Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Haunted Realm Book Launch & Links

Before we jump into this week's links, say hi to Emilyann Girdner, whose book The Haunted Realm just came out yesterday.


The Haunted Realm is the thrilling sequel to Young Adult Fantasy novel The Labyrinth Wall (Tweeted by Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, 5 Star Reader's Favorite Rated and Amazon Best-Seller).

In this riveting continuation of the story, Araina again faces a series of seemingly impossible magical obstacles. As Araina and her friends search for answers about their Creators and their magical labyrinth world, their journey becomes rife with peril when Araina falls victim to illness. Despite heart-pricking losses in the labyrinth swamps, vengeful ghostly attackers in the Blinking Willows, and many other dangerous obstacles, Araina is determined to succeed. If Araina can’t solve the mysteries of the haunted realm and find a cure for her sickness, she and her friends may never escape the labyrinth, or even live to try.

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Happy Book Birthday, Emilyann! As someone who had a youthful crush on Sean Astin, I can't help but mentally squee that he tweeted about your book (and that you got to meet him.)

Now for some links. Please bear in mind that I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting to a contest or publication.

Accepting Submissions:

Pantheon Magazine's ninth issue has a theme of Hestia. They are seeking short stories, poetry, and reviews. They prefer brevity. Paying market. Deadline November 30.

Horror Tree published an open call for the anthology Bumps in the Road, with publisher Black Bed Sheet Books. 1000-7000 words. Pays in royalties and contributor copies. Deadline December 1.

Freeze Frame Fiction is seeking flash fiction of any and all genres. Pays $10 per piece. Deadline for third quarter submissions is December 15. 

Twit Publishing is seeking dieselpunk fairy tales for an anthology. 4000-9000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline December 15.

Red Moon Romance is seeking short stories about geeks in love for their anthology Covalent Bonds. 16,000 words or less. Pays royalties and contributor copies. Deadline December 15. 

Third Flatiron is seeking short stories for It's Come to Our Attention. Speculative fiction. 1500-3000 words. Paying market. Deadline December 15. 

Martian Migraine Press is seeking short fiction for the anthology Cthulhusattva: Lovecraftian Tales of the Black Gnosis. Up to 7500 words, flash fiction and short stories. No poetry. Pays $.03/CAD per word. Deadline December 15. 

Punks Write Poems is seeking short fiction submissions for two anthologies. Melee is for medieval fantasy; Don't Open Til Doomsday is for science fiction. 2000-10,000 words. Both pay $15 and a contributor copy. Deadline December 15. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul wants stories about gratitude. 1200 words or less. Pays $200 per story. Deadline December 15. 

Of Interest:

Sad news. Crossed Genres Magazine will be closing their doors for good after their December issue.

Any of these of interest? Anything to share? Publishing news? How's NaNo? What celebrity would you most like to have share your book? 

May you find your Muse.

52 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Emilyann! I saw her post with Sean's tweet on her blog and thought that was so cool. :)
    Thanks for the links as always.

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    1. Thank you Julie, I'm so excited and feel so blessed by all of the support. :)

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    2. Who wouldn't want a celebrity to tweet their book? It's quite cool.

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  2. Happy Book Birthday, Emilyann! Great marketing - Sean Astin tweeted about your book. So awesome too, that you met him! Wonderful!

    Thanks again, Shannon the links are fab - how is your NaNo goals coming. I'm almost there, and will be so glad to have it over. Although, fighting in The Realms Faire Joust is taking me away from it - still a break has to be good, right? Truth be told I'm getting trounced by Sir Bruce! He has his minions lined up - I forgot to hire minions. LOL

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    1. Yolanda, thank you so very much =-) I'm thrilled about the launch and it was wonderful to meet Sean, he's such a nice guy!

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    2. The Realms Faire sounds like it would definitely take some time away from NaNo. Minions are important! You're blowing me away with being almost done with NaNo.

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  3. Yay for Emilyann! And yay for me! I've been waiting for that book a LONG time. Like two years. That's long, right?

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    1. LOL... two long years, Crystal... *deep sigh* two long years. So glad it is out. And thank you so much for the support. =-)

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    2. Wow, it's been two years? Time flies.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alex! I appreciate it. :)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by to support her!

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    1. It is, isn't it? I'd be sharing that, too.

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  6. I like Pantheon Magazine's preference for brevity. I'd like to think this would also be true of Twit Publishing then they could use the slogan "Brevity is the soul of Twit".

    Boo, boo! I know, I know.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Shannon, thank you so very much for mentioning the book launch (I mentioned your mention on my blog), you're so sweet. And many thanks for all of these great links! =-)

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    1. I was happy to share it! Good luck with the rest of your launch.

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  8. Thanks for the recommendations!! And the links!! And what an honor: recommendation from Sean Astin!!

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    1. No kidding. He seems to do a lot with literacy. My kids got to do some sort of video thing where he read a book out loud. It was pretty cool.

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  9. Congratulations to Emilyann! The cover is intriguing, lots to take in slowly. Love that you included the Sean tweet. How neat.

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    1. It's a great cover. Lot of little details.

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  10. Congrats to Emilyann.

    Consider yourself soaked.

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  11. Congratulations to Emilyann!

    And SPLAT!!! You are the honored dunkee of today's Drench-a-wench event for Realms Faire 2015. :) Be prepared to get soaked today.

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  12. *splash* Consider yourself drenched, wench. ;)

    Congrats to Emilyann!

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  13. Here to drench you too!

    I love that book cover.

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  14. Ha, ha, bet you didn't see that coming!
    But here's a towel for drying off, after all I'm the next to pour a bucket of water over your head, want you nice and dry first! :)
    Huzzah the Realms Faire!

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    1. I definitely didn't see that coming. So fantastic!

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  15. Congrats to EmilyAnn! Woot!

    And thee art drenched!

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  16. I'm here to drench you! Now you're soaked!

    Congratulations to EmilyAnne! My good news? My latest book, Ten Zany Birds, was named a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. :0)

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  17. Congrats to Emilyann! Consider yourself drenched, Shannon! :)

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  18. Congrats to Emilyann! Also here to drench ya, Shannon. MUAHAHAHA

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    1. ~sniffle, sneeze~ I maybe have a cold coming on from all this drenching.

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  19. Congrats to Emilyann! Exciting stuff. Here to join in with your drenching, Shannon!

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  20. Okay, I'm probably the last one to drench you... rather late, I know. (you must have already dried off... LOL)
    *throws pail of Realms Faire water*

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    1. Well, you know, it's always fun to get drenched again once you're dry. Isn't that what kids do as a rule?

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  21. This sounds like a riveting book! Glad to hear about it. I will have to read the first one first, of course. :)

    ~Jess

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