Monday, April 14, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #170

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. 

Something is moving in the floor as if the carpet was water.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #169

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. 

A candle flame flickers in a strange pattern that can only be a code.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #168

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm labeling it as horror this week, but take it whatever direction you choose. 

You enter a zombie-infested 5K where the zombies are real, not made-up volunteers.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #167

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. 

You take a picture off the wall and find a secret compartment that wasn't there when you hung it.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #166

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm labeling it as horror, but take it whatever direction you choose. 

What are those hideous howls coming from that abandoned house?
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #165

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. 

You sink into your mattress as if it were quicksand.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #164

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm labeling it as science fiction, but, as always, take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun! 

An alien invasion has started, but only you see the misunderstanding and can fix it.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #163

Here is this week's speculative fiction writing prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun! 

A strange email in your inbox can't be true. But it is.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #162

Here is this week's speculative fiction prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun!

The coffee brew you're drinking imbues you with special powers.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #161

Here is this week's speculative fiction prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun!

A new rock group can control minds with their music.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #160

Here is this week's speculative fiction prompt. I'm not labeling it this week, so take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun!

A flock of birds follows you everywhere.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Free Kindle Edition of Dragon Guard

Happy Holidays, everyone! To celebrate the season, I'm going to play Santa Claus to one lucky person with my book, Dragon Guard. I'm going to gift, though Amazon, a Kindle copy of the book, a Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Adventure with plenty of zombies and other undead creatures, and even a bit o' romance! You can decide if you want to keep it for yourself or gift it to a friend or family member. I even have a preview hub set up where you can read the first four chapters (and, of course, on the above Amazon link, you can preview it, as well).

How do you win? Simple! All you have to do is post a comment in this post or retweet it on Twitter. I'll be tweeting official entry tweets over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out. Follow me here if you don't already! I'll keep the contest open until about midway Christmas Day (Pacific Standard Time). You'll need to provide me with your email address (or, if you plan on gifting it to someone else, their email address) so I can give you the link to the book, and, of course, you'll need to have a Kindle or a Kindle app to read it. You can download it here for your smartphone, iPad, PC, or whatever. I use it on my phone, and it works great!

So that's the contest. I'm only running it for a short time (2 days), so get in early. One entry per person, but if you'd like to retweet it a number of times to spread the news, I'd be grateful! Good luck, Merry Christmas, and happy reading!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Beta Readers Wanted

I've come to a point in my latest creation where I need some new eyes on it. I used to do this on Facebook, but as I am no longer playing Facebook, that won't happen. So I'm making a general call-out here to see if anyone would like to beta read for me on my newest novel. This one's a bit different in that it's an adult horror story rather than my normal YA. This one has some violence and gore, and plenty of sex (though most of it is not shown - you see the lead up and the aftermath).

The tentative title is Bound Souls, and, at the moment, it clocks in at just over 82k words. This one would be best classified as a horror story with plenty of love thrown in. Aaron Welch, a 36 year old horror novelist, falls madly in love with 18 year old college student Hannah Bailey, who more than returns the feelings. Those feelings, for both of them, seem too powerful to be real, especially since Aaron is still dealing with the death of his wife and infant son five years prior. Things intensify when Jenna, the ghost of his wife, is suddenly back in the house. And if that's not enough, there is an evil presence that not only wants to destroy Jenna's soul from even existing, but then wants to do the same to Aaron and Hannah. Find out how all their souls are bound together.

So there's the lowdown on what it's all about. Interested in giving it a beta read? I don't ask much of my beta readers. Basically, I'll send you a MS Word .doc (or .rtf if you prefer, another format, or I can even make it a .pdf if you really want), and then I'll send you a half dozen questions or so to answer. Nothing hard - basically stuff like "Did you view the characters as realistic?" "Were there any major bumps that drew you out of the story?" "Did you enjoy the story overall?" Things like that. If, instead of my questions, you'd like to send me your beta review your own way, I'm thrilled with that, too. Anything to make sure I'm on the right track here with this story. I'm also not looking for line edits - I haven't yet done that, so there are probably typos and such I haven't yet caught. If you'd like to point them out, I'd be happy for it, but it's not necessary. At this point in the process I'm mostly worried about plot, characters, and such. I'll spend plenty of time line editing later. 

I likely won't be ready to send this out until at least the beginning of January, and more likely closer to the middle of the month. I'm asking early so I can get some takers. My hope is you'll be ready to send it back to me in 4 to 6 weeks. And if you do beta read for me and complete my questionnaire (or your own version of it), I'll send you a copy of the book when it's published, be it a paperback, e-book, or whatnot (still too early in the process to promise anything concrete).

If you have any questions, or want to offer your services, please email me at ericjkrause@gmail.com. You can also, of course, comment here on this post, or hit me up on Twitter at @ericjkrause. It would be nice to set up a beta reading group to help each other out, but for now, this is the route I'm going. Any takers?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #159

Here is this week's speculative fiction prompt. I'm labeling it as fantasy this week, but, as always, take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun!

The Christmas Tree farm has more to offer than simply Christmas Trees; there's magic there.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt #158

Here is this week's speculative fiction prompt. I'm labeling it as fantasy this week, but, as always, take it whatever direction you choose. Have fun!

Your advent calendar doesn't contain chocolate each day, but something magical.
 
As always, feel free to use this in any way you choose. There's no need to give me any credit for any story you come up with. Of course, I never mind if you do give me credit for the writing prompt, but it's not necessary.