Blue-Edged Soul (Soul Cavern Series 1.5)

A Soul Cavern Series Short

Book Cover: Blue-Edged Soul (Soul Cavern Series 1.5)
Part of the Soul Cavern series:
Editions:Kindle: $ 0.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1-7326860-0-7

Before delving into Blue-Edged Soul, read Jivaja, the first book in the Soul Cavern Series!

When Ken Fontenot goes to London at his brother's request to protect a mother and daughter from the Visci who killed the man in their life, what he finds blows his mind and shakes up his entire world.

Please noteBlue-Edged Soul is a short story, not a full length novel.

Publisher: Fictionvale Publishing, LLC
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Fictionvale Episode 4 – Multi-Genre

We went back to our roots from Episode One and collected ten new stories from across genres. We have a bit of horror, some fantasy (both high and urban!), a little science fiction flavor, a smattering of romance, some suspense, and even a bit of steampunk!

Check out the lineup:

"The Calligrapher’s Lover" by Hope Zane

"Raw Appetite" by Christa Pagliei

"Mechanis Solis" by Benjamin Tyler Smith

"Starting Again" by Sim Bajwa

"In the Mirror" by Kaylea Champion

"Confession" by Richard Jay Goldstein

"Grandpa Deals With the Zombie Apocalypse" by Skeeter Enright

"Banned Girl" by S. G. Larner

"Lost and Found" by L. Chan

"Eisiden’s Sister" by Therese Arkenberg

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Fictionvale Episode 1: Enter Fictionvale

Episode 1 includes stories by Richmond Weems, Kristin Dearborn, Natalie Duvall, Eric Esser, Branden Linley, Renee Carter Hall, Margaret Ethridge, Chris Daruns, C.R. Langille, A. Merc Rustad, and Colin Heintze

Fictionvale was a bi-monthly digital short story magazine for all genres of popular fiction. Fictionvale's objective was to provide great stories across many popular genres. Short, quick reads you can finish while waiting in the doctor’s office, or while hanging out at your kid’s soccer practice, or while passing time in your underground bunker after the zombie apocalypse (okay, that one might be harder without electricity).

Fictionvale stories are geared for adults and mature young adults. While we are not about gratuitous sex and violence, there may be sex and there may be violence. We believe our audience can handle grown up topics and stories.

Each episode of the magazine was released as an e-book, downloadable and compatible with all major e-book readers. There were no subscriptions and still aren't. Buy the episodes you want, skip the ones you don’t. But we’ll bet you’ll find something cool in all the episodes! And you might even find some great stories in a genre you don’t normally read. We hope you do!

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Jivaja (Soul Cavern Series 1)

Book Cover: Jivaja (Soul Cavern Series 1)
Part of the Soul Cavern series:
Editions:Kindle: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1-7326860-1-4
Paperback: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-0-9910778-9-2
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 389

Mecca is a murderer.

At least, that’s what she thinks when she accidentally kills a man who attacks her in the parking lot of her favorite coffee shop. Self defense, right? Except how is she to explain that she killed him with only a hand on his wrist?

Vampires don’t exist. At least, not in the “traditional” sense. The Visci, a species that subsists on human blood, are not undead. They’re not human. And they never were.

Close kin to humans, the Visci pass within our society easily, and over millennia, have wedged their way into positions of power. Long-lived, they are also very difficult to kill. However, they have an evolutionary flaw. While they do not die easily, they also do not reproduce easily.

But they can mate with humans — and have, giving rise to a population of human-Visci hybrids, called half-bloods by those of pure Visci lineage. For centuries, they lived and words together, these half-bloods and pure bloods. But tensions have risen and civil war is now raging on the doorstep.

But Mecca Trenow knows none of this when she flees to her father, panicked over her unintended use of the family Gift: the one that allows her to manipulate human energy. She’s always hated her gift and refused to learn anything about it beyond how to control it so she would do no harm. That is, until a rogue pure blood attacks her and she reacts instinctively, draining his life — the life he’s stolen from another — out of him in moments.

And now she’s a murderer.

When word gets back to the Visci of someone who can kill one of their kind with just a touch, the race is on to acquire Mecca as a weapon in the coming battle. As she learns about this shadowy underground group, she also discovers her father’s dark past and the secret he has kept from her all of her life. Reeling from this discovery and unable to trust the one person she has always counted on, Mecca is isolated from everything she once knew, all the while being hunted by dangerous creatures bent on using her Gift for their own bloody purposes.

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Reviews:LA Selby on Amazon wrote:

Paints a picture that draws you in

I enjoyed this book that features a diverse female protagonist, where a magic history is woven into the present to create a layered plot that pulls the reader forward. Scenes are described so that the reader feels present. I particularly enjoy the dialogue between Mecca’s father and Sara, probably because there was a great blend of humor, support, and caring. This book has a good sense of magical rules that deepen for the reader as the book continues. This is my first time reading Ms Giunta’s work, and I’m glad I did!

Jivaja is also available for a short amount of time in Kindle Unlimited!

Hazard Yet Forward

Book Cover: Hazard Yet Forward
Editions:Kindle: $ 5.99 USD

This anthology includes my quiet horror short, "Warm Cookies."

Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology entitled Hazard Yet Forward. All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur award winner Meg Mims, Asimov's Reader's Award winner Timons Esaias and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

Many Genres, One Craft

Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

Many Genres, One Craft

Named #5 in 10 of This Year's Terrific Writing Books by The Writer Magazine (2011)
Finalist Eric Hoffer Awards Best Self-Help
FINALIST Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year--Writing
WINNER Best Non-Fiction London Book Festival
USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist--Business: Writing & Publishing
WINNER Best Educational/Academic Indie Book Awards
WINNER International Book Awards Best Business: Writing & Publishing

Award-winning authors Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller gather the voices of today's top genre writers and writing instructors alongside their published students. Many Genres, One Craft fosters the writing process in a way that focuses almost exclusively on writing the novel. Using a compilation of instructional articles penned by well-known authors affiliated with Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, the book emphasizes how to write genre novels and commercially appealing fiction. The articles are modeled after actual "learning modules" that have successfully taught students in the program how to reach a wider audience for over a decade.

Award-winning and best-selling contributors from a spectrum of genres and literary careers offer their sage advice, including David MorrellTess GerritsenVictoria ThompsonNancy KressShelley BatesMaria V. SnyderJason Jack MillerThomas MonteleoneSusan Mallery, Venessa Giunta and over fifty other published authors, teachers, and alumni, as well as special guest agents and editors who have visited the program. Divided into three parts--Craft, Genre, and The Writer's Life--the book provides advice on everything from point-of-view to writing media tie-in novels to marketing romance, all from writers who have actually done it.

Reviews:Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and PATIENT ZERO wrote:

MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is a brilliant and insightful must-have book for any writer, from newbie to working pro. Highly recommended!

Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author wrote:

Finally! A book on writing category fiction, presented by those who do it every day. Choose a genre and jump right in.

Renni Browne, co-author of SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS wrote:

'Speaking from experience, I can tell you there isn't a muse and if there is, she's already dating someone else.' If there isn't a muse, as you'll read in this invaluable book for writers, MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is surely the next best thing. No matter what you want to learn--from choosing the point of view for a scene, from getting the most out of a critique group to fine-tuning your final draft, from approaching a literary agent to promoting your published book in print or electronically or both--it's all there. The contributors know their stuff, and what they're teaching applies to writing at any age. MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT covers all the bases superbly, including issues I haven't seen addressed anywhere else in today's rapidly shifting publishing landscape.

From the Back Cover

Romance. Fantasy. Mystery. Science Fiction. Young Adult. Horror. Picture Books. Suspense.

Many Genres, One Craft brings together award-winning authors, bestselling novelists, and hot new writers from all these genres to offer an amazing novel writing workshop in a book. Modeled on Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction--where all of its sixty contributors have taught, studied, or been a special guest--this stunningly comprehensive guide for writers offers insights into crafting effective genre fiction of any kind, and provides an array of practical advice on selling novels in today's marketplace that you simply won't find anywhere, short of enrolling in graduate school.

Learn everything from beating writer's block to building suspense, making monsters to marketing mysteries, approaching agents to writing romance...all from experts who have actually done it.

Contributors: Michael A. Arnzen, Rebecca Baker, Shelley Bates, Michael Bracken, Gary A. Braunbeck, Crystal B. Bright, Jennifer Brisendine, Sally Bosco, Christopher Paul Carey, Ginger Clark, Lawrence C. Connolly, David J. Corwell, Susan Crandall, Kaye Dacus, Penny Dawn, John DeChancie, C. Coco DeYoung, Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, Ron Edison, Elaine Ervin, Timons Esaias, Tess Gerritsen, Venessa Giunta, Leslie Davis Guccione, Anne Harris, W. H. Horner, Lee Allen Howard, KJ Howe, Russ Howe, Scott A. Johnson, Nancy Kress, Chun Lee, Patrice Lyle, Susan Mallery, Dana Marton, Lee McClain, Mike Mehalek, Sharon Mignerey, Barbara J. Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, M. A. Mogus, Thomas F. Monteleone, David Morrell, Catherine Mulvany, Nicole Peeler, Adrea L. Peters, Patrick Picciarelli, Steven Piziks, Rachael Pruitt, Lynn Salsi, Mary SanGiovanni, David Shifren, Randall Silvis, Lucy A. Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Victoria Thompson, Diane Turnshek, Tim Waggoner, Albert Wendland, Teffanie Thompson White, Karen Lynn Williams, Ryan M. Williams, K. Ceres Wright