Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You don't want to miss Melissa Williams!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20th!

I met Melissa Williams when she presented at my girls' elementary school in 2012. I was impressed with how she engaged her audience and how she marketed herself and her products. This is a lady who thinks outside the box and overflows with  great ideas on how to get you and your books out there. We are excited to host her at our next WOTS meeting where she'll tell us about her road to publication and beyond. This is something all authors will enjoy and it might just spike the fires of of your own creativity.

Melissa is a children's author so if you have or know school aged children, bring your pocket book because she has a lot of cute things that you'll want to buy up as gifts. Now, more about Melissa...

Melissa Williams (@MelissaAuthor) is the author of the Iggy the Iguana chapter book series, the Turtle Town chapter book series and the Little Miss Molly picture book for kids, the owner of LongTale Publishing and founder of the Literacy Non-Profit Foundation–READ3Zero. Melissa received a Master's degree in professional counseling and implements psychological skills when presenting to her young audiences and when writing for her target market. She has visited hundreds of schools and tours all over Texas and California in addition to being a regular guest on ABC and FOX Houston News. As a child literacy advocate, Melissa's main focus today revolves around recognizing the need to keep reading, writing and creativity inside the home and classroom while balancing electronic usage. Her literacy foundation hosts the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest, offering opportunities for children to become published authors, illustrators and speakers. Melissa resides in Houston, Texas and is the 2014-2015 president of her local rotary group. More information may be found at

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coming this Saturday - Marc Schooley's Simple Fiction Fixes

Marc Schooley  lives near Houston with his wife Dorann (AKA Dode, long o, long e), a philosopher dog too smart to figure out how to jump onto the bed, a re-animated twenty-two-year-old, 2 lb. Pet Sematary cat, a massive Great Dane affectionately known as Becky the Bed Walrus or Rebecca of Schooleybrook Farm, and adult children who consistently and lovingly save him from the dread and loathsome horrors of the empty nest syndrome.

Sketched in equal shades of grit and inspiration, Marc’s signature raw blend of literary and pulp fiction engages readers in a forceful swashbuckle of surprising depth, through a supernatural continuum whose hub is the Lone Star State as you’ve never seen it.

Marc works on contract to the NASA Johnson Space Center, preaches every Sunday, and is NOT—I repeat NOT—MS Quixote. Marc's books include K├Ânig’s Fire is a Carol Award (ACFW Book of the Year) winner and Christy Award nominee, Nightriders, and The Dark Man featuring ultimately awesome attack helicopters, which propels the tender love story at its heart.

More about Marc at:

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 Storming the Short Story Contest!


Squall Line - Jim Hamlett 

2nd place: Dorothy's Carol - Terrie Todd 
3rd place: A Rumspringa Storm - Steve Hooley 
4th place: Tempest Tossed - Annette O'Hare 

Honorable mention:
When Love Pours Down - Angie Dicken 


The Grumpy Chronicles - Susan Lyttek 

2nd place: The Great Storm - Karla Rose 
3rd place: Oddman - Carla Hoch 
4th place: Aperture - Linda Kozar

Honorable mention:
Orphans in the storm - Scott Abel 


Just West of Clovis -  Ralph D. James 

2nd place: Husband Hunting - Crystal L Barnes
3rd place: Detention - Gretchen Engel 
4th place: Fire in a Storm - Angela K Couch 

Honorable mention:
Entertaining Angels - TJ Akers 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Storming the Short Story - Semi-finalists 2014

Congratulations to the Semifinalists in our Storming the Short Story contest. The stories listed below (alphabetical order) will be sent to Chalfont House Publishing to select the finalists who will be published in an anthology by Hope Springs Books.

Thank you to all who submitted stories. As our judges will tell you, it was hard to choose our favorites from the many wonderful stories that were received. We hope you will consider entering our short story contest in 2015!

Contemporary Category

A Rumspringa Storm
Dorothys Carol
Squall Line
Tempest Tossed
When Love Pours Down

Speculative Category

Grumpy Chronicles
Orphans in the Storm
The Great Storm

Combined Category

Entertaining Angels
Fire in a Storm
Husband Hunting
Just West of Clovis