J. D. Horn

J. D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. He has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. Though knocked out by an injury, he’s working on making a comeback.

J. D.’s books have now been translated into Russian, Romanian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, and French, with a Turkish version of The Line in the works. J.D. is a long-time animal rights advocate, animal lover, and non-proselytizing vegetarian. He, his spouse, Rich, and their rescue Chihuahua, Kirby Seamus, split their time between Central Oregon, San Francisco, and Palm Springs.

You may email J.D. at JackDouglasHorn@Gmail.com.

The Witches of New Orleans Series

From Book 1:From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch’s quest to uncover her family’s terrifying history…

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness—willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too—caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.

Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family’s troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother’s reach while determining the future of all witches.

The Witching Savannah Series

From Book 1:

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.

Despite being powerless herself, of course.

Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J.D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flare.

JD is giving away three copies of The King of Bones and Ashes. Print or digital to US addresses; digital to all other countries.

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Celebrity Sunday Welcomes C Hope Clark

Photo of Hope Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in most of her novels. Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance.

Hope’s 4th Edisto book, Edisto Stranger, is on sale in ebook for $1.99 thru Jan 15.

The Edisto Island Mysteries: Destination Reading contains 4 published titles. She has just started writing Crossed on Edisto, a crossover book where Callie meets Slade.

The Carolina Slade Mysteries: Justice Her Way are 3 books strong.  Newberry Sin the 4th in the series is at her publisher.

On the Non-fiction front, FundsforWriters she plans to put out a couple of nonfiction books in 2018 – Finding Funds for Your Book, and The Best of FundsforWriters Vol 2. Hope is also thinking about writing a book on dialogue since she’s been a contributing writer for Southern Writers Magazine for over two years now, doing solely a column on dialogue.

Find Hope here –

Hope Clark
www.chopeclark.com
hope@chopeclark.com
FundsforWriters.com
www.fundsforwriters.com
hope@fundsforwriters.com
Bell Bridge Books
www.bellbridgebooks.com

Hope can also be reached at her social media connections below:

 

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Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

Cover Art Emerian Rich is the author of the Night’s Knights Vampire Series. She’s been included in many short story anthologies and also writes romance under Emmy Z. Madrigal. She is the horror host of HorrorAddicts.net and Editorial Director for the San Francisco Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Find out more about Emerian at: www.emzbox.com

Visit with us Sunday December 3rd right here in the Chatroom.  For more information on this Celebrity please check our  December 2nd Issue of The Writer’s Chatroom Newsletter.

Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

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Celebrity Sunday with Barb Drozdowich

Barb Drozdowich Visits our Chatroom Quarterly and is Always a Welcome and Informative Guest.

Barb Drozdowich Cover ArtWordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.
She is the author of 15 books, over 40 YouTube videos, an online Goodreads course  and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.
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Celebrity Sunday Presents John Everson

John Everson is Coming Back to Chat with Us on Celebrity Sunday

John Everson PhotoJohn Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema.  He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of COVENANT,  SACRIFICE and seven other novels, including the creature feature spiderfest VIOLET EYES, the erotic horror Bram Stoker Award finalist NIGHTWHERE, and his latest REDEMPTION, the over-the-top conclusion to the COVENANT trilogy. Other novels include THE FAMILY TREE, THE PUMPKIN MAN, SIREN and THE 13TH. Over the past 25 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. He is the founder of the independent press Dark Arts Books and has written novelettes for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS universe (Books 1 and 3) as well as stories for THE GREEN HORNET and KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER anthologies. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, NEEDLES & SINS and most recently, SACRIFICING VIRGINS, released by Samhain Publishing at the end of 2015.  For more on his obsession with jalapenos and 1970s European horror cinema, as well as information on his fiction, art and music.

Get Redemption Today!Cover Art Redemption

my ninth novel, Redemption – the long awaited sequel to my first two novels Covenant and Sacrifice – is now available! Order your copy from Amazon.com – it is also a Kindle Select title, so available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! One of my my favorite horror novelists of all time, Edward Lee, read the novel at the end of December and described it like this:

“Redemption unfolds as horror-hero Joe Kieran’s finish-line sprint down the last leg of Everson’s addictive occult storyline of blood-gushing demonic machinations, cursed existential characters, and abominations incarnate.  Everson is a MASTER of the hardcore; he’s the rare kind of writer who’s so good you can’t proceed with your day until the book is finished.  No matter what you have planned, forget it; you won’t bother until you’ve turned the last page. (I missed a playoff game because of this book!)  Everson kicks out the jambs in this gory story of haunted religious missions, mind-boggling sex-rituals, and jaunts into Hell (and let’s not forget the communal demonic toilet!)  The Little Mermaid this ain’t. This is balls-to-the-wall, no-f–ing-around hardcore horror that hits the reader with the impact of a bucket of hot blood and innards in the face.  Read it!”

You can’t ask for a better endorsement than that!

View the book on Amazon now.

 

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Mary SanGiovanni is our Celebrity Sunday Guest

Mary S photoMary SanGiovanni is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, CHILLS, and the forthcoming SAVAGE WOODS, and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, THE FADING PLACE, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS and the forthcoming A QUIET PLACE AT WORLD’S END, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, A DARKLING PLAIN, the forthcoming NIGHT MOVES and A WEIRDISH WILD SPACE. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, and was previously an Active member in the Horror Writers Association.

cover art savage woods

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Celebrity Sunday Welcomes Loren Rhoads

Cover Art 199 Cemeteries Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  She blogs at CemeteryTravel.com and writes about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association.  In her secret life, she writes fiction about space ships, succubi, and witches.  This year her short stories have appeared in Best New Horror #27 and the Strange California anthology.

 

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.  It’s a full-color hard cover encyclopedia of cemeteries around the world, looking at everything from statuary to landscaping to famous people (like Edgar Allan Poe) to ghost stories.

:oren Rhoads Head ShotLoren gave a lecture at this year’s StokerCon about vampires, ghosts, and the devil in graveyards.  She is writing a column about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association’s newsletter and has written cemetery columns for Gothic Beauty and Gothic.Net. She writes a blog about graveyards as vacation destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.

cover art wish you were hereWish You Were Here is back in print in paperback, with the ebook versions soon to follow

Loren writes fiction, too.  One of her stories appears in this year’s Best New Horror.

Morbid is as Morbid Does

Best New Horror “The Drowning City.”

 

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Recap of Sunday’s Topic & Introducing Loren Rhoads

On Sunday we looked head on into the eyes of horror and survived.

tell tale heartSome things to keep in mind if we are going to write horror include what makes a good horror story and things a writer can learn by observing someone else’s horror story.

  • Good Horror means a Good Setting
  • Don’t go overboard on Scares
  • Use Source Material to Find True Horror (Sometimes the scariest things in life are real)
  • Know the Strengths of your Character
  • Create Underlying Themes in your Horror Story
  • Remember to Sustain your Tension

There are Five Elements of a Good Horror Story.

  1. Fear
  2. Surprise
  3. Suspense
  4. Mystery
  5. Spoilers

Note – You can download my notes from tonight by logging into the Forum at writerschatroom.boards.net Once logged in – look for tonight’s horror topic, open the post and click on the file attachment at the end of the post.


Coming to Celebrity Sunday on 8 October

cover art 199 cemeteriesLoren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  She blogs at CemeteryTravel.com and writes about cemeteries for the Horror Writers Association.  In her secret life, she writes fiction about space ships, succubi, and witches.  This year her short stories have appeared in Best New Horror #27 and the Strange California anthology.

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Celebrity Sunday with C Hope Clark

On Sunday 24 September our Guest is C Hope Clark.

09/24/2017

Glenn Walker will be moderating

C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer’s reference for grants, contests,markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for fourteen years, and been recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for thirteen of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.
She’s published in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer’s Digest), The Writer Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She’s interviewed often by both writing and business websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.

She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade’s sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery. The second and third books in the series, Tidewater Murder and Palmetto Poison, are now available.

The Carolina Slade Mysteries: Justice Her Way

and

The Edisto Island Mysteries: Destination Reading

 

edisto stranger cover artEdisto Stranger

Available for Pre-Order

Book Four in the series. A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses. When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach. Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

This is a Book Trailer for Low Country Bribe

Low Country Bribe

 

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