Posts Tagged ‘horror’

Video Update August 21, 2015

My first ever video to you all. An update on how things are going. I thank you so much for your support!

Love you all!

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.



  • √ 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • Undecided – podcasting now… to subscribe, go to 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’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!


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.


Emerian Rich and other 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


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!


  •  Horrific History – COMPLETE! Book by Hazardous Press Featuring my story “Prettiest Things”.
  • √  Dusk’s Warriors podnovel is COMPLETE – FINALLY!!
  • √ 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!


  • √ 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’s I should do something with this. Yep. I still need to do something with this.


  • 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.


  • 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!


Angry Music = Good Fight Scenes

I got a reader question that I thought I’d answer here. I think maybe it will be helpful to all of you writers looking for some angst!


I love your vampire series and am halfway through Artistic License. How do you gear up for a fight scene? Is there anything you do in particular that puts you in the fight state of mind? Thank you for writing. You’ve made me want to read again.


Josh, thank you so much! You don’t know what an email like this means to me. If I can put just a little pleasure into readers lives, I have done my job!

Now, on the conversation about how to get in gear for a fight scene, here is my secret. I have a list of songs and artists that I listen to whenever I am upset with someone or something. They are songs that help me release my anger without doing something stupid like slashing the jerk’s tires or punching him/her in the face.  When I encounter such a day, if I can I will write. I can usually get some really good fight scenes out of that. If I can’t write – like if I am on my way home from work in the car – I will listen to my angry music. This does two things…

  1. It lets me release my anger before I get home to my family. 
  2. It stores those angry feelings in the songs for me later.

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and it reminded you instantly of a time in the past when you were in love or going through a death in the family? It’s the same concept.

I advise you to make your own “Angry Song” list, but to help out, I have listed a handful of mine. I invite you to comment on your favorite Angry Songs!

Blood in My Eyes – Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, Godsmack

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Drowning Pool

F*ck U – Lily Allen

The Way I Am – Eminem

Bullet in the Head – Rage Against the Machine

Sway – Coal Chamber

Down with the Sickness – Disturbed

Head Like a Hole – NIN

I’m with Stupid – Static-X

Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe

Goodbye You Suck – Shiloh

AL Project ~ The Math

I’ve just spent four days working birth, death, and time period math. Not fun. Especially when I despise math!

Word to the wise. When setting up a story, set out all the time frames and player’s lives before you begin… or at least shortly after you begin. I have found this many times with my writing. When I was a beginning writer, I just wrote characters… I knew who they were and where they were going and a little about where they came from.  Unfortunately, if your character becomes the star of an unexpected series, you will need to have their back stories well in hand.

For Night’s Knights, this presented a problem when I was recently asked how a certain character, Sandro, became a vampire and what his maker was like. You see, I thought I was smart. I mapped out the vampire family tree before I finished the book. I had names and thought a little about their backgrounds. What I didn’t think about was time periods, what was happening in the world at the time and how a 4th generation vampire came from the spawn of Satan even though that spawn of Satan had been in human form while that 4th generation vampire was still a mortal. Yeah… figure THAT one out!

Boy, did that one take awhile to figure out. Sure, it made for an excellent plot twist, but trying to retrace your steps and make all the dots connect sucks!

I recently ran into this same problem with the AL project. Without giving too much away, this story takes place in 1912, briefly in 1978, and in 2011 (or present day). When I began the tale, I just figured the magic in the tale would take care of itself, but recently I’ve realized, it doesn’t. And backtracking ain’t fun guys and gals. So do your math first… sketch your characters out (even if you have them in your head), and know when they were born, how old they are, when they died, and who their parents were before you cement your tale. Especially if it’s a sort of multiple time period piece… otherwise you’ll spend four days working out the math and may realize your dates and characters are off! Needless to say…. changes must be made!

Maybe one day I will share my genius charrie book format with you. o.o

D is for Dread

Tonight started as a day all of us entertainers, authors… heck, computer users DREAD.

The day you have a long list of things to catch up on and you push the on button to your computer and zap! Nothing happens.

I couldn’t believe it. I did all the normal things… turned it off and on… hit the magic “reset” button… left it alone for awhile and came back… NOTHING!

I had given up… and in giving up, knew that these things wouldn’t happen: 

  • My writer’s group wouldn’t get their stories on time.
  • My bills wouldn’t get paid (Notice how I put the group before my basic human needs. Are you listening guys!? Lmao)
  • Updates on a few blogs and network sites wouldn’t get posted.
  • The 4th Chapter of True Love wouldn’t get uploaded for approval.
  • The edits I was going to put in for Sweet Dreams, wouldn’t get put in.
  • I wouldn’t catch up on my email.
  • And last… and most important, the Season Finale of Horror Addicts – #45 with Phil Rossi & Outworld, wouldn’t get listened to, edited, or posted by tomorrow night.

What a sad and most horrible day for this to happen!!!

But now I’m on, you say. What effected the change?!

Three hours later, I switched it on to take a picture of the screen it kept being stuck on and sha-zam… up pops the beautiful Black Butler desktop image I hold so dear to my heart. “Sebastian!!!” I squealed. (Yes… I do tend to talk to my computer screen when in crisis!) “Sebastian! You’re back!”

Needless to say, Sebastian and I got right to work.
Barring any computer issues, the Season Finale of Horror Addicts – #45 with Phil Rossi & Outworld will be posted tomorrow night and well… with all the computer drama I went through tonight-  5 out of 7 tasks completed ain’t bad honey!