Haunting Blue Audible Preview

As announced earlier, I’m excited to expand beyond the amazing first splash that is Danielle Muething narrating Haunting Obsession. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Click Here).

Now Seventh Star Press and my imprint DarkWhimsy Books have partnered to secure Danielle’s narration talents to bring the rest of the trilogy to audio! Danielle is already in the sound booth laying down tracks and voices for Haunting Blue, my first novel and the start of the paranormal adventures of punk girl Blue Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Haunting Blue will likely be out on Audible and other popular audiobook options well before summer! Continue reading “Haunting Blue Audible Preview”

Audiobook Trilogy to Go Forward

The details have been worked out and we are a go!

Last spring, my first-ever audiobook happened. It was a perfect-storm project where the ideal narrator submitted a random audition for a novella she deep-down wanted to land much more than she cared to admit at the time, whose reading blew away the anxious author who fretted that his vision be dramatized by a kindred spirit who “got it” (and knew that boy-howdy did she!). And they were backed by a supportive publisher making their first ventures into audiobook and who knew they had something special.

Steady sales and excellent reviews of Haunting Obsession the Audiobook followed, (also, these promo videos, did you see these awesome videos?) so we’ve decided to finish the trilogy together!

…we’ve decided to finish the trilogy together!

Continue reading “Audiobook Trilogy to Go Forward”

New R.J. Webstore Now Live!

Well, that turned into a working weekend, but I think the effort will prove well worth it. Drum roll please.

Announcing the new, improved, highly streamlined R.J. Sullivan Fiction Webstore , now up and live! Effective immediately, for anyone who orders books directly from me, the Webstore replaces the less efficient method that used to be seen here.

What this is: The new Webstore allows you to pick selections from my personal stock of books for personalized signatures and gift giving. Credit card transactions are handled through GooglePay and go directly to me. I personally will handle fulfilling orders.

What this is not: This is not the place to order ebooks, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Audible, or any non-paper format. For that, go to my book catalog and click on the cover of the book that interests you.

Improvements over the previous method

  • Look, ma, an electronic shopping cart!
  • Coupon deal options (check the product description to see what fits yours).
  • Author exclusive product  such as my Christmas Book and the Haunting Obsession Elegant Paper Dolls book
  • A field for personalized signatures.
  • Payment, postage, and label printing are all automated.

I’m looking forward to trying this new method just in time for the holidays. Hopefully, this new, streamlined Webstore will make personalized book mailings easier than ever!

Now click here to check it out!!

COVER REVEAL: Blue Christmas

I’m super-excited to reveal Cover One to the first-ever DarkWhimsy Books release. The book will be presented in a retro-innovative binding I’m calling DoubleFront. The method of laying out the two stories offset 180% means that this collection of two Holiday stories “Blue/Christmas / The Beacon” will have two front covers (print version only). If you have ever seen the classic science fiction paperbacks Ace Doubles, you’ll get it. If not, you’ll just have to check it out in person. It’s cool. So enough about that, here’s the cover!!

Bluer Christmas final lowrezCover One is for “Blue Christmas,” created by awesome 3D rendering artist and long-time marketing collaborator Nell Williams. The story features my paranormal thriller series protags Blue Shaefer and Rebecca Burton. The story originally appeared in the SFG Publishing holiday collection Gifts of the Magi.

Blue and Chip are enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve-ning together when the mysterious paranormal investigator Rebecca Burton knocks on their door… holding a peace offering. Blue and Rebecca had last parted ways furious with each other.

On the other hand, Rebecca had saved Blue’s life. Blue decides to hear her out–and hopes she won’t regret it.

Coming soon: the reveal of Cover Two for “The Beacon: An SF Comedy Play in Two Acts.” The cover is currently being created by RJ’s long-time awesome artist collaborator Ash Arceneaux.

Blue Christmas / The Beacon, a DoubleFront Holiday Book will be the first release of R.J. Sullivan’s indie press label DarkWhimsy Books. The mini-read will be available in plenty of time for Christmas. Watch this space for more announcements!

Guest Post: Children with White Knuckles

51X48hWo4fLToday I’m turning the spotlight on R.S. Craig, or as I know him. Steve, the leader of the Avon Writer’s Group. I’ve been associated with the group for a few years, which cultivates a supportive. can-do attitude toward all its members, encouraging members to always move forward and keep on writing, because the process matters.

I’m pleased that Steve has taken that brave first step and put Children with White Knuckles out there. The novel is terrific. Though it reads as a fairly standard literary drama, there’s a sense of dread throughout, giving it a Gothic undertone for a satisfying finish. It presents an understated foreboding from the perspective of of an elderly couple who sense that something is being kept from them by members of their own family. It’s a slow burn that really catches on fire! Check it out.

Here’s an excerpt.

Sara spent the rest of the day in the back yard under the elm tree near the garden with Sparky lying in her lap.  I thought I could hear him whimper as Sara petted him and whispered in his ear and hugged him.  She came in for supper, helped Jenny with the dishes again, took a bath and came into the living room.  She bent down, kissed me on the forehead and smiled.  “Thank you for a wonderful day, Grandpa.”

I was thunderstruck.  I had just received an unsolicited kiss from Sara, dear sweet little Sara Christine.  I reached up and grabbed her shoulders.  “Oh no Sara, thank you for a wonderful day and for getting my granddaughter back for me.  God love you honey, Grandma and I love you so much.” I gazed into her eyes as she stood up and looked back at me with a big smile across her face.  It was a precious moment that I relished as I watched Sara turn away.  She walked to her room to watch TV for the rest of the evening, and I thought I actually heard her whistle as she went down the hall.

“Whatever spell has come over her, I sure hope it lasts,” said Jenny.

I said nothing.  An uneasy feeling was beginning to creep up on me and I couldn’t figure out what it was about.  I took a shower and came back into the family room.  Jenny had gone down the hall to the office to spend time on the computer.

I walked in and asked her if she had seen Sparky.

She told me, “He’s with Sara.”

I watched a Saturday night movie and went to bed around 11:00.  I was so tired and sleepy but I still had an uneasy feeling that I couldn’t seem to shake or reason out.  I was missing something.  There was something I was supposed to worry about.  What was it?  I stared at the ceiling and tried to think of what was wrong.  I could think of nothing.  I closed my eyes, willed myself to go to sleep, opened my eyes and glanced at the digital clock on the dresser—12:20.  I was so tired and so sleepy.  Why wouldn’t sleep come?

There was something more important than sleep that night; and it came as a thunderclap of remembering about something Leslie Sawyer had told me about dogs and how they can smell everything from heart attacks and seizures to fear and sadness.  But Sara wasn’t sad; she was happy, more than happy, she was…what?  There had to be another piece to the puzzle.  What was it?   Jenny and I would soon learn that Sara’s happy face and euphoria had blinded us to a terrible plan that Sara was about to carry out at that very instant.

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