Monday, June 8, 2015

PURGATORY FREE DAYS (6/8, 6/9, 6/10)

Is it Christmas?

No, but I do have a free giveaway Mon, Tues, and Wed: PURGATORY!

Find out what happened to the survivors in this last installment! New to the diary trilogy? Rapture and Genesis are only 99 cents! You can download all 3 books for $1.98!!!

What are you waiting for??


“Bowers, you can’t keep me out of there. This is my case, too. We’re supposed to trust each other—”

“I do trust you, Vivian—you more than anyone else.”

“Then why are you shutting me out?”

Her safety was more important than anything to me. “I don’t like the way he looks at you.”

“He’s behind bars.”

“You were scared. I saw the look on your face.”

“I was attacked less than a week ago. But I’m fine now, Bowers.”


“Gregory.” Her hand reached for my arm.

“If I hadn’t found you outside that hospital, I don’t know what would have happened, Viv. I can’t risk your life.”

“I’m fine.”

I shook my head at her. “I’m not.” I saw the hurt in her eyes. That wasn’t my intention, but I wasn’t about to jeopardize her life. “Please, just stay away from him.”

“What do you think is going to happen?”

“Vivian, he seduced that poor woman at the school.”


“Look, I want to find Claudia. I want to find those kids.”

Then her face turned bright red—just as it did when she tore into Donovan. Only this time, it was directed at me. “I think you just want to find that woman.”

“Finding the nun is the key to solving this. I know it.”

“Bowers, you’re becoming obsessed! And evil is closing in on us. You’ve felt it! I know you have. You have Locke. You don’t need her.”

“I do.”

“Do you hear yourself? Locke may very well know Jaco’s location. He could be hiding that from you, but instead you are focusing all of your energy into finding a woman you don’t need.”

“I just want the truth.”

“Are you sure that’s all you want?”





Tuesday, June 2, 2015

E.M. Bryant Loves Shorties

If you didn't know, I write under two pen names. Lana Moon is my *published* paranormal/suspense romance lady name. She is divine, in my humble opinion, but she's going to delve into YA territory later this summer!

But E.M. Bryant came first. She is the creation of the diary trilogy, as well as some short stories. One short story, His Wrath Her Honor, was pulled earlier this year so that it can be revised and reissued.

Short stories, if I'm perfectly honest, are where my heart is these days. And I'm a firm believer that a good, strong story can be well under 100 pages...IF the plot is good and the characters believable.

Size, in my eyes, doesn't matter. It's all about plot and characters.

In today's world, it's becoming harder to find the commitment time for an epic novel. I'll get through 1 or 2 novels a year. The rest are novellas and short stories. Time--that is the key word.

So, I find myself in familiar territory now. I'm revising a story to give depth to the characters. I'm simplifying the plot. I'm making the main characters more reachable and less over-the-top. I'm learning that genuinity trumps larger than life in these short tales. And I have readers to thank for that.

As a writer, it can be difficult to see those negative reviews. But if you're going to be any kind of a success, sometimes you need to hear the harsh truth and plan accordingly. I'll admit as a writer that I'm not objective with my own work. I don't know many who are, in all honestly. I send a draft to my editor thinking "This is fucking gold! Try and find an problem!" ... and then am immediately humbled by the dashes of red ink all over the pages.

I think this is called perspective.

At any rate, it's summer. I need to write something lighter than the trilogy. This is a perfect time to get His Wrath Her Honor revised and ready for a re-boot.

If you're unfamiliar, check out the synopsis below, as well as the BRAND NEW COVER!!!

Nick is convinced he's living someone else's life. He hates the town he's been left to run. He hates the mundane existence that has become his world.  He spends his days boozing and throwing punches. The last thing he wants is to feel anything but malice.

Lonely Simone's only wish is to live in peace in the sleepy town of River Hollow. Not an easy feat when Nick Banes is your boss.  And when Simone accidentally reveals her broken heart to Nick, his intrigue quickly becomes an obsession.

Nick decides he wants Simone to feel love again...but with him. And he'll do whatever it takes to win her over.