Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG

First Wed of Every Month
 
Hi everyone. This is probably one of the biggest days of my life. Today I get to make two major announcements.

First, my short story, Haunted, was selected for the IWSG anthology. This story is very special to me and I’m thrilled it found a home in this book. Thank you so much to the IWSG administration for this honor.

Second, as promised, I am revealing the new book format I’ve developed. First, a little background. When I was thirteen I read The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub; that wasn’t all that unusual, I read Stephen King all the time at that point in my life. What was different was that time I’d just gotten the soundtrack for Legend—one of the best soundtracks of all time, if you ask me. I listened to that track over and over again as I read the book. The effect was nothing short of mind-blowing . I’ve never felt that connected to a story, not before or since. I always thought it was the music, and now as a writer myself, I know it is. I have my playlists, like I’m sure all of you do. A few years ago, while I was writing Newstead, I wished I could somehow engage my readers with the music that engaged me. You know, like they do in the movies—eerie music during the tense scenes—soft during the romantic parts; something to draw you in and never let go. With those thoughts of that intimacy between reader and writer and book in mind, I now give you Ubooks:

 
 
I plan on publishing a chapter a week, beginning with The Newstead Project and then going on to include all of my books. I would love it if all of you shared this on your twitter/blog/facebook/whatever. If demand is high, I’ll up how often I publish—up to three a week. I’m also producing a narrated version, for those who prefer audiobooks. And of course, all are free. Thanks for the help spreading the word.

And the last (but not least) reason this is such a wonderful day is that I’m currently on a beach in the Caribbean sipping something fruity in a coconut with my husband of twenty years today, which means I have no access to computer/phone/internet, so forgive me for not stopping by to visit you until sometime next week. I’m sure you understand. J

-Mel