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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call Issue #18 – Words of Death

Submissions for the 18th issue of The Sirens Call are closed. Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all of the authors who submitted work for consideration. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can be with our decisions.

To any authors or publishers looking for Ad space, please contact Julianne at Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com for details.

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Gothic Revival Blog Tour: Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win 1 of 5 digital copies of Gothic Revival by Carson Buckingham on her recent virtual book tour!

The winners are:

Shelley Summers

CJ Schindler

Donald Uitvlugt

Melissa Crisp

Thera Oh

We hope you enjoy Gothic Revival and would love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Also a huge thank you to:

Shah Wharton

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Paranormal Features

Christy Herself!

Life’s Unfiltered Ramblings

Jennifer Brinkmeyer

The Sirens Song

Stuart Conover

The Road to Nowhere

HellNotes

Twisted Book Junkie

The Horror Tree

Armand Rosamilia

The Cabin Goddess

The FlipSide of Julianne

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Gothic RevivalAlex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.

But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.

Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?

Gothic Revival can be found online at major retailers including:

Amazon:

US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Italy | Spain | Japan | Mexico | India | Brazil

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Amazon Print

iTunes

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GOTHIC REVIVAL BLOG TOUR: Guest Post by Carson Buckingham (@59CarsonBuck)

Carson Buckingham is touring the internet this week in support of her novel Gothic Revival and today she’s discussing the challenges she faces as both an editor and an author…

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I’m Schizophrenic, and So am I

Carson Buckingham

It’s somewhat schizophrenic, but I think it’s the only way the required switch-off between writer and editor can be done when they are both the same person—namely, the author. When I am editing my work, I wear many, many hats.

The first thing I do, if I have the luxury of the time in which to do it, is to put the manuscript aside for a month or two and work on something else in the meantime.  This is helpful in that it allows me to read the story later with a fresher set of eyes.

When I go into editing mode, I’m not a writer anymore.  I first pretend that I’m the publisher and that my money, and my money alone, is financing the publishing of this novel, short story, or novella.  It needs to be great.  If it is only approaching great, why is it only approaching?  It is at this point that I call in my internal team to deal with various issues.  I’m now a weeder.  I sweep though the book, weeding out words that were repeated too many times, clichés, typos, formatting problems, weak verbs and any adverbs at all.  After the weeding is done, then the new flowers that are strong verbs, correct format, and more interesting turns of phrases are planted.

Following that, I put on my pit crew racing stripes and ‘soup up’ the pace car. The story needs to have the correct pacing to grab the reader and keep him or her involved enough to continue to turn the pages… to thirst for what happens next.

Next, I’m a prison guard, correcting any chapters in which point of view changes within the same chapter. Each point of view must be placed in solitary confinement.

Now, a linguist, making sure that the speech mannerisms and colloquialisms are consistent for each character and don’t stray to the mouth of another.  For example, if a character is a lazy speaker, always dropping the ‘g’ at the end of –ing words, then two chapters later, he cannot be saying ‘everything,’ ‘something,’ or ‘going.’

Finally, I’m a psychotherapist, examining the characters’ motivations and making sure they do not stray from these throughout the story, unless they were meant to.

In conclusion, when I’m asked what I do, I generally say, “I’m a writer,” but the ‘writer’ is really just the ‘front man,’ if you will, for all the other professions that the creative must exploit to produce, not only a good story, but a piece that will get readers to turn page after page—and that takes teamwork!

Now let’s take a look at Carson’s Gothic Revival…

CarsonBuckingham_GothicRevival_front_coverAlex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.

But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.

Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?

Gothic Revival can be found online at major retailers including:

Amazon:

US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Italy | Spain | Japan | Mexico | India | Brazil

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Amazon Print

iTunes

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CarsonBuckingham_PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR - Carson Buckingham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began, at age six, by writing books of her own, hand-drawing covers, and selling them to any family member who would pay (usually a gum ball) for what she referred to as “classic literature.” When she ran out of relatives, she came to the conclusion that there was no real money to be made in self-publishing, so she studied writing and read voraciously for the next eighteen years, while simultaneously collecting enough rejection slips to re-paper her living room… twice.

When her landlord chucked her out for, in his words, “making the apartment into one hell of a downer,” she redoubled her efforts and collected four times the rejection slips in half the time, single-handedly causing the first paper shortage in U.S. history.

But she persevered, improved greatly over the years, and here we are.

Carson Buckingham has been a professional proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer, humorist, and fiction author. Besides writing, she loves to read and work in her vegetable garden. She lives in the United States in the state of Arizona.

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There’s also a tour wide giveaway!

Win 1 of 5 digital copies of Gothic Revival by Carson Buckingham!

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NEWS: Phrenic Press Acquired by Sirens Call Publications

Sirens Call Publications is very pleased to announce we have acquired Phrenic Press.

Phrenic Press has operated as an invitation-only, short story publisher since mid 2013 specializing in inspired and eclectic stories. In becoming an imprint of Sirens Call Publications, it will continue to operate in the same manner.

All Phrenic Press titles are published on Amazon and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Check out the Phrenic Press website at:

http://www.PhrenicPress.com

The Phrenic Press blog can be found at:

phrenicpress.wordpress.com

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OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call Issue #18 – Words of Death

Submissions have opened for the 18th issue of The Sirens Call – Words of Death!

Our end-of-the-year issue traditionally centers around death, and this year is no exception.

We’re keeping it very simple and open-ended and asking you to submit stories of death. They can be stories leading to death; stories of dying; stories after death; or stories written from the perspective of Death itself.

This is a Horror and Dark Fiction publication, so we ask for works that are not only topical, but genre suitable as well. With that said… Bring out your Dead!

*Undead does not qualify unless the death that created the state of being undead is a significant portion of the piece.

We accept poems of up to 50 lines; drabbles (up to 5 per author); flash fiction of 300 – 500 words; short stories of 1,000 – 2,500 words.

Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.

Submission Deadline: December 5, 2014

Full guidelines can be found on our website – www.SirensCallPublications.com

*All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #17 – Trick-Or-Treat

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the 17th issue of The Sirens Call – 90 pages of poetry, flash fiction, and fiction all centering on the theme of Halloween Horror!

This issue also includes artwork by Jeanette Andriulli and an interview with Carson Buckingham and an excerpt of her novel Gothic Revival!

The issue is #FREE – they all are! Be sure to get your copy today, and while you’re at it check out our past issues too!

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#COFFINHOP2014: And The Winners Are…

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the winners via Rafflecopter for #CoffinHop2014!!

We’d like to thank all who entered and without further ado…

Each of the following winners will receive a digital version of their choice of any of the titles featured on The Sirens Song during the Coffin Hop this year! Prizes will be delivered via Smashwords.

A.F. Stewart

Georgina Morales

Dave Pagan

Katie John

Becky Stephens

And the Grand Prize winner who will receive a print version of any of the titles featured on The Sirens Song during the Coffin Hop this year is:

Kriss Morton

Congratulations to everyone!! Please send Julianne an email at Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com with your choices! See you again next year!!

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