It’s hard to believe that summer went by so fast. I hope you had fun! Now we’re entering my favorite season – Autumn. And Halloween is just around the corner! In this issue of the Quill, I’m highlighting my horror novellas and paranormal romances, sharing news about my new sci-fi anthology, talking about my guest blogs, and more…
I’m pleased to announce the release of my new science fiction anthology, Extraterrestrial Encounters!
Extraterrestrial Encounters: A Collection of Sci-Fi Stories
Are you ready to step into the unknown?
In these 18 sci-fi stories, you’ll encounter aliens of all shapes and sizes, curious (and sometimes unlucky) space explorers, and ordinary Earthlings having otherworldly experiences.
Some of the out-of-this-world tales in this short fiction anthology include:
“The Hoax” - A reporter learns that a creature from another planet is a dangerous thing to fool with
“It Grows on You” - A strange kind of mold has invaded an office, and it’s the perfect tool for revenge
“What Lurks Below” - Everyone knows there’s no life on Mars, but nobody thought about what might be lurking under the surface…
“The Con” - An alien becomes an unlikely ally to a down-on-his-luck petty crook
“Space Cowboy” - When a second-rate rodeo star is abducted by aliens, he makes the most of the situation
“They Just Keep Eating” - A Nebraska farmer encounters a menace from space… and it’s hungry
This collection of speculative fiction will stimulate your imagination, unnerve you just a little, and make you wonder… “What if we’re not alone?”
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Horror - It’s not just for Halloween!
Halloween is just around the corner, so why not start getting scared now? Check out my horror novellas…
NIGHTMARE IN THE NORTH
Stranded during a violent blizzard, Mark hikes to the only house nearby. George, a well-mannered University professor, welcomes Mark and gives him shelter from the storm.
By morning, Mark suspects that everything isn’t what it seems. George’s adult daughter, Kate, who also lives in the house, shares a disturbing and unsettling tale. When questioned, George insists that Kate has a psychological issue and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.
Mark quickly finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse. Who should he believe? Is Kate’s desperate plea for help sincere? Should he be suspicious of George? Or are both of them plotting something together?
Isolated from everyone, Mark is forced to wait out the storm—and find a way to escape—if he hopes to make it out alive.
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DEAD ‘TIL DAWN
Disturbing the dead doesn’t prove you’re brave – it proves you’re stupid.
After touring Gettysburg battlefield, Jessica, Tim, and Steve decide to sneak out to the Devil’s Den for some late-night fun. Jessica’s friend Kathy objects, and warns them about trespassing where they’re not wanted.
Undaunted by ghost stories and fueled by his own arrogance, Tim races toward the Devil’s Den. When the group drives through mysterious battlefield fog, they find themselves surrounded by Civil War soldiers looking for a little fun of their own.
Kathy leaves the others to fend for themselves and flees to Little Round Top. Although she’s rescued by a kindhearted Union solider named Charlie, she refuses to believe that what she’s experiencing is real. As the nighttime battle rages on, Charlie introduces Kathy to other weary soldiers, and she quickly realizes she’s trapped in the land of the dead until dawn.
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Late one Halloween night, two young boys venture into a secluded graveyard in the hopes of conjuring up a spirit. Although Kyle is skeptical and would rather be home eating candy and watching horror movies, he reluctantly goes along with Jerry’s plan. He doesn’t believe Ouija boards work—until this one starts spelling out a message…
This Halloween-themed 1500-word short story is a cautionary tale about playing with a Ouija board in a graveyard.
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Want more? My short horror fiction has appeared in dozens of anthologies. Visit my Amazon Author Page www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins for a full list!
When Love Meets Monsters… Paranormal Romances!
Not all “monsters” are scary, in fact, some are sexy! If you love unusual love stories, check out my paranormal romances:
BEAUTY & THE BIGFOOT
Can true love exist between the species?
Tara’s world is anything but normal. Her father is known as the resident crackpot – just because he’s on a personal mission to catch a Sasquatch. Despite all of the “Bigfoot evidence” cluttering their house, Tara never really believed in Bigfoot – until the day her father brought him home.
She affectionately names her father’s prized catch ‘Joe’ and discovers there’s something oddly familiar – and erotic – about him. With a media circus descending on her father’s ranch and a showdown brewing with the local sheriff, Tara risks her life to save Joe.
When Tara finally succumbs to her animalistic urges, she learns that Joe is not exactly who – or what – he seems. Joe is more than a Sasquatch – he’s her soul mate!
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CONFESSIONS OF A VAMPIRE’S LOVER
The moment Brian spotted Anya sitting on the moonlit beach, he was hooked. Beautiful, smart, and sexy, Anya was the girl of his dreams. She didn’t mind that he spent the hot summer days riding the ocean waves, because once the sun set, he belonged to her—all night long!
Everything is perfect between them—until Brian discovers Anya’s shocking secret. Can Brian give up the sun, sand, and surf to be with the woman he loves?
Read Brian’s first-hand account of their unusual love story in… Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover.
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KILLER IN WOLF’S CLOTHING
A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club… What has Larry gotten himself into?
When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.
Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.
Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.
This romance is a fun look at the werewolf legend and blends mystery, danger, humor, and sizzling love scenes.
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THE VIKING’S WITCH
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.
But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?
After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?
Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other…before time runs out.
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Share Your Thoughts!
As we head into another new year, (and a new decade – yikes!) I’ll be changing up the Quill newsletter. I’d like to hear from you. What would you like to see included in this newsletter? Writing tips? Writing exercises? Interview excerpts? Book excerpts? Contact me via the form on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com and let me know your thoughts!
I've been guest blogging and doing lots of interviews. Check them out here:
Read about The Viking’s Witch and writing romance in this interview with Long & Short Reviews: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/interview-with-kelli-a-wilkins-giveaway/
Extraterrestrial Encounters spotlight:
ANOTHER interview? Yup! This time I’m talking about my sci-fi anthology, Extraterrestrial Encounters. http://www.longandshortreviews.com/guest-blogs/sfinterview-with-kelli-a-wilkins/
Read about the making of Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover in this blog: https://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2019/09/guest-author-day-with-kelli-wilkins.html
I was a food blogger in August. If you’re looking for a cool & quick dessert, check out my Custard Cake recipe: https://theafterworkcook.blogspot.com/2019/08/quick-custard-cake-by-kelli-wilkins.html
Read a fun character interview with Ashton Bailey, the hero from Dangerous Indenture.
Want more? Follow me on social media to catch up on all of my blogs, guest posts, and interviews.
In November/December, I’ll be releasing a non-fiction guide to romance. It features 100 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. (It makes a great holiday gift AND it’ll keep you busy in 2020!)
I’m also revising a new contemporary paranormal romance, working on the January re-release of Lies, Love & Redemption, and drafting new horror stories.
I hope you enjoyed this Autumn edition of the Quill.
Stay tuned to my site, blog and social media for upcoming release news and other fun posts. I welcome questions and comments from readers and other authors, so feel free to write me via the contact form on my site.
Don’t forget, I’m not just an author, I’m also an amateur photographer. Visit my pages on Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/g/kelli+wilkins and iStock https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/kelliwilkins to view my photos.