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Here is a taste of something I published a while back. I will be releasing a follow up on soon…

Short story series. Meant, Descent Into Darkness Series.

Meant

The music blared as their bodies connected on the dance floor and he leaned in towards her, the spark was lit. That first untainted moment had been littered with a thousand perfect fairy tale clichés. The function room transformed into a dance floor, the whole place resembling a palace. Every square inch filled with people swaying and singing around them in delirious joy. The lights danced around them like fairies, throwing dust over them, inhaling the high, and casting the seeds of the spell.

That first kiss had started it all. In that moment, she had known that he would be hers. He was hers. Her soul told her as much.

That had been the start of Clarissa’s story. Today, however, was several months later, and blow after blow had struck her since then. That skilled prince had fallen so far from grace in her eyes, but a moment as perfect as their first kiss was life altering. The flawless memory would regularly creep back into Clarissa’s mind and bleed out its beauty, effecting all the other events with its power; overwhelming the bad, overwhelming her. So what he had a girlfriend? So what he had lied? Repeatedly. So what he could break her heart on a daily basis? They were meant to be, her soul told her.

Her body craved his, her mind linked with his, her very being ached for him. Something so strong couldn’t be a game. He was hers, even if he didn’t know it yet. She would wait.

Picking up the hair brush, she began pruning the blonde princess wig she had been wearing the night they had met. The corners of her mouth rose in glee. Dressed as a fairy tale princess; in the wig, tiara and pink dress,. She had been out for her friend’s hen party, playing games and giggling their way through the bottles of champagne. She was the ideal mixture of purity and promiscuity and he had fallen for her. Commenting on her misty eyes of blue and grey, she captured him and he returned the favour.

Andy would know they were meant to be eventually. Her mind began race with plots and games she would play to keep him, to make him realise, to claim him as her own.

Andy was beautiful in her eyes. Physically his features were what she expected of her prince. When he held her body, she felt safe, wrapped in the steroid induced manliness. When he looked into Clarissa’s eyes, she fell into the rivers they held, forcing her to dream of the distant lands they summoned within her. His hair fell effortlessly and was as dark as the black magic which had turned that love spell against them. Physically he was perfect, but his mind was tainted. He was arrogant, cruel, unwavering, expecting all women to fall at his feet and they often did. A man so self-assured was a far greater challenge than any of the men Clarissa had pursued in the past, but he was a prize worth enduring this longer struggle for. He was easy enough for her to keep an eye on; Andy had refused her, but the modern world made it easier to watch people from afar. A few clicks on a social network, or two, or three, and she could see his every movement.

“Thank god for the lax security settings,” she chuckled to herself.

He knew she was watching. She told him, concentrating her mental energies and unleashing them upon the universe, directing her thoughts to him and having faith that they would reach him. Hed responded with a smile, that perfect image in her mind, one that haunted her, but he was happy. In her mind this was his agreement.

He had said he would ignore her after the first time, but he hadn’t. Sending secret messages hidden from the world their romance had continued to bloom. He would come to her late in the night, or when he’d finished work, to see her. Not the other ones, her. It showed how much he cared. She was always his first choice, whether he knew it or not. Their love was growing more by the day. Every time he came, he stayed a little longer, lasted a little longer, and made her shake a little longer. Her plan was going exactly how she had wanted it to. It had been until her! The stupid little slut who kept ruining everything for Clarissa.

“Elena!” She stressed the name slowly with venom.

That stupid whore kept ruining Clarissa’s plans. She had forced Andy to move in with her, given him ultimatum after ultimatum, then she had made him promise to stop seeing all other women, including Clarissa.

“She knew about his affairs and she still stayed with him. Stupid witch,” Clarissa thought resentfully.

Then Elena had fallen pregnant. PREGNANT!  She’d done it on purpose. That whore knew she was losing Andy, so she’d gotten pregnant and trapped him, stolen him. How could she? How could Andy be so naive not to see what Elena had done to him? He wore the glistening poster boy smile of a happy father-to-be, but Clarissa knew it was fake. Andy didn’t want to be a dad, he didn’t want to be with that witch, but what could Clarissa do?

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Meant is available now to buy. find out what Crazy Clarissa does decide to do

http://www.amazon.com/Meant-Alexander-Kavalier-ebook/dp/B00F51WYSK/

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Is anyone #reading this blog post an avid #horror #reader ? I would like some input, unofficial reviews, comments, on a couple of short stories. Would anyone be kind enough to help?

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I am a horror writer, but I am also a Horror reader, and here are some of my picks which i think people should go and grab, whether they want inspiration or to loose themselves in another world, here are my suggestions for this holiday season…

 

Lindy Spencer – “Between the Devil and the Darkenss”

Go and check out this brilliant anthology by the talented Lindy Spencer, “Between the Devil and the Darkness” 
It is an anthology of short stories, psychological thrillers, which will mess with your mind and stir your soul.
The Amazon link to buy her collection is: 
http://www.amazon.com/Between-Devil-Darkness-Lindy-Spencer-ebook/dp/B00H9YKHOY/

“Meant” by Alexander Kavalier 
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/Meant.horror.short

5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic bit if writing 12 Sep 2013
By dee
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Had me gripped from the start a concoction of dark and light writing you fall right into the girls mind and get pulled into how she feels you dont want to like her or even understand her but how it is written you really do get pulled into her mind. A excellent short story and a must read.

 

“The N Days” by Author John Murray McKay

This book is about human strength and determination, our sheer will to survive against all odds. I can see this one day being a film, get ahead of the crowd and purchase your copy now!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GVECIKO

When the world we all knew went wrong and the monsters of our deepest nightmares began to stalk the earth, there was a woman who chose to search out and find Sanctuary amidst the increasingly nightmarish landscape of America. 
These are the N Days. 
Welcome to the story of one Samantha Worthington Day. She is on the run from a demon horde that has torn through the fabled Dreamscape and destroyed everything she ever loved. She is looking for the fabled Sanctuary of America, a place where humanity can find hope, defend that which they believe in, and start rebuilding their shattered world. 
As an added attraction, you too can join Samantha on her perilous journey throughout her experiences by tracking her epic journey with the aid of the GPS coordinates provided within the text of her chronicles. 
She has a long way to go, and her amazing destiny is yet to be revealed. 
Called of Lightning, Called of Darkness, Called of Light! 
Journey and experience the Days of N with Samantha Worthington Day.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GVECIKO

 

Alexander Kavalier – A Living Ghost 

 This holiday season is all about goodwill, peace on earth and loving each other, but what about justice? Revenge? 
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/alivingghost.horror
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short story 10 Nov 2013
By Mrs. G. Horsfall
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this short story as a gift. As I don’t normally read ghost/horror stories I was a little apprehensive about reading.
However, once I started I could not put it down. This is more a story to tempt the imagination than scare; it’s a story of redemption and of good triumphing over evil. You feel Jacks terror at the start and the authors descriptions are so good the hairs on the back of my neck where stood on end, but you understand why Jack takes up the offer and becomes the baddie in the book. A baddie you just have to love.
I really enjoyed this short story and look forward to reading more from this new author; I think he may just have converted me to being a ‘horror’ reader.
 
 
Kevin Banker – L-21
5.0 out of 5 stars something different
i dont usually read zombie books, but i thought i would give this one a go after seeing it on facebook and an interesting few reviews on there. i wasnt disappointed with my purchase. it had a good plot, good character and stayed with me after i had read it. exactly what i wanted from a horror story.
 

My current horror (WIP) is a zombie related story (by request) HOWEVER I have taken my own unique twist on the cultural concept and have created a world where the virus has been cured and we see Callum, our once zombie, in a therapist’s office working through his issues:

“He felt his mind drift back, to those moments when the virus had had a hold of him and countless people across the world. Theplague had attacked them and then caused them to attack other people. In mindless violence they had become cannibal’s intent on only meeting their one basic drive, eating. Callum could recall bits of his time whilst ill. None of the memories flowed consecutively, and it was more feelings and tastes he could remember, but that wasn’t a good thing. Callum could recall the addictive taste of human flesh. How he had desperately craved it, it wasn’t just that he needed it for sustenance, but that without it, the virus within him would turn on his own body and begin attacking itself. He would have eaten his own flesh until there was nothing left, the virus had seemed unstoppable.”

THIS IS TITAN’S ADVICE TO ALL AUTHORS (NEW AND OLD) ON THE BEST WAYS TO MARKET THEIR BOOKS AND ACHIEVE THE BEST SALES…

 

Getting started with the basics:

You have completed your book, after a long hard slog of writing and now its time to promote. Now whether you are self publishing or going through a publisher, you should be promoting your book! 

A lot of publishers will promote for you and this is great, but never underestimate the power you have when it comes to your book. You wrote it, you love it, let that passion shine through to your potential readers.

 

If you havent already then do these now –

 

*Set up a facebook fan page, whether it is for you as an author, or for your books, you must have a platform to launch yourself from.

*Once you have your page, join groups and promote it. remember to advertise your book to those who read your genre, “like for like” events are great! But you also need to be reaching your target audience (people who will read your books). It would be pointless to be a horror writer and have a following filled with romance fans who don’t like/read horror. 

 

*Set up a twitter account. it is a huge social media with millions of people on there, do not miss out on this huge opportunity because you will shoot yourself in the foot

*Remember to use #hastags they help with trending and mean more people will see them #greatread #lovereading #horrorfans – you get the idea.

*the faster you learn, the more followers you will gain and the more of your target audience you will reach.

 

*Get a blog. although the ‘fad’ surrounding blogs is not as huge, the people who used them before for reading and finding things out, still use them. Again know your market. whether you use Tumblr, wordpress or google Blogger, say what your write and why they should be interested in what you have to say. 

*many blogs now use hashtags now, or tags, basically the same thing. they will go to the place where people looking for what you have wrote about can find you. MAKE SURE YOU USE THESE.

 

*Sign up and join http://titaninkorp.com/ another way to promote yourself and begin your next step in the promotion and marketing game.