Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Spotlight and an Interview: Beyond the Wail

Today I'm part of a blog tour, and I'm spotlighting the new paranormal anthology, Beyond the Wail, as well as one of my fellow authors from the book, Tirzah Duncan. I really enjoyed Tirzah's story, and I'm pleased spotlight this talented author. I also have a look at the book and a great Rafflecopter giveaway, so read on...

Now Featuring:

Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Tales of Love and Loss

What is it about fear and the unknown that pulls so passionately at the human heart? Perhaps we are drawn not to the darkness itself, but to the resolution, the overcoming of what we most deeply dread. After all, the more terrible the struggle, the greater the victory when it comes at last. Presented in this anthology are twelve remarkable stories of the darkness that overshadows us, and the resolution that may be found beyond them. They are stories of fear and oppression, but ultimately stories of hope, stories that will take you BEYOND THE WAIL.

OF MICE AND MONSTERS by Tirzah Duncan: Troubled by ghosts within and without, Benjamin struggles to become the man his girlfriend needs instead of the monster he is.

GO GENTLE by Julie Barnson: After the death of her boyfriend, a young musician uses her talents and a fabled violin to stop the fatal accidents at a dead man’s curve.

DEAD WATER by Amanda Banker: A stalled truck, an abandoned graveyard, and a town not found on any map take two brothers on a detour they’ll never forget.

COLD SPOT by Jay Barnson: When a laptop is stolen from their computer security company, two high school buddies go to extremes to investigate. But, will they manage to return?

THE WEEPING LADY by A. F. Stewart: Eva Douglas must face her mother issues, past and present, when the disappearance of her sister forces a confrontation with a terrifying ghost.

THE POLTERGEIST AND AUNT BETTY by Ginger C. Mann: Aunt Betty is eccentric, but how much is ghost, how much is medication, and how much is just plain crazy?

THE ‘GRIM’ REAPER by L. K. McIntosh: When a soul reaper loses the source of their power, they must either find the witch who stole it or a new purpose for living.

SHRINE OF MIRRORS by F. M. Longo: A spy on a mission becomes a believer in the supernatural when the theft of three ancient relics threaten to bring down the empire.

DEAD MAN HOCKING by T.N. Payne: A world-weary zombie learns to beware what you wish for, and not all sure bets are worth the gamble.

ST. PETER’S FISH by Alex McGilvery: Sam is a walking disaster of biblical proportions, but how much is he willing to sacrifice to escape, and will the Powers That Be allow it?

THE DIORAMA by Sebastian Bendix: A play set turns life around for Martin Taper, but things take a turn for the worse when he neglects it and the lonely child obsessed with it.

DATE DUE by Danielle E. Shipley: A magic library’s guardian determines to protect her treasured books, whether their authors elect to do things the easy way … or the fatal one. 

Beyond the Wail is available at

And now for our feature interview with Tirzah Duncan, 

author of the story, Of Mice and Monsters

1. How did you come up with the concept of your story?

“There is a man who twists the necks of caged mice.” The first sentence popped into my head, and it drew me on from there, one sentence, one paragraph at a time. The heavy pall of darkness fascinated me, filled me with fear, but also with hope. I wrote without knowing where the story would go, without even knowing what the next sentence would be before I wrote it.
This is the only story I’ve written longhand in a notebook, the only story I’ve ever written quite like this. The only story I never had to force myself to keep writing, because it sank in its hooks and called me on, word by word.

2. Please provide some insight into or a secret or two about your story.

The moment Benjamin slams down the glove, scaring his pet mouse? The moment the creature cowers, and he feels that rush of power go to his head?
I had that same moment in my childhood, with one of my rats. I felt the rush, and, even as an eight/nine-year-old, it frightened me. I could feel the darkness in it, the monstrosity, and I never did it again. But I remembered.
That is, fortunately, the only part of this work which is in any way autobiographic.

3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When it was misery and I still loved it.

14. Name one entity that you feel supported your writing, outside of family members.

I’ve gotta give credit to two: Danielle Shipley, and Syawn Birk. One is my bestie, and I’m on the phone with her way too near to 24/7. Our characters party, talk, bond, and fight together just as much as we do. Somehow, we both manage to get a lot of writing done anyhow, her more than me.
Sy, though, is muse and main character, life coach and captain, friend and priest. He’s almost always at my side when I need inspiration or advice, a confessional or a sermon. I’ve loved him, I’ve hated him, I’ve wrestled over plot points with him, and I don’t know where I’d be without him.

15. What's up next for you?

I’m creating an anthology of my own works, as it happens. Not sure what I’m going to call it yet, but I believe Danielle suggested “Tirzah tries to write love stories and fails pretty badly.”
The tales vary from urban fantasy to myth, swords-and-sorcery to psycho-punk, but they’re all centered around love.
In and among internal conflicts, passion, murder, magic, and good old-fashioned vigilantism, each story seeks to question what love really is, what it does, and what, in love, is most important.
Also, Death meets Santa Claus.

Just for fun nerd list:

Star Wars or Star Trek?
They both have their merits, but give me fantasy over sci-fi most days.

Hunger Games or Divergent?
Hunger Games, as I never read the latter.

James Bond or Jack Ryan?
Never heard of Jack Ryan, so 007’s the ticket.

Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch?
Sorry RDJ. You go put on the suit; leave the mysteries to Cumberbatch.

Spock: Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto?
I don’t think I’m Trekkie enough to answer that.

X-Men or Avengers?
AVENGERS. ASSEMBLE. ON MY COUCH. IT’S AN EMERGENCY, I SWEAR. (Also can you please bring your villains? I need them too.)

Aliens or Predators?
D’you know, I’ve never watched any of those movies, so I’m not even wholly sure which is which. Please ask me more questions about fantasy, I told you sci-fi’s not my world. ._.

Minions or Penguins?
Neither, with a vengeance.

Batman or Superman?
Batman. Even if he’s not the hero I deserve, he’s the one I need right now.

Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean?
Harry Potter—Pirates was fun, but wasn’t even a book series, was it?

Beatles or Rolling Stones?
I pick favorites by song, not by band.

Peter Jackson or James Cameron?
Jackson… ARG. I love him for LotR, I hate him for the Hobbit trilogy. (No reflection on Freeman’s Bilbo, though, or Cumberbatch’s Smaug. #RedeemingFactors #IAmFireIAmDeath #YouAreADramaQueen)

Steven Spielberg or George Lucas?
Hmmn. Lucas, I guess.

Vampires or Werewolves?
Vampires of almost any iteration, whether neutral or evil, are more fascinating creatures to me. So long as justice is done them.

Arg! Why I gotta choose? Is tabletop RPG the middle choice between the two? On the other hand, LARPing might win out. Nothing like a kamikaze lunge with a foam sword and two remaining limbs. It’s great to actually get dirty and winded and scream battle cries at the top of your lungs. You should have seen me at my wedding reception.

Author Bio:

Tirzah Duncan writes novels, short stories, and poetry. She loves martial combat, is employed at a firing range, and loves the pen and sword in nearly equal measure.
You'll also catch her bounding around Europe and geeking out about its history, obsessing over her favorite fandoms, role-play storytelling, talking aloud to herself, and trying her hand at theology and philosophy.
She thinks she'd make an excellent companion to rebel time lords and consulting detectives, and is still largely convinced that Narnia is just a wardrobe away. She wants to be C.S. Lewis when she grows up.

You can find Tirzah hanging about at these sites:

Book Release Blog Tour

Featured Author: Danielle E. Shipley

Danielle E. Shipley

Saturday, October 10, 2015

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 John's Writing
 Spreading the Writer's Word

Featured Author: Alex McGilvery

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

  Ash Krafton: Emotion Between the Lines
  Scott E. Tarbet, Author
  Writer's Law of Motion

Featured Author: T.N. PAYNE

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Monday, October 12, 2015

 Melissa McShane, 
 Author Sarah's Secret Stash
 Notes from Author Ginger C. Mann

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  L.K. McIntosh
  J S Brown
  Fairies & Pirates

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  Rampant Games
  Scotty Watty Doodle All The Day
  Terra Luft — View From the Crystal Ball

Featured Author: Jay Barnson

Jay Barnson

Thursday, October 15, 2015

  A Storyteller's Journey
  Creativity from Chaos
  Christine Haggerty

Featured Author: A. F. Stewart

A. F. Stewart

Friday, October 16, 2015

  Tales by Julie
  Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind
  Alas, Earwax

Featured Author: Amanda Banker

Amanda Banker

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  Sebastian Bendix
  Alex Campbell
  Semi Short chic

Featured Author: Julie Barnson

Julie Barnson

Sunday, October 18, 2015

  The Ink Caster
  The Road to Nowhere

Featured Author: Sebastian Bendix

Sebastian Bendix

Monday, October 19, 2015

  The J. Aurel Guay Archive

Featured Author: Tirzah Duncan

Tirzah Duncan

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  Alex McGilvery's World
  In the Spotlight

Featured Author: F.M. Longo

F.M. Longo

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

  Ever On Word
  The Cult of Me
  Cobblestone Scribe

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