Tidbit Tuesday: The Yadira Chronicles: Fetch: Story Synopsis

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Gerry Clifford just wanted to die; the once prolific and highly successful musician's talent was fading along with his badly compromised brain's ability to recognize anything of his former life. He was the sickest he’d been in many years, but he still had a job to do; save the targeted souls at Candlelight Ridge Care Home from being absorbed by a malevolent entity whose nature Gerry did not understand in spite of his vast metaphysical knowledge.

Pepper Baiij was a wounded personality with a gift for helping troubled spirits; over the years she fell in love with several of the spirits she assisted and in the end wound up heartbroken. Although she swore she would never again involve herself with the spectral realm, Pepper felt deep sympathy for the gentle, frightened Gerry Clifford. 

When Gerry offered his love and trust to Pepper, she couldn't help returning this most meaningful of gifts as she found herself falling for a man who was at once the most fragile and the bravest of souls she had ever known.

~Cie for Team Netherworld Creations/Naughty Netherworld Press~

Fetch is our flagship story, the one that kicked off The Yadira Chronicles back in 2014. There is so much love for this story in our hearts, and yet it has been on the back burner for far too long. One of the reasons why I shelved the Carnal Invasion project was to be able to get back to working on The Yadira Chronicles. 

Lesson learned, People. Don't do something strictly for the money. You won't be happy. Or, at least, I wasn't. The Carnal Invasion project arose from a place of financial desire. Now I'm relighting the fire under the project that is my first love.

Weekend Writing Warriors 10 November 2019 (FA, PA, SF)

Obscured by a poisonous haze on a world which had died when Earth was young, a humanoid figure stood speaking to a large alien being which towered over him despite his own impressive height. The man expressed concern for the well-being of his companion in their current toxic atmosphere.

“Yitzy, I suggest that we leave this unwholesome world,” the man insisted. “Although you are evidently a fearless and adaptable sort of being whose zeal for the sciences is either commendable or insane, I must be forthcoming with you. Surely even an enormous and rubbery snail-footed monstrosity such as yourself will wind up dead if you breathe the chemical soup of this damned hell-hole for long enough. I cannot put too fine a point on it. I demand that we make our exit forthwith.”

“Very good, Ketil, I concur with your assessment, although I could easily remain in this place and suffer no ill effects,” the creature replied. “You see, I have no lungs as the living among your kind do; my form adapts to whatever gases are present in the atmosphere. However, I am curious to follow a portal that I have discovered under the altar in the Hall of Nyarlathotep.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

This snippet comes from Team Netherworld Creations' newest WIP, Ketil and Yitzy's Adventure in the House of Lost Dreams. Ketil Nagel is the spirit of a Swedish extreme metal musician who committed suicide in a shocking and ritualistic fashion at the age of 25. Yitzy is a renegade member of the Great Race of Yith who struck out on his own to do scientific research with the goal of helping those who are in danger. Members of The Great Race of Yith normally possess high intellect but low compassion. Yitzy is an exception to this rule and has been ostracized because of a trait considered a weakness by his fellows.

The Great Race of Yith is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft. These beings were introduced in his story, The Shadow out of Time, which was published in the June 1936 issue of Astounding Stories.

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Rainbow Snippets 9 November 2019

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“For mine poor bougainvillea,” the Mouse Maid declared. “Now, into ze bath with you. Scrub down and I shall prepare ze massage table and fetch ze mistress zat she may watch ze proceedings. What is your name, oh Crusher of Flowers?”

“Christy, and I’m very sorry about your flowers. I will make it up to you, I promise.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook provides authors with an opportunity to share a six-sentence snippet of their own LGBT fiction, or to share an LGBT book rec from their blog or website.

This snippet comes from Naughty Netherworld Press' newest WIP, Duchess Daisy Delphinium's Garden of Erotic Delights. Our protagonist, the fair Christy Ferdinand, has fallen through a wormhole and found herself in the middle of a beautiful flower patch being confronted by a bossy Mouse Maid.

Insecure Writers' Support Group November 2019

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Hey, People. As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short. I kind of forgot that yesterday was IWSG day. So, I'm slipping in the back.

The question for this month was: "what's the strangest thing you've ever Googled in researching a story?"

I don't know, but the medieval sex toys question is as good as any.

I'm kind of feeling depressed about my decision to pull the plug on the Carnal Invasion project. I left the characters in that Universe in an eternal cliffhanger, because it's doubtful that I'll be going back to it. I wanted to get back to the kind of writing that I'd been missing out on trying to keep up with the Carnal Invasion serial. I thought about perhaps doing it as a yearly NaNoWriMo project, but I don't know. It would probably turn out to be just bad writing because that's what I tend to get from NaNoWriMo.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I have a theory that the people who tend to enjoy writing that way also tend to be the sort of people who use outlines. I hate using outlines. I enjoy word count constraints for flash fiction because they force me to be concise. I dislike word count requirements on longer pieces. I like doing Camp NaNoWriMo because you can choose your own goal. I usually choose chapters. My chapters tend to average about 500 words. Camp NaNoWriMo works for me. NaNoWriMo does not.

The truth is, between writing my own stories, poetry, blog posts, and book reviews, I probably write at least the NaNoWriMo required word count most days. It just doesn't work for me to confine that all to one project. What comes out is garbage and I can't stand to look at it again. I looked at the NaNoWriMo project I did in 2011 to see if I could stomach editing it. No dice, it still sucked. I took a perfectly okay idea and what came out with the forced word count was something that no-one should read, ever.

One thing I've noticed with the advent of e-books is that novelettes and novellas, which had previously fallen into disfavor, are making a comeback, and I couldn't be happier. I could write and edit a novelette or even a short novella in a month. A full-length novel is something else again.

For those of you who are doing NaNoWriMo, power to ya! I had to finally admit that in all honesty, I really and truly hate writing that way. It is very likely that I won't do it again. I may see you at Camp NaNoWriMo, though.


Castle Necros is FREE for Five Days!

Between November 5, 2019, and November 11, 2019, the smoking hot new book in the Carnal Invasion series can be yours for the low price of nothing, zip, zero, zilch, and nada. 

That's right, Castle Necros is yours for the asking for the next five days! Simply click the Preview button to grab your FREE copy.

If you like your atmospheres spooky, your erotica explicit, and a dark castle filled with horny demons, hot-to-trot human men, and lust-driven vampires all clamoring for a chance to experience one another's masculine charms, then this action-packed, bawdy, naughty, and humorous novella is the one for you. 

Don't miss your chance to find out what wicked tricks and tasty treats the man-loving Marquis Kabral has in store at Castle Necros. The Marquis and his minions are serving it up hot, and for the next five days, it can be yours at no cost. That's a sweet deal for any fan of man on man erotica!

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Introducing Team Netherworld Creations

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The Team Netherworld Creations publishing company was created to inflict works such as this one on an unsuspecting world. These pulpy serials were inspired by the likes of the mad New Englander From Beyond the Stars, H.P. Lovecraft himself, and by the mad cultists who created the Chaosium RPG.

To reduce the genre of these tales to the most basic component, they are Cthulhu Mythos fan fiction. This ain’t no high-fallutin’, highbrow literature. This ain’t no popular fiction neither. These are the New Weird Tales.

With apologies to Sheryl Crow, “All I Wanna Do” started playing in my head when I wrote that paragraph, and I went with it.

For years works such as this one remained unpublished or published only on blogs which no-one reads. Now, for the first time, they have been unearthed and published in e-book format for a new group of nobodies to never read. Regardless of any desire on part of the public for the New Weird Tales of Team Netherworld, this sort of writing is our true passion, and it shall remain confined to a dark dungeon no longer!

In years past, novelettes and novellas fell out of disfavor with readers. Now, with the advent of e-books, these forms are making a comeback, and we couldn’t be happier. We at Team Netherworld Creations can be a bit slow on the uptake, but we’ve finally realized that it means we can publish our work in smaller chunks rather than waiting until we have an entire novel put together. This means more chances to inflict our brand of Weirdness on the world, and we are chortling gleefully at the prospect.

If you happen to enjoy the insanity which we have inflicted upon your unsuspecting mind, you are now one of the Afflicted. Greetings, fellow Cultist! We welcome you!

The Real Cie
Head Buttmunch in Charge, Team Netherworld

Farewell Naughty Netherworld Press

I think it's time for me to wrap up the Naughty Netherworld Press project, at least for a while. I'm not really having fun with it anymore. I started writing the Carnal Invasion stories last summer in hopes of making a little money to fund the projects I truly love, but time is money, and I'm spending too much time making too little money on this project.

It will sound odd, but writing smut is fun, even when you have the libido of roadkill, as I do. I have no interest in even the most vanilla of liaisons, let alone participating in the sort of wild group encounters that my characters get up to. A lot of people have the idea that those who write erotica type with one hand while their other hand is stuffed into their skivvies. I don't know about anyone else who writes erotica, but for me, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, writing over-the-top sex scenes tends to numb me to feeling the least bit of a tingle in that department. 

I never thought that the Carnal Invasion books were high art by any means. They were meant to be dumb fun. But they've kind of taken over my entire creative time allotment. I review books and I write my own stuff. Currently, the book reviews are where I'm making money (such as it is) and I rather doubt that I will ever make very much money off my own writing. So, the writing I do might as well be the stuff I really love rather than the stuff that was supposed to make money so I could do the stuff I really love.

I can't write the type of erotica that seems to sell: alpha male billionaire werewolves or what the hell ever. The "alpha male" type never was my cup of tea or coffee, and it's boring for me to write about people with porn star bodies. I like writing about the kinds of people that no-one usually notices. Skinny little dudes, big bodacious babes, big burly bears, tall and lanky ladies, those kinds of people are more my jam. I tend to like my men and ladies to be on an even keel. And, oddly enough, even though I'm heterosexual I have an easier time writing gay or lesbian erotica than I do writing the straight variety. 

Weekend Writing Warrior people, you folks can't get rid of me. I'll be around. I'm just switching back to writing the kind of stuff I really love, which, to be honest, pretty much boils down to Cthulhu Mythos fan fiction. If I'm not going to make any money writing, I might as well not make any money writing the stuff that feeds my dumb, debauched, and nerdy soul.

It took trying NaNoWriMo one last time and finally admitting how much I hate doing it to finally let myself make a decision I'd been considering for several months but felt guilty about enacting. Writing Castle Necros was fun, and I want to continue the Manzanar story, which, in fact, contained very little erotica. So, the Naughty Netherworld Press project is on either temporary or permanent hiatus, but I will still be around. Sorry, Haters--not sorry.

To put it another way, it was starting to feel like I was trying to be Li'l Kim when I'm much more Queen Latifah. When it comes to rapping, I'm not either one. I couldn't rap to save my life. I think both of them would say that I need to be true to myself. So, I'm going back to writing horror/sci-fi with a twist of Weird and a generous sprinkling of humor.

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Tidbit Tuesday 5 November 2019

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“I’m sorry,” Christy apologized. “I came from somewhere else. I fell out of the sky. I’m sorry about your—whatever you said. I’ll help you fix it if you’d like.”

“You smell tres terrible! Mon dieu! Come, we must draw you a bath, and zen we must punish you for crushing my flowers! Toot sweet now!”

The maid led Christy to a beautiful backyard where she pumped water into a large metal tub. She added sweet-smelling bath salts to the water.

“Ze bath salts I make myself from essences of dried flowers in zis very garden,” the Mouse Maid bragged, pleased with herself. “Zey will soften your skin and make you smell pretty.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

This Tidbit comes from Naughty Netherworld Press' latest WIP, Duchess Daisy Delphinium's Garden of Erotic Delights. At the end of Paraji's Prisoners, the occupants of Base Lust-69 were thrown through various wormholes when the volcano that the base was housed in erupted. Christy Ferdinand found herself in a beautiful garden being scolded by an impatient Mouse Maid. 

Rainbow Snippets 2 November 2019

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The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook provides authors with an opportunity to share a six-sentence snippet of their own LGBT fiction, or to share an LGBT book rec from their blog or website.

This snippet comes from Naughty Netherworld Press' newest WIP, Duchess Daisy Delphinium's Garden of Erotic Delights. Our protagonist, the fair Christy Ferdinand, has fallen through a wormhole and found herself in the middle of a beautiful flower patch being confronted by an angry Mouse Maid.

When Christy came to, she was in a beautiful garden. As she sat up and attempted to get her bearings, she was approached by an attractive yet angry slender young black woman in a French maid’s dress wearing a headband adorned with large gray felt mouse ears. The woman swatted Christy with a broom.

“You clumzee oaf!” the angry maid declared with a thick French accent. “You have brutalized my bougainvillea! Ze mistress will be most displease!”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Weekend Writing Warriors 3 November 2019 (ER, FA, LGBT, RO)

With a roaring explosion, Base Lust-69 fractured into pieces as the erupting volcano spewed lava. Christy was enclosed in a protective bubble generated by the Djinn Queen Eja and the fairies Larissa and Rune. She held hands with her werewolf friend Tiffany and their new companion Ka, a fox maiden.

The bubble was thrown from the volcano and bounced along the ashy ground as burning projectiles of molten rock slammed against it, sending it rolling in first one direction and then another. Christy, Ka, and Tiffany huddled together, trying not to scream. Then, one of the flying projectiles struck the bubble, slamming it into one of the wormholes which had formed when Mistress Nyx struck the black button on the Xcargon drive responsible for powering the base.

The bubble burst open inside the wormhole, which branched off in three directions. Queen Ece, Larissa, and Rune were drawn down the central path, Ka and Tiffany were drawn down the right-hand path, and Christy was pulled alone down the left-hand path.

Christy was surrounded by a whooshing, wailing darkness in which she could sometimes make out nebulous, malevolent shapes. Fear and disorientation overwhelmed her, and she fainted.

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

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This newest WIP follows the lusty adventures of Carnal Invasion favorite, Christy Ferdinand, when she is drawn through a wormhole to an exotic wonderland in her quest to reunite with her friends following the destruction of Base Lust-69 at the end of Paraji's Prisoners.

Tidbit Tuesday 29 October 2019

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This Tidbit finds the Marquis Ciaran Kabral boldly introducing himself to Alien and Supernatural Search squadron agent Dale Dicking.

The Marquis ran a long, slender finger over Dale’s cheek.

“My good man, I am an artist and you have a most comely countenance,” he complimented, regarding Dale with obvious appreciation. “Might I have the pleasure of sketching you?”

“Um…yes, certainly,” Dale replied, blushing. “I…um…I’d like that. I must warn you, though, I’m not a model, so I hope you won’t be disappointed or anything.”

“I will be the judge of your worthiness as a subject,” the Marquis countered, his piercing green eyes seeming to look directly into Dale’s soul. “You are a man of great mystery and great untapped power. I believe that there is much that you and I can accomplish together.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Will this be the last Tidbit we share from Castle Necros? It's due for publication in just two days--Halloween 2019! 

Up Next: Carnal Invasion XVII: Duchess Daisy Delphinium’s Garden of Erotic Delights

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The Dark Delights of Climax Castle is FREE for Five Days!

It's the one that changed the Carnal Invasion series from brief "Hump of the Month" shorts to a nonstop wild ride filled with intrigue, peril, and lots of hot action between dramatic cliffhangers. Innocent film student Bernie Jaskolski and his gal pal Christy Ferdinand discover much more than they bargained for when they are invited to the scandalous Halloween gala at the mysterious Climax Castle.

Ulrich von Brandt, the King of Climax Castle, is a suave German hunk with a taste for both ladies and gents. Queen Samantha Zuniga, Ulrich's wife, is a petite blonde Spanish beauty who also appreciates both manly tricks and feminine treats. With a little welcome help from their Goth Samurai bodyguards Ahmose and Rhodie, Ulrich and Samantha will give Bernie, Christy, and their other guests a smoking hot Halloween ride the likes of which they never could have imagined, even in their wildest dreams.

What scandalous scenarios lie behind the doors of Climax Castle?

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~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Rainbow Snippets 26 October 2019

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook provides authors with an opportunity to share a six-sentence snippet of their own LGBT fiction, or to share an LGBT book rec from their blog or website.

The following snippet is from Naughty Netherworld Press' forthcoming release, Castle Necros, which is the sixteenth installment in the Carnal Invasion series. It is due for release on Halloween 2019.

We find Marquis Ciaran Kabral, lord of Castle Necros, talking to the demon Lucifer, who was inadvertently summoned by Lleu Redgrave, a startlingly naive Irish vampire.

Marquis Kabral gripped Lucifer’s shoulder.

“Lucifer, old man, I relent,” he said. “There is great kindness in you despite your fearsome reputation. I will join you for this dreadful wedding of two tremendously odious souls. I will drink their wormwood wine and perhaps manage to slip in a few carefully worded barbs for a few deserving sorts. Now, why don’t the lot of you follow me into the main palace where we can refresh ourselves and discuss the particulars of your presence here and what I can do for you.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

Weekend Writing Warriors 27 October 2019 (ER, FA, LGBT, SF)

“Well, my boy, sometimes when you ask for the rest, you are lucky enough to get the best. However, the Enchanters of Lwiqsyz are a testy and judgmental lot, and I fear they would tear you limb from limb figuratively if not literally. Ah, you, Witch Queen, you are a powerful sorceress with regal bearing! Would you consider attending the wedding of Master Necromancer Uhlrix Goodfellow to Master Soulbinder Tackfellow Nekron with me?”

“I beg your pardon, your Infernal Worship, but the only thing I desire at this moment is a fainting couch!” Leah replied. “I fell through a wormhole and was very nearly shot into space!”

“I can go with you, Lord Lucifer,” Lleu insisted. “I clean up nicely, so I’m told.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

This is a snippet from Castle Necros, the sixteenth installment in the Carnal Invasion series. It is due for release on Halloween 2019.

Lleu Redgrave, a vampire not particularly adept at summoning demons, has inadvertently summoned Lucifer while attempting to summon a minor demon to assist him and his companions after they fell through a wormhole at the end of Paraji's Prisoners. Lucifer is hoping to find a date to the wedding of a pair of odious sorcerers and no-one appears to be keen to take him up on his offer.

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Tidbit Tuesday 22 October 2019

The following Tidbit is from Castle Necros, the sixteenth installment in the Carnal Invasion series. Castle Necros is due for publication on Halloween 2019.

In this Tidbit, Lucifer has been inadvertently summoned to Castle Necros by Lleu Redgrave, a strikingly naive Irish vampire. 

“My good fellow, you are a very young soul in a very old body,” Lucifer demurred. “I would not subject you to the Enchanters of Lwiqsyz for all of the wisdom of Heaven and Hell. However, as I am in a generous frame of mind, I will gladly attend your sister’s wedding with you.”

“Begging your pardon, Your Infernal Glory, but my sister has been dead for centuries,” the startled Lleu revealed. “Mate, where did you get the idea that I was summoning a demon to go to my long-dead sister’s wedding with me?”

“Why, that was the foremost thing in your mind, my good fellow. A dreadful worry about not being able to find anyone to accompany you to your sister’s wedding, and her bestowing upon you a most contentious tongue-lashing about being a neer-do-well and a drunkard.”

“My sister was a soulless social climber with a caustic wit and a razor tongue,” Lleu sighed. “It does not surprise me that her demands that I find a companion to bring with me to her wedding lest I shame my questionable family still prey upon my unfortunate mind. I deeply apologize to you, Your Infernal Majesty.”

“It is no trouble at all, my dear boy. Perhaps by revealing this boil on your psyche, you will be free to heal from it.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

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Weekend Writing Warriors 20 October 2019 (ER, FA, LGBT, SF)

“It happened when you entered the tower unattended by authorized personnel,” Ciaran explained. “A bit of an overzealous anti-theft device created for me by a friend from the stars. Should you find yourself in the same predicament in the future, simply hit that button. Ah, Lucifer, a pleasure to see you. However, the answer is still no. I find the Enchanters of Lwiqsyz a boring lot on their best day. Perhaps you should ask the chap who summoned you if he would consider accompanying you.”

“I’m sorry, Lord Lucifer, I didn’t intend to summon you,” Lleu apologized, giving a low bow. “I was trying to summon one of your lackeys.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

This is a snippet from Naughty Netherworld Press' current WIP, Castle Necros, which is the sixteenth book in the Carnal Invasion series. It is due for publication on Halloween 2019.

Lleu Redgrave is an 807-year-old vampire who is not particularly adept at summoning demons.

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Weekend Writing Warriors 13 October 2019 (ER, FA, LGBT, SF)

At that moment, a very tall man with long brown hair, a neat beard and mustache, iridescent green eyes and a glowing green jewel in the middle of his forehead strode casually into the room. With one long finger, he pressed a button with a large X engraved in the center. The room stopped shaking as the engines powered down. The man had an amused look on his face as he extended his hand to Leah.

“Welcome to Castle Necros,” he greeted. “I am your host, the Marquis Ciaran Kabral.”

“Leah La Sirene, witch queen of New Orleans,” Leah returned in a subdued voice. “I do humbly apologize for nearly launching your tower into space. I am not quite sure how it happened.”

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

This snippet is part of Team Netherworld's current WIP, Castle Necros, which is due for release on Kindle on Halloween 2019. Our hapless adventurers have found themselves in a foreboding dark tower which began making preparations for takeoff when they entered.
Castle Necros is the sixteenth book in the Carnal Invasion series.

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October Spooky Writing Challenge 2019 Update

Hi Folks, it's Cie the Ornery Old Lady. Two days ago, I discovered the October Spooky Writing Challenge and decided to utilize it for three projects: 

This month's Naughty Netherworld Press release, Castle Necros.
A new Team Netherworld Tale in the Yadira Chronicles, Ketil and Yitzy's Adventures in the Xura Dream House.
A new Grover and Cactus Clem adventure, The Haunted House.

I have decided to add a fourth project to this list:

The only one of these projects that has a hard deadline is the Castle Necros project. It is due to be released on Halloween. Thus, the other projects will extend into November or even December as necessary to keep me from completely losing my already-cracked marbles, jumping out the window of the Grover Hotel, hobbling down Main Street to Route 77 (running is not an option in my physically compromised case), and getting run over by an oil tanker or dairy truck, which would force my son to roll my not-insubstantial carcass into a red wheelbarrow and bury me in a Pet Semetary.

I would take pity on my unsuspecting neighbors who were unaware that they had a Stephen King fan and Horror Harridan infiltrating their town, except that I keep to myself and don't bother anyone except for the occasional meandering to the general store to buy milk, the occasional bottle of vitamin water (the Fire flavor is my new obsession) or sometimes candy when I'm really feeling like candy is dandy and only those sticky Werther's caramels will do. I'm really a pretty good neighbor as long as you ignore the tortured screams emanating from my windows on a hot summer night.

I'm probably just watching Pet Sematary. 

But you never know--I may be forcing some unsuspecting victim to read my writing!

~Cie, the Ornery Old Lady~

Ghost Town Grover Sez: "Ornery's actually a purty good writer, but she forgits that she can't scare me, 'cause I'm a ghost myself. I just wanna leave the lights on fer Cactus Clem, 'cause he gits scairt easy."

Cactus Clem Sez: "I don't wanna hurt Ornery's feelings or nothin', but people ghosts ain't that scary. The scariest story I ever read was Four Funny Potatoes. I even wrote a review about it and everything. That there book was really scary!

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October Spooky Writing Challenge 2019 + Aunt Cie's Soapbox: A New Age in Publishing

I just discovered the October Spooky Writing Challenge and intend to use the prompts to move this month's Team Netherworld Creations WIP, Nyarlathotep's Necropolis, and Naughty Netherworld Press WIP, Castle Necros, along. 

In case I'm feeling like I don't have enough to do (heavy on the sarcasm), I may also use it to lighten things up and create a little Ghost Town Grover and Cactus Clem adventure.

One thing I won't be using the prompts for is writing poetry. Between the Carpe Diem Haiku prompts and OctPoWriMo, I have a surplus of poetry prompts. If dark 'n' snarky poetry really is your bag, Baby, you can see mine at the Poetry of the Netherworld blog.

For the past year, I have only published the Naughty Netherworld Press WIPs because erotica tends to be focused on substance rather than length. There is probably a mathematical smut-o-meter to explain the ratio of sexual encounters to page count.

The Carnal Invasion series started out as a one-off Hump Of The Month series featuring human encounters with a group of lusty aliens. Following the release of Climax Castle, it became a serial focused on recurring characters.  The current WIP, Castle Necros, is the sixteenth book in the series. The books are of varying lengths, ranging from short and spicy to long and lurid.

In the heyday of pulp horror and classic science fiction, fans of these genres snapped up novelettes, novellas, and collections of short stories by their favorite authors. By the 1980s, shorter books had fallen out of favor and readers tended to only be interested in full-length novels.

Once I started reviewing books full-time, I became aware that shorter books are making a comeback. Michael J. Allen is an author who makes excellent use of the novelette and novella format.

I could not be happier about the renaissance of novelettes, novellas, and volumes of short stories. The modern Internet age provides a multitude of avenues for authors to share their work with potential readers. With blogging, paid content platforms such as Patreon or Ko-Fi, and ebook publication services such as Kindle, authors no longer need be confined to the constraints of the traditional path of seeking agents and publishers and papering their walls with rejection letters or throwing good money after bad to have their work distributed by unscrupulous POD publishers.

I, personally, find the seeking an agent and publisher route odious and will not be treading that path. I realize that this means I have to be my own promoter. This comes with its own set of pitfalls. I'm shy and introverted by nature and am not good at networking. I'd rather be reading and writing. Still, when I think back to the dark ages in a time before blogs and e-books, a bit of networking is a small price to pay, and sometimes I even find some kindred spirits along the perilous path.

Whichever path to publication you decide to take, I wish you well.


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50 Questions About Your O.C.: Marc Cumming

Marc Cumming is the most unlikely secret service agent ever, which works to his advantage.
Free-use image from Pixabay

Full name: 
Marcos Manlove Cumming


  1. How old are they?
  2. 56

  1. What sex are they?
  2. Male

  3. What is their romantic/sexual orientation?
  4. Bisexual

  5. How tall are they?
  6. 5' 9"

  1. What do they look like? 
  2. Marc is a pleasant-faced middle-aged man of medium height with a medium build and thinning, gray-brown hair.

  3. What are their defining features?
  4. Marc's defining feature is being strikingly ordinary-looking.

  5. Does their name have a meaning?
  6. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel of the New Testament. Marc's family is Catholic, and they chose faith-based names for their children.

  7. What family do they have?
  8. Marc is nine years divorced from his Swedish-born ex-wife, Kia. He has four children: Raakel (age 22), Tulle (age 20), CiarĂ¡n (age 12), and Hild (age 8, born 5 months after her parents' divorce).
  9. Marc comes from a large extended family. His sister Katherine, a missionary, has one biological son and three adopted children: Quiang (age 13), Rolfe (age 7, biological son with Kate's then-fiance, now-husband Buck), Xochipilli (age 5), Eka (age 4).

  10. Do they have a good relationship with their family?
  11. Mostly, but being strict Catholic, Marc's family members tend to be homophobic, which led to Marc being ashamed of his bisexuality.

  12. If not, why not?
  13. Marc loves his family but feels that he has to hide who he really is from them.

  14. Where do they live? 
  15. Los Angeles

  16. Is it a safe place?
  17. It's Los Angeles

  18. Are they poor, middle-class or wealthy?
  19. Middle-class

  20. Do they look up to anyone?
  21. Marc always looked up to his older male relatives. There were some priests he looked up to as well. He grew up admiring certain political figures such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He also looks up to his partner and best friend, Dale Dicking, whom he thinks is very brave and clever.

  22. Who is their best friend?
  23. Dale Dicking, who is like a younger brother to Marc.

  24. Do they have any enemies? 
  25. Captain Abigail Botterill, the corrupt head of the Alien and Supernatural Search Squadron.
  27. Who is the person they hate most in the world?
  28. See Captain Abigail Botterill, the corrupt head of A.S.S.S.

  29. Do they have any love/hate relationships?
  30. Only with himself. Sometimes Marc thinks that being Marc is pretty cool. Other times he can't think of a more lametastic fate.

  31. Have they ever fallen in love?
  32. Marc has been in love with his senior college literature professor, Brian Godfrey, since 1984.

  33. Who is the person they love the most in the world?
  34. Marc has a big heart. He loves many people. He is a devoted dad and brother and a good friend.

  35. Does that person love them back?
  36. Marc's family and friends love him.

  37. Have they ever hurt or lost anyone?
  38. Yes.

  39. Are they a good shoulder to cry on?
  40. Yes.

  41. Are they well-liked?
  42. Overall, Marc is very well-liked.

  43. How do they handle being complimented? 
  44. He is uncomfortable with it.

  45. Are they an affectionate person?
  46. Yes.

  47. Are they very driven?
  48. Marc is very driven to do the right thing.

  49. Are they very political?
  50. Marc votes in every election and attends the occasional rally or town hall if it seems extremely important. He doesn't consider himself terribly political.

  51. What kind of state is the world that they live in?
  52. Same as the modern United States, unless he falls through a wormhole into a dark past in a werewolf-filled forest and finds himself in a castle filled with demons and vampire necromancers--which happens to be his current situation.

  53. What are the world leaders like?
  54. To understand this, we need to give a brief language lesson.
  55. In Germany, a trump is a fart.
  56. In Great Britain, a pence is a small amount of currency.
  57. In the United States, we currently have a cheap fart running the government.

  58. Does the character worry about their place in society?
  59. He would like a world where everyone could have an equal footing in society. He isn't particularly worried about his own place in society at this time.

  60. If they could change one thing, what would it be?
  61. He wishes that people would be kinder to each other.

  62. Do they like themselves?
  63. Marc generally accepts himself, although he thinks of himself as rather uninteresting and uninspiring.

  64. Are they a good person?
  65. Yes.

  66. Are they very forgiving?
  67. Marc tends to be pretty forgiving.

  68. Do they believe in destiny?
  69. Marc is an agnostic. He believes destiny is a possibility but doesn't give it much thought.

  70. Are they trustworthy? 
  71. Yes

  72. Are they a good liar?
  73. He's a secret agent. It comes with the job.

  74. How do they react to criticism? 
  75. Marc tends not to take criticism very well.

  76. What is their moral alignment?
  77. Neutral good on the Dungeons and Dragons alignment scale.

  78. Can they fight?
  79. Yes, although he prefers not to.

  80. Would they ever purposefully hurt someone?
  81. Only if necessary to save his own life or save someone he loves.

  1. Have they ever been seriously injured?
  2. Yes.

  3. Do they know first aid?
  4. Yes.

  5. Do they have any other survival skills?
  6. General Boy Scout knowledge and the ability to fly by the seat of his pants.

  7. Are they a fast learner?
  8. It depends on his level of interest in the subject.

  9. How intelligent are they?
  10. Marc has higher than average intelligence, which is not readily apparent as he tends to present as a bit of a ditz.

  11. What is the school system like?
  12. Marc attended school in the American public school system and went to UCLA, where he obtained a degree in criminal law.

  13. What is their job?
  14. An undercover agent with the deep cover espionage unit, Alien and Supernatural Search Squadron.

  15. Do they enjoy their job?
  16. Marc loves his job, although it does get him into some tricky situations.

~Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press~

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