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And if horror / dark fantasy / weird fiction is more your thing, you should check out LibraryThing’s Member Giveaway. You can enter the giveaway for a copy of Detritus until January 31. Click the link in this paragraph or the book cover below to visit the giveaway page.

Featuring: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar.

The impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong.

Grab a copy for your Kindle here. Paperback available from Omnium Gatherum for $13.99 (coming soon on Amazon).

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Passion Plays Teaser is now available in the Kindle Store! Sorry for the delay, folks. KDP was really great about helping me with this technical glitch, though. Sure, it took a few emails back and forth and such, but all in all they were easy to deal with and fixed my problem. I’m happy. Click the link here or the book cover to grab the teaser in the Kindle store now! Sorry for the small fee via this route. But since I’m not adding the book to the KDP lending program (since it’s also available here and at Smash), I can’t offer it free on Kindle.

And I’ve made my second stop in the mini-blog tour for Passion Plays. This time we’re hanging out at Katey Hawthorne’s place. Our topic? How dirty stories helped kick my muse’s arse back in gear. Much thanks to Katey again for letting me crash at her site. Don’t forget: Katey is also a part of the Passion Plays Teaser with her essay On Love (which is a great piece on humans and our mysterious relationship with sex). Click the link in this paragraph or the title below to check out guest blog 2.

How Erotica Helped Save My Muse

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Release days are falling from the sky, Chicken Little. And after that feeble attempt at humor, let’s get on with it. The Passion Plays Teaser is now available for FREE on Smashwords and for direct download right here. Grab it from the Passion Plays page or the Free Reads page now. The teaser will be available on Kindle as soon as KDP fixes the technical glitch on their end that won’t let me publish. (Amazon have been great about helping me with this, btw.)

The teaser is available in MOBI, EPUB, PDF, RTF, DOC, LRF, PDB, and TXT formats.

Tomorrow I’ll be tweeting bits from the teaser also. Watch my twitter for these peeks.

And don’t forget the Passion Plays collection will be available for purchase Valentine’s Day!

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For today’s free read, an excerpt from Armoire–my contribution to the Detritus anthology. Click the link in this paragraph to visit Omnium Gatherum’s Detritus release announcement. Now, on with the excerpt.

Armoire

by Louise Bohmer

“He’s behind me right now, isn’t he?” Xian leaned forward, tented his fingers over a book bound in leather, and studied her with eyes so brown they were almost black. “Your expression tells a story.”

Ophelia felt her face tense in a mask of fear. The shadow man stepped away from the single bulb covered by a green light shade, which dangled just above Xian. She nodded, watching the shadow man stroke a wispy hand over Xian’s shoulder, before the illusion wedged himself in a slender space between two filing cabinets.

“I felt him then.” Blue smoke drifted up, forming a halo around her mentor’s slicked back hair. “He’s been in there a while.” Rising from his plush, leather office chair, he tapped Ophelia’s forehead. “You’re still collecting rather than banishing, aren’t you?” He blew three rings, watched them float away, then pinned her with another cold, matter-of-fact stare.

“But if I see them,” she whispered, “I feel safe. In the jars, they can’t hurt me.”

The man sitting across from her was the real deal. Not just a tarot reader looking for a quick fifty bucks. Mother told her he was born in Vietnam. Spent a great deal of time studying shamanism as he made his way through India, the Middle East, Europe, and eventually here, to North America, where he’d studied with her mother, until she died from a brain aneurysm. When he gave her occult advice, she trusted it implicitly. In esoteric circles she once frequented, rumor had it he was her father, but he’d neither confirmed nor denied it.

“And what has this one done?” After crushing out his cigarette, he threw his hands up in the air. “This isn’t the first time one has gotten loose and embedded in your brain. You should be banishing the parasites, not binding them to this world. An extended stay only allows them more power over you. You know that. Not to mention, you’ve trapped their brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, in there. It’s inevitable they’ll come seeking revenge.”

She fidgeted with the hem of her sweater, looked away from his gaze that saw all within her. “They’re getting trickier. I lock the armoire every night. They’re still getting out.”

He sighed and rubbed his brow as he frowned. “And why do you suppose that is? Your lessons are sorely behind. Would it kill you to come to me once a week for our sessions? It’s been over a year. This isn’t like riding a bike, you know? Training is constant, and diligence is a must.”

Nodding, she huffed her red bangs out of her face. Now, would he throw the whole, “your mother would be so disappointed you’re not following in her footsteps,” spiel at her? She hoped not. Instead, he took a different track, but no relief came. His next question clenched a cold, tight fist around her stomach.

“Does Marta know about the inter-dimensional parasites you’re keeping in your mother’s armoire?” Xian’s eyebrow rose.


Copyright © 2011 Louise Bohmer. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be changed and/or distributed without the author’s permission.


Grab a copy for your Kindle now by clicking the book cover.

The impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong.

Featuring: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar.

Paperback available from Omnium Gatherum for $13.99 (coming soon on Amazon).

Be sure to ‘like’ the book on its Kindle page. It helps up our ranking!

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It’s release day for Detritus, featuring stories from Brent Kelley, Edmund Colell, Jeremy C Shipp, Kealan Patrick Burke, Lee Widener, L.S. Murphy, Louise Bohmer, Mary Borsellino, Michael Colangelo, Michael Montoure, Neil Davies, Opal Edgar, Pete Clark, Phil Hickes and S.P. Miskowski.

Grab a copy for your Kindle now by clicking the book cover above.

The impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong.

Alphabetical listing:

Brent Michael Kelley Ride

Edmund Colell Shrieking Gauze

Jeremy Shipp Chewed up

Kealan Patrick Burke The Room Beneath the Stairs

Lee Widener Let Them Into Your Heart

L.S. Murphy The Tick-Tock Heart

Louise Bohmer Armoire

Mary Borsellino Shots and Cuts

Michael Colangelo Arkitektur

Michael Montoure Heroes and Villains

Neil Davies Candy Lady

Opal Edgar Crawling Insect Life

Pete Clark In His Own Graven Image

Phil Hickes Mrs. Grainger’s Animal Emporium

S.P Miskowski The Highest and the Sweetest

Paperback available from Omnium Gatherum for $13.99 (coming soon on Amazon). Click the OG logo to grab a print copy.

Tomorrow, I’ll be blogging an excerpt from my contribution to this fine anthology.

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