Final Sneak Peek

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Witty Bard Publishing’s first Science Fiction Anthology was released. Look for it on Amazon for e-reader. I’m hopeful the paperback edition will be up soon. In the mean time, why not read on for a final sneak peek into my short story, We Will Not Go Quietly?

Natalie was standing in the bathroom doorway, one hand clutching her stomach. “Are they gone?”
Kennedy nodded. “Yeah. Steve just got home, he scared them off.”
“I’ve never been so afraid in my life.”
Kennedy reached out and hugged her. “Me either.”
“I hate it, Kennedy. I hate being stuck here, I hate being afraid. I’ve always been afraid and I’m tired of it.”
Kennedy helped Natalie to the living room and fetched what was left of their wine and some candles from the kitchen. “What do you mean you’ve always been afraid? What did you have to be afraid of? You grew up in the suburbs with a good family and enough to eat!”
“There are things to fear here too. Like failure. And fathers.”
“Did your father beat you? Or rape you? Because where I grew up, that was reality.”
Natalie shook her head. “My mother was a World War II historian so I was always exposed to those stories and images. There was something about their pain that was so much more than the stories could tell that I tried to capture it myself. My father saw what I was working on and told me they were awful, ugly things, that I was corrupt and ugly inside, like my mother was. He said we were both wasting our time with a war that was eighty years in the past and completely irrelevant.”
“Stupid bastard,” Kennedy said, her voice quivering with anger.
Natalie huffed. “You’ve never seen them, how do you know he wasn’t right? And who actually wants to paint such awful things? I grew up thinking there was something wrong with me. I truly believed that if I painted what I loved I’d fail somehow at what I had set out to be.”
“I think you’ve got it backwards,” Kennedy said. “I think you fail when you stop trying to be the best you that you can be. I would love to see your paintings, if you kept them.”
Natalie nodded and led Kennedy to the attic door. They climbed up, taking the flashlights with them, and Natalie uncovered the stack of canvas.

Want to see what Kennedy sees when she pulls back the protective sheets? Pick up your copy of Witty Bard Publishing’s first Science Fiction Anthology, available tomorrow, on Amazon.

We Will Not Go Quietly is a story of a world silently at war and two women who have the courage to stand up for their believes against all odds. Come see how they overcome fear and step up to fight for a world on the edge of darkness.

Of Stars and Science: Tales of the Multiverse Release

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The Witty Bard Publishing anthology, Of Stars and Science: Tales of the Multiverse, was released today, a whole two days early. Here’s the Amazon description.

Whether you like space travel or robots, there is something for you in this anthology! And, with a splash of romance here and there, it makes for a great read!

The stories and authors featured in this anthology are:
“Peace Talks” by Tristan Chambers
“We Will Not Go Quietly” by Casia Schreyer
“Maid in Ink” by Rie Sheridan Rose
“Faster Than Light” by Erik Schubach
“The Sin of A.D.A.M.” by John Kaniecki
“Landing Procedures” by Susan Bianculli
“Vacation” by John Haas

So far the collection is only available for Kindle e-readers and apps but the first two anthologies from Witty Bard are also available for paperback so hopefully, by Monday, the paperback edition of the Science-Fiction collection will also be available.

My story, We will not Go Quietly, is featured in this collection. I have been releasing sneak peeks this past week (with the last one coming out tomorrow). I also just downloaded my prize copy. I’ll start reading that in the car today while I’m driving around looking for lawn mowers.

(Clarification, my husband will drive, I will read).

Expect reviews on the other stories as they are finished.

http://www.amazon.ca/Stars-Science-Tales-Multiverse-ebook/dp/B00N5JNDS4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1409404999&sr=8-6&keywords=of+stars+and+science – here’s the link to the e-book edition on Amazon.

Please help support 7 talented writers by spreading the word.

Nothing Everything Nothing Cover Reveal

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Photo provided by Evan Wilman.  This is the cover for my upcoming novel.

Photo provided by Evan Wilman.
This is the cover for my upcoming novel.

Here is the cover for my upcoming novel: Nothing, Everything, Nothing. The original photo was taken by Evan Wilman. The text was added by me. Copyright for the image belongs to Evan Wilman and I’m using it with permission.

I’m really happy with how the cover turned out. More accurately, I’m happy to have found the perfect image. I was really going for minimalist with this cover, something understated with a bit of punch to it. Like I said, I think this is perfect.

Nothing, Everything, Nothing. is a book about a teenage girl who is dragged into an terrible social situation which leads her to battle depression and attempt suicide. It is based on my own cousin’s struggles, as well as the cases of teens driven to suicide by harassment and bullying. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Help Phone in honour of my cousin. The release is scheduled for late October, 2014.

Shares are appreciated – depression and suicide are issues that need to be explored and discussed. Thanks for your support.

Witty Bard Anthology Sneak Peek #2

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Only one week until the release of Witty Bard Publishing’s Science Fiction Anthology. My short story, We Will Not Go Quietly, is being included in the anthology. Want a little sneak peek? Keep reading.

They kept the phone plugged into the living room dock so they could at least try to work on their art while they listened and could switch to video if anything big came up. The stations played no music or entertainment programs now, even the daily soap operas were put on hold; the reports were too numerous and being updated too frequently for any interruptions.
Every state capital was infected. Every American city over ten thousand people was infected. North of the border Montreal and Ottawa had now been hit but because of the greater distances between large cities the Canadians were having better luck with the quarantine zones. Europe was nearing a state of political collapse. No one had heard anything from Australia in the last day. The death count in China was rising faster than anywhere but there were rumours of police violence.
Locally the looting had started. Employees were being taken to hospitals with various wounds, taking up beds that were already needed. Police were stretched thin. A curfew was put in place.
It was a week later in the middle of the international news that the entire house shut off without warning. Natalie sat in the dark, her heart thumping painfully in her chest. Kennedy reached out and gripped her hand, tight, and together they waited.
“I’m glad you’re here,” Natalie said.
“Natalie, I’m sorry I lied to you.”
“Lied? Kennedy, what are you talking about?”
“My boyfriend doesn’t exist. I don’t have a boyfriend or family really. I’m on my own, but telling people that lets them know they can waltz right in and take whatever they want because they know I’m not there. So I tell everyone I have a boyfriend who works weird shifts and sleeps lightly. No one bothers me.”
“If you’re asking for permission to stay here indefinitely, the answer is yes.”
The lights flickered back on and the television hummed to life. Some international reporter was relating more about the situation in China. “This is getting scary,” Kennedy said.
Natalie just nodded.

Natalie and Kennedy are unlikely roommates, staying together because the world is falling apart around them. But together they will find the courage to share some of their deepest secrets and face the ugliest realities.

We Will Not Go Quietly is a story of finding courage where and when you least expect it. It is about inspiration from the darkest places. And it is about finding your voice.

We Will Not Go Quietly will be featured in Witty Bard Publishing’s first science fiction anthology, available September 1st. Look for it on Amazon in print and for e-reader.

Tired of all these Autism and ADHD brats!

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Having worked with children with all sorts of disorders and handicaps it is nice to see someone standing up against the memes that are circulating.Most of all I’m impressed with her calling-out of poor adult behaviour. Thank-you.

Pensive Aspie

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When I was a kid they didn’t call it “Behavioral Disorders.”  They called it “Being a little brat!”  This is just ONE of many memes I have seen on my social networks. They are shared by my friends and family. I would like to think that is just the ignorant/uneducated who feel this way, but it isn’t.

Driving home from work a couple weeks ago, a college-educated peer told me that she felt that “most of these autism and adhd diagnoses” are fabricated.  Her son had some of the traits of a child with Autism/ADHD but HE doesn’t have Autism/ADHD so maybe it doesn’t really exist. She felt it was just an “excuse” for people NOT to parent. Did I mention she was COLLEGE EDUCATED?!?  She knew about my blog, my Asperger’s, and my beliefs, but since my thoughts are different from hers, of course mine MUST be wrong.  After…

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We Will Not Go Quietly

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Psst! Want to a sneak peek at my winning story? We Will Not Go Quietly will be published in Witty Bard Publishing’s Science Fiction Anthology on September 1. Read on for a sneak peek.

“Good morning Chicago. Our top story today: the outbreaks. It has been less than twenty-four hours since the initial reports. Detroit is plagued with an unknown virus which has spread to the surrounding smaller towns. They are fighting to get it under control before it reaches Chicago or crosses the border into Canada. Las Vegas and Houston are both reporting severe flu viruses. Medical reports released early this morning suggest they are different strains. The list of infected cities has increased overnight with Washington DC, New York, Seattle, and Atlanta all reporting out-breaks. All flights in and out of the United States have been grounded. We have nothing new to report internationally at this time.
“This morning the government released this statement: ‘the wide spread nature of this outbreak suggests malicious intent. We received no threats and no one has stepped forward to claim the attacks in the name of any movement or organization but we cannot rule out terrorism. We don’t know where the viruses came from or even where they were released. People are advised to stay home.’
“Here in Chicago there is still no sign of an outbreak. Local police are asking everyone to remain calm and to go about their business like normal. They are supporting the government’s suggestion to avoid large gatherings to reduce the number of release points and minimize the chance of spreading the viruses.”

Natalie Peters wakes up to that very news cast Sunday morning. Follow her for the next two months as she faces rampant viruses and gangs of teenagers with dangerous intentions. Watch as a chance friendship grows into something beautiful and inspiring. And witness a Chicago art teacher overcome her darkest fears.

We Will Not Go Quietly is a story about fear and choice. It is about choosing to use your talents for the greater good. It is about standing up and making governments take notice.

We Will Not Go Quietly will be featured in the Witty Bard’s first Science Fiction Anthology, available September 1 on Amazon in print and for e-reader.

The Next Step

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Hello Casia!

Congratulations!  You are one of the winners of Witty Bard Publishing, LLC’s first Science Fiction Competition!

 

So that’s what I find in my junk mail folder when I got back from vacation. No, this is not a prank, or a vanity press. I actually submitted a story with them and then forgot about it because I’ve never had a story accepted by a magazine before, or had one win a contest before. Okay, I’ve had a few e-zines pick up the occasional story, but never anything that pays.

So when I opened this yesterday morning (and the other two emails, one with the Author Profile questions and one with the revisions for my okay) I had a bit of excitement overload to say the least. The good news got posted on the Nano Facebook group, my author page, and my newsfeed. I told my grandmother because I was shopping with her yesterday. My husband called his mom and told her. We celebrated with steak.

Definitely excited and that excitement is feeding into my other projects. My short story for the AuthorAuthor fantasy anthology is complete (see previous blog entry). I’ve outlined the edits for my teen suicide/depression novel titled Nothing, Everything, Nothing. I’m 2/3 done converting the short story that just won into a screen play for another competition. And I have a hand-written rough draft of a novel (book one in a series, the AuthorAuthor short happens to be the prequel) waiting to be typed.

Needless to say the sweater I’m knitting for my sister is taking a long time.

But it’s full steam ahead with three projects to complete before Nano in November. Then two months of non-stop knitting as my creative brain resets. 

Oh, and the Witty Bard anthology will be released September 1st. I don’t have a title or any info on availability yet but as soon as I do, everyone will hear about it!

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