Ornery Literary Services Featuring CHEAP PROOFREADING and BOOK REVIEWS

 

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Hello everyone,
I've been dealing with a lot of personal stuff, so I haven't been around much. Colorado Medicaid stuck it to a whole bunch of people, so I'm no one special in my status of being one of those who got the shaft. They now cover my mostly useless Medicare B premiums, but no medical services. However, I can buy back in at $25 per month if I can show proof of self-employment. I'm on disability, hence the "can't work" thing. However, any tiddly-wink of income will suffice.

I'd like to offer my services as a proofreader, and you can pay me as little as five bucks. I'm not in this to get rich, I'm in it to buy back into Medicaid. 

Please email me at chartley65 at Gmail or carahartley at protonmail to request assistance. I can generally thoroughly proofread a 10,000-word story in 2 or 3 days. I have many years of experience editing what may be the worst writing in existence (mine). Surely, I can help you with yours!

I'm not a dev editor, but I will point out areas where the plot is unclear to me. You know, the sort of thing where the writer knows exactly what's going on but doesn't quite explain it to the reader, who is in the dark. Of course, I never do things like that. My writing is always perfectly clear and never includes too much backstory or anything of that nature because I am literary perfection personified!

My dumb sense of humor is an additional service I offer free of charge.

Seriously, if you'd like me to give your manuscript the once-over, you can pay me as little as five bucks. There's pretty much no limit on length, but if you're submitting a five-hundred-page manuscript, maybe you could give me ten bucks. Pay what you can; you'll have another set of eyes on your manuscript, and you'll be helping me a lot.

Regarding book reviews, the setup is also pay what you can. I will not guarantee a five-star review. It is rare for me to give less than three stars. You can do a search for reviews at https://bit.ly/ReadersRoost to see samples of my style. I prefer to receive ARCs as a PDF, but if you only have an epub, I can convert it to a PDF. 

For promotion, I strongly suggest that you compare the book tour services featured at the bottom of the blog and choose one of them to work with. Their rates are very reasonable and they will get your book in front of a lot more eyes than I can as a solo blogger. Feel free to leave a comment on any recent post telling me the name of the book and who you're working with and I will sign up to help if I have availability.

I am also willing to swap a post for a post. In other words, I feature your book on this blog and you feature one of my books on your blog. If you are interested in doing a swap, leave your email in the comments and I'll contact you.

If you would like to do a guest post, I will need a Blogger-friendly HTML file,  or a. doc or .docx file, or a PDF plus a picture of your book cover, blurb, purchase links, and an excerpt from the book. You can also include an author bio if you wish. 

~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~


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An Olive-Green Gown and Malachite Shoes #8Sunday #RainbowSnippets #SnipSun

   


Genre:

Poetry plus a supernatural coming-of-age story (vampires). 

Buy Link:

https://amzn.to/3vz8uXw 

Publication Date:

February 15, 2024

Ebook Price:

$1.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

Book Blurb:

The poems, story, and thoughts included in this brief volume were inspired by the independently produced album Wayward and Upward by Spinoza Gambit. The story Prodigal Moon and the poem 401 Rush were included in the Wayward and Upward anthology published by Off Topic Press.

I opted to publish this book on my 59th birthday. It would be a wonderful gift to learn that my work inspired you or led you to learn more about the Wayward and Upward album and anthology.

With love,

Ornery Owl

Book Length:

49 pages

Excerpt

You can read last week's snippet here.

https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2024/02/first-day-of-summer-8sunday.html

She was wearing a knee-length olive-green gown that looked like it might have been all the rage in the 1920s and a pair of shiny, malachite-green shoes.

“Hello,” the girl greeted.

“Hi yourself,” Valentins returned.

“I’m Deborah Virgo. My family just moved into the house across the road from you.”

“Valentins Hines.”


Author Bio

Ornery Owl is a wise old bird who seeks the truth behind the lies. She uses her observations to heal the wounded soul. In essence, she is the spirit of an odd little bird whose wings were clipped at a young age. She is at once a whimsical manifestation of poetic expression and a fierce protector of those targeted for derision by an angry and unsympathetic world. Depending on how you perceive her, she can be either a goddamned delight or your worst nightmare.   

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Ornery Explanations

Sometimes I promote the same thing on more than one blog hop because my puny brain gets overwhelmed and then I become emotionally dysregulated. I hope you can understand my position.

It makes sense to promote this story on these three blog hops. It fits the Rainbow Snippets theme because there are gay characters who play significant roles. Neither Snippet Sunday nor Weekend Writing Warriors have genre restrictions, although most authors who participate in Snippet Sunday are romance writers. The main relationship in this story is a platonic friendship, but I would say it qualifies as a love story anyway.





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You may never have heard of Caetano Veloso before, but give him a listen anyway. You'll be glad you did. 

The Dirty Dutchman and His Boy Toy #MFRWSteam

 


GenreErotic Romance (BDSM, m/m, m/f/f menage)

Length: 10,000 Words

Heat Level: Nuclear Blast (5 Flames)

Blurb

Candi knew hot things happened behind closed doors at the Pearl Beach Resort. After all, the place was owned by bisexual billionaire playboy Boris van Donk, who had a reputation for taking on all comers. 

Candi's family of origin was strictly religious, and she has never given or received more than a chaste kiss in her 21 years. Between bad-boy Boris and her geeky, fun-loving, porn-writing housemates, an awakening of her desires is inevitable. 

Spicy Snippet 

SeΓ±or Muy Caliente
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Note: Some like it hot, and this snippet is really hot. Like nuclear blast hot. If you don't like it quite so hot, please turn back now. 

I shared an entire chapter, The Big Reveal, during last October's Steam hop. You can read that post here.

https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2022/10/the-big-reveal-mfrwauthor-mfrwhooks.html

Just a tease. This is a novelette, I don't want to give it all away!

You can read the previous snippet in this series here.

https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2023/12/boris-gets-ready-to-ride-mfrwsteam.html

The Dirty Dutchman withdrew his fingers from his boy toy’s ass, leaving the young man craving more. When Valentyn grasped his own cock for relief, van Donk slapped his hand away, scolding him. The Silver Fox pushed the pretty boy back onto the lounge, spreading his legs open. He slipped on a condom, poured lube over his cock, then positioned himself between the younger man’s legs, slowly easing his shaft into the slippery tunnel.

Valentyn was clearly in ecstasy as his boss availed himself to his tight asshole. He grimaced and bucked as van Donk slammed his cock in deep.

Buy Link

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Ebook price $0.99

Get the paperback for $4.20. 

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MFRW Steam is the first Friday of every month.
Except when it's the second Friday.

Check out the Naughty Netherworld Press page here.


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A Smolderingly Seductive Muse #MFRWAuthor #MFRWHooks

    


Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Comedy

#bisexual #m/m romance #polyamory #role playing

Heat Level

5 Flames

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

ASIN: ‎ B0CP9WP2DF

Publisher: ‎ Naughty Netherworld Press

Publication date: ‎ December 23, 2023

Length: 14,500 words (Novelette)

Blurb

Parsifal returns home to spend the Christmas holidays with his family. As he arrives at the airport, he is greeted by his brother Hart and his ex-boyfriend Bobby. Bobby is accompanied by his new boyfriend Seth. As they spend the day together, Parsifal notices something peculiar. Bobby seeks comfort from Hart rather than Seth after a minor accident at the park.

Meanwhile, Parsifal finds himself drawn to hot nerd Seth. The more time they spend together, the more Parsifal believes the feeling is mutual.

However, Parsifal's Christmas holiday is about to get even crazier. His redneck relatives are coming over for Christmas Eve dinner, and Parsifal is dreading the chaos that is sure to ensue. Between his family's quirky behavior and Seth's enticing presence, Parsifal’s vacation is shaping up to be anything but relaxing.

This is the second book in The Shape Of Heat series. It can be read as a standalone, but the first book, Awakening, should be read first if you wish to know more about the background of Parsifal and his girlfriends Candi and Luisa.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/3T3srPF

Ebook: Just 99 cents.

Snippet

Read the previous snippet here.

https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2024/02/killing-me-with-his-seductive-gray-eyes.html

“Don’t even think about it, Parsley,” I admonished myself as I felt a stirring in my loins when I gripped Seth’s pale, slender hand. “We’ll draft a nice Gothic story about a smolderingly seductive vampire who has his way with the innocent young prodigal son who just returned home to Ye Olde Manor after a year away. We will have naughty video chats with our sexy girlfriends. We will not, and I repeat, will not seduce our ex-boyfriend’s new man.”

“So, how’s life in paradise, Parsley?” Bobby asked. “Man, look how tan you are! You make Seth and me look like we spent the last year in a tomb!”

“Didn’t we?” Seth joked.


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Lil's Musings

I’m sure this problem isn’t exclusive to writers with ADHD, but having a brain with wacky wiring combined with the proclivity for second-guessing myself doesn’t help.

I have been struggling to wrestle a story into submission for this year’s Passionate Ink anthology. 

http://passionateink.org

With the March 16th deadline looming and having given this story three chances to straighten up and fly right, I’ve shelved it in favor of a quick and dirty plot that will hopefully realize who’s boss.

It isn’t that the story I was working on was bad, it’s just too damn intricate to be confined to 10,000 words.  

Take two: I just shelved the second iteration of this project and am now working on a third one. While the story does have a cohesive plot, I decided to opt for the Metric Fuckton of Sex option as opposed to a subtler, more nuanced slow burn culminating in something explosive.


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First Day of Summer #8Sunday #RainbowSnippets #SnipSun

  


Genre:

Poetry plus a supernatural coming-of-age story (vampires). 

Buy Link:

https://amzn.to/3vz8uXw 

Publication Date:

February 15, 2024

Ebook Price:

$1.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

Book Blurb:

The poems, story, and thoughts included in this brief volume were inspired by the independently produced album Wayward and Upward by Spinoza Gambit. The story Prodigal Moon and the poem 401 Rush were included in the Wayward and Upward anthology published by Off Topic Press.

I opted to publish this book on my 59th birthday. It would be a wonderful gift to learn that my work inspired you or led you to learn more about the Wayward and Upward album and anthology.

With love,

Ornery Owl

Book Length:

49 pages

Excerpt

Deborah Virgo and Valentins Hines met on the first day of summer 2017. The youngsters lived at the wrong end of Fox Avenue. The electricity had been turned off in Valentins’s house, but he didn’t mind sitting on the covered porch painting figurines. His mother, Doriend Hines, was gone most of the time, working at the Daily Grind Bistro or The Zealous Whistle Tavern or staying overnight with old folks who paid her under the table for her caregiving services. Doriend was a workaholic who would have been thriving monetarily if not for being a functional alcoholic and opioid addict with a love of gambling.

Valentins was sitting on the porch at dusk, painting a vampire figurine for his haunted house, when a wraithlike girl with an alabaster complexion and waves of xanthic hair flowing to her mid-back entered the gate.

Author Bio

Ornery Owl is a wise old bird who seeks the truth behind the lies. She uses her observations to heal the wounded soul. In essence, she is the spirit of an odd little bird whose wings were clipped at a young age. She is at once a whimsical manifestation of poetic expression and a fierce protector of those targeted for derision by an angry and unsympathetic world. Depending on how you perceive her, she can be either a goddamned delight or your worst nightmare.   

Follow Ornery Owl

Cara H and Ornery Owl Amazon Author Page

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C. L. Hart Newsletter

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(C. L. Hart is my fantasy, horror, and sweet romance author pen name.)

Naughty Netherworld Press Blog

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Naughty Netherworld Press Books

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Ornery Explanations

Sometimes I promote the same thing on more than one blog hop because my puny brain gets overwhelmed and then I become emotionally dysregulated. I hope you can understand my position.

It makes sense to promote this story on these three blog hops. It fits the Rainbow Snippets theme because there are gay characters who play significant roles. Neither Snippet Sunday nor Weekend Writing Warriors have genre restrictions, although most authors who participate in Snippet Sunday are romance writers. The main relationship in this story is a platonic friendship, but I would say it qualifies as a love story anyway.





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You can put together your own Coffee Brand Coffee gift combo any time of the year, or just grab some great coffee to sip while crafting or reading your latest adventure.




Here's Waylon Jennings to play some songs for you before he leaves town.

Killing Me With His Seductive Gray Eyes #MFRWHooks

   


Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Comedy

#bisexual #m/m romance #polyamory #role playing

Heat Level

5 Flames

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

ASIN: ‎ B0CP9WP2DF

Publisher: ‎ Naughty Netherworld Press

Publication date: ‎ December 23, 2023

Length: 14,500 words (Novelette)

Blurb

Parsifal returns home to spend the Christmas holidays with his family. As he arrives at the airport, he is greeted by his brother Hart and his ex-boyfriend Bobby. Bobby is accompanied by his new boyfriend Seth. As they spend the day together, Parsifal notices something peculiar. Bobby seeks comfort from Hart rather than Seth after a minor accident at the park.

Meanwhile, Parsifal finds himself drawn to hot nerd Seth. The more time they spend together, the more Parsifal believes the feeling is mutual.

However, Parsifal's Christmas holiday is about to get even crazier. His redneck relatives are coming over for Christmas Eve dinner, and Parsifal is dreading the chaos that is sure to ensue. Between his family's quirky behavior and Seth's enticing presence, Parsifal’s vacation is shaping up to be anything but relaxing.

This is the second book in The Shape Of Heat series. It can be read as a standalone, but the first book, Awakening, should be read first if you wish to know more about the background of Parsifal and his girlfriends Candi and Luisa.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/3T3srPF

Ebook: Just 99 cents.

Snippet

Read the previous snippet here.

http://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2024/01/reuniting-with-his-brother-mfrwhooks.html

Hart gave me a great big bear hug and put my bags in the trunk. I settled in the passenger seat. Bobby and Seth, who had flown into Nashville from Los Angeles, were riding in the back.

Bobby reached around the seat to hug me. He was still the same golden-haired, freckle-faced ray of California sunshine that I remembered. Seth was quiet and had a brooding artist vibe about him. He had shaggy coffee-brown hair with long wedge bangs and a pale complexion. He smiled shyly when he shook my hand.

“Seth Dinapoli,” he said, his voice cool and whispery like the winds outside a haunted castle.

“Parsifal Matveev. Pleased to meet you.”

"The pleasure is all mine," Seth said, unaware of how he was killing me with his seductive gray eyes peeking from behind his dark curtain of hair.

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Lil's Musings

I’m sure this problem isn’t exclusive to writers with ADHD, but having a brain with wacky wiring combined with the proclivity for second-guessing myself doesn’t help.

I have been struggling to wrestle a story into submission for this year’s Passionate Ink anthology. 

http://passionateink.org

With the March 16th deadline looming and having given this story three chances to straighten up and fly right, I’ve shelved it in favor of a quick and dirty plot that will hopefully realize who’s boss.

It isn’t that the story I was working on was bad, it’s just too damn intricate to be confined to 10,000 words.  


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The Problem With Overzealous Accusations of AI Usage

 

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This adventure is part of the College Guys Coming Of Age series. The story ends on a happy note without cliffhangers.

In his freshman year of college, Zenobios Dumitru was a formidable defensive tackle for the Mataneu Marauders. Rather than pursuing a professional football career, he decided to serve his country. He was critically injured during Operation Neptune Spear. He returned to Louisiana with a purple heart, a patch over his left eye, and scars on the left side of his body and face.

Zenobios manages the Heroes sports bar, a popular hangout for the Wolf Bay Buccaneers. He supports his elderly, disabled mother who suffered a stroke in 2018. He has also taken custody of his niece after losing his sister in a drive-by shooting incident in 2019.

Bayo Wulf is the arrogant starting quarterback of the Wolf Bay Buccaneers. He and his rowdy crew constantly cause problems for Zenobios. A group of Mataneu Marauders players come to Wolf Bay seeking revenge after Bayo injures Zenobios during an arm wrestling match. During the ensuing brawl, Bayo’s best friend Aeschere Dane is critically injured. As Bayo sits at Aeschere’s bedside in the hospital, he realizes his hard-partying ways have turned him into a person he doesn’t like very much.

Can Bayo atone for his actions against Zenobios? What will he do about his growing attraction to the man his fellow gridiron tough guys call Grendel?

I wrote the above blurb for the story I'm working on for potential inclusion in the Passionate Ink anthology. I pasted it into WordTune, which is a grammar and spelling checker similar to Grammarly and ProWritingAid. WordTune suggests possible changes to certain sentences, which I sometimes accept, sometimes forego, and other times laugh at because they sound entirely ridiculous. 

To sum things up, the above blurb was entirely created by a flawed human being who is terrible at writing blurbs and run through an AI proofreader of the type that has existed for about fifteen years. None of it was created by an AI. However, when I ran the blurb through an AI checker, it was flagged as potentially containing material created by Copyleaks or ZeroGPT. I have never used either of those programs. 

Here is what the blurb would look like if it was written by an AI. I had QuickWrite (which I use to create writing prompts, occasional images for blog posts, and sometimes filler scenes that are rewritten before I ever submit a piece for publication) create a blurb for the same story. I have not edited QuickWrite's version of the blurb in any way.

In the heart of Wolf Bay, where pride and power collide, a heated showdown between two men will test the limits of forgiveness and unexpected desire. 

Bayo Wulf, the charismatic and cocksure quarterback of the Wolf Bay Buccaneers, has always been the ruler of the gridiron and the king of his domain. But when his arrogance crosses paths with the enigmatic Zenobios Dumitriu, a combat veteran turned owner of Heroes Sports Bar, a storm of animosity begins to brew.

Zenobios, known as Grendel to Bayo's mischievous circle, has endured relentless torment at the hands of the quarterback and his friends. When a chance arm wrestling match leads to a debilitating injury, Zenobios seizes the opportunity to unleash the fury of his former teammates, the vengeful Mataneau Marauders.

Caught in the crossfire, Bayo's loyal companion, Aescher Dane, falls prey to the escalating violence, leaving Bayo with a choice: continue down the path of destruction or awaken to the harsh truth of the person he has become.

As Bayo embarks on a quest for redemption, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zenobios, forcing him to confront a powerful attraction that defies the boundaries of friendship and leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.

In "Showdown in Wolf Bay," the battle for self-discovery and acceptance takes center stage, as Bayo must navigate a treacherous path strewn with unpredictable twists and turns. Will he find the courage to right his wrongs and mend the shattered bonds, or will he succumb to the darkness that threatens to consume them all?

Prepare yourself for a riveting tale of redemption, unlikely alliances, and the undeniable power of love in the face of adversity. The clash between Bayo Wulf and Zenobios Dumitriu will leave an indelible mark on their lives, shaping their destinies in ways they could never have anticipated.

I ran QuickWrite's blurb through the AI checker. It was flagged as potentially containing material generated by Copyleaks, but not ZeroGPT. Apparently, QuickWrite is more human than I am.

I honestly like QuickWrite's blurb better than mine and may incorporate parts of it. I readily admit that I suck at writing blurbs. 

Recently, many publishers have started stating that if submissions contain material suspected of being written by an AI, the author submitting the material will be blacklisted. Due to the reasons I have explained above, I am opposed to this approach. The overzealous use of gatekeeping will only result in erroneous accusations and discourage writers who cannot afford to hire a professional editor for every project and rely on programs like Grammarly, ProWritingAid, and WordTune to help them self-edit. There is a close resemblance between the current approach and the welfare system in the United States, where the purpose is to catch those who scam the government rather than help those who truly need assistance. 

The craft of storytelling has always incorporated tools such as writing prompts. For many years, those of us not making Kingly sums of money have used proofreading software to improve the readability of our work. Barring all but the elite from publication will harm the literary landscape rather than improve it. 

I would rather have a few AI-generated stories slip through the cracks than have the craft of writing become limited only to those individuals with the monetary means to always hire a professional editor or have innocent people accused of wrongdoing and perhaps give up on writing altogether. Most people will not have an artificial intelligence program write their story and claim it as their own. Ultimately, the bad actors will be exposed.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken



The Station From the Snow Globe #SnipSun

   

Anthology:

For the Love of Winter

Anthology Genre:

Holiday Romance

Buy Link:

https://books2read.com/b/baqw6y

Publication Date:

December 6, 2023

Ebook Price:

$3.99 (Amazon pre-order)

Book Blurb:

Bake your cookies, light some candles, trim your trees, and be enchanted with thirteen sweet-to-spicy Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's novellas that will sweep you from colonial days to contemporary times—each bearing a gift of happily-ever-after grand finales. This joyous collection is...

A Winter Mating by Lia Davis. He returns to Willow Glen with one goal, to claim his mate. Convincing her that she belongs to him will be his toughest challenge, but he's not above using seduction to get what he wants.

One Night at Christmas by Danica Winters. As the busy owner of a veterinary clinic, Emily Avery always has her hands full of puppies but empty of the one thing she really isn't sure she wants anyway—a man. When the kind-hearted Derek Night makes an emergency call to help his mom's naughty pup, they both must step outside of their shells and let the magic of Christmas and one mischievous pup bring them together.

The Christmas Crash by Tessa Lyons. Sparks fly when a relentless optimist and a grieving veterinarian are snowed in together at Christmas. Can they rediscover the magic of the season and find love in the most unexpected place?

His Christmas Date by Sara J. Walker. In this heartwarming story of seasoned romance, Dino Dudley and Hilde McQuire must navigate family drama and their own emotional baggage to find true love.

Jordyn's Christmas Gift by Marie Morton. Jordyn Billings, a busy marketing executive, is gifted a holiday getaway to Chateau D'Or by her family, where she discovers an unforgettable and life-changing Christmas gift.

Four Chanukahs and a Wedding by Merrie Angel. Widowed and alone in 1973, Millie explores a professional photographer's life, and stumbles upon Adam--an insatiable adventure seeker related to Jackie Kennedy. Will they find a way to ignite a flame that burns far beyond Millie's expectations and set ablaze their own festival of lights?

Recipe for Romance by Gloria Ferguson. Ashley McClain wants to win the Holiday Bake-Off with her late mom's cupcake recipe. Can she join forces with her friend and neighbor to claim the prize and a bit of romance just in time for Christmas?

Before the Rising Sun by V.L. Czerny. Their romance blighted at a colonial ball, Gertrude and Nicholas, forgetting their past acquaintance, are maneuvered by the Christmas spirit to set love loose and so refashion time's expected plans.

Unexpected Angels by C.L. Hart. Sometimes the best things come together when everything is falling apart.

Christmas Market Magic by Tessie Benton. Sydney Hawthorne hires an escort for a business date, but he's not what he appears to be, and their mutual deception sparks desire while careers hang in the balance.

A Merry White Christmas by Sally Murphy. Merry London, tasked with organizing an opulent Christmas ball for the McPhersons, faces an unexpected challenge in the form of Joel McPherson, whose fiery charm threatens to melt her icy exterior and unravel her meticulously laid plans.

Lavender and Love Restored by M.J. Gates. Chief architect Jess Carlson is restoring a haunted historic hotel and helping a friendly spirit while reclaiming her life and love before the hotel's grand reopening on New Year's Eve.

Marry Me by Midnight by Leah Miles. Navy SEAL Kendall Nelson can't manage a successful proposal, and single mom Luisa Sanchez has no time for romance.

Proceeds benefit the First Coast Romance Writers, an independent non-profit organization helping writers hone their craft and expand their knowledge of the publishing industry.


Snippet

Read the previous snippet here. 

https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2024/01/a-feeling-of-calm-snipsun.html

Dom pulled into a charming little railway station. A shiny silver train sat on the tracks, looking incongruously modern next to the quaint yellow building decked out in holiday finery.

"This is the station in Pika's snow globe," Macario noted.

"It is indeed," Dom confirmed. “We’ve arrived just in time!”

Dom carried Macario’s duffel bag to the train.


Teaser created by the author using Pixlr.

100 Words from C. L. Hart

I wouldn’t have admitted this when I was younger, but having a routine is critical for my ADHD brain. Otherwise, I spiral into frustration and hours wasted playing mobile games. 
I try to rise between 5:30 and 6 AM so I can participate in the Monday-Thursday Passionate Ink writing sprints. (http://passionateink.org). This gets my day off to the right start. 
I’m always working on multiple projects, so I utilize the Saturday Passionate Ink sprint (11 AM to 1 PM MST) to work on a secondary project.
This routine helps me keep a handle on the many irons in my fire.

About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

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Book: Beautiful Darkness 2

Story: Justice for Zowie J

ASIN: ‎ B0CC6ZFCL3

Publisher: ‎ Dragon Soul Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2023)

Publication date: ‎ October 30, 2023

Book Genre: Horror

Story Genre: Psychological Horror

Buy Link:

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Price: $4.99 ebook

$24.99 paperback

Book Blurb:

In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level. Discover ghosts, demons, and your worst nightmares. Read at your own risk.

Featuring stories by Stephen A. Roddewig, Warren Benedetto, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Dylan Roche, Edgar Mahaffey, Toni Mobley, C.L. Hart, and J.E. Feldman.

Story Blurb:

When social media influencer James Zhao, better known as Zowie J, agrees to spend twenty-four hours in an abandoned mental asylum, he has no idea of the horrors that await him. He is held prisoner by six vengeful women in monstrous masks who torture him while accusing him of various offenses. Can James escape the hell he finds himself in, or will he pay the ultimate price?  

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I’m here on a dare, and I think I got punked. Hang on, babies, I need a drink of water; I feel like I’ve been sucking on a pair of sweaty old socks or, like, a jock strap or something--Ew!”
James sipped from a gray metal water bottle featuring a stylized skull adorned with red gemstones in its eye sockets. The Zowie J logo was visible beneath the skull. He swished the water around in his mouth before swallowing. Afterward, he procured a breath mint from a white tin decorated with the Zowie J logo.



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A Note From C. L. Hart
I feel like a lot of the rules of blogging and indeed of writing, promotion, and life are designed to exclude those who don’t fit within society’s parameters of normal. Write what you know—except not that! Give your blog post a personal touch. No, not that personal, you’ll alienate your audience! Be real—no not that real! Post pictures of yourself, but before you do, realize you need to be conventionally attractive or it’s open season for ridicule.

As a rule-breaker, I say fuck that noise. I’ll never be popular or pretty. I’m going to do things my way.

About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

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