Happy New Year!

I think if we’re being honest most of us are more than happy to see the end of 2020, am I right? It certainly wasn’t all bad, but it’s been tough for many, myself included. That being said, I achieved a great deal as an author, and am proud of my progress and accomplishments.

I wrote my first complete 50,000 word novel during NaNoWriMo! Starting out as a short story author, it was an amazing, and exhilarating experience. Being able to sit back and see that I’d written a complete story, start to finish, in 30 days was truly surreal. With two children, all my other writing commitments, family illness, and the general dramas of 2020? I am genuinely flabbergasted that I did it!

I also achieved my goal of featuring in over 100 anthologies, which was also a considerable milestone. I promised myself I was done with anthologies…but it’s a promise I can’t keep. The gorgeous Limited Edition anthologies, especially, are brilliant for compiling personal collections and growing my own universes in which my future works will be based. So you’ll definitely see a few more anthologies popping up in 2021!

To end 2020 with a proverbial ‘bang!‘ I launched the Pre-Order for “Sweet Dreams“, an eclectic horror collection. It’s a compilation of my bestselling reprints from a variety of publications, and will also feature brand new content, too! It will be available in paperback upon release, but you can PRE-ORDER THE EBOOK NOW!

Blurb: “Walk among the decaying undead, journey to the Bermuda Triangle, and experience the greatest Cthonic grudge match in history. While you’re at it, watch out for the haunted dolls, run for your life from the swarm, and beware the Gothic church that appears out of nowhere in the abandoned warehouse district of the French Quarter… Gods, demons, ghosts, monsters, and much more awaits you!
Sweet Dreams is an eclectic horror collection by Internationally Bestselling Author Zoey Xolton. It features a variety of re-prints from previous publications, as well as new tales! Sink your teeth in, drink your fill, and dream.”

Before you go off and have a brilliant 2021… don’t forget that the Limited Edition eBook only anthology “Winter Tails” awaits you, and releases at the end of January! Filled with winter themed shifter deliciousness, you’d be crazy not to grab a copy. It features my novelette “Blood & Betrayal“, which takes place in my “Nine Realms Saga” universe! PRE-ORDER THE EBOOK NOW!

And if you’re chasing a FREE festive read before the season is over, then you can’t go past the Limited Edition collection “Curse of Christmas“! This stunning anthology features my short story “Blood & Prophecy“, which also builds upon my “Nine Realms Saga” universe! ORDER FOR FREE NOW!

While you’re at it, perhaps consider sharing the holiday love, and purchasing “Mistletoes & Mayhem“, in which I feature, and whose proceeds go to the charity, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline! ORDER THE EBOOK NOW! Your donation could save a life.

Thank you so much for keeping up to date with my authorly adventures, and for subscribing to my blog. (If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) If you purchase any of the books in which my stories feature, please take the moment to leave a review, and be sure to drop by my Reader Group: Zoey’s Zealots on Facebook for surprise Cover Reveals, ARC opportunities, and other exciting news!

May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

Horror & Paranormal Romance for Christmas?

Can you believe it’s finally December? The end of 2020 is in sight! It’s been a doozy, hasn’t it? Thankfully, despite the tumultuous nature of this seemingly never-ending year, it’s been a productive and busy one for me! I succeeded in my goal of not only appearing in 100+ anthologies, but I also penned my first complete novel!

So what’s on the menu for this update? Well, first things first! I’m honoured to announce that my short story “Just Another Dead Dolly” features in Dragon Soul Press‘ upcoming Christmas themed anthology for charity “Mistletoes and Mayhem“! All proceeds from this gorgeous eBook only publication will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to help save lives over this festive season. Do your part, and enjoy some awesome reads and PRE-ORDER your copy, now!

And from Blood Song Books… “The Farmhouse Horror Duology” is now available in both eBook and paperback formats! I compiled both of these fine anthologies, and personally feature with my short story “Creep in the Cornfield” in the second volume! If you’re a collector, you’ll want to pick up these dark, and beautiful, bestsellers and add them to your virtual and physical bookshelves! Order “Harvest” and “Harvest II” today, and indulge in some rural terror for the holidays.

I’d love to remind you that the Pre-Order for the Limited Edition anthology “Winter Tails” is available, and features my novelette “Blood & Betrayal“, another tale from my “The Nine Realms Saga” universe! If you love shifters and romance, this collection is for you!

And if you’re chasing a FREE festive read, then you can’t go past the Limited Edition collection “Curse of Christmas“! This stunning anthology features my short story “Blood & Prophecy“, which also builds upon my “The Nine Realms Saga” series! Order now!

Thank you so much for keeping up to date with my authorly adventures, and for subscribing to my blog. (If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) If you purchase any of the books in which my stories feature, please take the moment to leave a review, and be sure to drop by my Reader Group: Zoey’s Zealots on Facebook for surprise Cover Reveals, ARC opportunities, and other exciting news!

PS: Don’t forget to orderFalling for Shifters” before it’s GONE for good!

May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

A Novel in 20 Days!

I can’t even begin to explain how I feel right now…but elated, exhausted, and inspired, are all fairly appropriate descriptors. I won my very first National Novel Writing Month! And being the hopeless over-achiever that I am, I did it in 20 days! For me? Learning that I could churn out a 50,000 word novel in that amount of time is just nothing short of mind-blowing. I am so, so proud of myself. And I don’t even feel bad saying so!

Even though I started “Red Creek Asylum” on the 1st of November, and finished on the 20th, I’m new to the site and hadn’t figured out how to download my official winners certificate until now. Thanks goes to my lovely friend, and fellow author, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, for cluing me in! So check out my shiny certificate! I’m going to get it printed and framed, because I am a proud nerd!

After my novel, I wrote a short story for submission to Dragon Soul Press. It’s of the Victorian steampunk persuasion. So I’ll be crossing my fingers that my little tale “Bloody Mutiny” will be accepted, and I’ll have yet another gorgeous cover to show off to you all, soon! I’ve also started prepping for a 25,000 word Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance novella that I hope to submit to traditional publisher, Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin, which is owned by HarperCollins!), in the New Year…because I’m a work horse, and I can’t help myself!

Don’t forget to DOWNLOADCurse of Christmas“, my gift to you! A FREE Limited Edition paranormal holiday themed collection to keep you busy! This stunning digital book features my short story “Blood & Prophecy“! Enjoy!

Thank you so much for keeping up to date with my authorly adventures, and for subscribing to my blog. (If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) If you purchase any of the books in which my stories feature, please take the moment to leave a review, and be sure to drop by my Reader Group: Zoey’s Zealots on Facebook for surprise Cover Reveals, ARC opportunities, and other exciting news!

May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

Lockdown Madness

I missed April’s monthly blog! (I haven’t missed a post in ages, so it’s irking my OCD! Argh.) The reason I missed it is because I’ve been incredibly busy! I feel like one of those late 80’s – early 90’s cartoons, where a character gets slapped or hit in the face with a baseball bat…and their head just spins around, and around. So you could certainly say I feel overwhelmed, and the toll on my mental health has been high…but I’ve achieved a lot! Continue reading “Lockdown Madness”

Blood & Silk

From the time of my return to writing after a long baby hiatus I have had many accomplishments of which I’m enormously proud. Each one is significant in its own way, each a stepping stone across the river to my eventual goal, my dream of becoming an author under the wings of one of the Big Five traditional publishers… Continue reading “Blood & Silk”