Seven Deadly Sins: the illustrator and the layout editor

We asked our illustrator, Luke Spooner, how he came up with the central idea for the cover of our book and what he thought of when he heard of the theme for the Anthology.

“I really like the symbolism that surrounds the ideas of ‘the sins.’ It’s something that all humans can relate to, probably because we are nearly always somewhere on that spectrum at any given moment. There’s a very primal quality to the understanding of this particular set of emotions and thought patterns. Irrespective of language or culture, they seem to be universally recognised, and the opportunity to cobble that into some sort of visual interpretation is something that is both massive and rare.”

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If you like this cover, you should see his other designs at freeze frame fiction and on his web site, Carrion House!

Our layout editor, D. Laserbeam, has been an icon at Scribophile for many years, so it’s no wonder we jumped at the chance to have Dino do the e-book formatting for the SDS anthologies. Dino writes, edits (Laserbeam Edits), is the founder & editor-in-chief of freeze frame fiction, and oh, yeah–is an engineer in real life!

 

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Seven Deadly Sins: the authors

Seeing Better by Eliza Archer

Eliza Archer writes poetry, short stories and flash fiction. Technical writing pays the bills. She lives in the Texas Hill country with too many cats and too many books. Her work has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Niteblade and other places.

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A Mother’s Pride by Teresa Bassett

Teresa Bassett is a writer from Cornwall’s ‘clay country’, UK. In late 2013 she won the US-based Next Novelist contest with her debut science fiction novel “The Time Crystals”, which is scheduled for publication. She has also written stories and articles for numerous magazines and anthologies and is currently being published by Dagda Publishing, Alfiedog and Popcorn Horror. A graduate of the University of Bath, she has worked as a foreign tour guide, translator and teacher. Her favourite times are spent ‘up on the Downs’, exploring Cornwall with husband Mark and rescued greyhound Jinty.

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Commando by Willow Becker

Willow Becker has been writing non-fiction for over ten years. While her articles and stories have been published widely online, this is her first fiction publication. She is currently working on a series of flash fiction audio pieces and a musical adaptation of “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom. She also regularly shares hilarious, partially-nude stories on her blog Weird Little Worlds.

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Masterpiece by J. C. Davis

J.C. Davis has been in love with books since she was old enough to start chewing on the covers. She’s since seen the error of her ways and spends her spare time reading books rather than drooling on them. A programmer by day, Ms. Davis writes YA fiction, the occasional short story and has far too many hobbies to keep up with. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two kids and a hedgehog named Percy Jackson. Ms. Davis’s short stories have appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Writing Tomorrow, Bastion Science Fiction Magazine and NewMyths.com.

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Good Intentions by Michael Donoghue

Michael Donoghue mostly lives in his head, but resides in Vancouver, Canada. His stories have appeared in various anthologies including Fernwood’s Everything Is So Political, and sci-fi magazines such as Abyss & Apex, as well as literary journals such as FreeFall. Michael works in healthcare, where he spends much of his time preoccupied with hand washing.

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A Wish From the Fountain by Alisia Faust

Alisia Faust began writing when she was between jobs with too much time on her hands. Now she’s working full time and juggling four different writing projects with no time on her hands. She is primarily a flash fiction writer, partially because it caters to her ever-shortening attention span. Her stories have appeared in Fifty Word Stories, 100 Worlds: Lightning-Quick SF and Fantasy Tales anthology.

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In the Name Of Art And Love by Sylvia Heike

Sylvia Heike writes poetry, short stories, and is working on her novel. She lives in Finland with her fiancé and two rabbits. A lover of animals and nature, she’s also in her element with computers and has a degree in Computer Science.

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Quitter by Day Jamison

Day Jamison reads and writes YA and speculative fiction in the Provo Valley at the foot of Mt. Timpanogas. She is a freelance copy editor with Lawrence & Jamison Editing Services and a first reader at Fantasy Scroll Magazine. Her work appeared in the first volume of freeze frame fiction.

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The Hazel Crayon, by Wendy White Lees

Wendy White Lees was voted “Most Likely to be a Writer” by her 3rd grade class, which really made her mad because she was gunning for movie star. She concedes, however, that they were right, as she became a professional copywriter, and her dream job is to one day write for Sesame Street. Her fiction has appeared in Every Day FictionFree Flash FictionFifty Word Stories, and in 2014 she placed as a runner-up in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (an international literary competition to compose the worst possible opening sentence for a novel). Her online writing portfolio is at wendylees.writerfolio.com. Wendy lives in the Greater New York City Area with her husband, two daughters and their English Setter, Annie, who eats everything except her dog food.

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Summer Rains, by E.N. Loizis

E.N. Loizis is a Greek writer trapped inside the body of a technical translator who lives in Germany. Her love for literature could be the result of the lack of Internet when she was growing up and for that she is eternally grateful. She has been published in Youth Imagination and her story “Till Death Us Do Part” appeared in Stupefying Stories. Two more of her stories are due for publication in Apocrypha and Abstractions and freeze frame fiction. She is working really hard on her ADD, so that she may finally complete her first novel one day.

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Great-Great Aunty Edna, by Anita Russo

Anita Russo is a full-time nurse, spare-time writer, and every-minute-of-the-day dreamer from Auckland, New Zealand. “Great-Great Aunty Edna” is her first published piece. Her influences include John Green, J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and many more. When she’s not nursing, writing, or dreaming, Anita is travelling the world, people watching, and seeking out things that capture her imagination.

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The Tasmanian Girl, by S. Sadedin

S. Sadedin is an evolutionary biologist who writes too much. Her favorite poet is Piet Hein. Most of her writing is about obscure science topics, such as why pregnancy is a war, and the horrifying truth behind menstruation. As a teenager she planned to save the world. (She still does. But don’t tell the adults, they’ll revoke her grown-up license.)

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Balancing Act, by K.T. Stephens

 K.T. Stephens writes YA and children’s books and is especially enamored of the circus. Just mention acrobats and strongmen and she’ll jump headfirst into this world of magic, color and precision and take you with her!  She also has published adult literature under the pseudonym Katie Stephens in Spark: A Creative Anthology and Mused—The Bella Online Literary Review. Her latest release is a romance story in the anthology “Love Least Expected” called Alphabetical Disorder. You’ll never believe it’s about the circus… or will you? K.T. lives in Ohio with her husband and three adorably obsessive felines.

Seven Deadly Sins: the stories

The first volume of Seven Deadly Sins, A Young Adult Anthology, deals with possibly the most severe of all sins: Pride. Whether a story centers around magic, a crime, a scientific experiment or a night out that ends in disaster, our young adults need to decide if pride will be an obstacle they overcome, or if it will be the weakness that holds them back.

Thirteen stories, thirteen choices. One theme.

 

The Hazel Crayon by Wendy White Lees

A headstrong young girl’s attempt to prove her oddball classmate is a pirate results in a playground wedding, and a friendship that sails smoothly through adolescence, but is knocked off course in high school.

 

Good Intentions by Michael Donoghue

A genetically smart but bored 16 year-old boy sets out to solve an environmental problem, but he ends up in more trouble than he could possibly imagine.

 

Masterpiece by J.C. Davis

Avery is the best artist in her high school, but when her arch-rival Nora takes a prank too far, Avery discovers that art can destroy as well as create.

 

Quitter by Day Jamison

When a less than perfect test score prompts a driven perfectionist to sabotage her anchoring relationships, she must overcome her fear of failure or reconcile herself to loneliness.

 

Summer Rains by E.N. Loizis

When Violeta attempts to change Joanna to fit her idea of a “worthy friend”, Joanna must decide who she wants to be.

 

Balancing Act by K.T. Stephens

As a circus acrobat who knows perfection is a must to stay alive, Joey has to decide between his pride and the acceptance he craves, not realizing he can have both.

 

Seeing Better by Eliza Archer

A girl finds that sometimes the world as isn’t the way you’ve been seeing it all your life. It just takes looking at it with clearer vision.

 

Great-Great Aunty Edna by Anita Russo

When self-obsessed Amber is forced to clean her Great-Great Aunty’s squalid house instead of pursuing her love interest, her pride takes an unexpected reality check.

 

A Mother’s Pride by Teresa Bassett

Shy student Ruth can’t believe her luck when she is befriended by smart, popular Laura Mortoe. But on a weekend away, Laura’s façade crumbles—with tragic consequences.

 

A Wish from the Fountain by Alisia Faust

When rejected by her first crush, Stevie seeks counsel from her mysterious confidant in the fountain, but the advice she receives is not what she expected.

 

In the Name of Art and Love by Sylvia Heike

When a student couple hangs a love lock only to discover most locks stolen soon after, they must reconcile with the loss. Meanwhile, a girl in love with an artist questions the purpose of the theft they’ve committed.

 

Commando by Willow Becker

Jesse Malvino is on his way to becoming one of the great Rock Gods. Only a local talent scout, a raging principal, and an epic wardrobe malfunction stand in his way.

 

The Tasmanian Girl by S. Sadedin

Andy teams up with the class geek and his cat-eyed new girlfriend to win the science fair, but will their project literally go viral?

 

 

 

Cover Reveal for Seven Deadly Sins: PRIDE

This brand new YA anthology will go on sale April 1, 2015! Stay tuned for interviews from the authors, editors and our illustrator, Luke Spooner.

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Blog Tour for Cait Jarrod, Author

Hello, fellow romance writers and readers!

I am pleased to be a part of a blog tour for fellow author Cait Jarrod, organized by Nicole Ulery of Books N Pearls!

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I met Cait on the writing site Scribophile (where I meet most of my author friends) and immediately fell in love with her writing! So I jumped at the offer to have her as a guest. I’m going to start with a bit about Cait that I learned during her interview:

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m married to my best friend and am mother of three lovely daughters.
  2. Do you have a special place you like to write? I like to write in my study or dining room. Kinda of depends on the day and how quiet I need my surroundings.
  3. Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write? Not that I’m aware of. My family may think differently.
  4. Where do you get the ideas for your books? Most of my ideas come from a tidbit of a dream. Before I know it, I have a full plot outlined.
  5. What do you find the most challenging about writing? The marketing side!
  6. What do you think makes a good story? A plot that pulls the reader in, makes him or her feel like they’re a part of the story, and creates a plethora of emotions.
  7. What future writing plans do you have? I just finished a novella, Faith, for the Girl Code Anthology. Now, I’m writing the sequel.

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Breaking All Barriers

By Cait Jarrod

Release Date: March 13, 2015

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Can a single kiss change your life?

Businessman Cole Dunbar stays focused inventing the latest techno gadgets. When he learns of his deceased wife’s betrayal, he shuts the door on any personal relationships. There’s just one problem—the sexy Dina Wright who lives down the hall. He can’t keep her out of his thoughts and fantasies. When he sees her frightened on a New York City street, he tosses aside his reservations and reaches out to her.

Dina is high on life. Not only is she starting an advertising agency and her best friend is returning to NYC, an honest-to-God hunk is sending her spine-tingling looks. Despite past betrayals interfering, the budding romance picks up momentum, but Mother Nature spins her wrath. Amidst the chaos, Dina vanishes.

 

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Excerpt:

The doorknob twisted easily under his hand and he peeked inside.

She reclined against the back of the tub as if asleep. He thought about leaving to give her privacy, but he had the niggling sense something was off.

Kneeling on the floor beside her, he set the glasses and beads on the floor. “Dina,” he said, lightly caressing two fingers to her arm. “Sweetheart.”

The stillness and paleness of her body sent a panic through him comparable to a blazing fire. “Dina, wake up!” He didn’t raise his voice but spoke stern and loud enough to get some sort of reaction.

Still, she lay in the tub of hot water comatose.

With each passing second, his thoughts worsened to the unthinkable. Pressing two fingers to the pulse point in her neck, he held his breath.

She jolted awake, backhanding his arm. Her other hand hit her chest. Water splashed over the sides of the tub. A long moment passed before her eyes focused on him. “Geez, Cole,” she gasped. “You scared the hell out of me!”

Relief washed over him in waves, knocking him onto his butt. He chuckled, the laughter rolling out of him in such a way he couldn’t control.

 

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Wild Rose Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

Don’t miss Cait Jarrod’s other works:

 

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 About the Author:

From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one.

Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with the WWC—a great group of women, and loves a good glass of wine.

Cait’s debut novel, Kidnapped Hearts, won awards in the categories of Best Happily Ever After, Best Suspense, and Editor’s Choice. She also made the Amazon Best Sellers list.

 

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