Free Book Friday!

Hello, readers and blog followers. πŸ˜€ I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! πŸ˜€ ❀ I’ve been hard at work learning all the important manager stuff that came with my promotion to store manager. I’m pretty happy. I’ve gotten more workers hired, and I think they’re doing well. And our store is looking amazing.

I haven’t gotten much writing done recently, thanks to all the extra work, but my schedule is becoming more regular, so that’s good. I have this morning off, so I’m working on the blogging and social media stuff today. πŸ˜€

And since it’s friday, I have some free books for you! ❀

Two of mine are currently free on Amazon this weekend, and I’ve found a couple of free books that seemed fun. So I’ll share them with you. πŸ˜€

First up! The two books that aren’t mine.

The Basement by Chad. P. Brown

Short story approximately 2,800 words. On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town’s haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.

Sounds neat, right? And I’m all about the short stories, as you, my dear readers, know well! ❀

And now the next one…

The Reality Contagion by Travis Liebert

Jason Kember thinks he’s finally free of his mother’s constant rambling about all things occult. However, after five years of no contact, she calls him in a frenzied state and admits to performing a forbidden ritual. He dismisses her as crazy, but begins to question his beliefs in the face of strange and dark occurrences.

Oooh! This one sounds awesome, huh? The occult is always fascinating. πŸ˜€

And now… For my two free stories! πŸ˜€ The Terrible Thanksgiving and Flashes of Fear #1.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all check out these books and support us short story writers! πŸ˜€ I’ll try and be back soon, but no promises!

Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Writing and Working Updates

Hello, my few little blog followers and readers! I hope you all are staying safe! I have some great news! I just got promoted to store manager at one of my jobs! I’m going to make salary and get benifits! I feel very adult and responsible, and I couldn’t be more excited.

But… the promotion means that I’ll have more responsibilities at work. Which means that I’ll have less time to write at work. 😦 So, I doubt I’ll be able to publish as often. 😦 sad face. But adult store manager job! So smiley face to that! πŸ˜€

So I’ve made some changes to my list of things I’ll eventually be publishing.

Mostly, I won’t be finishing my haunted Bridge series. 😦 I have lots and lots of stories I want to work on (Like my Spirit Finder Files and my Holiday Horrors series) and I just don’t think I’ll have time to give Bob and Brandy the time they deserves.

I might finish their story sometime in the future, but it won’t be happening anytime soon. 😦 I’m working hard on all my writing as always, but I’m just not sure how much I can get done now with extra work stuff. Plus with all the covid stuff, Kindle Direct Publishing is a bit wonky, so that’s been effecting stuff too.

But! Some good news! I should be publishing a new Holiday Horrors short in June to celebrate Father’s Day, so that’s exciting. I’m work hard on it, and I’m probably going to do a pre-order on it, so it should be published on time.

Anyway. I’m sorry about the Haunted Bridge, if anyone was really looking forward to a second installment.

But there’s still lots of books to look forward too! Scary holiday themed stories and at least one or two novels are coming this year. And flash fiction off course! We know how I love my flash fiction!

Thanks for reading! Make sure and check back every Friday for free book updates! I usually have a free book promotions going on weekends, so I’ll share about my books and/or others that are free. πŸ˜€

The Vengeful Valentine and Darkness and Bloodshed are free for this weekend, so make sure and check them out if you don’t have them yet! Just head over to Amazon and search for ’em!

Happy Reading, everyone! Stay safe!

Love, Lennie! ❀

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Free Book Friday!

Check it out! I’m making blog post! I am giving myself adulting points for the day. πŸ˜€ Hello! How is everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. πŸ™‚ I’m good. And I’m here bringing back the Free Book Friday post. Where I share neat sounding Free books I found while browsing amazon. πŸ™‚

You know, because I like going down the rabbit hole of Amazon’s bookstore instead of actually writing. Though I did really good yesterday. I think I worked for about three and a half to four hours. That’s really good for me, and I feel like I got a lot done. Proud of me! ❀ I’m shooting for longer today. Maybe six hours total! ❀

So! I bet you’re wondering which cool books I found for ya’ll? πŸ˜€

Well, I have three today. πŸ˜€ My first choice is….

Five Tales of Horror and Suspense by CD Wilsher

Cover goals right there. Though, I think I am doing really well with my own. I mean, there’s only so much I can do with a free Photoshop app and my own limited knowledge. But I’m doing okay!

anyway! Blurb:

Five Tales of Horror and Suspense. A young man finds out from a fortune teller that there’s always a price to be paid. A rich man doesn’t quite have the 25th high school reunion experience he expected. Beware of strangers on a train. A dog may not be man’s best friend. An aging hitman takes a trip down memory lane.

The whole book is only 67 pages too, so it’s perfect if you’re like me and a fan of little books.

Book #2 is…

Labor Day: A Psychological Suspense Short Story of Horror, Ribs and Road Rage

Blurb:

Sometimes a Good BBQ Can Kill You

Have you ever had something precious taken from you by circumstances, unexpected situations, or careless or uncaring people?

Who hasn’t had something over which they secretly obsessed?

Jerry Ketchins lives for one day every year: Labor Day. This day, however, will test his mettle. He’s a man fast approaching the edge of his own sanity but will soon find himself with his toes hanging over the precipice that separates light from darkness.

It’s not clear to Jerry now, but a simple incident on the road will determine his fate… forever.

Bonus! This 40 page book comes in a teeny tiny paperback for only $5.95! I love tiny paperbacks! So cute!

And my third and final pick of the day is a full length novel:

The Harvest: Scary Supernatural Horror with Monsters (The Bell Witch Series Book 1)Β 

Also cover goals. πŸ™‚

Blurb!

Amid the sweet sounds of a music box, their darkest fears will haunt them…

In Black River, Tennessee, everyone knows the legend of the Bell Witch… and the alleged curse that hangs like a dark shroud over the town. To some, it is just a local tall tale. But to others, it is terrifyingly real.

For centuries, four families have been forced into the ritualistic tradition of sacrifice and terror. Every year, a member of each family stumbles upon an antique music box they need to lock before the time is up. And a horrible fate awaits them once the boxes open.

Trapped in the witch’s sadistic game, the families’ young offspring are forced to journey into the dark and twisted woods of Black River in search for the keys to their salvation. But as they search for a way to end the curse, a haunting melody echoes through the trees. And each lost soul must wonder…

Will they survive the night? Or will the Bell Witch’s bloody harvest claim more victims?

Spooky! πŸ˜€ I have downloaded this one and it’s going into my massive TBR list. You can also buy the audiobook for just $7.49 when you purchase the Kindle edition, so that’s fun. I’ll probably do that later and listen to the book. πŸ˜€ I do so love my audiobooks.

I hope you liked my post! And I hope you go treat yourself to some free books! Support authors! Even when you download a book when it’s free, it’s still a huge help to the writer. And don’t forget to leave a review for them on Amazon and/or goodreads. πŸ˜€

Happy Reading! I’ll try to be back soon! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Writing Update: The Mad Mother

Hello, my few little blog followers! I hope everyone is staying nice and safe among all the craziness! I’m hard at work on lots of stories, and I’ve been getting lots of reading done. (Thank you audiobooks!)

But I have some sad news. Covid-19 has effected every aspect of our lives, and I’m pretty sure, it’s effecting Kindle Publishing too. 😦 I wanted to have a new holiday themed horror story out now to celebrate Mother’s Day. I even had cover images picked out, and a cool title of “The Mad Mother”

but sadly, it’s not going to happen.

Boo!

I know, I know. It sucks. But this time, it’s not because I’m bad at schedules. though I totally am. I meant to have this announcement blog post up this weekend, and that didn’t happen.

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is experiencing delays in their publishing. Something that I haven’t had a problem with until now, and I’ve been publishing for over a year now. (Yay, me!) I released a new short story under another pen name, and even though the paperback is live and ready to go, the e-book is STILL in review, even though it’s been 5 or six days now since I hit the “publish” button.

It’s not just a me issue either, there’s a notice up on the KDP message boards, announcing that authors might experience delays.

Boo!

And since pretty much everything has gone to hell in a hand basket, I can only assume that the KDP people who give the green light to indiebooks are as overwhelmed as the rest of amazon’s workers. 😦

As such, I’m not going to be releasing a mother’s day short story. Since I don’t know when it will be available, I don’t feel right about releasing a Mother’s Day specific story when I don’t know if it will be out in time for the holiday or not. 😦 What fun would it be if it came out next Thursday or Friday?

So, no new Holiday Horrors this month. 😦 I’m sorry, but hopefully Father’s Day can be better! Maybe I’ll even have a really long short story for Father’s Day to make up for it. (I can dream that all this pandemic stuff with be over by then!)

My mother’s day story is pretty good though, if I do say so myself. so maybe I can release it next year, or I can take out the Mother’s Day specific parts and use it for something else. My newest spooky shorts collection needs a final story. So there my be hope for The Mad Mother yet.

Until, then, I’m maximizing my social distancing time to work on as much writing as I can. Stay safe everyone, and happy reading! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Holiday Horrors Volume #1 is here!

Hello, my dear, wonderful readers! I hope everyone is doing good! πŸ™‚ I’ve had a very productive day so far. πŸ™‚ I got a bunch of writing done, I did some chores, I’ve read two short stories in Sideshow, I did some writing. I even went for a walk with my dog and ate three healthy meals. πŸ™‚ I’m working on becoming healthier. I’m feeling very productive today!

And, today is sunday! So I get to play dungeons and dragons! Woo-hoo! πŸ™‚ Just about an hour before it’s play time. Until then, I’m going to get some more work done, including this blog post.

Because… Holiday Horrors #1 is here! That’s right! It’s here, and I’m very excited. It has the first three stories in my Holiday Horrors series and is available in paperback and ebook. πŸ™‚ ❀ Because I love paperbacks.

I’m quite proud of my little holiday stories, and I’m looking forward to publishing my new story. It’ll be a mother’s day story. πŸ™‚

I’m already hard at work on it, and it should be out next weekend. πŸ™‚ I want have it out well before Mother’s Day, so I can promote it. Which is basically sharing about it here and on Facebook, since my budget is really limited. But still!

Cover time! And of course, it’s a link over to Amazon if you’d like to buy a copy. Please do! I have a kitty and a dog to feed.

Do you like the cover? πŸ™‚ I do. I thought the skulls were just perfect for the bind ups of the Holiday stories, since each little volume will have 3 stories. πŸ™‚

Blurb:

Three Holidays. Three Horror Stories. Three Times the Scares!
This volume contains:
Book #1: The Terrible Thanksgiving
An invitation to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just a nice gesture from a co-worker. What’s the worst that can happen?

Book #2: The Vengeful Valentine
He said she was too needy, too clingy and controlling. He said she was crazy. Then he left her. On Valentine’s Day! He broke her heart, and he needs to be punished for it. She might not be crazy, but she’s willing to do some pretty horrible things to get her revenge.

Book #3: The Raging Rabbit
There’s a stranger in a rabbit mask outside Krissy’s house. What does she want? And why does she have a knife?

I hope everyone likes the book! ❀ And I’ll try and be back really soon with a new post. Which, will probably be a review of Sideshow. πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying many of the stories in it.

Happy Reading, Everyone! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Review of Robinson’s Dream by Mark Lages

Hi, readers! ❀ Look at this 3 posts in one week! Proud of me! ❀ hope you’re all doing well! I just finished the most wonderful story, so I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you. πŸ™‚

My most recent read is…

Robinson’s Dream by Mark Lages

OMG. Let’s all just enjoy that beautiful cover for a moment. It’s so pretty!

Blurb:

Robinson Cahill is a writer. His wife, Martha, is an attorney, and the two of them have a problem. Their nineteen-year-old son has gone too far, committing a serious crime. Robinson and Martha learn about the crime, and they’re not sure what to do. They decide it would be prudent to sleep on the matter before talking to their son. Robinson goes to bed that night and falls into a dream odyssey of thought-provoking memories and fantasies. This remarkable novel-length dream spurs his subconscious wisdom, becoming the inspiration behind the words he has with his son the next day.

So what did I think of this novel?

4 stars!

Here’s my review. πŸ™‚ I also shared over on Amazon and Goodreads:

This is my fourth novel by Mark Lages, and it did not disappoint! πŸ™‚ I loved it!

In this novel, a couple discovers that their son has committed a serious crime, and they have to decide what to do. Most of the novel is spent in, you guessed it, Robinson’s dream. They decided to sleep on the matter before acting, and this book is his subconscious working through it. πŸ™‚

“Robinson’s Dream” is a wonderful and imaginative story. It’s a very entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Like Mark’s other novel’s I’ve read. πŸ™‚ There’s a decent amount of humor sprinkled in, too, which I loved.

Mark does a great job of creating a surreal, dream-like feel to the book. It reminded me a lot of the classic stories, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

I loved this book and I highly recommend it for fans of Mark’s other books and anyone who loves a good story.

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So what’s next on my reading list? Well, I’m listening to the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab on Audible, and I’m reading an anthology of short stories called Sideshow complied by Samie Sands. I just finished the first of the short stories in it, and it was great.

I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying good books! I’ll be back soon! Happy Reading, everyone! Love Lennie! ❀

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Two Book Reviews!

Good morning, my blog followers! Check it out! Second post in a week! Maybe I’ll get this thing back on track. πŸ™‚ I’m going to try to be all positive about it. ❀ I hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy with all the covid-19 and social isolation stuff.

I’m bored of just going to work and home, I miss going to see my mom and sister, and I’ve been struggling very drepressed days. But overall, I’m doing okay. I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons with my sister and some of her friends with internet calls. It’s been fun so far, and I think it’s helping with the social part.

Also, I get to pretend I’m a really big half-orc who doesn’t like to fight, but will totally destroy monsters if they are mean to his sister. Or his pet squirrel. lol. Fun stuff.

Anyway! Let’s move on to today’s post…. book reviews! I’ve read a couple of good short stories, so I thought I’d share about them with you all! πŸ™‚

My first review is of a neat little flash fiction story:

Treehouse by J. Sharpe

A treehouse isn’t always a safe place to play!

When Grace is driving on the highway with two screaming eight-year-olds in the back seat, she’s frustrated to say the least. So when she sees a sign for a Rest Area, she’s more than happy to pull over. The boys see the treehouse first. And when they climb its ladder, it’s already too late.
Then the screaming begins.

Treehouse is a short suspense/horror story. An introduction to the works of award nominee and bestselling author J. Sharpe.

Download the book now, if you dare.

❀ Bonus points! It’s free! ❀ Free books is always something I can get behind. πŸ™‚

My rating: 4 stars!

And my review:


I really enjoyed this little story. πŸ™‚ A great little example of flash fiction. Just long enough to enjoy the story and to want to read more books by J. Sharpe. I highly recommend. πŸ™‚

It’s not a very big review, but it’s honest! πŸ™‚

And my other book is a collection of flash fiction! One of my favorite things to read. And write! So when I find them for free, I’ll have to get them and give them a try. Yep! This one is FREE too!

20 Dark, Scary and Sad Short Stories by A.A. Wray

Blurb: 20 dark, scary and sad short stories to scare you, depress you and make you feel unsettled inside.

My rating: 3 stars

And my review:


Good stories


Like almost any collection of stories, these were hit and miss. Some where awesome. Some were good. And some I just didn’t get or like. But overall, it was a nice collection of stories. A good pick for a lover of flash fiction.

I hope you all check out these two books. πŸ™‚ Both are nice, quick reads, and great for us horror lovers.

I’ll try and post again tomorrow, but no promises, lol. We know I’m not great with that. I’m working on a bind up collection of my first 3 holiday horror stories, to be released this weekend, and I’m working on my next Holiday Horrors installement: The Mad Mother. And the next Spooky Shorts is coming up soon, so keep an eye out for updates here, or follow me on Amazon and Goodreads.

Happy Reading, everyone! Stay healthy and safe! Love, Lennie! ❀

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New Stories!

Hello, blog followers! Do I still have any? I haven’t posted since March 30th. Oops. I’ve been a bit more focused on the world falling apart thanks to the carona virus than remembering to update this thing. :/

I do have some good news though. Since I have to stay home except for going to work and getting food, I have managed to write more this month. In fact, I’m here today to share a bit about my two newest stories:

75 Dark and Dreadful Drabbles and The Raging Rabbit (Holiday Horrors #3). And I’m pretty proud of them both, if I can toot my own horn for a second. πŸ™‚

Especially 75 Dark and Dreadful Drabbles. It’s a collection of, lol you guessed it, 75 stories. Although, these stories are specifically called “drabbles.” That means each story is only 100 words exactly. Not counting the title. πŸ™‚

They were so much fun to write! And not easy. It’s a really good way to stretch out those creativity muscles. And I’m really happy with the results. πŸ˜€

And the cover I made isn’t too bad either. πŸ™‚

Blurb:

75 bite-sized horror stories! All are exactly 100 words long, not including the titles. And all are thoroughly scary! From ghosts and killers, monsters and demons, vampires and dangerous creatures, all kinds of stories reside in these pages!

Some of the stories in this book include:
The Snakes of Justice
A Hell of Spiders
Mindy and the Monster
The Chainsaw Man
The Demon Wife
The Doll’s Shadow

I’m also pretty proud of this one too. The Raging Rabbit. πŸ™‚ I thought it was really creative. I saw the cover image on Adobe stock, and I just knew there was a story there, and it needed to be told.

Blurb! (It’s short, lol.)

There’s a stranger in a rabbit mask outside Krissy’s house. What does she want? And why does she have a knife?

Please, follow the links and check the stories out! ❀ both are in Kindle Unlimited, you you can read them for free if you have an account. πŸ™‚ Or you can buy them for $0.99 each. πŸ™‚

Thanks for taking the time to read my little update. πŸ˜€ I hope everyone is staying home as much as possible and staying safe! Happy Reading!

Love, Lennie! ❀

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1 full year of self-publishing!

Hello, my dearest blog followers and readers! I hope everyone is doing good and staying safe! πŸ™‚ I have some big news for you all today! It’s March 30th! And that is one full year since I began self-publishing my stories on Amazon. ❀

And it all started with this little guy. My literary baby, Darkness and Bloodshed!

I love this thing! It might not be perfect, but it’s my first ever published book, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. ❀

To celebrate this very special day, I’ve made many of my books FREE for today. πŸ™‚ Not Darkness and Bloodshed unfortunately. I ran out of free days for it. But lots of the others are free. πŸ™‚ Gives you something fun to do while we’re all stuck at home.

I’m using my social distancing to work on my writing routine. πŸ™‚ I actually got up and got dressed and came to sit in my office to write and work like a grown up instead of sitting in the living room and writing while watching mindless tv. This feels a lot more professional and productive.

Happy Reading everyone! I’m going to start working on my newest books now. I swear, new books are coming! They’re going to be released soon! And I think they’re pretty good, so I hope they’re worth the wait. ❀

Love Lennie! ❀ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Stay safe, everyone!

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Books I'm Currently Reading!

Hello, readers and blog followers! How’s everyone doing? πŸ™‚ I’m okay. Though, I did realized the other that if I loose one or both of my day jobs, or even just can’t go to them for a couple of weeks, because of all the social distancing, I’d be screwed, so that’s fun.

Ugh. Isn’t adulting fun? I need to work on my emergency fund!

Anyway! Ya’ll don’t want to hear about that. That’s depression! I’m sure you’re much more interested in a happy post. I don’t have a review or much of a writing update to share this morning, so I figured sharing about the books I’m currently reading would work too. πŸ™‚ Anyone want to see my list? πŸ™‚ No?

Oh, well! I’ll share anyway. ❀

So, I’m first book is my audiobook. Are you surprised? I love them. I listen at least a few minutes everyday and always have one going when I’m driving or at my stocking job. πŸ™‚ So much fun!

My current listen is….

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Blurb:

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible dangerβ€”and that their nightmare is just beginning…

What am I thinking of it so far?

I’m only about two or three hours of listening in so far, but I’m really liking it. The mystery is the best, and I keep listening and listening, because I just have to know what happened to Daniel and Laura in that house in the woods.

The House in the Woods… That sounds like a good book title, doesn’t it. Or maybe: Don’t Go Into the Woods. πŸ™‚ ❀ I’m adding them to my list of potential title and story ideas. I have losts of them.

I should finish Follow You Home in the next few days, so I’ll be sure and share my final thoughts of the story with ya’ll.

And my other currently reading book is a physical novel:

Robinson’s Dream but Mark Lages

blurb:

Robinson Cahill is a writer. His wife, Martha, is an attorney, and the two of them have a problem. Their nineteen-year-old son has gone too far, committing a serious crime. Robinson and Martha learn about the crime, and they’re not sure what to do. They decide it would be prudent to sleep on the matter before talking to their son. Robinson goes to bed that night and falls into a dream odyssey of thought-provoking memories and fantasies. This remarkable novel-length dream spurs his subconscious wisdom, becoming the inspiration behind the words he has with his son the next day.

I’ve only just started it, so I can’t really say if I’m liking it yet or not, but I’m a big fan of the other books by Mark Lages I’ve read. Scowl. King Clown. Arcadia. πŸ™‚ They’re all great, so I’m sure I’ll like this one too. ❀

Also, doesn’t have anything to do with the actual story, but I love the cover. Isn’t it pretty?

Anyway! Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with another post, hopefully reviews of these two books and a long overdue update on my writing and publishing. Camp Nanowrimo is just around the corner, and I have some very, very big plans for it! ❀

Happy Reading, everyone! Love, Lennie! ❀