Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Seeing Ghosts Cover Reveal, Post A-to-Z Road Trip, & Links

In lieu of [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, I've got an awesome image for you: the cover reveal of James Garcia, Jr.'s Seeing Ghosts!

Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son. While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with - alone for the week in the expansive two-storey house that he will soon discover holds many secrets. Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to hold onto the only thing that he has left in this world - his sanity.

Seeing Ghosts will be released on June 5! His previous novels are available from Amazon now: Dance on Fire and Dance on Fire: Flashpoint. You can find James at his blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

It's also time for the Post A-to-Z Road Trip! If you'd like to continue working your way through the list to visit all the participating blogs, sign up to accompany Tina, Nicole and myself on the trip. There are no strict rules, no required number of visits. Take it at your own pace, visit who you like. You can find more information over at the A-to-Z Challenge Blog. The linky will be added at the end of this post.

Now for some links.

Accepting Submissions:

Sirens Call Publications has two calls out for submissions. Fear of the Water, an anthology, closes May 20, and is looking for 4,000 to 10,000 word pieces. Pays with an e-contributor copy, discount on paper copies, and royalties. They are also seeking stories for their Bug Issue, with a deadline of May 31. For this, they'll take short stories, flash fiction, or poetry. Pays with an e-contributor copy.

Fringeworks is seeking short story submissions with the theme Dead Man's Tales. Deadline May 29th. Pays in royalties. 2000 to 6000 words.

Daily Science Fiction is looking for speculative fiction stories of 100 to 10,000 words. Pays 8 cents per word. Always open, so there is no specific deadline.

U.S. Kids is looking for stories for Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill Magazines for kids. Payment is $70 for two of the magazines, with Jack and Jill paying per word.

All KHP Publishers' imprints are accepting novel submissions right now. They have a wide variety of imprints, so be sure to look through the list.


713 Flash's monthly contest deadline is May 20, with the theme of Slipping Through Time. Pays $10.

Of Interest:

M. Bennardo did an interesting post on submitting short stories, entitled Short Story Submissions: Ten Case Studies. A great read for anyone diving into the submission process, or considering it.

Looking forward to James' new book? Isn't his cover gorgeous? Planning on joining the Road Trip? Considering submitting to any of the above publications/contests? Anything of interest to add?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Thanks for the great links!

    I entered the Dark Bits one you recommended last week, so I'll let you know how it goes :)

  2. Congratulations to James!
    Thinking about joining the road trip this year, but need to survive the next few weeks first.

  3. What a perfect cover for J.Garcia's new book. Thanks for the preview, the excerpt and his links.

    Looking forward to 'The Road Trip'...didn't do it last year, but thought I would give it a go this trip. There were so many blogs I didn't get to, that I'm sure will be ones I'll find and enjoy with you three gals.

    Thanks also, for the submissions list. One of these days....

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    Wordless Wednesday Texas Chicken Farm

  4. Congrats James and cool cover. Thanks for all the links Shannon.

  5. I love the cover. It sounds quite interesting!

  6. No worry I've signed up and on my way

  7. You are the recipient of the Liebster Award!!! check it out here:

  8. I like the cover. It's different and slightly haunting.

  9. Thanks for the great suggestions; I have a short story that needs a home.

  10. Okay, I'm taking the plunge with the A to Z Summer Road Trip. Should be a lot of fun!

  11. Interesting cover. Love that you can see gravestones in the background, as a person who frequents graveyards it made me smile. Perhaps I need to dress differently, lol.
    Oozing Out My Ears

  12. That's a beautiful cover and a cool synopsis. I like it. With that said, I don't know if I'm crazy about the title "Seeing Ghosts." But hey, not my book. Congrats to him for getting it out there (and with a spiffy-ass cover).

  13. Swagger Writers just joined the caravan!

  14. Thank you, Shannon. I really appreciate the shout out. That was very awesome of you. :) My thanks to everyone of your readers for their comments, too. Have a great week and weekend!


  15. so sorry! I forgot to add your questions...
    1. Why did you start a blog?
    2. what TV shows do you watch?
    3. fancy restaurant or hamburger joint?
    4. favorite leisure activity?
    5. serious or light-hearted?
    6. favorite genre in books you read
    7. coffee or tea?
    8. cats or dogs?
    9. introvert or extrovert?
    10. favorite movie?
    11. sweet or salty?

  16. I love the cover; it's gorgeous!

  17. Hi Shannon,

    Wishing James much success with "Seeing Ghosts." That's the spirit.

    Wish all who go along the alphabet road trip, much positive interaction. I shall visit as many as I can.

    Be well, Shannon.


  18. Congrats to James! It is a lovely cover. Thanks for the links - lots going on.

  19. Have you ever placed at Daily Science Fiction? They're a great market with a great product, but also, so competitive to get in!

  20. Many thanks, Shannon, for posting the submissions info! James' novel cover is breathtaking - looks like an enticing read! I'm up for a road trip:)

  21. The book looks interesting, might pick it up at some stage...

  22. Thanks for sharing some awesome links, and yes I am in the Road Trip, and am here as part of it :)

    Bhavya from Just Another Blog

  23. Thank you for the list of open submissions and contests! I might take advantage of a couple. :)

  24. I have joined the Road Trip! Will see how it goes. I like the idea of your Awards page. I am looking to create something similar.

    Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers
    Denise Reashore on Facebook

  25. This is a great post! I've joined the road trip, so now I just need to get on the ball with it a little more. :)

  26. A lot of these covers are pretty sweet. How much say does an author have? I've heard very little, but they can perhaps contest a cover they greatly disprove of.

    The book itself sounds interesting.

    I'd like to try to participate in the A to Z Road Trip. Not sure how thin that would stretch me, though.

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink