Hot Fun in the Summertime!

Well, not quite yet, but it’s getting there! Summer is right around the corner and that means sitting by the water, sitting on your deck or patio, sitting in the AC – wherever you like to sit – with a book in your hand. Luckily I have a few that you can choose from and they fit just perfectly in your palm or Kindle. 🙂 Yeah, there’s a reason I’m not in Marketing (that was… whew!).

But still… I do have a few books you can sink your teeth into (and you KNOW I meant that pun!) plus a new(ish) release coming right around the corner. Ok, let’s get that out of the way first because YAY!

Like alternative realities with a bit of mystery, copious amounts of thriller, and a pinch each of cosmic and psychological horror? The Realm is PERFECT for you! Literally. Unsettling and filled with action, this story introduces you to Patrick and the curse his family must endure.

Like vampires and the lure of the forbidden, the ferocity of a mother’s love, and darkness that only evil can bring? The Promise Keeper is your JAM! And it’s a little sexy too! Just sayin’. Fangs, the Caribbean sun, New York, NY, and a promise that is too dangerous not to keep? What’s not to love?

Like creepy, eerie tales about the dark and what lives there and fear that starts at the base of your neck and creeps down your spine, cold, cold, like ice in your veins? Ahem, Telecommuting is for you! Psychological horror at its most pure, this story will make you beg your own mind to stay clear, to always be true, to protect you from… from… well, you’ll see!

And then…

Oh, and then…

In July…

The novel that started it all is coming back, rising out of the shadows, pulling back the veil… too much? I might have gotten a little carried away there, but whatever! In July, my first novel, Crescendo, will be re-released by Cedar Grove Publishing! My first book baby! I am so excited about this! The cover? OH MY! Let me just say… Lynne Hansen has done it again! I can’t wait for you to see it but the folks tell me I have to wait to release it – something about a cover reveal… you know how it goes! 🙂 Look for this beautiful artwork on July 1st. The book comes out later in the month of July – I know you know I’ll tell you when!

What’s it about it?

Ghosts? Maybe. Deception? Absolutely! Fear? Oh, H$L& YEAH!

Somebody said this about Crescendo:

“From the very first page this novel is a series of extremely disturbing events, particularly nightmarish dream sequences. Centering on one man’s imminent insanity and death (think Jacobs Ladder and Stir of Echoes) Crescendo draws a fine line between what is madness and what is supernatural.”

Women in horror

Yeah.

Yeah, I have to agree with that.

I love this story. I love all of my stories, but I love this one so much that I adapted it as a screenplay… and was lucky enough to win a Best Horror award for it at a film festival. (WOOOTTTT!!!) I’m so excited that it is coming back and new readers can check it out again. Soon, soon… very soon!

*If you go to my website and see a cover there, ha, that’s not it! But wanna see the book trailer? It’s fun!

A quick note about reading and books and the like. I don’t know if you know this, but reviews are incredibly helpful to authors. If you are so inclined, please post them where you buy and learn about books (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.) – it is the next best thing you can do to support the writers you enjoy. Thanks to all who do so already and to those who will consider doing so now!

So, what else has been up? Have you seen any good movies? I have!

  • The Endless
  • Saint Maud
  • Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • La Funeraria

to name a few. I also REALLY enjoyed A Quiet Place II. REALLY, REALLY enjoyed it. Saw it at a drive through (seriously, if you have never done this, try it. There’s nothing like watching a creepy, dark, scary movie in the dark, exposed to the woods… with no protection other than the flimsy windows in your car… There is so much texture in this movie! And John Krasinski – he’s just brilliant. I’ve been a fan for a long time (The Office has to be one of my favorite TV shows like EVER… ok, now I think I will be watching a few episodes tonight! LOL!) but this is John at a whole other level. And I’m liking it.

Books? I have not finished anything this month, I am sad to say. Still nursing the ones from last month and had the nerve to buy a few new titles to sit on top of my TBR list. Ha, oh well! No one who knows me should be surprised by that! Book enthusiast – that’s me!

I got the chance to do some cool stuff recently:

  • Went on Just Joshing and spoke for about 2 hours with Joshua Pantalleresco. Laughed more than I talked. It was a flipping blast.
  • Had a convo between writers session that will go live soon. Venessa Giunta and I chatted for a little over an hour about “stuff”… and it was good stuff. You’ll wanna see this when it goes up!
  • Got interviewed by NFReads – a fun and quick read!
  • Finished writing a novel! (WAHOOOOOO! And now comes the editing – a little less wahooooo.)
  • Wrote three short stories – shorty shorts, like I like ’em. None of them are over 1k words and that suits me just fine!
  • Have decided that I really should figure out how to work my telescope so I can see some of the beautiful stuff up there in the night sky. It has been collecting dust for years. It’s like a piece of art – immovable art. I need to change this.
  • One of my short screenplays, the one that is an ode to the one I wrote and shot and proceeded to misplace during my freshman year at Howard University – 271 Raeburn Avenue – won Best Short Screenplay at an international film festival! YAYAYAYAYYAYA! So very exciting to see my work out there – honored beyond belief.

I think that is all. So all I have to say in closing is bring on more good movies, bring on a few extra hours in the day so I can finish reading one of the books open on my nightstand, bring on the warm weather… and the ice cream, because I must have ice cream.

I’m ready for the world.

And I’m not talking about these guys, though they have a couple tunes that were my JAMS back in the day! (Ha… I said “jam” in all caps twice in this newsletter!)

Get ready for some fun in the sun, friends! Tell YOUR friends about what we do here and have them join the newsletter, get into the conversation on Twitter (@LMarieWood1) and join the FB group (facebook.com/LMarieWood). Share the love!

Until next time…

L. Marie Wood

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