Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Song for Sunday: Disturbed - Shout 2000

This is the kind of mood I'm in today:


This is a great cover. Better than the original, I think. (Nothing against Tears for Fears, just... Disturbed.)

Incidentally, I was in the shower, SHOUTING (appropriately) along to this and my husband didn't wake. Bloody Taurus...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A Song for Sunday: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

Because I need some seriously bumpin' music to get me through this day:


See anybody could be good to you,
You need a bad girl to blow your mind.
(lyrics by azlyrics)

Launch Day: Victim



We're all victims at some time in our lives, personal, emotional, financial, physical... Thirteen writers have explored many and various aspects of the​ word Victim and come up with a startling, sometimes moving set of stories. You're sure to empathise with some of the characters as they come to terms/lose out to their victimisation. It's a very personal theme in many ways.  The tales are dark, the writing is vivid, lose yourself in the world of Victims.




Today marks the launch of Thirteen O'Clock Press's new anthology, Victim. My short, "In My Day...", is just one of the delightfully twisted stories in this collection. Get your copy now!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Launch Day: Alternative Truths

Alternative Truths is a look at the post-election America that is, or will be, or could be. We attach no manacles to the word truth to bind it to our visions. Instead we free it to find its own way through the minds of the two dozen writers who have shared their vision of the future in either sensitively written allegorical tales such as Relics by Louise Marley, a woman who grew up bucking hay in Montana and moved on to a talented musical performer and successful novelist; or the raw humor of Adam Troy-Castro in his Q & A, which takes on the verbal veracity of Donald J. Trump.  
Jim Wright (of Stonekettle Station) imagines Trump giving the Gettysburg Address. Blaze Ward, Daniel Kimmel, Janka Hobbs and I explore dystopias. Marleen Barr and Adam Troy-Castro envision humorous, kinky, and scatological endings. What can I say? It rocks.
Today marks the release of B Cubed Press's Alternative Truths anthology, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Bob Brown. My short, "Walks Home Alone at Night" is part of this hard-hitting collection and I'm honoured to be counted among such talented authors.

"Walks Home Alone at Night" is what I would call political horror - because everything about Trump's presidency scares the living shit out of me. The story follows Meena, a third-generation Muslim American. Meena just wants to kick off her shoes and relax after an exhausting day but the men who accost her on her way home have other ideas.

Want to know what happens next? Get your copy of Alternative Truths now!





**** UPDATE ****

Wow! Alternative Truths has topped Amazon's hot new releases list!

We've got a best seller, folks!


Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday's Meme of the Week

I recently decided to go back on my decision to "stay out of it" on Facebook. Why? Because I am fucking FURIOUS about what's going on in America right now, that's why.

Since trying to keep everything political out of my newsfeed clearly didn't work, fuck it. Here we go...


Sunday, 9 April 2017

A Song for Sunday: twenty one pilots - Message Man

I'm just a little obssessed (translation: very, very) with this band at the moment.

This is the twenty one pilots song I couldn't get out of my head this weekend: 



Please use discretion
When you're messing with the message man
These lyrics aren't for everyone
Only few understand
(lyrics from: Google Play Music)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday's Meme of the Week

I don't really have a favourite this week so I'm going to share the one that was the most popular on my Facebook page:


It occurs to me that my friends are a little perverted. I like it. ;)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Acceptance #3 of 2017

My short, "Walks Home Alone at Night", has been accepted and will be part of the 'Alternative Truths' anthology.

"Walks Home Alone at Night" explores what it means to be an American woman during the Trump presidency.

These days, it doesn't take much to make the jump from horror to political satire, eh?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

What I've Been Watching: February 2017

The Evil in Us ⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Class, season 1 ⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sing ⭐⭐
Resident Evil: Final Chapter ⭐⭐⭐
SuperBowl LI ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
When Live TV Goes Horribly Wrong ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Into the Storm ⭐⭐
Black Sails, season 1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Equals ⭐⭐
An Incredible Fear of Everything ⭐
Source Code ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Suicide Squad ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (runner-up)
Deadpool ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Knight and Day 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Cure for Wellness ⭐
The Lego Batman Movie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
50 Shades of Grey ⭐⭐
Death in Paradise, season 6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This month's winner: Knight and Day. I can't get enough of this movie. It's HOT - which is weird, because, you know... Tom Cruise. Not someone who normally works for me.

What I'm into right now: action, especially spies and superheroes. Can you suggest anything good?

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Launch Day: A Long Time Dead

My second collection of short stories, 'A Long Time Dead', is now available in both print and eBook. Grab your copy today!



Where you can buy the eBook: 
Amazon: http://amzn.eu/7OBFvrH
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-time-dead-wondra-vanian/1125551692?ean=2940157584641


Where you can buy the print book: 
Amazon: http://amzn.eu/0hlowxz
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-long-time-dead-wondra-vanian/1125551692?ean=9781946072276

Where you can buy the audio book: 
Amazon: http://amzn.eu/0L9YzOX

As a special Launch Day treat, enjoy this excerpt from "The Fallibility of God":
Sometimes, rumors spread so widely – permeate society so completely – that even the poor schmucks they're about start to believe them. 
Just ask God. 
A rumor started, a long, long time ago now, that God is infallible. Perfect. Omniscient. Completely untrue, of course, but it sounded good, which is how rumors take off. 
If God were infallible, there wouldn't be floods that destroy entire towns. If he were perfect, there wouldn't be murderers and psychopaths wandering the streets. If he were omniscient, certain creatures would never have been created. 
Take zombies, for example. 
There would be no zombies today if God were as all-knowing and all powerful as the rumors would have him be. He would have seen the error of his ways, before he made them, and he would have spared the world countless centuries of fear and uncertainty. 

Launch Day: The Call/Welcome to the Dance

Thirteen O'Clock Press's double anthology feature, The Call/Welcome to the Dance, is now available!


My YA short story, "A Dance With Death" is part of this awesome antho. Get it here: http://www.horrifiedpress.com/

Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday's Meme of the Week

Let me be clear: I do not find this amusing. Terrifying. Horrifying. Butt-clenchingly frightening.

All too true.

But not amusing.


This shit is scary, y'all.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A Day at the Pictures

I love the Six Nations. Why? Well, it's not because I'm a huge rugby fan. Jay and I came to an agreement, several years ago now, that I'd get a movie day so he could go hang out with his friends and watch the match.

I'd say the agreement is skewed in my favour!

Anywho... Today was my first rugby movie day. What did I go see?




Sing is exactly what you'd expect it to be: fun and feel-good but nothing special. It's good. Just good.




Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was nostalgic. It was nice to see Claire again and to go back to the Hive.

The special effects and stunts were slick. Visually, it was stunning.

You'll notice I've refrained from giving any kind of opinion yet. I'm finding it hard to form one. I keep going back and forth between "This was good fun. I loved it!" and "What the fuck was up with that? Oh, I don't like that."

What did you think of it?

Acceptance #2 of 2017

After an incredibly slow start to the year, I feel like I'm finding my stride again.

My creepy, sexy short story, "The Night He Came", is joining Thirteen O'Clock Press's Blood anthology. Whoot!

It's a story that I fought with for a long time and never really felt comfortable enough to submit. For starters, it was in first person and that never sits well with me. So I re-wrote it in third person and gave it a new ending and... success!

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Prediction Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge

Today, I'm a happy Wondra. I just started taking part in the Prediction Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge and scored the top spot. Whoot!

It's been pointed out to me, on many occasions, that brevity is not my strong suit so sticking to such a small word limit is a real toughie for me. This'll be good practice.

I strongly suggest that all you writers join in! Go here: http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Cover Reveal: The Call/Welcome to the Dance

We have a cover for the upcoming horror anthology double feature, The Call/Welcome to the Dance:


I was a little disappointed that the two anthologies were combined into one but I do love this cover!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Acceptance #1 of 2017

Well, it took almost a month for me to get my shit together (It's been a rough mental health month.) but I've made my first three submissions for 2017 and had my first acceptance. 

*happydance* 

My short story, "In My Day...", will be appearing in Thirteen O'Clock Press's Victim anthology. To see other open calls, visit Horrified Press

What I've Been Watching: January 2017

Gilmore Girls, season 6  ⭐⭐
Star Wars: Rogue One  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Edge of Tomorrow  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sausage Party  ⭐⭐⭐
The Autopsy of Jane Doe  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (runner-up)
Stigmata  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Spectral  ⭐⭐
Looper  ⭐⭐⭐
Gilmore Girls, season 7  ⭐⭐
The Exorcist, season 1  ⭐⭐⭐
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life  ⭐⭐⭐
Columbo: How to Dial a Murder  ⭐⭐⭐
The Addams Family  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scorpion, season 2  ⭐⭐⭐
Don't Breathe  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Legend  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hotel Transylvania  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Strain, season 3  ⭐⭐⭐
After the Dark  ⭐⭐⭐
Push  ⭐⭐⭐
Into the Woods  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rezort  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 1  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 2  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Limitless  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Big Bang Theory, season 3  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Battleship  ⭐⭐⭐
We Are Still Here  ⭐⭐
Killer Legends  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This month's winner: Star Wars: Rogue One. I can't believe that, being a massive fan, it didn't occur to me that everyone was going to die until I was in love with all the characters. The feels!

What I'm into right now: SciFi, especially time travel and alien invasion. Can you recommend any good titles in this category?