New Short Story – “Wrecked World”


I killed him.  I wish I could say I didn’t mean to, but I can’t.  He deserved it, every last slash and hack mark buried in his toxic, alcoholic blood. After all, he’d lied to me. Called me names that would make your hair curl. He cheated on me, his wife and the mother of his child, with his ex-lover. That’s when I killed him — when I found him in my bed, our bed, with her.

No, it didn’t matter to my drunken leech of a husband that I’d given the best years of my life to him. It didn’t matter that I stayed and defended him after he tried to kill me. Oh yeah, he tried to kill me.  He stripped my baby girl from my arms and then squeezed his calloused hands around my throat before throwing me against the wall.  He gave me nine blood clots along my spine that night. Police came out and took pictures and everything.  If I’d had any sense, I would have killed him then, but no.  I decided to take up sanctuary elsewhere for three months.  He got his wrist slapped by the authorities and was forced into AA.  I, being a naïve fool, went back to him only to end up bruised and battered again six weeks later.

My mom, everyone, told me to leave, get the hell out, but I couldn’t.  They didn’t see the man I knew before he morphed into a demon from Hell. He used to care about me, about our future, about our lives together. He would have never laid a hand on me.

Then one night, he fell for the witch – a golden, frothy elixir who hungered for him as much as he hungered for her. She captivated him and, oh what a spell she wove. It was a spell I couldn’t break.  Every morning he apologized for whatever he didn’t remember from the night before, sobbing as he caressed each cut and bruise, but then night-time would come along again and inevitably, he would fall back into the arms of the witch.

For so long I blamed myself.  I mean, he pretty much hammered it home to me every day that I was a selfish bitch, telling me what a loser and a fucking lousy mother I was.  God, I can’t believe I actually believed him . . . at least for a while. Then I went away for week, took our daughter to visit a friend, and when I came back and saw what a drunken slob he was and how he’d trashed our home, I left. I packed up all my shit and left.

That was a week ago. I moved back into my old place I had before we married. I had to or else he’d steal my soul, my dignity. God knows he’d already stolen my pride. Two days later he took a bad fall. Banged his head. Two days after that he ended up in the hospital. He’d suffered a stroke due to the fall. After he stabilized, he checked himself out of the hospital, refusing additional treatment. That was yesterday. Today, I took my daughter home to see her daddy. That’s when I found him, naked, in our bed with his ex-lover.

I fled. I went to my friend’s house and dropped off my daughter, then called my mom to tell her where she could find my baby.  When I returned to my marital home, the slut was gone.  I glanced over to the kitchen counter and saw the butcher knife glinting in the morning sunlight. There was no hesitation. I picked it up and went to the bedroom and stabbed my ‘better half’ . . . repeatedly. Then I cut his dick off. He wasn’t going to need it where he was going.

I wiped the blood from my face, suddenly aware of the .22 sitting on the dresser.  I chuckled.  How ironic.  Was he really planning to kill me?  Ha. I showed him. He never got a chance. 

And I’m out of choices.

I’m sitting on the floor now in the corner of the bedroom drenched in his cheating blood.  The gun is loaded and ready, but before I blow my brains out, I want everyone to know what happened.  Baby girl, I love you, but I have to go now ’cause I’m not spending the rest of my life in jail.  Grams will take care of you.  Mom, I’m sorry.  I’m really sorry.  I love you so much. 

Good-bye.

How to Write a Query Letter That Genre Agents Want Now


I was flipping around my normal blog sites this morning like I always do, looking for all kinds of cool information to pass on, and I came across the following article posted on BookMarket.com.  I thought a lot of my readers would like to know the ‘inside scoop’ so here you have it.  For those writing YA novels, pay special attention to this paragraph. 

This is a guest post form Jeff Rivera . . .

Everyday I’m on the phone with top agencies and literary agents that would have most writers salivating. They tell me on the down-low exactly what they’re looking for in a writer and some of the inside secrets in getting them, to sign you. I thought I might share with you a few of the genres that they are dying for right now:

3) Graphic Novels
 – Oh, my God. If you want to light a fire and get a huge reaction from agents then tell them you have a graphic novel or better yet a graphic memoir. They’re dying for them. You only need a 5-page sample of your art work and a full summary. So, even if you can’t draw, you can team up with an artist. We can help you with that by the way at: http://www.GumboWriters.com. One tip: Try to stay away from comic book style art and do more of a style in the vein of Stitches by David Small or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mause if you can.

1) Middle Grade – If you write middle grade fiction and have a unique funny voice, agents will be ringing down your phone. Especially, if you write books for boys 9 -11 that are funny, funny, funny. “Stay away from bathroom humor,” one agent who just sold a 3-book deal for her client said, “but let’s face it, some of the biggest selling boy books are full of farts, snot, and talking butts” (literally).

2) YA (Young Adult fiction) – Beyond just the Twlight books, YA fiction is one of the biggest selling genres right now in books. In fact, although most book sales have gone down, this genre has gone up. If you have a background in education, or are a camp counselor, babysitter, parent, aunt, or uncle of a teen, definitely mention this in your query letter. Edgy, edgy, edgy – that’s what they’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to have sex scenes or violence or curse words. And if you write clean cut Christian fiction, don’t be afraid to mention that too. There’s definitely a call for that as well. Don’t talk down to teens talk up and keep your protagonist between 15 -21 years old if you can.

4) High Platform Nonfiction Books – Platform is king, not content. One agent who just sold a book deal last week for over a half million dollars told me that editors are looking for one thing only, platform. Who cares if you can write? They can always hire a co-writer or ghostwriter to write with or for you.

If you have a huge platform, mention it in your first paragraph. I would say in your first sentence, literally. I did this for one client a week ago and he had over 30 agents that responded to his query letter in less than 24 hours. As you know, a platform is a built-in fan base. It’s guaranteed buyers (not potential ones) that are poised and ready to by it. One big wig publisher at a Harper Collins imprint told me a few days ago that saying you can get a lot media coverage isn’t going to cut it nowadays. It helps to have pre-buys and bring those to the table. Exactly how many? And what can you do if you think you don’t have a platform? Well, if you want to know more about how to do that, stay tuned and we’ll go into more of that next time.

For more tips visit my new site: http://www.HowtoWriteaQueryLetter.com

And by the way, we’re having a special for our query letter service from today to Monday, October 18th. 1/2 off, yes that’s 50% off our normal price but only until this Monday then it goes up to its normal price. We guarantee we’ll get at least 10 top agents to request to read your manuscript or proposal or double your money back.

– Jeff Rivera of GumboWriters.com 

C.L. Wilson’s Book Signing in Tampa


Hi all,

I’m not huge into romance novels but I do like a good fantasy novel.  C.L. Wilson has managed to capture my imagination with her Tairen Soul series.  Her stories are romantic and richly imaginative, combining the best of romance and fantasy.  For those of you not familiar with C.L. Wilson’s writing, her stories center around the following (taken from the back of King of Sword and Sky):

The magical tairen were dying, and none but the Fey King’s bride could save them.  Rain had denied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her.  Now, with magic steel, and scorching flame he would risk everything to protect his kingdom, to help his truemate embrace her magic and forge the unbreakable bond that alone could save her soul. 

With that said, C.L. Wilson is celebrating the release of her fifth and final book in the series with a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Tampa, FL on October 26 from 7PM to 9PM.  You can find details on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=122019041189177

If you like romance and fantasy, I highly recommend C.L. Wilson’s novels.  Happy reading!