press release: midnight plus hch offer from apex

Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors for one low price!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Midnight by Mari Adkins has officially been released and to celebrate we’re running a deal to make sure readers get their fill of the horrors that haunt Harlan County, Kentucky. Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors, Apex’s regional horror anthology that Mari edited, together for one low price.

Snag print copies of both books for only $20, plus free domestic shipping!

Prefer the paperless feel of eBooks? The eBook editions can be bought together for a mere $8.99.

The sale runs from May 13th till May 20th

To take advantage of this fantastic deal head over to the Midnight product page. Order links for the sale are below the cover image.

Midnight Cover - Billy Tackett

cover reveal: midnight by mari adkins

Midnight Cover - Billy Tackett

This is the cover for our upcoming novel MIDNIGHT by Mari Adkins. The artwork and design was created by Billy Tackett. The book is due to be published May 27th.

A romantic supernatural fantasy, Mari Adkins’s Midnight introduces us to Sami as she first enters Harlan County, Kentucky and begins a journey that will change her life.

Samantha Clark has always known she was different. Brought up in a loveless household, she can almost forgive herself for turning to an abusive boyfriend to help give her the roots and love she desperately needs. But that solution turns violent, and Sami is on the run, turning to a college friend who offers her a new hope at ‘family’.

Set in Harlan, Kentucky in 1985, Midnight is the inward journey of Sami’s self-loathing, self-reflection, and eventual self-acceptance. Through the love of her friends and the mysterious Michael, Sami not only heals from the scars given earlier in life, she finds her personal strength.

[[this post originated on the Apex Blog]]

mari’s so behind it’s … shameful, really

I know. I know. I said months ago (and then months before that) I was going to start blogging more regularly. We all see how well that turned out. Here’s the thing. There’s just not been that much going on, not anything that would make a blog post, anyway. I use Twitter now for the “this is what I’m doing right now” stuff – instead of using my blog for those one and two sentence updates I used to make throughout the day the first few years of my blog’s life. Also, I use check-ins at GetGlue for a lot of stuff, too. For example, I just checked-in to “pot pie” because that’s what I’ve got in the oven for our supper. I don’t want to let this blog go, though. It’s been part of my life since 2002, and there’s so much stored here (even if I did accidentally dump all the pictures a couple of years ago – whoops!). Yeah, I could archive it all on my hard drive, but that just doesn’t sound appealing.

So, here I sit. Trying to figure out where to start on catching up since … Christmas? New Year’s? My birthday? The funny part about all of this? Starting sometime in October, I created a tab in OneNote labeled “Blog Topics”. I have subtopics: brainstorming, love, memories, mental health, pagan, ‘women in fiction’, and writing. We won’t discuss the number of topics and ideas listed within each. I mean, I probably have enough material in there to work from for at least three months of intermittent blogging – like every third or fourth day kind of intermittent – especially with the memories stuffs. I probably should be shot for having all of these things and just sitting here and not doing one damned thing with them.

It’s a writing problem.

It’s a writer’s problem.

It’s so simple to create all these lists and jot down thoughts and ideas – and then just leave them and never once think about coming back to flesh them out. Especially with me. The whole ADHD (lately I’ve been joking and calling it ADDH – because CDO insists I keep everything orderly) thing makes me scattered. I have to keep telling myself over and over, “Focus on one thing at a time! One thing at a time! Easy now! Easy!” And that’s harder than it sounds. See, if something isn’t right in my face where I can’t see it or glance at it at least on occasion, I forget about it until I run into it again, be that a day or two or a decade or two later. This is the curse of having distractibility ADHD. (just look at this paragraph!)

Thing is, I don’t work at a desk; I work at our kitchen table. I’d have a garbage dump of a mess if I left everything out where I could see it all of the time – then I’d get cranky, irritable, and whiny because everything was a mess! What I end up with, then, is a pile of different notebooks containing this, that, and something else, pencils or ink pens clipped to each, and my cellphone stacked on top of that. I keep Outlook open all day because I need the reminder alarms, but I fail at keeping OneNote open all day – and that’s where my daily task list lives (but I tell myself I keep a duplicate in this one notebook …).

And see, I sat down here this morning with the intent of making one of those what I call “catchup posts”. I even pre-tagged it so I could look at the tags list and, with some hope and forethought, not leave anything out. But no. I’ve sat here doing everything but writing a blog post. I think I’m going to save the other half for tomorrow! If I don’t show back up tomorrow, just jab me and make me do it!

by way of reminder

i will be afk from tomorrow morning until either late sunday or early mondayI’m on my way to Louisville to attend Fandomfest/FrightNight Filmfest to get my writerly convention .

I’ll be able to send tweets, but I won’t be able to respond to them until I get back! (unless you’re one of the three people I follow on my phone! o.O)

Y’all be good, now, and don’t break the internet while I’m gone, y’hear?

eta: btw I broke my MSN messenger. I fubar‘d my contacts list. Now I can’t see who I was following. So if you chat with me on MSN, the solution is to dump me off the list and add me back! Contact me via e-mail for the address if you don’t have it. Sorry!

fandomfest

I will be attending in Louisville July 22 through July 24. This convention is crammed full of everything. Very busy, as a con should be. There’s no way I’m going to get to do or see everything. But it looks like a great time, and I can’t wait to be there!

Jason Sizemore, BossBorg of Apex Publications, will be there with the Apex booth. He has eight panels that weekend; I have only three, plus a signing. While he’s busy working, I’ll be manning the Apex booth. Look for me there!

This is my complete schedule:

Friday
9:00pm Panel Room B Horror Writing: Character & other Considerations

Saturday
11:00am Panel Room B Writers Groups
5:00pm Concourse Signing

Sunday
3:00pm Panel Room B The Paranormal in Fiction