Pizzathology Announcement (YA Pizza Anthology Call For Submissions)

EDIT: Pizza Anthology submission due date has been extended to March 18, 2016.


Happy National Pizza Day! There’s no better day to announce this, so here we go!

Do you love pizza?

Do you love YA?

Do you like to YA while you pizza or pizza while you YA?

Well, my friend, you are in the right place at the pizza-iest time. Because I am looking for submissions for a YA pizza anthology. There are a few rules, which I’ll get to below. But first, a moment of pizza please.



^ I trust her



^ Yes I do if there is pizza.




pizza-shimmy^ Pizza Shimmy


^ That one’s for Brian.


^ That one’s for me.


^ OMG where is this. I’d go.

Ahem. Anywho. Okay, details.


Pizzathology (YA Pizza Anthology) Deets

1. Anyone is welcome to submit a story. Even if I don’t know you. Even if this is your first time writing. Even if you don’t live in the US. Even if you have never eaten a pizza. Okay, maybe not the last one.

2. You must love pizza and your story must include pizza as a key element in some way.

2. Your story must be YA, as in young adult, as in I am asking that your protagonist be between 14 and 18 years old. All genders and races of main characters welcome and encouraged. All genres welcome.

3. This will be an ebook release with physical book potential as end-goal (but physical book is not a promise).

4. Word count of your story should fall between 1,000 to 4,000 words (as a guideline). A little under or over is okay, but that’s the goal.

5. If you’d like to submit a drawing or pizza art with a YA pizza fun vibe, you may.

6. Submitted a story or a drawing does not guarantee you will be selected. There will only be 10-14 stories selected. However if this is successful and popular, I will likely do more!

7. THIS IS A PAID ANTHOLOGY. If selected, you will receive $5 US dollars via Paypal. That’s right. The exact amount of a Little Caesars Hot and Ready pizza lunch combo. Yes, I chose that on purpose. Yes, I wish that I could pay you more. But you know, I have to save some money for my pizza problem…I mean…non-problem.

8. This is to be released November 12th, 2016, which is National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day. Yes, I know that is not a Tuesday and it’s not a traditional publish date but this is not a traditional anthology. So. Also, if you are submit, you agree to have everything ready and to me in a timely manner so that we can release our goods on National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day.

9. All edits will be done through Google docs.

10. Deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016.

How to Submit

1. Write your story following the guidelines above.

2. Email it to pizzathology at gmail dot com. Your subject should be: Pizzathology Submission. Please include a little bit about you, your Twitter handle (if any), and your favorite pizza type. If you have name ideas for the anthology (clever puns, pizza names, whatever) feel free to include suggestions. I love them.

3. I will review all submissions and get back to you. Please note that if your story or picture is not accepted, it’s no reflection on you or your writing style. Anthologies are a different beast as you have to choose wisely to make sure that they flow together and there is sense to them. Also, you can only accept so many people, so sometimes you have to cut stories that you really, really love because you have 4,235 good subs.


A Little About Me

I love pizza. And YA. And the XFiles.

I’m an author of YA horror novel Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1) and forthcoming series Orchard Pointe, co-authored by the amazing Brian LeTendre.

I have put out previous anthologies, The Dark Carnival (which has been an Amazon best-seller) and Halloween Night: Trick or Treat.

I have worked for several publishing houses previously as interns and paid staff. I have also ran/run two of my own small presses (Pen and Muse Press and horror only Hocus Pocus & Co. (currently closed to subs)).

My goal is to start a new genre, pizza lit. Or something because how great would it be to have one genre all about pizza?


*If you are a graphic design God or Goddess or an editor God or Goddess, and would like to volunteer your services, such as making teasers or proof-reading, or you’re just enthusiastic AF, reach out to me okay? I’d love to hear from you.*

I’m using #PizzaFriends for all pizza related things. So, let’s meet there too.

Okay. Now, go eat pizza and send me all the pizza stories. And if you have questions, please ask them below. Or just tell me your favorite types of pizza or your best pizza memory or how pizza saved you from a burning school bus.






Now and Again Playlist Inspiration and GIVEAWAY!

By now, most of you have probably heard me talk about author Jennifer Ellision’s book Now and Again. I read it recently. It’s a new adult romance novel that’s short, sweet, and lovely.

I found my new book boyfriend Cole (watch out, he’s mine).

Jennifer has written several novels including Now and Again (new adult romance), the Threats of Sky and Sea series (YA fantasy) and I hear she’s cooking up more to be released soon.

I’m a very musical person. I was in band for most of my life. I listen to music nonstop so I couldn’t help but be inspired by the love story of Cole and Em.

So here it is. My love story playlist inspired by Now and Again!

Also, scroll down to the bottom to enter to win an Amazon gift card OR free books! YESSSSSSS.




Now and Again Playlist



What do you think? What songs would you add? I’d love to hear which one is your favorite. I tend to go for a large array of music, from acoustic to rock to something in between.

Since this book was so sweet and romance-y, I tried to keep the songs light while still adding in some record of the struggles they went through as a couple.

What do you think?

Oh oh oh, and while I have you, check out this gorgeous trailer!


Now and Again Book Trailer


*wiggles eyebrows*

I know. I know. You need more information or you’ll die, right? Check it.



Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor.

All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes.

Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding?

There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation.

Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try.

And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams.

Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface.

And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.



Now and Again is available at the following locations:



Barnes and Noble







You can follow along with the rest of the tour stops below.

Here they are!


Blog Tour Stops

1/24 SUNDAY Pen and Muse Press

1/25 MONDAY Angie @ Oh, The Things I’ve Learned 

1/26 TUESDAY Pilar @ In Love With Handmade

1/27 WEDNESDAY Ali @ NA Reads

1/28 THURSDAY Rachel @ Starlight Books

1/29 FRIDAY Pen & Muse

1/31 SUNDAY – Magali @ My Dark Writing Corner

2/1 MONDAY Jolene @

2/2 TUESDAY Riki @ Miss Riki

2/4 WEDNESDAY Arie @ Arie Writes

2/5 THURSDAY Book Babes

2/8 MONDAY Paula @ The Phantom Paragrapher

2/9 TUESDAY Pen and Muse Press 



About the Author


Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Jennifer is the author of the YA fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea, as well as the New Adult contemporary novel, Now and Again.

Jennifer on Twitter

Jennifer’s Blog

Jennifer on Goodreads

Other books by Jennifer



Join the book buzz using hashtag #NowandAgain



Jennifer is giving away 3 e-copies of NOW AND AGAIN! Here’s your easy entry below via Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone!

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Cover Reveal: The Unmoving Sky by K.L. Hallum + a Giveaway

Today is a special day because I have a lovely cover reveal from one of my favorite small publishing houses. Are you ready?



The Unmoving Sky

by: K.L. Hallam


There is nothing darker than the woods, until you meet your worst fear.

Jackson Bower has a lot on his mind lately. His younger brother hasn’t been the same

since his mother’s death. His father’s drinking is out of control. Then there’s Jackson’s

girlfriend and the grief that ties them together even as it threatens to drive them apart.

He distances himself, hoping for a little perspective at the family lodge. But when their

father gets drunk and dangerous, he and his brother escape into the woods.

Night creeps in, and the rains come fast. Artie slips down a ravine. He’s wounded and

the brothers seek shelter in a cave, only to find someone else already taking refuge there.

A desperate man with plans to destroy their town.

Jackson must get him and his wounded brother out of the cave and over the mountain

to warn everyone in time. Without getting them both killed first.

Book Links:




Cover Reveal

Are you ready for the cover? Are you sure?

Here it is!

The Unmoving Sky Cover


Isn’t it gorgeous? What do you think? I’m in love with it. Absolutely love the color scheme.

Book Trailer

Check out the awesome book trailer for The Unmoving Sky!

Here are a few more details:

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Publisher: Leap Books, Shine

Release Date: May 16, 2016


Meet the Author

K.L. Hallam, an air force brat as a young child, who moved around to more schools than she can list, gathering the stories that would connect to her heart. She writes MG, YA, and short fiction, or anything she hasn’t tried, a member of SCBWI, a singer and songwriter, illustrator and mother of two teenagers.

She lives in New York City and spends her mornings writing in a Jazz club.

Follow K.L. Hallam on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and her website.



Leap Books is also running a giveaway! Enter here for a chance to win!


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Holiday Romance Alert: Celebrate Me by Kristen Strassel

One of my gorgeous, talented friends Kristen put out a book this week. She amazes me because she writes faster than almost anyone I’ve ever met and her books are fantastic. I mean just look at them, in all their glory.

I started making a list of people who should buy this book: You, Me, your brother, your dog-walker, that sexy cowboy you saw once, your Aunt Shirley, and your boss. And pretty much everyone in between.

Here’s a little more detail.



Shea Lowe has a bad reputation.

After years of throwing punches first and asking questions later, he’s hit a dead end. Notorious in Sawtooth Forest’s underground fighting ring, Shea wants out. Volunteering at Forever Home’s new farm is his only chance of getting another job on a ranch. But first, he’s got to prove that he can be trusted.

Delaney wants a voice.

Selective mutism made it sound like Delaney chose to be silent, but she didn’t choose to spend seven years locked in a cage. Forever Home is the last place she should’ve been sent for rehabilitation. But when a reckless, misunderstood werewolf treats her in a way she’s only dreamed possible, she realizes there’s no place else she’d rather be.

Delaney shows Shea that actions speak louder than words, and he vows to give her the one thing she’s never had–a joy filled Christmas with a real family. But Delaney must decide if she can accept Shea’s past if they have any chance at a future.

This is an EXPANDED VERSION of Celebrate Me (originally featured in Sugar, Spice, and Shifters)… More Shea, more Delaney, more Sawtooth Shifters! Includes deleted scenes and an alternate ending.

Get Your Copy Now!

Amazon US:
Amazon UK:
Amazon AU:
Amazon CA:


I’ve already bought my copy. Do you have yours?


Christmas Gift Ideas For the Weirdo In Your Life

Every year my brother makes a long Christmas list. It’s sorted by category and it’s filled with links so really all you have to do is click on what you want to get him, and bam, you’re already sitting at the page where you can add it to your card and buy it for him.

It’s genius really.


Me? As an adult, I’ve never really been a Christmas list person. It’s not that there is nothing that I want. But I’ve always loved the mystery of a gift. Not knowing what’s inside. Being able to see what someone saw and thought of for you. And honestly, I don’t need gifts. If I had to choose, every single time I would choose time spent with the people that I care about over gifts.

Oddly, I do not really enjoy shopping in general, but I do love shopping for Christmas gifts. I really do strive to find the perfect gift. As I’ve mentioned, I haven’t done much Christmas shopping yet. But with the shopping that I have done, I’ve found several neat gifts… something that I would like and other odd people like me. And so I thought I’d put together a list of gift ideas, for the weirdo in your life.

This person marches to the beat of their own drum. Buries their noses in books. Maybe has bright pink or blue hair, or wants it. Loves magic and mystery and scary things. Doesn’t care what other people think and certainly does not want anything mainstream. Has a lust for adventure and travel.

Here we go…


Christmas Gift Ideas For the Weirdo In Your Life


Spellbook Wallet $29.99

Check it out at ThinkGeek

Look, it’s a spell book. No wait. It’s not that at all.



Public Library Lamp $149.95

Check it out at Victorian Trading Co.

Because libraries are rad.



Clear Crystal Ball $49.95

Check it out at The Pyramid Collection

Because who doesn’t want to know the future and all that.


Crystal Cactus Manifestation Fairy Dust $18

Check it out at Urban Outfitters

Because fairy dust.


Girls Don’t Like Boys T-shirt $18

Check it out on Etsy

Because Mulder and Scully are my spirit animals.



Rest in Pizza Brooch $8

Check it out on Etsy

Because pizza.


Vintage 1980′s Goonies Thermos $25

Check it out on Etsy

Because The Goonies is the coolest movie ever.



 Creature From the Black Lagoon Enamel Pin

Check it out on Etsy

Because nothing says love like kissing a monster.


Kill-Aid Limited Edition Candle $9

Check it out on Horror Decor

Because who doesn’t want a candle reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood drink?


Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb $8

Check it out on Wild Rituals Soap Company

Because why wouldn’t you want to bathe like a mermaid?



Tell me…what do YOU really want this year? What are you buying for the weirdo in your life?


Hugs and holiday warmy things,



December 2015: Christmas Cheer and Adorn Your Website

I seriously can’t believe that it’s already December! I feel like I say that every month, but maybe it’s just because I’m getting old.

December is here and all the Christmas decorations on my Pinterest board have me feeling like:



Thankfully, unlike last year I’ve actually done a little bit of shopping already. I’ve bought something for my best friend and a few small things for family members. Every year I make a commitment to have my shopping done by December 1st, and every year I fail miserably. Have you done your shopping yet?

I’ve been wanting to redo my website lately, but I just haven’t had the time. But I did find some cool things today that I thought I’d share with you guys to adorn your website.


small-tear-heart I discovered this AMAZING WordPress theme called BOSS LADY from Mel over at A Prettier Web and I’m in love. Now to save my nickles and dimes to buy it!

small-tear-heart Have you guys checked out Creative Market? It’s awesome. I spent waayyyy to much time checking it out yesterday. #NoRegrets

small-tear-heart Bluchic has some of the most gorgeous WordPress themes, and they are having a sale that ends today! Check it out!

small-tear-heart Pish and Posh has a fancy and FREE feminine blog branding kit. Check it out! They also have a ton of freebies on their blog.

small-tear-heart I found some Pretty Free Social Media Icons. Check them out.

small-tear-heart AngieMakes has some fun girly freebies for your blog. You can find them here.


Do you have a favorite place to get blog freebies or beautify your webpage? I’d love to know. Feel free to share them with me in the comments below.



Christmas Cheer

I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks. I have a Christmas Spotify playlist that I dig and while I have you captive, here’s a Christmas song from the Hanson. I know, I know. You’re welcome.

Because it’s just not Christmas without Hanson.


Ho Ho Hope your week is great!



#SpookyAllYear #1! A Scary Podcast

It’s no secret that I love Faith and her genius brain, so naturally when she came up with the (amazing) way to make the entire year scary, I was SO on board with this.



#SpookyAllYear is a project run by Faith McKay at The Midnight Society to post whatever YOU think is scary, creepy weird, and join in the Blog Hop by linking your post to the site.

The details are here.

I will DEFINITELY be participating through the year. You should too! The first one is today so naturally I thought I’d kick it off with something near and dear to my heart.

Today I want to talk to you about my favorite creeptastic podcast that literally I’ve been going absolutely bonkers over, with fellow horror lovers like Jenna Lehne and other members from The Midnight Society. In fact, it’s like 90% of what Jenna and I talk about.


If you are not currently listening, YOU HAVE TO. DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO LISTEN.


Ready? Ready?


The Black Tapes podcast.




Taken from their site: The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.


You can listen to the Black Tapes Podcast for free on iTunes and other audio platforms. Get all the details and start listening now! Because IT IS FREE AND AMAZING AND CREEPY AND I AM IN LOVE WITH DR. STRAND.



Okay, so everyone go listen to it right now and if you can,  visit the other #SpookyAllYear posts! I have already and they are awesome!


Happy Scary November!


NaNoWriMo Update #1 – Orchard Pointe

Wow! We’re already a week into NaNoWriMo!


How is everyone doing?

I’m sitting happily over 20,000 as of this afternoon but if I’m being totally truthful, it’s only because my writing partner Brian LeTendre is a total beast and has been killing it on writing daily and consistently.

I wrote over 2,000 yesterday and it felt sooooo good. We had a Twitter writing party with several amazing people (thanks guys!). In one hour, we’d compiled over 10,000 words between us! One hour! I love writing sprints. It’s the best writing with others and holding yourself and your group accountable in short bursts. If you haven’t tried it, go for it! Try hashtag #WriteSprint or #AmWriting to find a group to join when you’re free!

What are you writing?

The project that Brian and I are working on is part of a series called Orchard Pointe.

It’s a cross between the XFiles meets Something Wicked This Way Comes meets The Lost Boys. And we’re in love with it!







I’m sure we’ll be revealing more details as they come but for now, we’re writing!

But first, let me just give you a little sneak peek (first draft excerpt) from Orchard Pointe #1.

NaNoWriMo Excerpt

This one is from one of my favorite characters, Kit. And remember, it’s a rough rough rough excerpt, but I love her.

“Stuff?” Kit shook her head. “Stuff? I’m performing a thankless public service here to protect nonbelievers like you and you call it stuff.” Kit reached over and took a large bite out of another donut, this one had red icing with yellow sprinkles. “One of these days you’re going to see it firsthand. Things are not always what they seem. Unexplainable things are out there. Things you can’t even imagine.” She stared at me with such intensity I had to look away.



What are you writing? Let me know in the comments below. My username is Carniehands. Add me on the NaNoWriMo site! Let’s be friends!



Lipstick and Zombies by Faith McKay is Here!

This week is a great week!



Because a good friend of mine, Faith McKay has put out her newest book, one that I’m so super duper excited about (And one that I pre-ordered the second it was available).

You don’t know how long I’ve pined for a book that mixes a little bit of


with a little bit of



So without further ado, world, meet Lipstick and Zombies (Deadly Divas, #1) by Faith McKay.


 (Deadly Divas, #1)

Lipstick & Zombies by Faith McKay

WANTED. Five girls. Must be able to sing, dance, and kill zombies.

Five unknown students are desperate to change their lives.

They know they have what it takes to become one of the Deadly Divas.

Now they just have to prove it to what’s left of the world.

Buy on Amazon

Buy on Amazon UK




Looks amazing, right? Well jump at it!


An another cool thing, right now if you subscribe to her blog, you can get the next installment in her series for FREEEEEEEE. Yes. Free. I know. It’s like Halloween trick-or-treating has come early.