There’s a Change in the Air


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Autumn is all about change – and every time the season falls, I feel a niggling urge to re-evaluate, re-vamp, and re-direct.

One of this year’s fresh starts is a creative collaboration with my colleague and friend, author Camille Griep. We’re both always looking for ways to reinvest our artistic efforts in the writing community. Lit Chicks Editorial Services gives us both an opportunity to share what we’ve learned on our professional paths.

If you’re a writer looking for editorial support, we hope to provide some helpful resources, as well as developmental and copy editing assistance:

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Developmental and Copy Editing for all genres

We Read Books. We Write Books. We Edit Books.
Let us help make your book the best it can be.

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The 8 Tribes of SciFi


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In my opinion, this is an excellent analysis of the SFF community at large. I’d count myself among the Progressive Fantacists, although my creative DNA might also include traits from the 9th Tribe. What do you think? What Tribe are you?

Damien Walter

UPDATE 1: the most excellent Paul Weimer suggests a 9th tribe, and it makes a whole lot of sense. The 9 tribes of scifi? I like it. Paul’s thinking is as follows:

The tribe I think you missed is what could be glibly called The Worldbuilders. Worldbuilders have been under stress lately, as what makes a realistic world and what doesn’t has been riven with internal strife over the roles of women and POC on the fantasy side of fantasy. But Worldbuilders, both fantasy and SF flavors, are the kind of people who see a 800 page epic fantasy or SF novel with a rich and detailed world, and dive right into it, seeking deep immersion with a world and its characters. Maps. glossaries and appendices for these books are features, not bugs. Readers of stuff ranging from Kate Elliott to Brandon Sanderson to Peter F Hamilton and James S…

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Color me JILO!


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My good friend and fellow author JD Horn is sponsoring a fab giveaway in celebration of the release of the fourth book in his WITCHING SAVANNAH series! JILO is out next week, and if you haven’t discovered his southern gothic paranormal saga, get to it!! And while you’re at it, download this weeks coloring sheet and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

To make it easy for you, click on the coloring sheet to go to JD’s FB page for guidelines on how to enter:

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Coming Soon: #Undercurrents


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A dark, hard-hitting ‪#‎SF‬ horror short about a young woman who discovers her migraines are actually a symptom of something very strange, and maybe a little sinister.

Now available for pre-order!


Deidre Morneau can’t remember the last time she didn’t have a headache. Chronic migraines have crippled her life and destroyed her dreams, and years of failed therapies have brought her to the brink of despair. But then, the effects of a last-ditch experimental treatment begin to take hold, and Deidre’s symptoms get even worse.

When Deidre agrees to see the research scientist at Extragen Labs who developed the medication she has been taking, things take a twisted turn. After passing out on the floor of the clinic waiting room, Deidre awakens to a bizarre and terrifying new reality.

Suddenly, she is smarter and stronger than everyone around her. She is also isolated, restrained, and at the mercy of madmen. Somehow Deidre has stumbled into a secret research project, and she is the experiment. Her mind and body are undergoing a radical change and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Deidre has no idea what is happening to her, but she isn’t waiting around to find out.

Black Friday? Bah, Humbug.


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I am not a fan of the post-festive economic feeding frenzy that erupts in the wake of Thanksgiving. So, for those of you who would rather read than shop today, I give you ‪#‎PHANTASMA‬ !

Like, I’m literally giving it to you. Seriously. It’s free. All weekend.

Click, and ye shall receive:

An eclectic collection of speculative short fiction by authors Anne Charnock, Jodi McIsaac, Kate Maruyama, Roberta Trahan, J.D. Horn, and award-winning poet Jason Kirk.


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#PhantasmaStories: Oh, the horror!


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What untapped magnificence lies dormant in the subconscious mind, just beyond our ability to reach? And what monstrosities lurk there, trapped in the shadowy recesses, waiting to be released? These are the quintessential questions that haunt my daily existence.

And so I journeyed into the dark depths of the tortured soul with five of my author friends, to bring you a collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse.

At its heart, my story UNDERCURRENTS is a a super-hero origin story. But it is also a cautionary tale, one that might make you wonder how much you really want to know about yourself.

Diedre Morneau is like any one of millions of people in today’s world, plagued by a common yet debilitating medical condition for which there is no explanation or cure. The desperate drive to escape her suffering takes Diedre on a dark and dangerous journey that ultimately ends with the beginning of another.

Intrigued? I hope so.

If not, don’t worry. There’s more:

From Jodi McIsaac, Pro Patria Moria is the tale of an Irish soldier who encounters fairies offering magical aid, but will that magic help save those he holds dearest?

In Kate Maruyama’s Akiko, a curse laid in Japan finds its mark in the City of Angels.

Anne Charnock’s The Adoption explores a new age of sexual equality and reproductive freedom where bio-engineered foetuses are gestated in artificial wombs. But what becomes of tomorrow’s orphans?

J.D. Horn gives us Pitch, wherein a goat-faced boy sets out with a rifle to kill his father, the Devil, in 1950s rural Georgia.

The Guardian from the Sea by Jason Kirk is weird fiction in verse form, in which a wheelchair-bound mermaid finds love in an adult-video store, and barely escapes to regret it.



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An eclectic collection of speculative short stories by Anne Charnock (2013 Philip K. Dick Award finalist), Jodi McIsaac (“A Cure for Madness,” the Thin Veil series), Kate Maruyama (“Harrowgate”), Roberta Trahan (The Dream Stewards epic fantasy series), J.D. Horn (“Shivaree,” the Witching Savannah series), and award-winning poet Jason Kirk

Join the conversastion at #PhantasmaStories !!

Feel the chill in the air?!! PHANTASMA is coming…


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Available September 22nd – a creepy collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse from best-selling and award winning authors JD Horn, Kate Maruyama, Anne Charnock, Jason Kirk, Jodi McIsaac, and me!

In celebration of the upcoming release, PHANTASMA authors discuss short fiction and the stories that inspired them on Anne Charnock’s blog:

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Warning: May Include Vampires


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My author buddy and uber-talented urban fantasy author Melissa F. Olson is celebrating the upcoming release of BOUNDARY LINES – the second book in her Boundary Magic series – with a huge giveaway!

For a chance to win some spellbinding swag, including books by Shannon Mayer and Jodi McIsaac (and me), just click the image below to like and share Melissa’s FB photo.

Better hurry – giveaway ends on 9/16/15!

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