Black Hare Press: Call and acceptance!

A sci-fi story I sent in to Black Hare Press (Dark Tales For Dark Hearts) got accepted!

We really enjoyed your story – Single Colonists Wanted – and would like to inform you that it has been accepted for inclusion in the publication. Congratulations!”

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I came upon this open call on Sunday after getting all fired up about environmental disasters. In earlier incarnation of this blog, I used to write about environmental needs, yet moved away from it for reasons that may sound familiar: It didn’t seem that anyone was listening.

The story that came out of me was very bleak, but heartfelt. I felt confident in it even as I kept my expectations sanguine.

Want a go yourself? Get in before the deadline! There’s a small catch: This challenge requires exactly 100 words.

Worlds – A Dark Drabbles Anthology.

If “Worlds” doesn’t suit, take a look around their site for their other calls for submission.

Author Spotlight in Story Monsters

What do you like best about writing?

The way inspiration really does come like a thunderbolt, transfixing, illuminating. How you know you’d better drop everything and get that pen, tablet, or keyboard in hand or risk losing it all. Even at 3 a.m. Even when you’re brushing your teeth. How you feel yourself being a conduit for something that feels so wonderful and could, just possibly, be wonderful for someone else, too. And how, with the finished piece in front of your eyeballs, you don’t feel hollow or bereft because it’s out of you. Instead, you feel complete. – from my interview

I’m thrilled to have my author spotlight over at Story Monsters LLC!

Story Monsters is, in their own words, “The Literary Resource for Teachers and Librarians. The Marketing Solution for Authors and Publishers.” And I believe it.

Story Monsters Ink® is their magazine, whereas their Book Briefs provide author spotlights like mine!

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Learn about the jobs I’ve had (and still have), quirky writing habits (I apologize in advance), my next projects, what I like best about writing, and more.

 

“Beyond Stone” goes far beyond a sculptor’s realm

“A riveting tale about the fine line between fantasy, reality, and the happiness and perils of sculpture as an art form. . . . Andie’s statues hold the key to her survival. The question remains: Are the statues, in fact, healing Andie’s broken heart and re-sculpting her perceptions, or are they a tool that enables her to forgive herself enough to rejoin life? Fascinating and well-developed, Christine Roney writes a thrilling tale that will stay with the reader long after they have closed the book. A must read.” – Indie Authors Monthly Magazine

Can an artist on the edge be saved by the very art she created? Christine Roney’s Beyond Stone teeters on the edge of magical realism. Keep scrolling for a description and more:

Beyond Stone by Christine Roney

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Andie is a stone sculptor by day, street artist by night. She keeps her midnight adventures a secret, but that’s not the only thing she’s hiding. Reeling from grief and guilt, she starts to fall down the rabbit hole. But at her darkest moment, three of her sculptures come alive to try and save her.

In this fast-paced, twisting, turning story, Andie walks the line between reality and fantasy, never sure which side she’s on.

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More reviews:

“Brilliant. A fascinating journey into the mind of an artist where reality is the abstract. A must read.”

 “Excellent read. This book was recommended by a friend. Totally enjoyed it. Didn’t put it down ’til I finished.”

“If you love to curl up with a well written, engaging book that you just can’t put down, “Beyond Stone” by Christine Roney is a good choice. The main character in the book (Andi) is a sculptor, developed in depth by Ms. Roney, who pulls the reader into the joys and frustrations of the creative process of sculpting. The journey is a tough one and not until the very end of the book do we know if Andi will survive her tortured journey.”

Buy now!

Get Beyond Stone here.

About the author

Christine Roney began her professional life by earning a Juris Doctor degree in California and practicing law at the trial and appellate levels. While writing briefs for the courts and advocating for her clients gave her much satisfaction, she eventually realized that she wanted to take a more artistic path.

She completed the professional screenwriting program at UCLA Film School and has written several screenplays. And although she loves the screenplay format, Christine decided that writing novels would allow her to delve much deeper into the characters that play around in her head.

Recently, Christine started The Roney Writes Podcast. The tagline for the podcast is “Let me tell you a story” because that’s what it’s about – stories. Christine writes them and narrates them. Her stories are multidimensional – they will intrigue you, entertain you, sometimes make you laugh, sometimes make you misty-eyed and, most of all, leave you eagerly anticipating the next episode.

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Post #11 of the holiday bookroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.