Arcana Chronicles Book Two- Title and Cover reveal!

Yesterday, during the release party for the anthology I’m excited to be a part of–Once Upon a Cursed Time— I released the title and the cover for Book 2 of my Arcana Chronicles series.

Yes, Symon Bryson is coming back for more mischief and mayhem!

Working hard toward an early 2017 release, but without further ado, Book 2 will be called “The Empress’ Curse


Once again, Kip Ayers returns to apply his artistry toward the cover. Isn’t it awesome?

More soon!

RELEASE DAY! Once Upon a Cursed Time

anthologyc10It’s always SO exciting when release day finally arrives!

Not a new novel, although that’s coming. A new anthology called “Once Upon a Cursed Time” is out on Amazon today. Editor and fellow Writer R. L. Weeks invited me to join in on the fun and the result is 14 tales including my story “Ink Washed Cat.” There is nothing like a possessed child’s drawing to get the blood flowing…

14 Stories of twisted fairy tales away your reading pleasure. Reviews are already coming in and they are superb. The Paperback version will be out shortly as well.


There is an online Facebook Event all weekend long to celebrate the release. I’m taking over at 2PM Eastern time, so JOIN ME if you can!

Pickup Once Upon a Cursed Time TODAY!



Sixty shows.


Nearly 400 original stories by 90 authors.

And we have six more brand new pieces of fiction for your listening pleasure!

In fact, I have one on this month’s show as well. How about THEM apples?

The intrepid Word Count Irregulars tackle a new three-word theme this time around: Charming, Key and Computer.

So, whilst listening the the podcast, read bit about our Irregulars below.  But first, a bit about the #WordCountPodcast:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.


Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.

Direct: (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):

Our guests this week:


BillkBill Kirton “In an Alternative Dimension”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels,  Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog:


CameronCameron Garriepy “Blood Magic Is Nothing to Trifle With

Cameron Garriepy doesn’t always write speculative fiction set in post-World War II Gotham, but when she does, it’s for the Word Count Podcast. Last April, Cameron released Damselfly Inn, the first full-length novel in her Thornton Vermont series. The sequel, Sweet Pease is coming soon from Bannerwing Books.



CTSC. Thomas Smith “Charmingman 3000″

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =

14095910_10210873417531028_3332443765205751090_nR. B. WoodThe Watcher”

R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Speculative Fiction.  His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012.  Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years.  Along with his writing passion, R. B.  is host of The Word Count Podcast– a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, a multitude of cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.

Around the web:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon’s R.B. Wood page

Screen shot 2016-04-16 at 1.41.13 PM-2Eden Baylee “Scene from a Bar”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton–a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her stories–A SNAKE IN PARADISE and SEAL OF A MONK can be found on Kindle Worlds.

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

 Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “OK Computer

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog. Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin’s Eye – a collection of science fiction short-stories – was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015 – a collection of poetry – was released in November, 2015.






Twitter: @mariahaskins


Episode SIXTY of the #WordCountPodcast is now open for submissions!

Holy crap, it’s September already!  And that means we are about to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the #WordCountPodcast!


Six years. Sixty shows…well, nearly.

But we all know nearly isn’t good enough, so let’s open up submissions for episode sixty!

But you’ll need a prompt, won’t you?

Well.  How about:

KEY, CHARMING, and COMPUTER. I totally pulled that out of my are. Let’s run with it!

I have all the faith in the world that participating authors in the show–those intrepid adventurers I call the #WordCountIrregulars-will make some magic for us.

And anyone can become a #WordCountIrregular. Just write and record a story for the show based on the prompt and follow the guidelines below.

It’s my distinct honor to run this show and I want to send a heartfelt “Cheers!” to the fans that have followed us for so many years.

Without you, there would be no podcast.

To start listening for FREE go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:



There are Fifty Nine shows available right now!




Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Friday 16 September 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story and contain ALL three words somewhere in your story.  The three words are, of course: KEY, CHARMING, and COMPUTER.

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes without speaking to me first!

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by Friday 16 September 2016 . You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.