I never shared this thoughtful review of my fantasy short story, The Child Thief, which was included in Mannison Press' Little Girl Lost anthology. Why didn't I share it? No idea. But it's a lovely review, and better late than never so, here it is in all it's glory, with many thanks to the most wonderful Cecily Winter for highlighting my tiny tale of a girl and a chance-met pooka.
Wow. So, uhh...hi!
I know, I know, it's been a loooonngggg time since I last put out a new book. BELIEVE ME, it's felt like ages to me as well. I have been writing all this time--I swear!--but wanting to get something published and actually getting something published aren't always the same thing.
Thanks to the most wonderful peeps at Severed Press, I will soon have a new shiny to offer up to all you fine folks. If you've stuck with me through this (unexpectedly) long hiatus, thank you! If you haven't and you're reading this now, hello! Welcome back!
Ok, so brass tacks time: WHAT IS THIS BOOK AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Well... I don't have a ton to share as yet. For those who were hoping for another Serengeti book, I'm gonna burst your bubble right now so you can work through the disappointment. I adored that series and its characters but, for now at least, the story of Serengeti and her crew is done. The new book is set in that same universe, but at a different time and with a different ship and crew. Hopefully, once you start turning pages, you'll come to love these characters as well. I'll have cover art once that's complete and a blurb on the plot to share once Severed Press approves the back cover copy--for now, all I can really offer you is the title (which may also change, because that's how publishing works):
Forgotten Stars & Distant Seas is coming soon.
Yes, yes, yes! After a long, long wait, the Little Girl Lost anthology from Mannison Press is finally available, and includes my original short story: The Child Thief.
Eager to get your hot little hands on a copy? WELL HIT THE LINK AND DOWNLOAD THE PRETTY!
Hi all! Remember a couple of months ago when I mentioned a new short story sale? Well, the good people at Mannison Press, publishers of the Little Girl Lost anthology, just gave us the release date and it's just around the corner: October 15th, 2019!
Lookit all the pretty!!!!!
Like most authors, I'm always keeping an eye out for the next opportunity. Sometimes that's a submissions call or a limited time opportunity to directly submit your work to a big publisher. Other times, it's a chance to get involved in the behind-the-scenes operations of an entity within the writing and publishing community.
I've taken full advantage of the former over the years with a mixed bag of results. Until recently, my involvement in the latter was mostly restricted to actively participating in various on-line writing forums and serving as a mentor in a pitch contest or two. Earlier this year, though, a golden opportunity rolled around that I just couldn't pass up.
Recently, a new small publisher entered the ranks that focuses on my specialty, Speculative Fiction. And like a lot of new start-up publishers, they were on the hunt for volunteers willing to slog their way through the submissions slush.
Unpaid, of course--didn't bother me, I still wanted this. I've always wanted to slush read--not really sure why, I just always thought it would be cool to see things from the other side--and now, thanks to Interstellar Flight Press, that little dream of mine has come true.
Nazis. We all hate them. But Moon Nazis...? Yeah, we still hate them. That's what makes Iron Sky so great. No, seriously! What could be better than a bunch of bumbling Moon Nazis who've been hiding out on a secret moon base since the end of World War II planning their triumphant--
Wait. I've said too much. Hit the pic below and the link will take you to my full review.
To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (holy cow, that's a big number, still can't believe we've been married so many years!), the hubs and I decided to pack it up and leave the country for a few days. The choices were many in terms of destinations, but in the end we decided on some sun, sand, fishes and fun, which all added up to a special return trip to the Bahamas and the most wonderful Atlantis Resort.
Was it awesome? Hell yes! Am I both stress free and exhausted? Ditto--hell yes to that too. But we had sooooo much fun, guys. The Islands of the Bahamas are beautiful, the locals are wonderful, and honestly, I can't think of a single thing that could've gone better. Well, except maybe for the unplanned layover in Ft. Lauderdale.
No offense, Ft. Lauderdale, but I'm pretty much sick of your airport. On the plus side, all the downtime gave me time to cull through and organize my pictures--I've selected the best of the bunch to provide a little photo gallery for all of you. Enjoy!
Sun, Sand and Some Cool Shots of Buildings
Marine Life (Marine Park Atlantis)
Good news! Mannison Press recently selected my dark fantasy short story, The Child Thief, for inclusion in their upcoming Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted Anthology. And the super cool thing? Well, besides getting another of my stories out there for you guys to read: the anthology includes a short story by Piers Anthony. Schnikeys!
The super awesome people at Mansion Press are busy signing up the last few stories and working on artwork, etc. and to support all their hard work and pay the authors they've signed up, they're kicking off an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign starting 1 June 2019.
Interested in helping out a new and upcoming small press? Sure you are! How do I help, you ask? Easy. Just hit the link below. And thanks!
Little Girl Lost Anthology Crowdfunding Campaign
In a world of bad, bad movies, Doomsday was the one that finally broke me. That's right, broke me. If you've kept up on my Bad Movie Reviews--and you have, I know you have!--you'll know just how much I appreciate a cheesy, overdone but still highly entertaining flick. Doomsday, though... well, there's no sense beating around the bush. Doomsday is terrible. Not good terrible, not terrible, just flat-out, so bad I couldn't finish the movie terrible.
That's right: I DNFed on this one. Why? Click the pic below and find out...
Yes, you read that right: Sharktopus Versus Pteracuda, a love story involving two genetically bred monsters who... well, go read my review on Sci-Fi & Scary if you want to know the rest. No-no, really, go read it. I swear it's entertaining. I snark a lot. I mean, A LOT.
So, go. Go-go!
J.B. Rockwell grew up reading fairy tales, folklore and mythology, as well as anything and everything about ancient cultures and their history, and never lost her taste for any of it. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two cats, all of whom provide inspiration for her stories, whether they know it or not.