An Interview! 13 Questions.

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Ah, lucky number 13. At least, it’s always been my lucky number. I even turned 13 on Friday the 13th. What a grand year that was.

The delightful Joan De La Haye was kind enough to let me pop by her blog. We discuss whether I’m a plotter or a pantser and what key words would turn me to a new author. Won’t you please stop by if you have a minute?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Pretty Little Dead Girls is on sale for 99 cents!

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The Kindle version of Pretty Little Dead Girls is on sale for 99 cents! Don’t miss it. You can pick up your copy HERE. It’s a Kindle Countdown, so that means the price goes up by a dollar every 24 hours. You can get it for 99 cents for ten more hours.

“Run, Star Girl.”

Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count, and features a cover by Hugo award-winner Galen Dara.

Includes “Oliver Bloom” by Ryan Johnson, a short story featuring characters from Pretty Little Dead Girls.

Miss Murder Officially Joins Crystal Lake Publishing

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It’s official! I’m now an author for Crystal Lake Publishing. What a delight! I’ll let Joe Mynhardt from Crystal Lake take it from here:

I’m very happy to publicly welcome Mercedes Murdock Yardley to Crystal Lake Publishing.

We’ll be publishing six titles from her in the next year, starting with NAMELESS: THE DARKNESS COMES this coming Friday (Book one in the BONE ANGEL TRILOGY). Book two will be out in a few months, so be sure to read the first book before then.

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Since Nameless has been previously published, anyone who purchases the updated Crystal Lake Publishing version (eBook or paperback) and shares their purchase on Social Media, will receive a FREE novella eBook, as well. Be warned, it’s a dark one: LITTLE DEAD RED

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So check out Mercedes’ bio, welcome her aboard, and show her how we can spread the word about great books.

 

Pimp A Friend Friday: Deborah Batterman

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Rachel loves her Uncle Jake more than anything. Handsome and mysterious, he fills her with stories, sends postcards and gifts from exotic places. And he’s so much more fun to be with than her parents, who are always fighting. When she learns he’s gay, she keeps it under wraps. And when he gets sick, she doesn’t even tell her best friends. Until she realizes that secrecy does more harm than good. A coming-of-age story framed by the passions of the ’60s and the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s.

Deborah Batterman wrote a book I enjoyed called Shoes Hair Nailswhich I found to be intricate and honest. She has a new book titled Just Like February that is being considered for the Kindle Scout Program. I’ll let her explain it herself.

As the publishing world turns, new paradigms evolve that present fresh opportunities for writers.  Call it a leap of faith, but  I’m  testing the waters of reader-powered book publishing via Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program. It works like this: you get to read an excerpt of my novel by following this link.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3V1FFU3E1VEX8

If you like what you read, and want to read more, you let Amazon know by nominating my book for publication. (If you really like what you read, please share the link in whatever way you share exciting things 😉   Yes, you can think of it as ‘American Idol’ for book lovers. The novel has already moved into the’hot and trending’ category, so there’s reason for me to feel very hopeful.

Enough interest and Just like February is published by Kindle Press. I get an advance and royalties. And you get to read the finished book.

If you’re interested, please follow the link above and nominate Deborah’s book for publication. And check out her other work. I very much enjoy it. The deadline to vote is December 12.

WIP Wednesday: Long Overdue

WIP_WednesdayI haven’t done a WIP Wednesday for a while! It’s about time. I love hearing about other creatives and the projects they’re working on. I’ll share mine, and then will you share whatever art/music/writing/creative project you’re in the midst of?

Right now I’m in the midst of a short story titled “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon.” It’s a haunting thing about a woman who tries to feed herself to the stars. I’ve been going through a tough literary patch lately, actually having panic attacks when I open documents to write, but this one has been nothing but joy. It’s cut from starlight.

I’m also in the midst of a novella that’s a companion for a table top gaming series. And another novella that’s part of a very intriguing world. I’m not sure that I can announce that I’m attached to the project yet, but I can’t wait until I can! It’s a dark and magical thing, and I’m excited for it.

I had planned to have the second book of THE BONE ANGEL trilogy out by now, but I realized that Apocalyptic Montessa, Nameless, and Pretty Little Dead Girls all came out within a year, and I was exhausted. I took a little time off from the series, but I’m thinking the sequel will be out later this year. It’s titled Heartless: Carnival of Isolation, and my intention is to break Luna in this book. Do you think I can? We’ll see.

That’s what I’ve been up to. Will you share with me what you’ve been working on? I’d love to hear. 🙂

Bookworm Blues Reviews Pretty Little Dead Girls!

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Many of you might be familiar with Sarah Chorn. She’s an influential book reviewer, and also has a wonderful column at SF Signal called Special Needs in Strange Worlds. SNiSW is really worth your time to read. Not only does it discuss diversity in genre literature, but it focuses specifically on special needs. As far as I know, there isn’t another column that does that.

Sarah wrote a fantastic review of my novel Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. It makes me smile so much! Please stop by and read it. 🙂 You can find it on her site, Bookworm Blues.

Announcing Pretty Little Dead Girls!

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You guys.

You GUYS.

I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I’m thrilled to officially announce that my favorite thing I ever wrote will be coming out this fall! Ragnarok Publications will release my book Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy this September.

“Run, Star Girl.”

 Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

 Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count.  It will be released by Ragnarok Publications in September of 2014.

One of my favorite artists of all time, Galen Dara, agreed to do the cover. She creates some of the most feminine, darkly beautiful art that I have ever seen. If you’re not familiar with her work, run and check her out.

There will also be a special limited edition hardcover that will feature a tip-in insert of Orion Zangara’s work. It’s stunning, and makes a wonderful edition. The pre-order only hardcover will be available in October.

Ahhhh! I’m so excited! This book is the reason that I started describing my work as “whimsical horror.” There simply wasn’t another genre that it fit into. I hope it’s something you’ll read and enjoy, and will hopefully make the world a little bit more magical for you.

WIP Wednesday: Apocalyptic Montessa

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I promised myself that I wouldn’t take on more projects than I could handle. I’d just tackle one at a time, nice and slow.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA! That didn’t last long.

I just finished a magical realism short story about butterflies and soul mates turned sour. I’m currently subbing it out. I’m also working on my novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. It’s turning a little darker and less fanciful than I originally thought. I’m looking up semi trucks and head wounds for it. I’m also working on a collab with a friend that’s sweet and sad and very, very bizarre. This collaboration is like a slow river. No stress, no deadlines. Just a couple hundred words here and there,  sending it back and forth in eddies. It’s relaxing and gives me true joy.

I’m also putting together notes for my next novel, which came out of nowhere. It has to do with the language of flowers, a kitchen witch, personal loss, and searing emotional pain. I’ve been researching new ways to outline (I usually don’t outline at all) so this will be a different and exciting experience. I can’t wait to start writing it.

Summer has thrown a wrench in my productivity, of course. Oldest, Middlest, and Littlest take almost all of my time. But we’ve been playing with our new Russian Dwarf hamsters (we bought them right after our rabbit was taken from us. It helped dry the tears) and swimming in a tiny inflatable pool. I’ve colored pictures with my girls, and held my son on my lap. It’s been busy but beautiful.