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Monday, January 25, 2021

Vlog Post with Monique Snyman - Dead of Winter

Photo Content from Chelsea Sedoti

Monique Snyman lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.


Paperback : 270 pages
ISBN-10 : 1645480593
ISBN-13 : 978-1645480594
Publisher : Black Spot Books (January 26, 2021)

Praise for DEAD OF WINTER 

"Readers looking for a wintry fright will appreciate a few gems [among] eight winter-themed tales of terror." —

"Diverse, unexpected, and solid in characterization, plots, and evolution...horror fans will relish the creative results in [Dead of Winter] that delights with its original, thought-provoking creations and twists on holiday themes." —

"Editor Ryan's selections perfectly fit the dark, gray, wintry mood that hits when cold weather has dragged on for too long. This anthology features eight short stories, each gripping, mind-bending, and truly creepy. Dead of Winter has something for every horror reader." —

Foreword by 2018 Bram Stoker Nominated Author Monique Snyman.
Edited by Lindy Ryan

Lindy Ryan is an entrepreneur, award-winning professor, and publishing professional. In 2011, Ryan was part of the executive leadership team that founded Radiant Advisors, a business intelligence research and advisory firm, where Miller developed and launched the company's editorial and research divisions, and later its data visualization practice, for clients that included 21st Century Fox Films, Fox Networks, Warner Bros., and Disney. She is the author of numerous papers and two textbooks - The Visual Imperative: Creating a Culture of Visual Discovery (Elsevier) and Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau (Pearson). She went on to teach at Rutgers University and Montclair State University, and remains a respected academic researcher. Now an accomplished publishing professional, Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Ryan is an award-winning editor and author. Currently, she is collaborating as the lead author on a horror franchise project with a top veteran Hollywood director and an award-winning screenwriter. When she's not immersed in books, Ryan is an avid historical researcher, with specific interest in nautical and maritime history, cryptozoology, and ancient civilizations. She is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management. She also writes clean, seasonal romance under the name Lindy Miller. Ryan currently resides in Juneau, Alaska where she enjoys hiking, crafting, and photography. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Monique Snyman's mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Daniel Buell is working as a content creator and blogger. He is an author from New Jersey. His first debut short story is being published in DEAD OF WINTER anthology by Black Spot Books.

Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles.


Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy novels about thing like tyrannical despots and the masked scoundrels who tickle them without mercy. He knows all the best swear words, though he refuses to repeat them because he doesn't want to attract goblins.

Alcy Leyva is a Bronx-born writer, teacher, and pizza enthusiast. He graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. He has been published in Popmatters, The Rumpus, Entropy Mag, and Quiet Lunch Magazine.

Cassondra Windwalker is a poet and novelist writing full time from the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. She is supported by a tolerant husband, three wandering offspring, a useless dog, and a zombie cat. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, and having other people's demons over for tea.


Dalena Storm has lived in India, Japan, Germany, and on both coasts of the United States. She currently resides in a converted general store in the woods of Western Massachusetts with a rare Burmese temple cat, a purring black fluff-beast, a professor of magic, and an infant with an astonishing ability to resist sleep.

N.J. Ember is a paranormal fiction author who loves to write stories about survival and triumph over adversity. Whether her characters are dealing with the paranormal or everyday life, she seeks to show that strength is not always about being superhuman or invulnerable. She enjoys anything with mystery, suspense and horror, so when she’s not writing you can find her watching shows like Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful and Sherlock.

She currently lives in Michigan with her grandpa and a forever growing collection of books and Funko Pop! figures.

Tiffany Meuret is a writer of monsters and twisted fairy tales. Her publications include Shoreline of Infinity, Luna Station Quarterly, Ellipsis Zine, and others. When not reading or writing, she is usually binge watching comfortable sitcoms from her childhood or telling her kids to put on their shoes for the tenth time. She lives in sunny Arizona with her husband, two kids, two chihuahuas, gecko, and tortoise.

Eight chilling tales to read under the Cold Moon.

A tinker’s son acquires a cursed soul.

A dying woman is haunted by her own reflection.

An uninvited presence haunts a Christmas seance.

A festive holiday turns macabre.

Despite the twinkling lights and steaming cocoa, the end of the year is the darkest time of the year—a season of short days, long nights, and cold skies. In this special anniversary anthology, the authors of Black Spot Books mix Ye Olde Yuletide hauntings with modern-day holiday horrors to weave a chilling new collection of dark winter tales. From frozen forests stalked by eerie Christmas ghosts to rotting gifts of winter malice, the spirits of Christmas come home for the holidays in the Dead of Winter. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Melissa Croce Interview - Single and Forced to Mingle

Photo Content from Melissa Croce 

Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Melissa Croce currently resides in New York, where she works in publishing, marketing books to librarians.

When she’s not working, she can be found reading tarot cards, watching hockey games, and spending way too much time on the internet, which is how Single and Forced to Mingle came to be.


Greatest thing you learned at school.
Honestly, learning how to communicate with people. I’m really fascinated by different types of communication and how what people say can be misconstrued so easily, or conversely how people communicate to persuade others. In college I took a class called “Communication in War” that was really interesting, and super applicable today in regards to how different types of political communication is deployed.

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
As a kid I was always writing stories, or verbally making up stories out loud to tell to anyone (mostly enraptured grandparents) who would listen. As I got older and Real Life intruded I didn’t know if writing was something I would be able to, or want to, pursue seriously, but I never stopped making up stories or writing, even if it was just in a journal.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I was interviewed by Publishers Weekly and my interviewer told me how much she liked the book and how it was helping her through a recent breakup! That was really nice to hear.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m doing NaNoWriMo right now, working on something that’s actually fiction! We’ll see if anything comes from it, but now I’m more committed to practicing writing more often in general, and it feels good.

If you could work for anyone you choose, who would it be?
I don’t have anyone in particular in mind. Ideally, whoever I work for I would want to be a dedicated mentor and a conscientious boss who respects and does well by me. That’s not asking for too much, right?

In your newest book, SINGLE AND FORCED TO MINGLE; can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel?
Sure! SINGLE is a non-fiction humor book where I basically tell you why it’s great being single, because although I think in some ways American society and culture are getting better about accepting people’s personal romantic choices, there are a lot of people who directly or indirectly make people feel bad about being single, and that’s their loss because it’s honestly great! I try to convince people this via lists, games, quizzes, and general advice. I also want to say that I think of this book as being pro-single versus being anti-relationship. If you’re single and want to be in a relationship, that’s fine! But, you know, stop and smell the single-roses every once in a while.

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from SINGLE AND FORCED TO MINGLE
One of my favorite sections of the book is a quiz called “Put Together Your Ideal Benefits Package and We’ll Give You a Fake Significant Other to Discuss at Your Next Event”. I wrote this quiz really early on in the writing process and it was a lot of fun. I spent a lot of time on trying to make sure I got all of the correct terminology! And, of course, it was fun to come up with three fake partners Spoiler: Options include a Gentle Hipster-Type, A Generic Himbo (is there a gender-neutral word for “himbo”?) or a Driven Workaholic.

I’m also really happy with how the section called “How to Survive Seeing Your Ex” turned out. I basically tried to take all of the potential anxieties about running into an ex and offer simple solutions for getting through the encounter as unscathed as possible. I personally hope I’ll never have to put them to use, but who knows what else 2020 will throw my way!


  • This book came about because I created a brochure about my life, tweeted about it, and it became viral.
  • I include a “fill-in-the-blank” brochure for readers to write themselves at the end of the book!
  • I wrote the majority of this book in ten days while I was home for the holidays. I do not recommend this method.
  • Because I live in the same city as where my publisher is, I was able to go into their offices one day and hash out the order of the book with my editor. Imagine us taking over a room with stacks of papers everywhere!
  • One of the most fun parts of this entire process was brainstorming with my agent and editor about how the cover would look-- the elements on the cover are all very intentional.
  • Such as… one element on the cover is an orange cat, and he’s inspired by one of my agent’s cats, August, who is a large, friendly, orange floof of a cat.
  • For all the dog lovers out there, we didn’t forget about you: somewhere inside the book there is a little fluffy white dog, who is inspired by my dog, Ellie.
  • Sometimes titles are really hard to come up with; this book had a title basically for as long as it existed, for which I’m grateful!
  • My aunt once asked me if the aunt-figure in this book was based on her, but she’s not. (The aunt in this book is named Aunt Carol, and I do not have an Aunt Carol!)
  • A lot of this book was written while having The Great British Bake-Off on in the background!
Meet the Characters
I don’t really have any main characters, since it’s non-fiction. I guess that I function as the reader’s “guide” but ultimately it’s their life so the main character is you!

Oh, I will say there is a recurring character named Aunt Carol, who is just meant to represent any well-meaning but nosy relative/friend/neighbor, etc. She loves to get up in your business and try and set you up with people, no matter how many excuses you have.

Your Journey to Publication

Okay, as I alluded to in the “Ten Random Facts” section, my journey to publication might definitely be categorized as “non-traditional” compared to how it’s normally done. Basically, it started when I was going home one weekend for my cousin’s wedding. I hadn’t seen a lot of people in a while and was joking with my coworkers about some of the questions I knew would be asked-- out of good intentions, but I was dreading the questions of “are you single?” or “when is it going to be your turn?”. So I joked about making a little brochure of FAQs to hand out to people while I made a quick getaway to the bar, and because I am a little obsessed with the website Canva, I went home and actually made one. Then I posted it online, and it went modestly viral on the internet, which led to an interview with Buzzfeed and mentions in various online publications, which led to a producer from Good Morning America calling me up, asking if I wanted to come on the Strahan and Sara show! As someone who works in publishing, I already had some connections and they reached out to me and were like, “We saw the brochure and we think it could be a book.” I was truly content with my two seconds of fame, but they encouraged me to consider and ultimately pursue it, and I’m very glad I did! Everyone has been so supportive; my work-mentor and friend came with me to the taping of Good Morning America and has been a huge cheerleader. My family is delighted by this wild chain of events that started with a Tweet and somehow ended up with a book. It’s been a really fun, overwhelming process!

Writing Behind the Scenes
I watched a lot of The Great British Bake-Off while I wrote this book. I like to have something on in the background, and I know that when each episode is over, if I’ve been diligently writing for the majority of it, I can take a little break! Sometimes I’ll listen to music but it really depends on what it is-- no bangers or bops, because then I’ll get distracted. I can write with other people around, especially if we’re both writing, but mostly I just write by myself!

What is the first job you have had?
I worked in the food area at an IKEA throughout most of high school and all of college. I’ll tell you this: I ate those swedish meatballs for years and shockingly I never got tired of them.

Best date you've ever had?

Either going to go to a museum or the zoo. I just like walking around and looking at things and sharing that experience with others!

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Can I afford to hit the snooze button? Or I start thinking about everything I have to get done that day.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
I’m going to be cliche and say the summer I studied abroad in Italy. It was an intensive poetry course and I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

What's your most missed memory?
Honestly, just hanging out with a bunch of friends at the park for a day. We’re all spread out now and I miss us.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
Oh, mannn, this is hard. The cynic in me wants to say the second one, but I think I’ll have to pick the first! Not to be corny, but every relationship-- platonic, romantic, etc.-- brings lessons and teaches you something about yourself and how you relate to others.

When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?
Crap, I forgot to blow-dry my hair last night, now it looks all weird.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
I love my bed, so usually I’m so happy about how cozy I am. Or if I went to bed too late, I’m like, why did you do this to yourself? Will you never learn???

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be?
I’ve torn my ACL twice and I would love to go back in time and make sure that that doesn’t happen!! Another experience I do not recommend.

A laugh-out-loud, tongue-in-cheek guidebook filled with hilarious and helpful advice—from how to dodge family members’ unwanted questions about babies to successfully creating a fake partner during wedding season—for anyone trying to survive and thrive in the midst of singledom. Perfect for fans of Hey Ladies! and Single State of Mind.

So, you’re single. Whether existing sans partner is a new state of being or you’ve been on this solo journey for a while, the fact of the matter is this: being single is actually awesome.

You can do whatever you want, travel wherever you want, and be your truest, most free self. But there are a lot of people out there—your mom, your married best friend, the wedding industry, society—who see things differently. To them, singledom is something to avoid at all cost, no matter how many times you tell them you love your life the way it is. The limit does not exist when it comes to telling Aunt Carol you still don’t want to be set up with her neighbor’s ex-stepson.

Now, Melissa Croce gives you the tips, tricks, and sage advice you need to graciously endure all of the cringe-worthy scenarios your single self may dread, from awkward small talk with an ex to navigating well-meaning but insensitive relatives. And it helps you truly flourish in your singledom, offering activities like quizzes aimed at helping you find a new hobby and tarot spreads for that cozy Saturday night in. Part real-world guide, part commiseration, and part celebration, Single and Forced to Mingle will steer you through the ups and downs of being single, reminding you just how good it feels to be free.

You can purchase Single and Forced to Mingle at the following Retailers:

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Thank you MELISSA CROCE for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Single and Forced to Mingle by Melissa Croce.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

|Podcast| Silent Lies - Victoria Lacoste

Photo Credit: Sandrine Gomez

Despite her eponymous last name, heiress Victoria Lacoste (from French fashion and sport empire Lacoste), rebelled against her famous family heritage to pursue a career in acting. At the young age of 11, she toured across France and Switzerland in a series of professional musicals before becoming the first foreigner in history to be admitted to the BFA Theater program at the University of Colorado Boulder, receiving two prestigious Irene Nominations for her performances.

Most recently, she has starred as ‘Q’ in Asking For A Friend, shot in Los Angeles, and played supporting lead in ‘The 4th Wall,’ shot in Paris, now in festivals.

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Lacoste is soon due to star with Issy Knopfler (Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men) in short film Silent Lies. 

Coming from the Lacoste family, Victoria was expected to follow the family business into fashion - but took a hard right turn with film - and more specifically, horror. While her family name might sound like an advantage in many ways, it was also a huge challenge for her to be taken seriously as both a creative and entrepreneur within the industry. This is partly why she decided to focus on helping to uplift up and coming, emerging talent from other women.

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Wild Open Faces by Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher : Bad Apple Books (December 17, 2020)
Language: : English
Paperback : 351 pages
ISBN-10 : 1733514015
ISBN-13 : 978-1733514019


“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” Midwest Book Review


“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)

“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby's destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review

“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review

“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review

“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward

“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

** First Place Winner — Young Adult Fiction: 2020 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 National Federation Press Women
** Gold Medal Winner (First Place) - Young Adult Mythology/Folklore; 2020 Reader's Choice International  
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 New Mexico Women's Press  

Surfaces are deceiving . . .

After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.
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Photo Credit: Shoshanna Bettencourt

Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). 


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