… “I am sort of digging birds right now. Black shiny ones that can peck out your eyes and get caught in your hair.” But not like you might think. Listen to HorrorAddicts.net #82 to hear this.
  • I’m starting a couple new projects with my friend H. E. Roulo. Too soon to talk about one. The other… well, it’s soon too, but let’s just say it’s going ot be for your Kindle and boy are you going to get excited when I tell you about it!

For all of you into the word count thing, I’ve updated my list to the left!
Happy reading!

~Emz

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