The Greatest Movie Couple that Never Happened #mackadebloghop


For those of you born after the turn of the century, who have been living under a rock, or who don't like sci-fi creature features, these two lovely characters are Corporal Dwayne Hicks and Lieutenant Ellen Ripley from the movie Aliens. Which is, by the way, one of the best sci-fi creature features ever made, and as Mrs. Slocombe always wisely said, I am unanimous in this.

The venerable Mrs. Slocombe's expression reflects my feelings about the awful Alien 3, the "movie" that is the reason my favorite couple did not end up becoming a canon couple. James Cameron (the producer and director of Aliens) wanted them to be, but he did not end up producing or directing Alien 3. A slew of other people did, and it was a hot mess. The less said about that, the better. 

I'm still angry about the five bucks and 90 minutes I'll never get back from the fateful day in 1993 when I stupidly sat my ass down in the theatre seat to watch that steaming pile of Xenomorph spoor masquerading as a movie. I decided Alien 3 was a nightmare Ripley had in the hypersleep pod and I wrote a bunch of much better fan fiction about what really happened. Again, I am unanimous in this.

She agrees with me.

Ornery Owl is Unanimous In This

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Back from Beyond the Literary Grave: Tidbit Tuesday


I can't be arsed to update the text on the evil ice cream cone right now. Horror Harridans Writing Sisterhood was my old blog. It got overrun by spammers. 

I'm probably not the best person to host a blog hop, but I can't find any blog hops specific to horror and weird fiction. Most of the blog hops I'm involved with prefer some variety of romance. That's fine for Lil DeVille, although to be fair, much of her writing should be confined to the MFRW Steam Hop ( or to Charity Sunday, both of which are hosted by the brilliantly steamy Lisabet Sarai (

C. L. Hart, on the other hand, is a bit out of place everywhere. This is the story of my life, but perhaps I can carve out a home for myself. If anyone else shows up, fine. If nobody else shows up, that's more drinks and snacks for me!

The idea of the Tidbit Tuesday blog hop is to share spooky, chilling, and/or strange stories. The story doesn't have to be in the horror genre. Snippets from a paranormal romance are fine. Erotica is fine. I'm really not that picky, however, the story should have some sort of spooky or supernatural element. I'd say you're even welcome to share your Supernatural fan fiction with the caveat that I don't do Destiel. 

Seriously, fan fiction is welcome in the Tidbit Tuesday blog hop. Spooky, tense, or otherwise atmospheric is preferred over slash. The Evil Ice Cream Cone is not a literary snob. Fan fiction is real writing. Published or unpublished works are invited to the party. Bring what ya got, just make it spooky and/or weird!

I don't have a Mr. Linky or anything fancy like that. Just share your link in the comments. I'll try to get to them in a timely fashion with the caveat that I am very busy and sometimes my anxiety gets the better of me. Here are some snacks in case I'm not around to answer the door.

Q. How long should the snippets be, Ornery?
A. Use your discretion. A few sentences, a paragraph, a chapter. It's up to you. 

Q. Can I include buy links for my story in my post?
A. Absolutely! It's all about you and your story. Promote away!

Q. Can I use the Tidbit Tuesday logo?
A. Yep. Please provide a link back to this blog. I appreciate it!

Q. Can I share steamy snippets?
A. Steam away, Darlin'! So long as the story contains spooky elements, we're good. Please put a warning in your comment letting everyone know your snippet is explicit in case they aren't down with reading erotica. In fact, if your snippet includes over-the-top gore, violence, or disturbing material, please post a content warning. Thank you!

Q. Are you really a round owl? Or are you in fact an evil ice cream cone?
That's for me to know and you to guess.

The Return of Thirsty Thursday!


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It's Thirsty Thursday with Ornery Owl!

Ornery Owl is bringing sexy back!

Okay, she's actually bringing the Thirsty Thursday blog hop back. But that's better than Sexy!

Ornery invites you to share links to your stories. All genres are welcome and I leave the length of your post up to your discretion. Published or unpublished, original characters or fan fiction, nonfiction, poetry, slice of life, whatever. I'm okay with art too.

Please don't share your post advertising butt wash or fungus remover, although I suppose I might accept a really cleverly written post advertising butt wash or fungus remover. Absolutely no promotion of weight loss products, pharmaceuticals, or snake oil miracle cures. I will ax such links with extreme prejudice. 

The Thirsty Thursday blog hop happens most Thursdays, hence the name Thirsty Thursday. I will try to publish comments in a timely fashion, but I am very busy and sometimes my anxiety overwhelms me. Please be patient.

Here is my first (or at least the first in quite some time) Thirsty Thursday post.

I created Thirsty Thursday because there are several excellent blog hops where writers can promote their romance stories but not much is available for those who don't write romance. I don't have a Mr. Linky or anything fancy like that. Please, just post your links in the comments. I moderate comments on this blog.

If you're thirsty for exposure, join the hop!

Let's be writing pals!
Ornery Owl

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To Serve Ghouls #ThirstyThursday



Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy

Length: 53,700 Words

Heat Level: 1 Flame (light romance)


The Quest for the Wizard's Key is the second book in a series of New Cthulhu Mythos tales. This fix-up novel features a fascinating cast of outcasts joining in a quest to save the Cosmos from destruction by malevolent forces. Join them on their madcap journey.

Are you tired of the same old formulaic romance dance?

Are you sick of slap-dash slashers and predictable plot rehashers?

Are you at the end of your rope with sparkly vampires and sexy werewolves?

Have you had it up to here with silly space operas where the otherworldly setting is just a veneer for the randy crew to make out with aliens?

Is it time to drop the buddy cops and stop watching the detectives?

My friend, let the New Weird Tales refresh you!

You’ve tried the rest, now it’s time for the best. Welcome to an adventure like no other!


You can read the previous snippet here.

“Any scraps of meat as have been allowed to cure for a spell will do us right as rain, Yer Revered Snakeness,” the small ghoul interjected. “Robin Roberts at yer service. D’yer know, I once saw a mighty anaconda, or maybe it was a boa constrictor, brought Hammer and Tack from the chuffin' wild jungles of darkest Africa ter the bleedin' London Zoo. Watched it wrap itself 'round a rat, I did. The lydy standin' beside me near ter fainted. Lucky I was there ter catch 'er. Once I was Bobby she was safe, I watched that marvelous beast swalla the rat. Do your people enjoy rats, yer majesty? I prefer a well-aged 'aunch of 'uman meself, but rat is a bit of aw wite na and then.”

“Wot me old China Plate is tryin' ter say, your majesty, is that whatever victuals ya 'ave available will be jolly Robin Hood,” the large ghoul explained, doffing his newsboy cap, and bowing low. “Howsomever, we do enjoy our meat Mae West when it's been left ter sit aahhht for a spell.”

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Price: $5.99 ebook

$11.99 paperback

$15.99 hardcover

The e-book is currently available for pre-order. It will be released on April 1, 2023.


This fix-up novel follows the events that transpired in Ketil and Yitzy’s Adventures in the Xura Dream House. The book can be read as a standalone, but for a better understanding of the characters and events, it is suggested that Ketil and Yitzy’s Adventure in the Xura Dream House should be read first. It is a fun, fast-paced buddy story. Grab your copy here!

Once you have read Ketil and Yitzy’s Adventure, you will be In the Know so you can be In with the In Crowd! Then you can join us at the Kewl Eldritch Horrors table.

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Thirsty Thursday with Ornery Owl

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Naughty Netherworld Press is excited to announce that Lil DeVille's hot novelette, The Beasts of Hank's Wood, was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Beastly Tales anthology. The ebook is now available.

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural, Shifters

Length: Novelette (14,000 words)

Heat Level: 5 Flames (nuclear blast)

Blurb for the Anthology

Monsters deserve love too…

From werewolves, vampires, and even Bigfoot, these beasts manage to find love. Whether they are able to sink their claws into that love and keep it is another story. When it comes down to it, don’t judge a book by its cover. This anthology brings a mixture of what ifs and happily ever afters.

Featuring stories from T.C. Mill, A.K. Moss, Toni Mobley, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Ashley L. Hunt, Charles Kyffhausen, Lil Deville, Kelly Piner, Jess Monica, and Karen Bayly.

Graphic sexual content is included within this anthology.

Blurb for The Beasts of Hank's Wood

Joe Schola III is the eighteen-year-old son of Joseph Schola Junior, a fire-and-brimstone preaching Fundamentalist televangelist. While young Joe is far less homophobic than his father, he is struggling to come to terms with his own sexual orientation. Will Joe dare accept the invitation to become part of a clan of shapeshifters, and will he accept the love being offered to him by the handsome fox shifter Lovell Azarola?


Read the previous snippet here:

While Lovell massaged my hands and forearms, I felt like I'd slipped into another world. The cab of the truck faded, and he and I were alone, surrounded by mist. I felt his lips brushing mine as he leaned in. I parted my lips and our tongues danced slowly around each other. My cock was throbbing, and I wanted him to take me, to make me his, to do whatever he would.

I returned to reality when Lovell’s fingertips caressed my cheek.

“We’re here,” he said.

I was in a daze as Lovell helped me out of the truck. The exuberant Forest broke the spell, pulling me into a spine-cracking bear hug.

“It was so good to meet both of you, Man,” he said. 

(Not the steamiest of steamy snippets, but you get the idea.)

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