Sally Bosco

Author of Dark Fiction

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Special Halloween Blitz of a Fabulous Anthology

My short story, The Double, is in a new anthology of which I’m really proud. It’s called Hazard Yet Forward. Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology.

This anthology is special because all proceeds will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program, and my dear friend.  Donna, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.

Donna Munro

To aid Donna and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program came together to compile this massive anthology.  The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella.  In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone.

Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between.  Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur winner Meg Mims, Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias  and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

This large volume is an electronic book for the popular Kindle platform and is available for purchase through Amazon for $9.99.

For more information about the book, click Here.

To purchase Hazard Yet Forward click Here.

Help! I’ve been infected by the “looked” virus!

This is in response to a challenge from talented and all-around-cool horror writer, Stephanie Wytovich. The challenge is to find the first instance of the work “looked” in your work-in-progress and post it, along with the paragraph before and after.

This is an excerpt from my work in progress, Poisonous Garden. The premise is: Written from the point of view of a person of undeterminable gender—Poisonous Garden is a love story between Palmer, an introverted artist, and the free-spirited but mysterious Jackie who disappears abruptly just after their love reaches an intense peak.

It’s finished except for the editing.

Excerpt from Poisonous Garden:

As we climbed the staircase, I had the familiar closing-in feeling. A dragon hung from the ceiling above the staircase, threatening to swoop down. On the approach to the large dance floor, people started to look strange. Little heads and big bodies. My heart sped up and my breathing became labored.

I concentrated on holding onto Jackie’s hand. She pulled me right onto the dance floor and I became surrounded by a whirling vortex of devils, witches and vampires. I thought I was going to pass out, so I immediately put in my earplugs. That made me feel insulated from the crowd, somewhat. I’d never danced before so I didn’t know what to do, but I matched their movements and in the crush of bodies I worked through the fear. Mostly I looked into Jackie’s eyes and she pulled me through.

Doran and Tim were dancing next to us. Tim with his white-guy awkwardness. Doran just into himself doing little moves. I was okay for a while, then as more people crushed in on us it got hard to breathe again. “Jackie,” I shouted over the din of music. “I need to go outside.”

The Werecat Chronicles is now available on Kindle.

I’m really excited about my new book, The Werecat Chronicles. Werecats have been a long time fascination of mine, and I’ve been working on it for several years, trying to get it to say exactly what I want it to. All of you writers know about the excruciating job of editing. I’ve always been one who can write a book quickly then spend literally years editing it. That’s what happened with this one. I vow that the next one will come out much more quickly.

I’ve realized that the theme of most of my books has to do with teens who are outsiders. I think that’s because as a kid I felt very much like an outsider. Thankfully, though it’s bad to be different when you’re young, it’s good to be different when you’re older, so now I’m very happy with being unusual and even consider it an asset.

Kenley, the girl in my story, finds out that her parents have been holding back from telling her about her shapeshifter heritage. The’d hoped it might skip a generation as it has for other members of the family. But no. Kenley is experiencing all kinds of weird sensations, and she has nowhere to turn for help. Who comes to her aid but the dark and mysterious Luis. And why is he coming to her assistance anyway? Why indeed. You may want to read the book to find out.

Oh, did I mention that it’s only $.99?

Lynne Hansen created my awesome cover art. Thank you, Lynne!

Available as an e-book through Amazon.com. Also available in other e-book formats on Smashwords.com. The paperback version will be out soon.

Don’t have an e-reader? You can download the Kindle application and read e-books from your Mac or PC.

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Welcome!

Cevins Deadly Sin 72dpi2inThanks for checking out my website. My newest novel is Cevin’s Deadly Sin.

Who knew that a little pair of red lace panties could get him into so much trouble…

Cevin thinks that moving to a small Florida town is the worst thing that ever happened to him…until he falls for Tessa. She may be the one person who can accept his cross-dressing, but her brother Hunt’s goal is to make Cevin’s life a living hell. When Hunt “outs” him at school, Cevin has to figure out how to come to terms with his own identity in order to keep Tessa and quite possibly save his own life.

Click on my Books tab to read more about Cevin’s Deadly Sin.

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