Sneak Peek: The Fragile Things (Part I)

Just in time for Halloween, we have a sneak peek from The Fragile Things (Part I), the horror novel by V. Shaw.

At seventeen, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living with her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.

Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries-old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.

When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins. The Fragile Things is a horror serial about friendship, hope, survival, and what it truly means to be human.

The Fragile Things (Part I)  is available through and Amazon UK.

Here is an excerpt from The Fragile Things (Part I)

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Time for the Flash Fiction Vote

IU readers vote now to choose the next flash fiction star. Who will it be?

All our winners will be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Vote for your favorite entry, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Support your fellow writers and participate in this week’s voting, then  share the link to let everyone know the vote is on.

Polls close tomorrow at 5 PM.


Which author do you think penned the best flash fiction story this week?

  • Ed Drury (33%, 14 Votes)
  • Kathy Steinemann (31%, 13 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (14%, 6 Votes)
  • Susan Strayer (10%, 4 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (10%, 4 Votes)
  • suteko (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Annette Hatton (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Promotions with Tomoson

Some time back, I heard about Tomoson, a site for promoting products, including books. Curious, I checked it out. It’s an interesting idea. It’s essentially a meeting point for people who have a product to promote and bloggers looking for products to review. They describe themselves like this:

Tomoson was created because there needed to be a better way of managing product promotions with bloggers. The process was always so long, manual, and time consuming. Tomoson is the fast and efficient way to communicate with all your promotional bloggers or find new ones to review products.

I decided to run a promotion of my book, Queen’s Gold. I set it up on June 6 of this year and ran it through August 31. I realized after the fact that I really didn’t need to run it for that length of time, but found out once you set up a promotion, you cannot change the timing on it, so that was fine. Continue reading “Promotions with Tomoson”