Zoom Launch Party!

HORRO FROM WOMEN ABOUT WOMEN – Join us on October 12th to celebrate the release of this fabulous anthology: https://t.co/2ocIv4mkXG?amp=1

  •  The theme is Femme Fatale—that beautiful and seductive temptress who is sure to cause disaster and destruction wherever she chooses to go. This time, for the Castle of Horror, we’re taking a dark peek into the mind of the female. These are horror stories from females, about females, edited by a female, each one featuring a clever twist on the femme fatale. Is she the villain or is she the hero? With everything from demons and snakes to taxidermy and strip poker, we’ve pulled together 16 tales that may leave you looking at your wife, your lover, your best friend, or just your next door neighbor, wondering “what is she really thinking?” Featuring stories from P. J. Hoover, JP Brown, Christina Berry, Shelli Cornelison, Jessica Lee Anderson, Bernadette Johnson, S. de Freitas, Madeline Smoot, Carmen Gray, Jess Hagemann, Britta Jensen, S. N. Rodriguez, Miracle Austin, Katya de Becerra, M.J. Addy, and Beth Kander.

New Project

New Pen Name, too! I couldn’t help myself any longer. My curiosity about Kindle Vella got to me. And Rene Lewis is now having some fun with a new project over there.

BEYOND ALL THE PRETTY COLORS is live and the first four episodes are available with more to follow this week and in the weeks to come. This story is a young adult thriller featuring best friends, secrets, complicated family dynamics, kissing – so much kissing (!), betrayal, and an abduction. It’s told in dual timelines with one moving forward toward the abduction, and the other being revealed through fragmented memories of events after-the-fact.

When sixteen-year-old Maeve reluctantly agrees to a spontaneous road trip with her best friend, she finds herself intrigued by two guys they meet on the road. One gives her chills in all the best ways, the other in all the worst. But no one is all good or all bad. People are complicated, and sometimes, the hardest person to understand, and the hardest to forgive, is yourself.

Kindle Vella features stories told in Episodes meant to be read on a mobile device. The first three episodes of every story are free, sort of like the free preview in books on Amazon. More episodes can be purchased using tokens. New formats are exciting! Some fizzle, some take off like wildfire. What will KV do? Time will tell. In the meantime, please check it out and see what you think.


New Middle Grade Book Coming! Ready to Learn About Another City in Spooky America? Denver’s Ghost Stories are Coming August 2, 2021. Available for Pre-Order Now From Your Favorite Bookstore.


Some Ghostly Tales Coming 09/07/2020!

THE GHOSTLY TALES OF THE QUEEN MARY (writing as Shelli Timmons)

An illustrated chapter book featuring the many ghosts aboard the RMS Queen Mary, coming September 7, 2020 from Arcadia Publishing, just in time for haunting season, but it’s available for pre-order now from your favorite bookstore. Add it to your list if you’ve got a young reader in your life who likes ghost stories!

New Seven-Month Class Starting September, 2019

Join Lindsey Lane and me as we kick off a new seven-month journey starting in September, 2019. There will not be any workshop component to this course so, no obligation to read and offer feedback for fellow participants. You will not be obligated to anyone’s work but your own. This course is designed to focus solely on you: your writing, your goals, your growth. There will be a once-a-month meetup (you can video conference in if you’re not in Austin) to facilitate community and share as you’d like about your current project(s). Throughout the course, Lindsey and I will read forty pages each month from everyone and offer our feedback and direction based on individual goals.

Applications will be closing soon. More information and instructions for applying: https://www.facebook.com/TheWritingCourse2019/

This session of The Writing Course will run from September, 2019 – April, 2020. We will not meet during December. The course is limited to a maximum of eight participants.

Registration is Open for Our Next Short Fiction Class

Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 session of The Heart of Short Fiction six-week class/workshop in Austin, Texas. Lindsey Lane and I are excited to welcome a new group of writers and returning participants. Past participants have gone on to publish stories they workshopped in the class as well as to place second and receive an honorable mention in Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest!

This is a Wednesday evening class that will meet on 09/19, 09/26, 10/03, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24 at Austin Creative Alliance from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You can find more information at The Heart of Short Fiction on Facebook and please feel free to email us at Heartofshortfiction<at>gmail<dot>com for more details.