Interview with Tell-Tale Publishing

What are you working on next?
We always have something "next" here at TT Pub. We receive literally dozens of submissions on a daily basis, so just wading through the slush pile is a focus-steady activity. Of serious interest though is adding "Smashwords" to our venue lineup. We believe it will add another layer of networking and reader-reach for our authors.
Who are your favorite authors?
All the Tell-Tale Publishing authors, of course. Then we reach back to such classics as those written by the Bronte Sisters, Dickens, Yeats, Joyce, Poe, Shakespeare, Williams, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Shelly, Stoker, Tolkien, Hawthorne, Asimov, and...this could go on forever, but you get the idea.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A 10 lb Maltese named Hudson who thinks he's my boss. I guess he is, really.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Editing, keeping abreast of publishing news and business, communicating with writers, editors, financial personnel, artists, IT folks, and others with whom I do business. Sometimes I sleep. Sometimes I don't...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
They are submitted to me for reviews or publishing consideration. Sometimes a friend asks me to do a beta read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was an historical paranormal romance set in the palace and royal residences of Peter the Great and his nobles. At the time, the editor who considered it told me it was too dark. By today's standards it would be fluff.
What is your writing process?
Pantser, definitely a pantser.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Once I got past picture books, there were the Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins. If they had them, I I know I would have devoured the Goosebump books. Then as I got to like boys, I started in on Barbara Cartland. I recall loving Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe at a very young age.

The impact is easy to recall. It turned me into a lifelong reader and then a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
The author fills out a questionnaire created by the artist. Then, once the cover comes to me, if I have no immediate or radical issue with it (which is rare), it is sent to the author for input and approval.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read my friend's books and/or recommendations, and some of my long-time favorite authors, like Dean Koontz or James Rollins. I also like little daily inspirational books. I like to browse self-help books, and leaf through well-illustrated picture books (I collect world folklore and mythology).

Some of my fondest "book" memories are browsing musty old used book stores with writing buddies in St. Louis and New York City while at writing conferences.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Frankly, I usually just read them on my laptop, which is where I seem to be most of the time anyway. We do have a notepad and a kindle fire, but hubby has taken possession of those.
Published 2015-08-12.
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Red Jacaranda Leaves
Price: $2.65 USD. Words: 89,370. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In a world of magic and mysticism, peace and prosperity reins in the Akuwa and Piripiri kingdoms, however, something brews in the midst, and the wily witch doctor, the Sangoma, sees it in his visions, and will do anything to quell the threat.
Red Jacaranda Leaves
Price: $2.65 USD. Words: 89,370. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In a world of magic and mysticism, peace and prosperity reins in the Akuwa and Piripiri kingdoms, however, something brews in the midst, and the wily witch doctor, the Sangoma, sees it in his visions, and will do anything to quell the threat.
Stolen Secrets
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,880. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Offered an enormous sum by an anonymous benefactor for the acquisition of an ancient ceremonial relic, a sum that would keep the antiquities shop in Cairo her father left her afloat while she continued her own archaeological pursuits, Lady Isabella Valentine was distracted rather than tempted when the Bedouin slipped in before closing and promised her a deal she couldn't refuse.
Cowboys, Castles, and Cradles
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 59,480. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When GRACIE CASTLE agreed to be a surrogate mother to twins, she never expected to become their full-time mom. Thankfully, that’s when she discovers she inherited a large Texas ranch from a grandmother she’s never met. Clueless but desperate, she’s managing to hold her own until the babies decide to make an unexpected appearance.
Destiny's Promise
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,000. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Disa is in love with Arys, but he’s in love with Carina. Out of heartache and rage she murders them on their wedding night and vows they will never find happiness together. Now the two souls are about to reunite.
Love, Death and Other Lies
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 95,460. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
During an ill-fated girls’ night out, still reeling from the loss of her husband, Live Bestte meets a mysterious, old woman who promises to return her husband to her – for a price. It isn’t until the reanimated corpse of her late husband has begun terrorizing the hills and hollows around Julian, West Virginia, tearing flesh from bone, that Liv learns the price is her soul.
The Revolutionist
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 152,240. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground.
Dead Friends Running
Price: $3.60 USD. Words: 91,280. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
​Two friends rush off to Pennsylvania when they find out their friend who was treated for the virus ends up dead. They hope to find a way to save their best friend, who just received the same treatment in a hospital of NJ, but in their attempt they end up trying to survive another zombie attack.
Vampire Orphanage
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 63,980. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
From the author of The Forest of Bleeding Trees and other macabre fare, Patricia Mattern, comes yet another chilling tale that will have you up until way past your bedtime! Marley and Tom are the perfect couple. To see them, you may not even notice that while Tom is human, Marley is a dhamphir, a half vampire. They're just a friendly couple who want a home in the country, filled with children.
Candle in the Wind
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 140,230. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
The year is 1863. After two years of battles, the Civil War has evolved into a bloody slaughter with scarcely a town or home on both sides untouched by the tragic loss of its young men. President Abraham Lincoln has just announced the first order of "Draft" in the history of the American Republic.
Love's Prey
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 68,280. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Patricia Cooley’s dream is to escape her life in the Black Hills forever and follow her love of art into the Chicago galleries, but her exotic beauty draws the attention of any man seeing her on or off the Sioux Reservation. Her fantasy becomes a nightmare when the one man she trusts turns her into a killer and escaping means running for her very life.
Sweet Tempest
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 112,800. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Thief of hearts . . . A female of Tempest Swift's brains and beauty should be fending off suitors, not hiding in the shadows boldly robbing coaches. But lean times leave her with a family to provide for . . .
Bound to Bigfoot
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 100,190. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Joy to You and Me-At Work!
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 43,240. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who don’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace.
Bringing Forth the Dead
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 79,110. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A ceremony set in an Irish castle, surrounded by charming hamlets and rolling hills and ocean. What more idyllic setting could a Celtic Wizard want on her wedding day? Cathleen O'Brien returns to her mother's ancient family home, O'Brinnion Keep, for the much anticipated marriage to her love, Jason Tate.
Moon Dust
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 80,090. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
The luxury starliner Sovereign of the Stars makes an unscheduled and unannounced landing at Armstrong Base, mankind’s first permanent facility on the moon. Armstrong’s commander, Colonel Michael Hansen, boards the vessel and discovers the mummified remains of the passengers and crew. A single comatose survivor is found.
Xiang Shi
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 107,510. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
​In China, 4th Century AD, a new evil is emerging in the war-torn north. It strikes terror in the heart of all those unfortunate enough to encounter it, even those who survive. Seven brothers, Buddhist monks with special gifts, are determined to stop the rise and dominion of the blood-thirsty demon and his minions. Witness the evolution of the ultimate predator, Xiang Shi . . . Vampire.
Spellcast Waters
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 79,500. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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The Children of Resurrection Garden
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 80,580. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
From the Stephen King of Manitoba! Clear Vista, California is a picturesque town overlooking a tranquil bay on the Pacific. Quiet. Friendly. It’s a great place for children to grow up. That is, if they grow up.
Requiem for a Gangster
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 77,910. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ex-con Johnny Darrow is released from prison intending to go straight. But when he returns to the mean streets of his old neighborhood he quickly discovers that circumstances are against him. Unable to find honest employment and saddled with a reckless younger brother determined to pursue a criminal career as a means to escape his environment,
Blood Moon Rising
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 58,340. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Under the unnatural red glow of the full moon, Cathleen must confront the Warlock’s coven of shape-shifting witches and their Lord, The Father of Darkness. He comes to partake in the feast they prepare for him, of innocent souls. His power is growing beyond even the Cathleen’s!
Mutant
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 73,350. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The second book of the Vagrant Chronicles, Mutant, finds Logan Hall married to Shayna and living on Gliese. When Eddie Chou scrounges communication equipment and contacts the Vagrants left on Earth, he discovers there’s a new bad guy in town. A mutant called Drayvon is systematically eradicating all of the Vagrants on Earth.
Vagrant
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Multiple YA book awards! Logan Hall is a Vagrant, one of the disenfranchised living beneath the mega city of New Washington. The Vagrants have to hide from the Company who is rounding all of them up and shipping them to newly discovered planets to work in the mines.
Hello Again
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 60,200. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Bill Eisner escaped the high-powered world of dog eat dog and opened a neighborhood coffee shop. His high-maintenance girlfriend stayed behind. Finally, he thinks he’s found true happiness with the woman of his dreams. Until she’s murdered. At her funeral, Bill discovers that the woman he loved had a lot of secrets and told him a lot of lies. But does it matter? She’s gone forever. Or is she?
The Young Adult Writer's Journey
Price: $8.95 USD. Words: 59,910. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.
The Keepers Secret and Other Tales
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 66,690. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Whether it’s history itself getting lost in the stone silence of a lighthouse or the time flow of medieval armor clashing from the grave into the now of your mind, this year’s honor roll of top stories from Tell-Tale Publishing will put you up in your chair and set your pulse racing. But that’s what you want . . . isn’t it?
Secret Santa and Other Tales
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 58,570. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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Vacuity and Other Tales
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 72,900. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Dare to journey through the bloody mind of a madwoman, or escape, if you can, from an underground military compound, where secret experiments may land you on the menu.
Hunted
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,800. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Rule the Night has been destroyed. They find a place to hide at Gina’s sanctuary, La Sang Rouge, in Indianapolis. An ancient Vampire club is found and must be investigated, its members and leaders eliminated before they themselves are destroyed.
The Web Paige Chronicles
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 33,480. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Wilhelmina Evangeline Beatriz Paige is better known as “Web” to her friends because of her seemingly endless knowledge of computers. Always eager to lend a hand, she takes pride in helping the “technically-challenged” in her neighborhood as part of her “pay-it-forward” philosophy.
Deadly Waters
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 81,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.
Voodoo Child
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 63,980. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Explore the mysteries of New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras, through the eyes of three seventh graders as they search to reconnect with their parents and avoid a nasty set of bad guys.
Mrs. Murray's Ghost
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 37,060. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
It's 1967 and Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary.