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Have I mentioned my book?

Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology

Neve Talbot, Scott E. Tarbet, J. Aurel Guay, Eric White, Ginger Mann, E. Branden Hart, Scott William Taylor, Marian Rosarum, R. M. Ridley, edited by Terri Wagner and Jessica Shen


In the dead of night, you sense something . . . other . . . beyond your sight, out there in the darkness. You feel a breath upon your neck, cold and clammy, fecund with mold and decay. Your hair stands on end from no random chill. The air is still. No one is there.

Travel with nine talented writers into their paranormal world, but don’t disregard that inkling that niggles somewhere in the pit of your stomach to leave the light on, to shun that dark room, and to pull the covers over your head.

Whatever you do, don’t look under the bed.


The Death of Dr

Foreword by SyFy Channel’s Ben Hansen

The Music Man, by Eric White: An ill-begotten ghost story and a child’s disappearance has haunted Peter Holt his entire life. His one wish: face his personal bogeyman and right a terrible wrong . . . and perhaps find the key to laying his childhood demon to rest.

China Doll, by Ginger Mann: Nothing stays broken in Kris’ small town, but someone always pays the price. Kris must decide if she is willing to do so when her beloved doll is shattered, and discovers deep secrets about her family in the process.

Split Ends, by Scott William Taylor: The love between Frank and Bets has never been physical, as the entire town knows. But when Bets faces heartbreak and turns to Frank for comfort, their choices open up a whole new realm of possibility.

Child of the Underworld, by Marian Rosarum: Starving for love and affection, Lara escapes her mother’s bleak realm to feast on the light, color, and sound of the world “upstairs.” But only one thing sates her rapacious appetite—and threatens to banish her to the darkness forever.

The Cost of Custody, by R. M. Ridley: When a child goes missing, Jonathan Alvey, PI, knows none but he has the skills to rescue her. But, her estranged parents must come together to create the powerful magic to find her before it’s too late.

Tombstone, by Scott Tarbet: Death couldn’t stop one old farmer from protecting his land from oilmen, timber-cutters, and his own family. But can he hold out against 21st century technology and a researcher who sees more than dollars and cents in his homestead?

Ghost Townies, by E. Brandon Heart: Dean and Jimbo need two things to survive the ghost apocalypse: a bolt hole where no one has died, and batteries for their flashlights. Running skills and dumb

Crossroads, by Neve Talbot: An unexpected road trip gives Rob Daniels a chance to escape the shackles that bind him. Can Nate, his down-and-out brother, save Rob from repeating Nate’s mistakes? Or will a stranded traveler tempt Rob down forbidden paths?luck have kept them alive thus far, but not all the evil is amongst the dead.


The Death of Dr. Marcus Wells, by J. Aurel Guay: The young resident doubts his own sanity when he sees his dead fiancé in the night, but a mysterious stranger offers him clues not only to her disappearance but the gruesome murders which plague London, and the means to solve both mysteries.

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J. Aurel Guay on Xchyler Pub’s Featured Friday

The J. Aurel Guay Archive

I’m very pleased to have a blog post featured on Xchyler Publishing’s Blog today!

Plots, Voices, and Short Stories, Oh My!

The American Dream

Like 80% of Americans I’ve dreamed of publishing a novel, and like most of that 80%, I don’t have a background in literature or English. But, if we are honest with ourselves, degrees (or lack of them) aren’t really what stop most of us. Why is it that so many of us wannabe authors never get our ‘novel’ ideas published?

To quote Bill Murray, “Baby Steps… Baby Steps… Baby Steps…”

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Short Story Accepted!

After admitting defeat yesterday, I read through the story I submitted to Xchyler Publishing’s anthology contest and saw how much work it needed, especially in the beginning. I was still glad that I submitted, but even more resolute to improve it and re-submit.

That all changed (well not the improve part) this morning when I was greeted by an email from Xchyler Publishing listing me among the eight WINNERS OF THE CONTEST!!!

I really needed this boost today, and it also happens to be my wife’s and my anniversary.

Thank you Lord for taking caring for my feeble heart. This will be a new adventure!

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Call for Beta-Readers!

So I haven’t been posting on here much.  I’ve been busy with the real world and networking among other aspiring authors.

Part of that networking has led to the impulsive decision to submit to Xchyler Publishing’s call for anthology pieces for which the deadline is the end of this month.  That’s just a couple weeks!

I’d love to get some help from any of my followers in the  form of beta-reading.  My story is approaching 4K words now. The first draft should be ready for criticism by this weekend.

I need some volunteers to read my submission and tear it to shreds.  I want this to be good so I need outside eyes to see the flaws.  In return I will gladly do the same for you anytime you ask!  Ask anyone I’ve read for and they’ll tell you I’m a brutal and make it worth it.

Anyone interested in a dark werewolf-type tale of mystery and horror drop a comment below right away!

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Unsolicited Plug for Steampunk Anthology – Alterior Motives

I try not to reference my Authoring Blog on here more than once a week.  But I need some help and I still have more followers here on Not-Dot than on ‘The Archive’.  On my other blog I’ve been reviewing and critiquing a great steampunk anthology that was published recently and getting a lot of comments and feedback from the editor and authors, which is awesome.  One of my comments is even on the publisher’s book page!  Go me!

The thing is, I think that this anthology deserves more attention and frankly, its too much pressure to be one of the few critical reviewers of these stories on the Blogosphere.  And by ‘critical reviewer’ I mean unsolicited, unprofessional, unofficial nitpicker.  I’m starting to feel bad for saying negative things.  I’m just one opinion and I’m critical by nature and I don’t want my opinions to be the only ones potential readers have to go on. I don’t want to quit critiquing the piece because I really enjoyed it and I’m learning a lot from the strengths and weaknesses of diverse  the authors.

So, please go get Mechanized Masterpieces, read it and write up what you think, don’t leave me stranded out here!

Xchyler Publishing call for Anthology Submissions

XPXchyler Publishing is a relatively new independent publishing outfit that targets new and upcoming authors in the fiction genre’s (i.e. people like me… only better).  They so far have focused on fantasy, speculative, and steampunk fiction.

The thing that interests me the most about Xchyler Publishing is their rolling call for anthology submissions.  So far they’ve published two anthologies, ‘Forged in Flame’, a dragon anthology and Mechanized Masterpieces, a steampunk anthology of which I’ve had the pleasure of being an advanced reader.  The next anthology is slated to be in the paranormal sub-genre under the theme ‘Extreme-Makeover’.  The deadline for this contest is May 31st, so I don’t think I’ll be submitting for that.

Following the ‘Extreme-Makover’ anthology will be a fantasy collection on the theme ‘Back to the Future’.  The deadline there is August 30th, which might be just enough time for me 🙂  How to interpret ‘Back to the Future’ in light of the Fantasy genre when my mind keeps slipping back into the 80’s classic sci-fi film, I’m not sure.

…  But I’ll think of something.

Shard Seeker on the ‘Archive’ Blog


Back in January I started posting bite sized pieces of a short story entitled ‘Shard Seeker’.  I just uploaded the compiled story to my other Blog for your reading pleasure:

A shard seeker on the frontier of space is haunted by her past and hounded by her employer.  Will her wits and skills be enough to strike a deal that will put her back into space and onto the trail of what was lost?

Read ‘The Shard Seeker’ and find out.

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Theo Taylor

Theo Taylor is a writer, fitness freak and college student who has been published by Thought Catalog, Asimov's and Aphelion. He writes star spanning science fiction and monster filled high fantasy. His debut novel ROGUE COSMOS will release in August, 2015. If he's not reading or writing, check the gym. He's almost always in the gym.

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