Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Off To See The Wizards!

Well, kids, I'm off to see the Wizard. Well, the wizards of Borderlands Press Novel Boot Camp. That would be the lovely and talented Tom Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, Douglas Winter and Ginjer Buchanan. The other 15 "grunts" and I get to spend the weekend with these fine folks who will offer their expertise and criticism in hopes of helping us become better writers. I've heard the tales of tough love, from former Boot Camp grunts who've said it was some of the best time and money they've spent to further their writing skills.

Since I'll be leaving soon for the trenches, this will be my last blog entry for about a week. In the meantime, I leave you with a blushingly wonderful review of MAMA'S BOY by the gifted author, Kristy Tallman of THE ALL-SOUL'S FAIRE fame. Please help me thank Kristy for an amazing review (unsolicited - I SWEAR I didn't pay her!) by stopping by her blog and her website while I'm gone. Tell her Fran sent ya'!

PLEASE CLICK HERE to Read Kristy's Review!!

See ya' soon, gang...hopefully, with a good solid handle on my novel...and a nice buzz cut! *wink*

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Monday, January 22, 2007


I just wanted to share a little news. My story, "Bad Music" was accepted for the anthology, TINY TERRORS 2 from UK publisher, Hadesgate Publications. I loved the first book in this series, a little pocket sized book with great stories and art (Jason Beirens from The Horror Library has illustrations in the first volume of Tiny Terrors), so I was really hoping to get a spot in this one. If you haven't seen TT1, you can find it Here. In the UK, look for it Here.

The cover was a cool surprise when I got a copy of TINY TERROR, VOL 1. It's a 3/4 soft cover with the first page beneath the cover peeking out with splatters of blood on it. I love this effect, very subtle but chilling. And I've been told the next one will be similar, but the "peeking out" page will be red, with bullet holes!

As soon as I get the cover art and pre-order info, I'll share it with you, along with the story line-up. I think you're going to enjoy this one!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Friday, January 19, 2007


I just wanted to thank you all for your very kind wishes regarding my recent heavyweight bout with the stomach flu. Needless to say, I lost the early rounds, and although I'm still feeling oogy, I'm sure I'll walk away the victor. I have to! Borderlands Press Novel Book Camp is next weekend in Maryland. I've been waiting since I applied last February for this workshop, so I need to be prepared to get my arse kicked there, too. *wink* Say a little prayer for me...mostly for the much needed whoopin' my novel will be getting.

Now for the entertainment portion of this post. For those of you who missed Borat, here's the equally shocking 30-second Bunnie Re-enactment version:

You can also see the 30-Second Bunnies Troupe in Fight Club and Christmas Vacation: HERE

Well, that's all the juice I've got for you at the moment. I'm heading back to my critiquing for Boot Camp and then back to bed. You all keep the horror fires burning for me while I duke it out with this bug. Stay well and enjoy the Bunnies!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

The Results Are In!

The Envelope Please!

Thank you so much for being a patient bunch, and waiting for the contest results with such grace. Besides your patience, your generous time and your purchases were greatly appreciated. The Shocklines Rocks Holiday Contest was another fine success in support of Matt Schwartz and our beloved

So without further delay, here's the list of our lucky winners:

Winner #1 - AP FUCHS
$10 Shocklines Gift Certificate

Winner #2 - SUSAN O'NEILL (entry from the HL Blog-O-Rama)
Signed Chapbook -
Jack Ketchum, SEASCAPE
Only 200 copies printed for WHC 2005
(Given only to early registrants)
Illustration by Allen Koszowski
(Artist Guest of Honor)
Published by Shocklines Press

Winner #3 - RON BRESNAY
Signed 1st Edition, Hardcover
Published by Necessary Evil Press

From the Better Writer Series
Published by The Leverage Factory

And as promised for your patience, we have an additional prize from the publishers of GUD magazine:

Winner #5 - SKEEVY MCGEE
A copy of GUD's premier Issue
GUD - Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine
Editor, Kaolin Fire

Congratulations, gang!!

I offer my sincere gratitude for the generous donations from Mark Tyree, Joel Bush, Kaolin Fire and GUD, and one lovely anonymous donor. You folks are THE BEST!!

Thanks again everyone for playing. Please offer a BIG congratulations to our winners!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

PS - The winners will be contacted shortly with details about receiving their prizes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Hi Gang,

I promise I haven't forgotten you! I've just been a sickie. I'm on the mend and I'll be back in service soon with the results from the Shocklines Rocks contest. You've been so patient, I might just add another prize!

See you soon!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Connecticut Authors Directory Listings

If you're an author in Connecticut, this might be a great opportunity for some free publicity. A Directory of CT Authors and literary venues is being complied. Ad space is also available. The directory listings are free.

From Patricia D'Ascoli, publisher of The CT Muse:

Hello Authors,

The deadline for listing information for the Directory of CT Authors is fast approaching, so please send in your information if you would like to be included if you have not already done so. Here are the guidelines:

Author Name
Town of Residence
List up to three works
50 Word Biography
Website/Contact Inf

This Directory is being produced with the help of a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. It is a matching grant, however, which requires that I raise an equal amount of money toward publication of the Directory. This will be accomplished by way of advertisements.

If anyone would like to advertise in the Directory, it will go a long way toward helping this become a reality! The Directory will be widely distributed throughout the state (tourism districts, arts councils, libraries, bookstores, etc.) and will also be available as a downloadable pdf version for even greater distribution.

Here are the ad rates:

Quarter Page: $100
Half Page: $175
Full Page: $350

Premium Page: $500 (back cover, front and back inside covers)

Please encourage your publishers to consider advertising if you have a new book coming out in 2007.

I am also asking anyone who would like a copy of the Directory mailed to them directly, to please send me a check for $7.50 to cover shipping and handling.

Thanks again for all your support!

Best regards,

Patricia D'Ascoli, Publisher
Connecticut Muse

Also, I'll have the results of the Shocklines Rocks contest for you very soon. Been a "little" busy here, but I'll have them for you later this week. Good luck!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

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