RELEASE: Identity by Anthony Avina | #Horror #DarkFiction @Sirens_Call @AuthorAAvina

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its latest release…

Identity 

Anthony Avina

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A story of love, loss and looking beyond the surface to find the real person underneath, readers will be on the edge of their seat as they try to learn a killer’s true…identity.

A missing son. An investigator desperate for answers. A city filled with untold danger.

Former detective turned private investigator Nathan Hawkes thought he’d left his life of danger behind until an old friend approaches and asks for help finding his missing son. Not one to refuse a friend in need, Nathan finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous game of cat and mouse that lurks underneath the glamor and pretty lights of Los Angeles where a dark criminal underworld hides in the shadows. As he looks to an old flame for help, the people Nathan cares about find themselves in the crosshairs of a demented killer, and he must push himself to the brink to stop the madness before it’s too late.

Will Nathan find the killer in time, or will their twisted appetite and fame protect their Identity?

Identity is currently available on:

Amazon: US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

(more venues to follow in both digital and print!)

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ABOUT THE AUTHORAnthony Avina was born in Fontana, CA. Growing up in Southern California, Anthony grew up with a love and passion for the horror genre. From the first time he watched the film Trilogy of Terror, he found himself drawn into the spine-chilling tales of Stephen King. Anthony knew he had a voice that needed to be heard, and so he dedicated himself to writing. He has gone on to be a two-time National Novel Writing Month winner, and has several short stories that have earned recognition on sites like Wattpad and periodicals like The Siren’s Call eZine. Living in California with his Yorkie Sammy and his two black cats Batman and Robin, Anthony works to bring untold tales of heart-pounding terror to light, and explore the way good and everyday people can overcome great horrors.

When he’s not writing Anthony is working daily as a freelance writer for several online publications. He also has a successful book blog and a YouTube channel called Avina Vlogs, where he publishes video reviews and films his journey to becoming an author. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including the novel I Was an Evil Teenager: Remastered and the series Nightmare Wars. You can learn more about the author and follow him at the links below:

Facebook | Twitter | Website

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call — Spring Issue 49 @Sirens_Call

Submissions for the 49th issue of The Sirens Call, featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry 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 with our decisions.

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

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OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – issue 49 Spring 2020| #Horror #OpenCall #ReprintsWelcome #fiction @Sirens_Call

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Spring 2020
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For the 49th issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry of horror with no particular twist. We have a few taboos listed below, other than that, feel free to send us quality horror pieces that are worthy of the genre!

Short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry are acceptable provided they fit the theme within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or be flat out creepy as hell!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be morbid, be vicious and show us what you’ve got. If it fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to our readership of about 35,000!


REPRINTS ARE WELCOME

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Long flash fiction word count: 500 – 1,000 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 200 – 500 (limit of three submissions per author)
Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (limit of five submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (limit of five submissions per author)

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

Full page/single book cover ads for individual authors are available at $10 per ad.
Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for advertising information.

All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to:
Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration.

Please visit our web site for further details: www.SirensCallPub.com

RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #48 ‘Death Comes for Us All!’ | #Horror #DarkFic #FREE #eZine @Sirens_Call

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of

The Sirens Call

The 48th issue of The Sirens Call eZine weighs in at 140 pages featuring seventy eight pieces of dark fiction. This month’s featured artist is Kent Burles who shares eleven of his images, and our spotlight author is Anthony Avina who offers us a sneak peek at his upcoming novel, ‘Identity‘. 

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

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Visit the web site to check out the other The Sirens Call issues!
www.sirenscallpub.com

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call — Issue 48 ‘Memento Mori’ @Sirens_Call

Submissions for the 48th issue of The Sirens Call, featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry 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 with our decisions.

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

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OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – issue 48 ‘Memento Mori’ | #Horror #OpenCall #ReprintsWelcome #fiction @Sirens_Call

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For the 48th issue of The Sirens Call, not only would we like you to write about a token that is reminiscent of death, but remember that death itself may lay around every corner. We’d like you to pay tribute to it in the most heinous ways possible by submitting pieces that honor it, horrify with it, respect it, and/or fight it to the bitter end; and we do mean the literal bitter end as each piece selected for eZine 48 must contain a death – mortal or otherwise.

Short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry are acceptable provided they fit the theme within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or be flat out creepy as hell!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented and involve a death.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be morbid, be vicious and show us what you’ve got. If it fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to our readership of about 35,000!


REPRINTS ARE WELCOME

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2019

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Long flash fiction word count: 500 – 1,000 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 200 – 500 (limit of three submissions per author)
Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (limit of five submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (limit of five submissions per author)

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

Full page/single book cover ads for individual authors are available at $10 per ad.
Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for advertising information.

All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to:
Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration.

 

Please visit our web site for further details: www.SirensCallPub.com

RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #47 ‘Deeds Most Foul and Unnatural’ | #Horror #DarkFic #FREE #eZine @Sirens_Call

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of

The Sirens Call

The 47th issue of The Sirens Call eZine weighs in at 184 pages featuring one hundred and twenty six pieces of dark fiction and horror from ninety six different authors and poets. Be sure to check out the twelve pieces of artwork from the mega-talented Robert Elrod, along with his essay about how much he loves monsters! And it is our absolute honor and pleasure to present an interview with this month’s featured author, Ramsey Campbell conducted by Trish Wilson! A master of the horror genre, Campbell offers an excerpt from his novel, The Influence, plus a link to the trailer for the new Netflix film based on it!

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

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Visit the web site to check out the other The Sirens Call issues!
www.sirenscallpub.com

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call — Issue 47 ‘Deeds Most Foul and Unnatural’ @Sirens_Call

Submissions for the 47th issue of The Sirens Call, featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry 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 with our decisions.

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

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REPOST: Ela Lourenco, Author of Dragon Born: Book Three, Awakening, Speaks About Awakening Reluctant Readers | @ElaLourenco #fantasy #YA #DragonBorn

The Awakening of Reluctant Readers?

Ela Lourenco

The idea for the Dragon Born series was actually not mine but my daughter’s. Being dyslexic yet a lover of fantasy tales she decided that I should put my time to good use and write books especially for her! Her love of dragons and all things magical were the starting point for the series. The main characters are in fact based on my two daughters and nieces – and I found that they evolved and matured as the books in the series progressed… you could say they grew up together.

I know some writers plan their stories in great detail while others just let them flow spontaneously – I fall somewhere in between. Once I actually start writing it is all spontaneous and freestyle but then there are the months of planning that go on in the background before the first chapter is ever started. And the ever-changing relationships between the characters… so unpredictable at times!

Awakening is the third book of the five book Dragon Born series, and in some ways my favourite of the collection in that it’s the point where various characters and sub plots begin to merge at a faster tempo and the tension is rising rapidly. I have been ‘accused’ by many a reader of ending each chapter in suspense, so they just have to read the next one! Yes, I do like to keep throwing curveballs into the mix, I love to keep my reader guessing but there is a method to my seeming madness! Aside from creating my own fantastical stories my great passion is bringing the joy back to reading. Sadly, between the rise of gadgets, technology and the drastic increase in learning difficulties books have fallen by the wayside. Instant gratification has become the norm – I try to combat that with chapters filled with such a constant stream of mystery and action that even the most reluctant reader will be tempted.

Learning difficulties are often misunderstood by many. ‘Dyslexia’, for example, is not one size fits all – not all dyslexics mix up letters or struggle with spelling. And not all reluctant readers are dyslexic. One thing they all have in common though is that reading has to be exciting to keep them engaged. I try to achieve this without dumbing down the language or concepts – I merely attempt to keep my descriptions more vivid and to avoid unnecessarily long passages.

I hope my readers enjoy this latest book in the series and keep sending me feedback!

Fun fact about me: what many do not know is that I have studied child developmental psychology and trained in the area of dyslexia and learning difficulties – and I also run creative writing workshops for children and young adults.

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Awakening
Book Three of the Dragon Born Series

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The Royal tournament, the Karnac, is fully underway. But there is deception and betrayal at every turn. Unseen dark forces are at play, both within the school grounds and out with. Even the Gods are unable to help when a new threat looms over them all.The very existence of Azmantium depends on Lara fully becoming the Child of Fire and casting aside the Shadows lurking in every corner of her beloved planet.Can she overcome the challenges that await? Will the Shadows cover the world in darkness? Only Lara and her friends can change the fate of Azmantium.

Available on Amazon!

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About the Author:

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Ela Lourenco is a lover of all things fantasy, magic and mystery and loves nothing better than cooking up new tales – that is when she isn’t nose deep in a book herself! Nomadic by nature, she has now settled down in Scotland with her hubby, two daughters and two cats.

Ela also runs creative writing workshops for children and is passionate about helping those with learning difficulties to get ‘back to enjoying stories’.

Follow her on Twitter at @ElaLourenco or her Facebook page for news and updates!

 

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REPOST: ‘Appealing to Young Adults’ by Ela Lourenco, #author of Awakening – Book Three in the Dragon Born series. @ElaLourenco #fantasy #YA #DragonBorn

Appealing to Young Adults

by Ela Lourenco

What does ‘young adult’ mean? Some argue it’s the twelve to eighteen age group, others argue it is fourteen plus… It isn’t very well defined. In this day and age of internet access, social media etc., it has become ever harder to determine who is old enough for what. So how does one tailor a book for an indeterminate age group with varying levels of maturity and a whole host of different interests?

My daughter read the first few chapters as my ‘tester’, her only criticism being ‘is this all you’ve written?’ and ‘when will you finish the book so I can read it already?’ She then proceeded to stand over my shoulder (literally) so I would ‘crack’ on with it!

Encouraged by her obvious enjoyment of my story I realised something – I remembered that excitement and frantic frenzy born of sinking nose deep into a really good book. Realising this unlocked something inside me – writing for the YA audience was not the complex tricky minefield I had convinced myself it was – rather it was true freedom. Liberation from the constraints of adulthood and complete immersion into a world where one is no longer a child but still retains the wonder and thirst and magic of one.

Young adult to me means the ‘age of magic’ – not quite child nor fully grown, but that wonderful in-between place that bridges the ever-present awe of magic with an ability to understand the world around you. As I wrote, I remembered. I remembered ideas and thoughts long dusty in my mind – I remembered the crazy vivid imagination that had been mine before ‘I grew up’ and as I embraced my newfound ‘childhood’ Dragon Born flowed with increased pace and ease, followed by Child of Fire and then my newest release Awakening (book three of five in the series).

All YA writers will have their own views and opinions as to how to write for young adults, and there is certainly no one right answer, but for me it was returning to a time and mind-set long past which helped me to recapture that sense of awe and belief in magic – in order to write for young adults, in my mind I became one once more, and I plan on never leaving it again!

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Awakening
Book Three of the Dragon Born Series

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The Royal tournament, the Karnac, is fully underway. But there is deception and betrayal at every turn. Unseen dark forces are at play, both within the school grounds and out with. Even the Gods are unable to help when a new threat looms over them all.The very existence of Azmantium depends on Lara fully becoming the Child of Fire and casting aside the Shadows lurking in every corner of her beloved planet.Can she overcome the challenges that await? Will the Shadows cover the world in darkness? Only Lara and her friends can change the fate of Azmantium.

Available on Amazon!

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About the Author:

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Ela Lourenco is a lover of all things fantasy, magic and mystery and loves nothing better than cooking up new tales – that is when she isn’t nose deep in a book herself! Nomadic by nature, she has now settled down in Scotland with her hubby, two daughters and two cats.

Ela also runs creative writing workshops for children and is passionate about helping those with learning difficulties to get ‘back to enjoying stories’.

Follow her on Twitter at @ElaLourenco or her Facebook page for news and updates!

 

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