Weekend Writing Warriors ~ And now for something completely different

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Hi! Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors.  I’ve been MIA way too long and my list of excuses is even longer, so I’ll spare you the sob story and move on to the snippet.

This week I’m excited to announce the release of the anthology ShadowSpinners: A Collection of Dark Tales.  No erotica, but plenty of chills.  My snippet is the first ten lines from my story Reduce Reuse Recycle.

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JAKE WONDERED WHY HE WAS IN THE BATHTUB with his clothes on. Icy moonlight wavered in the through the obscuring glass and stroked the ceiling with crystalline wave patterns. The faucet dripped a rhythm he couldn’t quite place. His fingers curled stiff and blue against the white porcelain. He hadn’t planned on dying so young, but then he hadn’t planned on being a drug-addicted sex worker either.

Alternately aware and unaware of his surroundings, his skin tingled and then went numb. His heart fluttered then stalled. Droplets from imaginary steam slid down blue tiled walls and collected on his eyelashes. He tried moving, but that didn’t pan out. He relived the choices that led to this moment, this pathetic death in a stranger’s bathtub.

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Yeah, it’s a little dark.  If you like fiction with an edge, A Collection of Dark Tales is now available in both print and ebook versions on Amazon.  ShadowSpinners is an amazing group of writers and I’m pretty tickled to have been included.

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This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com

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From the Nightstand ~ Author Interview with K. Ferrin

Today I’m kicking off a new feature on my blog. I’ll be spotlighting books, authors and interesting literary phenomena on hopefully a regular basis.

Author extraordinaire K. Ferrin is doing me the favor of being my first featured guest!  Read on to find out about K. and then check out her new release, Desidirium.

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Welcome to Chateau Alexis, K.!

What are some of your absolute favorite things other than writing & reading?

K: Traveling is probably my favorite thing to do outside of writing and reading. I also love camping, mountain biking, movies, and dinner with friends.

If you could read only one book for all the rest of your days (a horrifying terrible thought, I know!) which book would it be?

K: Horrifying indeed! I’m going to break the rules a bit here and say it would be the Lord of the Rings books. It’d have to be the entire trilogy though, I couldn’t handle having only one of the three!

Give us one of your absolute favorite lines from a book you’ve read.

K: There are so many! Recently a line from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina stuck with me. “That’s the secret to performance: conviction. The right note played tentatively still misses its mark; but play boldly and no one will question you.” So applicable to so much in life!  I also fell in love with several lines from I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. “The road to Hell, you say, is paved with good intentions. Charming. But actually it’s paved with intriguing questions.” Or: “For you, my darlings, freedom to do what you like is the discovery of how unlikable what you like to do makes you. Not that that stops you doing what you like, since you like doing what you like more than you like liking what you do…” – That one makes me laugh every time.

Halloween or Christmas?

K: Halloween, full stop. It’s just plain fun! My husband and I put on a large party every year and deck the house out in some theme. I’m a bit of a history buff so they always include some element of history. This year our theme was Witches and the decor included excerpts from the Maleus Maleficarum (one of the definitive guides to identifying and destroying witches during the Salem Witch Trials), pictures and biographies of some of the victims of the trials and similar.

What are your favorite times/places to write?

K: I adore writing either while in motion (such as on a cross country train) or with a view (on a patio overlooking the ocean). Given unlimited funds this is how I’d do all of my writing! Day to day I’d have to say the mornings are best, where I’m most creative and fresh.

Who is your favorite character from your books?

K: I can’t say too much about her yet, but Port is a character in my current WIP, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. She’s got an interesting backstory, has some serious skill with knives, and some impressive tenacity in the face of … well, stuff.

If you were the last person on earth, what would you do?

K: Outside of scavenging for or growing food I’m sure I’d do a serious amount of reading. I’d also do a lot of writing, you know, recording the story of humanity for whoever/whatever comes next. I’d also clear out all the roads around town, find the fastest coolest car, and have my own super cool track I could speed around on as long as there was fuel.

How can people find you?

Blog: www.kferrin.com

Twitter: @ScrivK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScrivK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8334310.K_Ferrin

 

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During the daylight hours K. Ferrin runs a web development and business consulting company. But when the working-day ends the world of business and technology shifts into one of magic, myth and adventure. K. Ferrin writes fantasy of all kinds-some epic, some dark, some young adult and some for mature readers. She lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their two dogs. You can find Magicless and Desiderium on all major online book retailers.