Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wild is the Wind--Out of the Green.

I've always loved a good rock and roll magic story. I mean, think about it, isn't rock and roll magical anyway? What if what we think of as onstage theatrics are all really magic? No, not like Ozzy getting in trouble with PETA. Like what if the boy with the glitter eyeliner and up swept  ears is actually what he looks like?

So when Kacey Vanderkarr suggested that we co-edit this anthology and also suggested we write for it, I thought, cool! I know just what I want to write about.

Fairy and rock and roll? What could go wrong? I love the British, from the seventies and the eighties, because there's a restlessness to that music. British rock and rollers of that time all longed to escape England. It was too small. Too much the same. They wanted America because from where they stood, it was wide and huge and anything could happen.

That restlessness was my inspiration for my Fairy Lord to leave his lands.  It makes sense to me that he falls in love as soon as he leaves, and takes the human world for his own.   What happens after that? Oh, I'm not going to tell you. That would ruin it.

If you want to know what happens, the links are all down here, There are twelve other stories as well, all with different takes on Fairyland.

Also, contributor Loren Rhoads has also blogged about her story. You can read about it here:http://lorenrhoads.com/blog/  Check out her website. She is a busy writer!

Links  For the Book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-the-green-martha-j-allard/1120802195?ean=9781503079281

For the ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_1_15?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=out+of+the+green+tales+from+fairyland&sprefix=out+of+the+gree%2Cstripbooks%2C581
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-the-green-kacey-vanderkarr/1120812796?ean=2940150730700


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Poison Tree, by Kacey VanderKarr Cover Reveal

Release date: December 2, 2014

The road to the City of War is dangerous.

With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.

If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?

Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries’ old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.




KACEY VANDERKARR is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. In addition to her novels, Antithesis and Reflection Pond, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland, and will appear in Spark Vol VII and the inaugural issue of Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. Check out her website: www.kaceyvanderkarr.com





Monday, November 3, 2014

Out Of The Green cover reveal!!

At last! The cover reveal for Out Of The Green, Tales From Fariyland! It's been a long wait, but I promise you won't be disappointed. This anthology features thirteen new stories of Fair, just in time for Christmas. 
The digital version is available for preorder on Amazon right now, and the release date will be Nov. 24. I can't wait.

A Wall of Wings and Sorrow – A.M. Supinger
Rabbit, Rabbit – Jill Corddry
Fill – Kacey Vanderkarr
The Youngest Prince – Holly Hook
Pixielated – Katie Tillwick
Tam Lin’s Documentation – Ian Springer-Woods
Grandfather Carp’s Dream – Loren Rhoads
The Marriage of Dorian the Shepherd – Russell Adams
Wish – Nancy Tucker
See You at 7 – Tiffanie Shaw
The Steed of the Fey – T.J. O’Hare
Wild is the Wind – Martha J. Allard
Pixie Sticks – E.A. Fow

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Tour


I've been asked to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour by my good friend Loren Rhoads. You can read about her character, from her new book, As Above, So Below here:lorenrhoads.com
As I think I've mentioned more than once, that book is awesome and you should read it. 

So I guess that leads me to my character. He is the main character of my new book that will be coming late in the fall. 

1. What is the name of your character? 

 Asia Heyes. Asia isn't his real name, it's Greg. Trace gave him the name when they first met, and Asia doesn't know why, but it's who he is because Trace said it was.

2Is he/she fictional or a historic person?  

Fictional, but he's somebody we all either knew or were once.

3. When and where is the story set? 

It starts in LA in 1983, the year of glitter lip gloss and neon. The book begins in the Refugee Club, where Asia's band struggles to be seen, heard and noticed. They barely make it between paychecks trying to pay rent.  

4. What should we know about him/her? 

Asia is afraid. He has nearly crippling stage fright, yet he plays bass in The Black Light because Trace is there. Asia has known he is in love with Trace, and has been since they were kids, but he's afraid. To him, wanting to be in love with someone like Trace is like standing on the edge of a cliff. If Asia ever stepped off he knew the fall would kill him.

5. What messes up his/her life?
 Asia can't imagine his life apart from Trace.  Trace's ambition drags Asia along for the ride. Trace begins a relationship with Albrecht Christian, a wealthy, older man who is in the position to give Trace all he dreams of. Christian is threatening to Asia in ways that Trace's usual groupies are not. The devotion Christian has for Trace is serious, real, and it seems to be reciprocated. This shatters Asia, He feels as though something's been taken from him. Trace is in love with somebody else, so what could matter now?

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

 Asia doesn't know who he is at the beginning of the book. He only knows himself in relation to Trace, so he has no goals of his own. Slowly, as they separate, and Asia has to recalculate himself and what he wants. 

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The novel is called The Black Light. 

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

It should be out late this fall.


LINK AND BIO OTHER AUTHORS I'm tagging for next week! 
KACEY VANDERKARR is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. In addition to her novels, Antithesis and Reflection Pond, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III and will appear in Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland. kaceyvanderkarr.com

Holly Hook is the author of several young adult novels, including the Destroyer Series, about teens with special powers related to natural disasters. She also has a short story included in the forthcoming Out Of The Green: Tales from Fairyland. hollyannehook.wordpress.com

Nancy Tucker is a lifelong writer, and a retired professor of English. She write both poetry and prose in the form of short stories, and most recently a novel about growing up in the Vietnam era.She also has a story in  Out Of The Green: Tales from Fairyland. ntucker500.blogspot.com

  





Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tired of Waiting

Do you sometimes feel like you've spent your whole life waiting? I do. I feel, in the situation I've been in with the care of my father that I've been waiting. Today I waited for the Doctor to read Dad's ex-rays to tell me if his hip or pelvis was broken. Last night, in lieu of sleeping, I waited for my alarm to go off so I could get up and go over to help get Dad ready for his appointment. Today I'm waiting to see if this latest bout of re-arranging my work schedule will be the thing that pushes them over the edge to knock me down to part time. I wait for quiet time to write.....Wait....wait.

 Before I continue this rant, there were no broken bones, luckily. But back to my point. Oh, yeah. I'm not going to wait anymore.

I haven't updated this blog in a while because, while it's been a really productive year for my friends, (Reflection Pond, by Kacey Vanderkarr, available from amazon and bn.com, As Above, So Below, Loren Rhoads and Brian Thomas, Black Bed Sheets Books, available from amazon and bn.com), for me, not so much.
I have decided that's going to change. So here's my plan, and it's secret, so don't spread it around. I'm going to finish "The Night Was Not," before Christmas. (novel). I'm going to put out "The Black Light" this fall (novel), and I'm going to finish two short stories, and finalize the story I wrote for "Out of the Green," the fairy anthology from Urban Fey Press, and then help it to print.
That's it. I'm not waiting anymore.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Where to find me. (In which I plug the anthology I'm in)

So have you all been wondering what I've been doing with my time lately? Well, here's one thing. Below is the blurb and the lovely cover of Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge. In it you'll find my story, "Getting Fixed" along with many other fantastic stories about the fairer (and fanged) sex, For 2.99 it's a bargain. Check it out on amazon. 
Though people have been exploring the legend of the vampire for hundreds of years, the female vampire has been largely overlooked...until now.

Neophyte Press proudly presents Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge, a collection of short stories focused on fanged girls of the night with a taste for human blood and a penchant for power, seduction and terror.

Find your favorite turtleneck and sink your teeth into this monster of a collection. You're in store for some long, dark nights filled with beautiful, hungry creatures. But don't cry when you find yourself with two perfectly round puncture wounds on your neck...

‘Cause you've been warned.
Go to "Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge" page
by Ty Schwamberger, Adam Lewis

Here's a small bite of my story:
                                                                             Getting Fixed

 The bite turned out to be profitable for Casey. Made her lucky. Of course it had taken her a while to accept this. A vampire bite wasn’t your average injury. Not something you came out of happy to be alive. You get bit, you turn, somebody stakes you before you spill blood. That’s how the world worked.
She thought. Turned out, it wasn’t that simple. The taint, passed through the spit of her attacker had given her some vampiric qualities: increased strength, sensitivity to sunlight. It also woke the thirst, but Casey found ways to deal with that. 

Want more? Click on the link above. It'll be fun, I promise.

Mart




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cover reveal for Reflection Pond, coming soon from Kacey Vanderkarr


Reflection Pond

By Kacey Vanderkarr

Release date: April 1, 2014

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

About Kacey:

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is the president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard, and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons. Kacey’s debut novel, Antithesis, is available from Inkspell Publishing.
Catch up with Kacey (if you can) here:
Author Facebook Page
Blog
Twitter

So get ready, you're going to want to read this, believe me. I think I've mentioned that I've read it already, and I can't wait to read it again.
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