The Ripple Effect

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT is now available on Kindle for $1.00 only!

with my story, “Cat” — a bizarre dystopian horror tale

Join over 20 authors from around the world, some of the best working in the indie fiction scene today, as they ready themselves to divulge the terrifying prophesied truth that surrounds the topic of climate change and its effects on our fragile planet.

ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to Greenpeace, so tell your friends, spread the word, and help us raise lots of money for this worthwhile cause.

xoxo

Amok is a finalist for the 2014 Aurealis Awards

Hey! What’s up? So it’s officially summertime here and I had a really awesome day. I visited my cousins in the country. Chickens, pigs, cornfields, rice fields, lemon trees and all that… and fresh air and super clean water and playing cards on the porch while sipping on the BEST. LEMONADE. EVER. I had a really wonderful time. 🙂

Also, it is with great joy that I announce the inclusion of Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction in the list of finalists for the 2014 Aurealis Awards under the Best Anthology category. Yay!!! 🙂

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My story, “Kitsune” is a part of the stellar collection and WOW this book just never ceases to make me proud!

Congratulations to all the talented authors involved and to our fantastic editor, Dominica Malcolm. ❤

xox

K.Z.

The end of times are here!

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This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
Not in a bang, but in a book.

58 flash fiction stories of the final hours. Passion, pain and horror of the end of days, all in short vignettes.

Featuring stories from:

Christine Morga, Essel Pratt, Cameron Suey, T. Fox Dunham, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mandy DeGeit, Jessica McHugh, Kristopher Kelly, E. Catherine Tobler, Jamie Lackey, George Cotronis, William R.D. Wood, Lee Clark Zumpe, Lincoln Crisler, Eryk Pruitt, Michael H. Antonio, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Steve Calvert, Rebecca J. Allred, Darcie Little Badger, Erik B. Scott, Terry M. West, Glenn Rolfe, Josh Strnad, J.A. Martin, Darryl Dawson, DJ Tyrer, Joana Eça de Queiroz, Lex T. Lindsay, Arno Hurter, Cameron Shifflet, J.P. Freeman, Marie DesJardin, Dusty Wallace, Doug Murano, Ken MacGregor, Victoria Dalpe, Kelda Crich, Pedro Iniguez, Joey Capora, S.R. Mastrantone, Damir Salkovic, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Jason Sharp, Leslianne Wilder, Jennifer Loring, Bryce Hughes, L.C. Mortimer, Rebecca Barbee, E. E. King, David Turnbull, Richard Thomas, Rose Blackthorn, K.Z. Morano, Adrian Ludens, Kenneth W. Cain, Michael Haynes, Michael Penkas

Vignettes from the End of the World

My story here is “Red Curtain” by K.Z. Morano. If you enjoy dystopian fiction, make sure to grab a copy of this book. The other writers here are really talented. I’m a big fan of some of the authors. The stories were carefully selected by the editor, Jacob Haddon.

You can get it at Amazon.com in paperback / Kindle format
Smashwords as epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
and Createspace

Thank you.

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, Now Available in Paperback!

I can’t believe it! I’ve been so busy with 100 NIGHTMARES that I failed to update everyone on this awesome anthology. Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and pre-ordered. It was a success. 🙂

I’ve started reading my contributor’s copy and I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite collections. Seriously– forget my little story– the authors here are incredibly talented and the stories are so imaginative and well-written. The first few stories wowed me and I can’t wait to read all of them. If you like sci-fi, dystopian futures and fantasy with heart, do grab a copy. Each of the stories are set in various Asia-Pacific countries– Japan, the Philippines, China, Hawaii, Malaysia, Australia, India, South Korea and so much more.

My story in this book is entitled “Kitsune” (yes, it’s the one on the lovely cover by Jun Hun Yap) and it’s actually a simple love story and a re-imagined fantasy/mythology. 🙂

The paperback version is now available on Amazon. Watch out for the Kindle version as well. xo

http://www.amazon.com/Amok-Anthology-Asia-Pacific-Speculative-Fiction/dp/0980508444/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395911685&sr=1-2&keywords=Amok

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction

GORGEOUS. It’s gorgeous!! Check out the cover of Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction designed by Jun Hun Yap

What if a man marries a vixen?

My story, “Kitsune” is included in this collection edited by Dominica Malcolm.

Amok is a compilation of speculative fiction set in various Asia-Pacific countries. Definitely an anthology to look out for!

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TO GET AMOK BEFORE ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IN APRIL CLICK HERE

10 BOOKS THAT ROCKED MY 2013

Um OK… how do I do this… I don’t normally write book reviews because honestly, I’m not very good at writing them. 🙂 Still, I can’t help but share with you the 10 books that rocked my 2013. (Yes, this post is long overdue.)

Of course this list doesn’t include the anthologies that feature my own stories, silly 🙂 But it’d be awesome if you’d also check them out. They’re under the Published Works page. I have quite a few. I’m not as prolific as I should be because I’m well… for lack of a better word, lazy. In fact, I’m probably not going to bother proofreading this post before I hit publish. 🙂 🙂

Aaanyway, I’ve received some acceptances this January, so expect a few more stories. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been focusing on horror lately. I’m still trying to find my genre. I haven’t been writing that long and you know that since you follow my blog and have been with me through this whole journey. Thank you for the support and the encouragement. And remember that if it doesn’t work out, it’s totally your fault because you filled my head with ridiculous totally unattainable dreams. lol 🙂
But seriously, my taste in books is pretty eclectic. So I’m sure you’re bound to find a gem or two on this list.

10 books that rocked my 2013 – January 2014

FANTASY

1) The Witcher: Times of contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski/ The Time of Contempt
Do you like political fantasy? Do you like monsters and mythical creatures? Action? Blood?
The Witcher Saga has always been a favorite of mine. I’ve waited patiently for YEARS for the original version to be translated to English. Dear God, FINALLY!

I love LOOOVE Geralt of Rivia.

It’s the second novel in the Witcher Saga so obviously, the story starts where the first book left off. Quality of prose may sometimes differ from the original Polish version but this one seems pretty good to me. Besides, the plot is just too damn fantastic that I don’t really care that much. Anyway, if you wanna read this, start with Blood of Elves. Or better yet, read The Last Wish first. The Last Wish is a collection of shorter stories.

HORROR

2) Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (the sequel to The Shining) but of course if you’re a horror fan, I bet you’ve already grabbed a copy.

3) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!!!! And I promise you Christmas will never be the same again.


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4) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman’s style truly resonates with me. I’d read anything that’s written by Neil Gaiman.

YA HORROR

5) The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day– Here’s the awesome thing, I got a free copy of this book from the author himself! I also won a copy of his latest novel Deep Within. Yes, Charles Day is a great guy who also happens to be a terrific writer and a Bram Stoker Award nominated author. He totally changed my mind about YA novels. Hmmn I never really liked YA. I mean, I’m an adult, right? But did I like The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief? Loved it! It was easy to read and very entertaining. Nick, the main character, was a very likeable kid. Actually, I liked all the kids in this book even the bullies and especially Nick’s sister , Samantha. They felt like real kids to me. I had the pleasure of reading this book during Halloween. This story proved to me that small-town urban legends will never die. That kind of horror is not something that one simply outgrows.

VINTAGE HORROR

6) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – Yeah I’ve seen the film. You know I’m a fan of old Hollywood movies. But I didn’t bother picking up the book until 2013. Even if you’ve seen the film, still, I recommend that you grab a copy of the book and experience the different kind of horror offered by reading the words from the pages.

NOIR HORROR

7) Roman Dalton Werewolf PI by Paul D. Brazill – “Roman Dalton is undoubtedly one of the coolest characters ever created! Love Paul D. Brazill’s writing. The language is gorgeous and the atmosphere is just perfect.” – that’s my goodreads review. I also recommend reading other books from this author because he’s really great at creating kick-ass protagonists! I also really love the humor injected in his writing. Truly brilliant.

BIZZARRO FICTION

8) Monstrosities by Jeremy C. Shipp – “Jeremy C. Shipp is awesome. Each piece in this collection is sooo good! I like his writing style and the genre is pretty hard to classify… all i know is that the stories are all highly entertaining. My favorite is “Clown Hands” – he did something with clowns that’s so original and bizarre that I ended up being fascinated by them (though i still fear them, eek.) After reading this collection, I feel like I NEED to read every story written by this author. :)” – that’s my goodreads review. It’s like when you read one story and you just know that you’re going to forever be a fan of that author.

DYSTOPIAN

9) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – you’re probably like, “whuuut, you’ve just found out about this novel?” I know right, I could kick myself! To my defense, I wasn’t even born yet when this book was first published. But my god, it was disturbing! And so beautifully written. Read it if you haven’t already.

SCIENCE FICTION

10) Giselle a short story by David Stewart , one of my blog buddies from FF- I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few stories from this author before, so I expected no less than quality content. And guess what, Giselle did not disappoint! The plot was very engaging (Seriously, who doesn’t like time travel? Especially if it’s well explained) I finished the story in one sitting. Definitely worth reading.

umm that’s it. the truth is i’ve bought a lot of books last year and read like less than 1/2 of those books.also, i’ve read a few that were…well… rubbish. i really don’t bother reviewing those books or even listing them on my goodreads/amazon. anyway, i hope you find a book that you love from this list xoxo ❤