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Velvet is a wonderful supporter of the small press and indie authors. She works tirelessly to promote, and she’s a nice person to boot. Huge thanks going out to her for all the promotion she recently did for Old School. Here’s her Old School review below, and we Old School authors are thrilled she gave the collection 4 out of 5 stars.

vvb32 Reads Old School Review:

“My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): no sparkles
Deliciously scary collection of stories with poems interspersed to set the proper mood of old school horror. Each story creates a bit of shiver.”
–Velvet

Check out the full review here:
http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2011/10/old-school-edited-by-louise-bohmer.html

Thank you to everyone who has ‘liked’ the book on Amazon! This helps up our ranking. If you haven’t ‘liked’ the book yet, please consider clicking the tan ‘like’ button on our Kindle or print page. It’s right by the customers’ reviews link.

Random Writing Life

Happy Halloween month, folks!

September was pretty hectic, and October looks to be a busy month, too. I have four books on the editing roster (goofed on scheduling this month), and I just finished a short story I need to format and submit. Wish me luck, dear folks. I subbed out some poems in August, too. Slowly, I’m getting back into the swing of it. The museli and I are on much better terms these days.

Huge thanks going out to KV Taylor for beta reading / proofing Passion Plays. (She also writes erotic romance as Katey Hawthorne, which you should check out.) I’m indebted to her keen eye. Right now, I’m working through the manuscript once more, as I go through Katey’s suggestions. Then I need to finish up formatting (thanks to Jerrod Balzer’s excellent advice on creating ebooks). So I’m bumping the estimated release date for this puppy to early 2012. Watch for more updates!

And huge thanks to Rich Ristow for the killer cover. ( I know you’re staring at her butt. I see you.)

Lastly, Steve and I lost one of our little ratty babies on his birthday. Our Rosemary passed over the Rainbow Bridge September 30. She had bad upper respiratory congestion, so a rushed trip to Moncton was made. Dr. Gallon upped her meds, and she appeared to improve. Three days later, she was gasping and having panic attacks, despite the meds, so another emergency trip to the vet was made. This time, she received a steroid shot to open her lungs, plus a steroid to take home, and more meds to open her lungs. Once again, she appeared to improve. We were syringe feeding her baby food and water, and I got her to eat a tiny bit of moist cat food to up her protein. But sadly, once again, after about two to three days, she relapsed. We were considering euthanasia (because when a rat panics for a prolonged period from lack of breath, the poor creature is basically suffocating to death), when I found her the next morning. She looked peaceful, as if she were simply sleeping on the floor of her cage.

The other girls are doing well, but the cage was quiet for a while, after they lost their Rosemary.

Rest in peace, sweet wee one. We miss you.

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Like the white rabbit, I’m late. But you forest visitors are probably used to that by now. It takes a while for this slithery rock dweller to emerge from my mountain of electronic paper. Every now and again, someone needs to poke me with a stick so I remember to come up for air and socialize with you good people. Today, we have the Old School contest winner announcement.

Congrats to Angie Leger, vvb32 reads Old School contest winner! Angie picks herself up an ebook copy of this traditional horror anthology filled with tales of terror from yours truly, David Dunwoody, Horace James, Natalie Sin, Jackie Gamber, Gregory L. Hall, R. Scott McCoy, and poems from Zombie Zak. Check out the Books From Louise page for more information on Old School, feast your eyes on the trailer, and clicky the links to purchase Kindle or print copies, plus other formats.

Random Rambles – Life And All That Rot

In an effort to keep this blog updated on a regular basis, give you some content to keep you all happy, every now and again I’ll inject a bit of anecdotal rambling into blog posts. I don’t know if readers really dig this or not, but I figure you might. If you’re bored to tears, you can always tell me to stop.

August was a bit crazy. For those of you who don’t know, hubby and I live with my mom-in-law and gran-in-law. We’d like to get a place of our own, and sell this place, but for the time being mom-in-law can use the help with gran-in-law. She’s got Alzheimers and Glaucoma. My mom-in-law isn’t in the best of health, so taking care of gran-in-law can be hard on her. We help out.

Anyway, gran-in-law took a tumble recently, and had to go to the hospital. (If you check out my Facebook, you’ll see what a kerfuffle that was with the NB medical system. Methinks a few people in Sussex Regional Hospital need their arses kicked, but that’s violent, and I won’t condone that. I’ll just kill them in a book. I’m digressing…) The final word is she did have a stroke, albeit a mild one. She was probably dehydrated too, so we’re trying to get her to drink more.

Good news followed chaos, thankfully. Hubby got a job at a local restaurant, cooking full time. It’s a little place called The Blue Bird, and he’s already having a great time. He went to cooking school, just didn’t quite complete his apprenticeship (so isn’t a papered chef). He got the job on the day of the interview, which was very cool. While he was supposed to start part time, he was quick and good enough the boss already bumped him to full time. This couldn’t come at a better time, what with Christmas / Yule just around the corner. Universe smiles on us. (Yeah, I’m anthropomorphizing. So sue me.) He even has a fellow metal head to work with. Of course, this makes him happy. He’s been busy downloading tunes to the ipod to take to work. (Cooks and metal and Libras–always in my life. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. Hmmmm…)

In my world beneath the rock, I’ve got two books on the editing hotplate. Writing is going well on the paranormal erotic romance. Plot and characters are fleshing out nicely. The other day, words flowed so well it almost wrote itself. I do love those writing sessions. I’ve been putting away no less than 1000 words over the last three days. My co-author is busy writing another chapter of our steampunk erotic romance collaboration. And I’ve just started re-drafting / re-outlining the dark humor dystopian. Had to make some corrections to plot aspects that just wouldn’t fly. Much tighter now, I think. I have to start the new beginning I’ve mapped out soon.

So if I’m quiet on Twitter and Facebook, it’s just because I’m neck deep in words–mine or someone else’s. Speaking of which, I better get back to the editing. Coffee, I hear its lovely call, and I must fill my cup. Hope September is treating you well, friends. Before I go, in the spirit of reoccurring themes in my life, here’s some Lizzy Borden for you:

*slithers back under the rock*

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Hey folks,

As part of Thrill-N-Chills month, Velvet has posted an excerpt from Old School. Head on over and take a taste of Play Time by R. Scott McCoy. You’ll be glad you did.

vvb32 reads: Play Time by R. Scott McCoy.

And don’t forget to enter the vvb32 reads Old School Giveaway for an ebook copy of Old School! Contest close September 10. Get those entries in.

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Hey folks,

Would you like to win a copy of Old School? It’s simple! Enter the Old School Giveaway. All you have to do is visit me here, leave a comment on the site, and then zip on over to vvb32 reads and tell her where you did the deed!

vvb32 reads: Giveaway: Old School.

Offer is open until September 10. Be sure to leave Velvet your email address, too.

Much thanks to Velvet. She rocks the socks!

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Over at Gef Fox’s blog, I’m pretty tickled to have made his list of his top five women in horror! It’s an honor to be in the company of other great ladies in horror like Lisa Mannetti, Amy Grech, Sarah Langan, and Tonia Brown.

Check out the list here:
http://waggingthefox.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-five-favorite-women-in-horror.html

Did you also know it’s Women in Horror Recognition Month? I would like to throw a handful of recommendations out for some fine female horror / dark fantasy writers.

1. Karen Koehler
2. Gina Ranalli
3. Jodi Lee
4. Cate Gardner
5. Natalie Sin
6. K.V. Taylor
7. Zoe Whitten
8. Kate Jonez

Go read these diverse, talented ladies now!


Parlee Road in Red Penny Papers

I’m also happy to announce that my short story, based on a snippet of New Brunswickian local folklore, Parlee Road will appear in an upcoming issue of the online zine The Red Penny Papers. I’m tickled K.V. Taylor enjoyed the story enough to give it a home. You can check it out in a future issue of The Red Penny Papers, most likely in summer. I’ll keep you posted.  Check out the Red Penny Papers for sensationalist and fantastic fiction.


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