I just wanted to let you know that I am having great fun with "Dark Delights," and I really enjoyed the sample chapter for "The World Behind the World." I've shared links to your site (and 4-LAN's book review) via my blog, as well as my various social media accounts (Facebook, Google +, Tumblr, etc.).
Very nice work! In my blog entry, I mentioned how your novel pleasantly reminded me of Steve Niles' work. Your storytelling also makes me think of the wonderful Dave Wellington, of whom I am a big fan. (You should check out his work if you have not done so already.)
You've done such a great job with your website. Mine is a bit static by comparison. At some point I may ask for pointers from you about web design.
I did enjoy Shades of Gray very much-but, then again, I love vampire stories :-)
I did appreciate that though there is a little bit of romance-she did not make it a vampire romance novel.
It is much more about the hierarchy of the vampire subculture. Sure, Katelina and Jorick are the main characters, and the story definitely revolves around them, but Joleene refrains from turning Shades of Gray into another Twilight.
That's very true! if you put out crap then crap is what you get back - that's why I am always encouraging people to edit, edit, edit. Editing is boring but so important. I have read some books that I know could have been really amazing had they just edited the typos (though a couple will always slip through, even in the traditionally pubbed books) and pared down some of their sentences/paragraphs/pointless sections that made things drag. I always think that if I don't cut at least 20,000 words from the novel's rough draft that I have not edited enough (I am long winded if you can't tell, LOL!)
You're right, though, it is also important to like what you write, too, and to be proud of it, and you should be :) Still have my fingers crossed for your contest!
Don't worry about King's toes. There big enough that even if you took a sledgehammer to them, I doubt he would feel a thing :-O
As for your short story, it was very creepy. Which is to say...AWESOME!
Not much critiquing I can do there. I know that we will be seeing your works appear in some sort of horror magazine or book of horror shorts.
I wonder...does Fangoria ever print horror short stories in their magazine. That is where your stuff belongs :-)
I have this book titled Horrors! 365 Scary Stories. And the little captioning underneath says 'Get Your Daily Dose Of Terror'. Most of the stories are only 2 to three pages long. Any or all of your shorts would be a perfect compliment to a compilation such as that.