Come See Me at Multiverse Con

Ready for a weekend filled with scifi, fantasy, and horror? I sure am!

This weekend I’ll be at Multiverse Con as both a vendor and a panelist. Although this is only the third year for this con, the authors who are going to be present are amazing! I got to attend last year as a virtual guest and had such a great time on the Discord server that I jumped at the chance to be a part of it again this year.

I’ll have my author booth setup beside my sister, Kelley with Morbid Smile Art. She’s got a really cool booth upgrade this time so I’m looking forward to seeing it out on the vendor hall! I’ll be sharing a booth with my friend Aryn with GaeFaeFashion on Etsy. They are going to be helping me manage the booth while I’m away on panels. Needless to say, it’s going to be a fun but busy convention!

In addition to panels, I’ll have a one-hour mentoring block set aside on Sunday at 1PM. I’ll have four 12-minute time slots available for folks to sign up. Book a slot if you want to get some advice on your story direction, your writing path, or even if you just want to chat about small press & indie publishing. I’ve had experience in both! Thursday is the LAST DAY to sign up for a mentoring slot. The form closes at 9PM Eastern Time. So make sure you don’t delay!

Book a Mentoring Slot: https://vgpub.notion.site/2021-Multiverse-Mentoring-Guests-1b97ab21eab64fa99169eb7411bb2eee

Also here is the full schedule so you can check out ALL of the amazing panels they’re going to have!

Multiverse Schedule: https://register.growtix.com/schedules/frontend/Multiverse_Science_Fiction_Fantasy_Convention_2020

This con also has strict vaccination and masking requirements, so be sure to check all of the rules on their website: https://www.multiversecon.org/

Finally here are the panels I’ll be on this weekend! Panel descriptions are from the website.

  • Friday
    • Writing Believable YA Horror @ 5:30 PM
      • [Family Friendly] How do you avoid tropes in YA horror or do you lean in enthusiastically? How do you make a story resonate with a readership demographic that you may no longer be part of? These questions and more will be addressed in this timely panel discussion.
    • Xtopia: How does it shape us? @ 8:30 PM
      • Panelists will discuss the value of fictional dystopias or fictional utopias. Do they inspire or scare us? Is the likely truth somewhere in the middle? Does society and readers as a whole perceive the lessons contained in both?
  • Saturday
    • Characterization: The Oft-Neglected Support Character @ 4:00 PM
      • We spend a lot of time in the writing world talking about hero/ines and villains, but they are not the only characters who inhabit your world. Support characters are important within stories, but they inhabit a place between being overwhelming and being extraneous. In this panel, we’ll talk about how to find that space for your support characters, when you might have too many, how to handle paring down or bulking up your support character numbers, what sort of information needs to be on the page about them and what doesn’t.
  • Sunday
    • Mentoring Session at 1:00 PM

And if you can’t make it to a panel, I’ll be in the Vendor Hall all weekend. I hope to see some of you all there!

The Bone Valley

Happy Release Day to The Bone Valley! Be sure to grab your copy if this sounds perfect for your October bookshelf!

The Bone Valley
By: Candace Robinson

Finished: 8/23/2021

I’ve read quite a few books by Robinson, and I can enthusiastically say that this one is my favorite! This is perhaps the most intense, grotesque, and beautiful story I’ve read from her, and I had a hard time putting it down!

I really loved Anton, a lover, and Nahli, a thief. They seem like characters whose paths would never cross until things go very, very wrong. Even Daryna, the old witch who lives int he woods, grew on me throughout this tale. Pav, Anton’s little brother, grew on me throughout this tale. At first I didn’t think much of him since he just seemed like he wanted to emulate his brother, but as the tale goes on he gains so much empathy and shows he has such a pure heart. I keep bouncing between Pav and Roka as my favorites, but as of this writing, I have to say the little skeleton meerkat Roka was my absolute fave. I can’t say too much about him without giving things away, but his tragic tale and determined love was touching. And he was such a cute companion to them.

I really can’t gush enough about this book because there were times when I was just blown away by the viciousness, the beauty, the cruelty, and the incredible levels of world-building. I could practically imagine this in a stock-motion animation ala Nightmare Before Christmas at times, and it was gorgeous. Robinson’s imagery and creativity was unmatched in this piece. She has such strength in mixing romantic storylines with horrific and dramatic world building and beautiful character development, but this one is a shining example of her skill. If this wasn’t already obvious, this book should not be missed!

I’ve never read a book like this and would happily devour more books in this style or in this world.

My rating: 5/5 skeletal thumbs up

Lineage

Lineage
By: C. Vonzale Lewis

Finished: 3/8/2021

Wow, this book absolutely blew me away! It has multiple parts to love, from evil corporation, to mysterious ancient magic, to a number of very sexy scenes. Not to mention the ending was incredible!

Lewis has a wonderful knack for piecing together many parts into a whole, cohesive world that makes it easy to fall into. She excels at creating multi-faceted characters to the point that you end up cheering for all of them. You fall in love with them without even realizing it. She slowly builds the magic of the world, dripping out piece by piece of information, until all the puzzle pieces come together. The further you get into the book, the more the train starts to build up speed and you have a hard time putting it down! At the end you are fearing for all of them and horrified by the people they are up against. And boy, are the villains in this tale twisted!

Lewis also tackles some dark themes in this book while also exploring the difficulty in dealing with trauma in a realistic way. Just as the magic system slowly evolves, so too does our lead character Nicole, a woman who has been kicked out of so many places of employment that she has to work for the seedy corporation that appears to be the only option left. Her fiery temper and quick wit make her bristle under authority. I absolutely loved her. She is confident and determined to speak her mind, which of course leads her to making some not-so-great decisions. But you understand why she does it because Lewis is so good at making her believable, relatable, flawed, and human.

A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys complex magic systems, a complex love life, detailed world-buidling, and plenty of hot and heavy moments!

My rating: 5/5 magical stars

Happy Release Day to The Impostor and Other Dark Tales

It has sure been busy as I prep for all of the things going on this October, but today I’m celebrating the release of my first self-published full-length book, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales! This collection has been a labor of love and given me the chance to work with some incredibly talented people. I’ve also been blown away by the reviews and support this book has already gotten, but mostly I’m so thankful to have these tales I’ve loved for so long out in the world in one solid place!

Happy book birthday to my dark, twisted, beautiful short story collection!

Now available in ebook and paperback wherever horror books are sold!

Buy a copy of The Impostor and Other Dark Tales

Happy Cover Reveal to The Impostor And Other Dark Tales

Happy cover reveal day to this gorgeous collection of short stories! Divided into sections for the beautiful and the bizarre, the tales range from dark fantasy with sorcery and mermaids, to horror with monsters and unnatural animals. Putting this together has been a labor of love over the last year, and I’ve had the benefit of getting to work with incredible people throughout the process.

The cover itself was created by Shivana Brhamadat at SinsValentine.com. The lettering was done by my sister, Kelley M. Frank at MorbidSmile.com. It’s amazing seeing the talents of two artists combining together to make sure a beautiful piece.

This collection is available to pre-order today! Paperbacks will be coming soon!

The Impostor and Other Dark Tales

The beautiful and the bizarre

Something watches from the corner of the room, peeking through a crack, existing within an impossible space—what does it want?

The ghost of a lover returns at the end of a lifetime, carrying a dark secret—what will she say?

A woman struggling with identity finds herself in the arms of a dangerous woman with a mysterious curse—what will she find?

The beautiful and the bizarre exist side by side in this collection of fantastic and strange tales by prolific short story author, Marlena Frank. From dark fantasy stories of sharp-toothed mermaids and bewitched sorceresses to horror stories with ferocious bird beasts and golden-eyed monsters that live in the peripheral of human existence, these stories bring to life the creatures that haunt the nightmare world.

From heart-rending to heart-pounding, these tales will linger long after reading them.

Creeping onto bookshelves on September 28th.

Pre-order your copy today!