Fresh Blood and Dark Pages

As some of you might already know, a few days ago I found out that I’m officially in the top three in the Fresh Blood contest, the prize of which is a publishing contract with both Leisure Horror (paperback) and ChiZine Publications (limited hardcover run).

Advancing this far in the contest has been a wonderful surprise. Making the final three, this is perhaps the first time I’ve seen even the glimmer of a possibility of making it to the end. But to do that, I need to ask for your help.

This month’s round is the “scary scene” round, so if you go to their website, you can read scenes from each of the three remaining novels. You can also still see the postings from the other months including first chapters, cover copy, and author bios. Just arrow down to the bottom of the page where the contest is broken down month by month. Plus you can also see comments the judges have made on each of the novels over the months. Voting information is at the bottom of the page.

The quick how-to for voting is this: send votes to In the email’s subject line put “Fresh Blood Vote: Heart of the City.” (**Votes without this in the subject line will not be counted). One vote is allowed per unique email address. And while I really appreciate your vote, if you visit the contest site and decide you'd rather vote for one of the other two novels, I will absolutely understand.

I know so many of you have already sent in votes over the past few months and I want you all to know how very much I appreciate it. I don’t take a single one of your votes for granted.

On a second note, I wanted to take a minute to mention that Blade Red Press’s Dark Pages anthology (which contains my short story, “Neptune’s Garden”) is now available through Amazon. I just got my contributor’s copy today and it looks absolutely beautiful. Edited by Brenton Tomlinson, the anthology includes authors from all over the world.

On a personal note, I know the amount of work the editorial staff took with me to make my story the best story it could be, so I have no doubt that this is a top-notch anthology, and I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful book.


  1. You are doing so fabulously, Lisa! I really wish you luck on this next let of the contest and want to congratulate you on your inclusion in the anthology! Keep up the great work!

    (and i DO hope you'll join us for BuNoWriMo! because who DOESN'T need to add a new novel to that editing pile, ne?)

  2. You got my vote! Yours was by far the best of the scary scenes.

    (I'm a friend of the Tart's, I follow her around trying to emulate her whenever I get time)

    I am going to have to check out the rest of this here blog of yours.

  3. Huge congrats on the anthology! That is really BIG! I'm headed over to link now for the contest. I hope I can sleep tonight!

  4. Congratulations! Both accomplishments you should be proud of. I'll be sure to check out the contest and cast a vote...

  5. This is HUGE Lisa, congratulations! You have my vote :)

  6. Congrats on your contest standing!

    Wanted to stop and say hi.

    My latest inspirational postings are, “Pure Love,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Simple Gesture.”

  7. Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! Keep us posted, I'm dying to know :)

  8. I just sent in a vote for you. Good luck!

    Straight From Hel

  9. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and for your votes. I'm glad I started blogging if only for the wonderful community that I've found in doing so. You guys are terrific.

    And Hart, I think I must be crazy because June is shaping up to be a really busy month, but I'm definitely in!

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  11. Hi Lisa,

    I read your excerpt and I thought:

    1. Prophylactic should be changed.
    2. Your language was beautiful! (I was an English major with 60 hour in literature and have taught English for 24 years.)
    3. I thought the character saying can you feel it? was annoying on purpose. His light, flip mood contrasted sharply with her repulsion.
    4. I love a dark and stormy night ever since reading A Wrinkle in Time and the Highwayman and think it is the best goth out there.
    5. Your text was exciting and I did want to read on.

    Are you going to win???? When do you find out? How exciting!

  12. Congratulations - that's awesome news!

  13. I saw the email from them come through, but haven't been able to vote yet. Thanks for the reminder! I will go for a quick, scary read now. ;D


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