Posted in Announcements, Author Spotlights

Just-Us League Anthology #3 – Horror

Good evening everyone! If this is your first time here, Welcome, and if you’re returning–thank you I’m glad to see you.

Thanks for tuning in tonight; this post will be small a feature that discusses the upcoming Just-Us League anthology, Whispers in the Shadows. I’m not featured in this collection, but a lot of other great writers are. If you enjoy reading horror and suspense stories and you support self-published authors, this collection will be perfect for you.

Below, I’ve posted the back cover blurb for the anthology as well as the book cover reveal. As always, the book cover is perfect and captures the theme in just the right way. Show these excellent authors your support and buy the book when it comes out on October 13th. Wait a minute, isn’t that a…Friday?


Whispers in the Shadows 400x625


Even when we think we’re safe, our biggest fears can be revealed, our worst nightmares brought to life.

For some, death is inevitable: a suspended detective and killer play a bloody game of cat and mouse; a girl risks her life to save her friends from an urban legend; a doctor’s daughter works to uncover the curse on their wayward ship; and an old lady’s cats are hungry…very hungry.

For others, death would have been an easier fate: a reflection isn’t meant to talk, let alone free itself; a priestess must renew her people’s magic, but that ritual carries a terrible price; and a famous boy rejects a lovesick girl…and lives to regret it.

Through life and death, the only constant is our fear of the unknown: bloody footprints continue to walk around a lighthouse; Grandma’s warnings of the Autumn People are finally heard loud and clear; and a girl moves into a new house to find a bloodstained carpet…that no one else can see.

Keep the lights on and brace yourself for ten creepy tales of horror and misfortune.

Thank you for reading, Wordsmiths! Until next time.
Posted in Author Spotlights

The Author Next Door – Episode #3 – Writing or Publishing?

On the last episode of The Author Next Door…We learned about Heather Hayden’s published novella, Augment, and her current work in progress, Upgrade. I can’t tell you how interesting it is to get a closer look into her writing process. If you missed Episode #2, you would find the link here.

Readers, thank you for all your support thus far, and I hope you enjoy Heather’s final episode.

Recently, Heather Hayden published a short story with her writing group, the Just-Us League, in their first anthology titled From the Stories of Old: A Collection of Fairytale Retellings. If you’d like to learn more about the anthology itself and its contributors, please go here. Her contribution is titled Beneath His Skin, and I’d like to talk more about that.

Continue reading “The Author Next Door – Episode #3 – Writing or Publishing?”

Posted in Author Spotlights

The Author Next Door – Episode #2 – Augmenter or Upgrader?

On the last episode of The Author Next Door…We were introduced to Heather Hayden, an author from Maine who generously allowed me to feature her in my pilot episode of TAND. The episode touched on who Heather is as a writer and what makes her writing brain tick. If you missed the Pilot episode, have no fear, the link to the post is here!

So, to start with, I have a burning question that begs to be asked….Anyone know the secret to getting rid of newborn hiccups?

I swear, every time my son is ready to fall asleep, those devilish things ruin my day. If you have the solution, please send me a comment or contact me in some way. I fear this is a plague that will eventually drive my wife and me crazy.

Now to the reason we’re all here! 

Have you ever thought about a world where medical implants can replace your failing organs and even make it possible for someone to walk again?

Well, Heather Hayden has. CUE THE SCIENCE MUSIC! If you haven’t read Heather’s first published novella, Augment, I highly recommend you do.

Official Back Cover Synopsis:

By Government-enforced mandate, genetic augmentation and implant technology cannot coexist in the same human body. Sixteen-year-old Viki’s life has depended on her implants since she was five. Now her implants are failing. When Viki discovers that the malfunctions are due to illegal augmentation, she is determined to find those responsible. However, Agent Smith of the Search and Retrieval Bureau is also looking for the geneticists who augmented Viki, and his orders are to capture them by any means necessary—even if it requires risking Viki’s life by using her as bait. Viki’s friend Halle, a rogue AI, is doing its best to help her search, but Halle has its own problems. Agent Smith had been closing in on the AI before being reassigned to Viki’s case, and Smith’s partner is still on the hunt. Searching for the geneticist’s risks exposing Halle, but Viki and her friend must find them first—they are her only chance for survival.

Ooo…It sounds like something out of a Television show, right? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, this SHOULD be a tv show, for sure.

In this episode, I was fortunate enough to have another chance to ask Heather some more questions. She’s been a real good sport! 

Continue reading “The Author Next Door – Episode #2 – Augmenter or Upgrader?”

Posted in Author Spotlights

The Author Next Door – Heather Hayden – Episode #1 – Pilot

Episode #1 – Pilot

You’ve just finished a book, and it was super awesome, right? You think: Man, I’d like to get to know the person who wrote this masterpiece. So, you flip to the back book cover and read the biography provided.

Then you think: This is it? This isn’t enough, I want to know more about them!

Well, that’s where The Author Next Door comes in!

Recently, I read Augment by Heather Hayden, and I felt very much the same. It was then I decided to request an interview with her. Fortunately, Heather generously accepted.

At that time, I thought it was my responsibility to provide other curious readers with a thorough interview.

Continue reading “The Author Next Door – Heather Hayden – Episode #1 – Pilot”