A new anthology #AcceptingSubmissions #HalloweenHell

Samie Sands

Halloween Hell - High Resolution

Due to the massive success of my last Halloween Anthology, I am looking for submissions for my new anthology. Here are the details:

Theme: Anything Halloween, spooky, supernatural, paranormal, killer…go nuts!

Genre: Horror

WordCount: 500 – 15,000

Deadline– September 30th

If this is something that you’re interested in, the nitty gritty details can be found in the sample contract posted below. If you would like to submit or have any more questions, my email is lockdown@writeme.com:


To see some of the other anthologies I have compiled, check out samiesands.com/books

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Success stories in 2020!

As mentioned in my previous post, it’s difficult for me to do a quarterly report when everything is in flux due to coronavirus. This year I’ve had the following happen, making a quarterly report difficult

  • Every con or festival I was attending has been canceled or pushed back to 2021
  • Many of my anthology appearances have been put on hold
  • Several anthologies went out of print earlier than expected due to dropping sales or coronavirus
  • Many of my print releases have been put on hold/delayed

I do want to remind you the title of this post is SUCCESS STORIES meaning we’re discussing the GOOD that’s happened in 2020

Here’s the list!

Lucifer’s Lost Love: A Chaos Fusion novelette peaks at number two in new releases


Prior to this release, META- peaked at number three and The Paradox Complex peaked at number 9. Not only did Lucifer’s Lost Love peak at number two, this is also my first book to crack the top 100 in best seller! I have appeared in anthologies that have done this but Lucifer’s Lost Love is my first book to achieve this status! It peaked at #40 in one category and #72 in another!

LLL Best Sellers

Big Lick Comic Con, my only event of 2020. Also, my most successful event to date!

Due to COVID, all of my events for 2020 have been canceled or pushed back to 2021. One reason this irritates me is because my last event, Big Lick Comic Con 2020 was my most successful event to date! I more than made my money back, I sold out of several books, and I even managed to donate a decent amount to a charity.

This event also saw a first for me. I sold out of three books! I also sold the last of my copies I had of Evil Lurks and I left with only one hardcover copy of Storming Area 51. Not only that, I released a sampler book a few weeks prior as I already knew my 2020 plans included multiple digital releases. The number of people buying the sampler book was incredible!

While not a writing success story, if you know me, you know I’m a huge Batman fan. This image below is all I need


Playing Games becomes my second release to crack the Top 100!

In February, I released a standalone short story for the kindle titled “Playing Games”. This became my second release of the year to crack the Top 100 in best sellers and the top 10 in new releases!



Shout out to Terri Wilson for editing and providing the cover for “Playing Games”

Having an editor and an illustrator for all 2020 releases!

Originally, “Playing Games” was going to appear in a contemporary romance anthology. After sending it, I was told my story wasn’t romantic enough and I would no longer be appearing in the anthology. Given I had already began promoting the anthology, I knew “Playing Games” still needed to be released. I posted an open call on my personal Facebook page asking for an editor and an illustrator/cover designer for “Playing Games” and the second Chaos Fusion novelette, Cindy’s Choice. I asked for these on a Thursday. By Friday night I had an editor and an illustrator/cover designer for all my planned 2020 releases! Given a few years ago I had difficulties finding other to work with me, knowing the number of people wanting to work with me now is an incredible feeling!

Cindy’s Choice becomes my first number one!

In May I released the second Chaos Fusion novelette, Cindy’s Choice! The result was not only my third release in a row to crack the Top 100, it was also my first number one!

cindys choice number one

Since not everyone noticed the number one orange ribbon when I showed this, I did another screenshot showing Cindy’s Choice at number one!

Cindy's Choice number one

This is also my highest charting book in best sellers! This book peaked at number 7 in best sellers!

Cindys Choice Best seller

Who’s Who of Emerging Writers peaks at number one!

This is a unique anthology I’m in compared to others. I do not have a short story, poem, essay, etc. This is a reference book featuring my bio and select bibliography.


Above is the cover to the book Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020 and below is the number one status in two different countries!



The first image is it being a number one new release in United States, the second image is the book peaking at number one in Best Sellers in France!

Passing 100 subscribers on YouTube, then passing 500 two weeks later!

I was told getting my first 100 subscribers on YouTube is the most difficult! I will also admit I wasn’t posting frequently either and that caused difficulties in gaining subscribers. However, after six months I passed 100 subscribers!

100 subs email

Above is the screenshot of the email I received from YouTube congratulating me for passing 100 subscribers! Two weeks later I received another email from YouTube congratulating me for passing 500 subscribers!


I’m currently a little over 600 subscribers and I have a few videos with 1,000+ views! I’ve been posting more frequently and I’m now posting more than just book trailers!

DEMONIC BITES becomes my fourth consecutive release to crack the Top 100!

Because the third novelette in the Chaos Fusion series is still being edited, I decided to release a different title to tide everyone over. I made the decision to release the short stories that will appear in my fifth novella, Tales from the Forbidden Forest under a different banner. This banner being Demonic Bites, my first short story collection in eight years!


With Cindy’s Choice becoming a number one, I wanted to repeat that success with Demonic Bites. Sadly that did not happen. Amazon took longer to upload this release and I didn’t take into account I was releasing a book the same time as Dean Koontz and John Grisham, two of the biggest living authors. The genre Demonic Bites had the highest peak was suspense which is why I was in a category with these two heavyweights. Sadly, I did not get number one. There is some good news though! Demonic Bites peaked at number 40 in best sellers, my fourth consecutive release to become a best seller and it peaked at number four in new releases! Given Koontz and Grisham held the top two spots, I can’t complain.

This is everything that’s happened SO FAR! There are more things coming this year that I know are just as great and a few are even greater than my current achievements this year!

This is the part where I would say thank you and I am thankful for everyone that’s had a hand in my success. However, I want to end this one on a different note. I know a lot of people feel uncertain about everything with the state of the world right now. I know as quarantine was getting to me at one point as well. If you have a goal or an idea you want to go for, I say you need to go for it NOW! This year is looking to be my most successful year as a writer thus far! I’ve had four consecutive releases become best sellers with one of them becoming a number one!

I started up a YouTube channel as a way to further promote my writing as well as my friends. My goal was to have 100-200 by the end of the year and I’m already over 600 with a few of my videos have over 1,000 views! I’m in talks with a music producer to provide background music for my videos to avoid copyright claims.

Not only are my own books seeing success but I’m also still writing for anthologies. Between my own releases and anthology appearances I’ve been a part of 24 publications in 2020 with more coming!

Not only have I managed to do this, I’ve done all of this while still working a day job as I’m considered essential! I’ve gained followers, subscribers, likes, and I’m making money! If you want to pursue a goal, NOW is the time to start!

Where’s the quarterly reports?

Since 2018, I’ve upped my releases and my work content to keep my name in rotation and to get an idea of what I can write in addition to poetry. After each quarter I’ve posted “Quarterly Reports” showing what I’ve done and what I’ve announced in the last three months. This year things have been a bit different.

2020 has been a crazy year to say the least and a lot of my plans have been put in flux as a result. The last two years I’ve been doing cons and festivals. This year I’ve done one con with every other even I had planned get canceled or get pushed back to 2021. I’ve had two anthology appearances get put on hold and a few went out of print earlier than expected due to sales dropping once COVID hit. I’ve had releases change and I’ve had one book get released that I didn’t plan to release.

I can say I’ve done quite a bit this year and there have been a few success stories in 2020. I’m planning to do a “success stories in 2020 so far” post possibly next week

To those asking about me doing reviews

The last few days I’ve been bombarded with people asking me to do reviews. Many of them were asking me to review products I don’t normally review. When I said no, two of them got testy with me.

I want to say now I am personally not a fan of doing reviews and if you get an attitude with me, I am going to say NO.

To anyone insistent that I do a review, here are my guidelines.

  • I primarily do reviews for books to help my fellow writers, I have made exceptions to musicians and film makers. Anything else, contact me IN PRIVATE
  • If you are asking for something that is not one of the items above you must do one of two things:
    • Provide me with the item you want me to review
    • Pay me for doing the review
    • If you don’t do either of these, I will not do the review
  • To any writers, musicians, and film makers, I am not a fan of every type of genre. If I say no, it’s because I don’t think I’m the right one for the job.

I want to say right now, I have three short stories I’m working on, editing a novella, and getting a few of my releases ready for print. At this moment in time, unless I voluntarily say I’ll write a review, don’t expect me to take on reviews.

Right now, I don’t have the time to invest in reviews. For now, if I do a review, it will cost. I will do it for free if provided the book, album, or movie you want me to review but this will be a limited service

Demonic Bites coming June 26!

This year I have been releasing my books in small pieces digitally with print compilations coming once everything is released. I’ve currently released two of the four novelettes in Chaos Fusion. I’m arranging both halves of OMNI- and now I’m doing the same regarding my novella/short story collection Tales from the Forbidden Forest.

My newest novella is shorter than my previous novellas so I decided to have it double up as a short story collection. Given my plan for releasing material this year, I’ve decided to split the print release into two smaller digital releases. First, I’ll be releasing the short story side of the book under the name Demonic Bites

After deciding to split the book in half for the digital releases, I did an unexpected cover reveal!

Demonic Bites

I was planning to wait on releasing this but I’m still going through poems for OMNI- and the editor for The Blood Cure is working on a few projects in addition my novelette. Last week I made the announcement I would release this June 26. I also mentioned there would be a teaser trailer and a table of contents reveal.

Here’s the teaser


Also, I want to say thank you to all the new subscribers on my YouTube channel, I’ve noticed an increase in subscribers and views the last few weeks. Thank you!

Today, I announced the table of contents for the Demonic Bites portion of the book. Special thanks to Samie Sands and N.M. Brown for their contributions to Demonic Bites!

  1. The Disputer (Caim)
  2. Black Mirror (Stolas)
  3. Voyager’s Tale (Gaap)
  4. It was Only Trick or Treating (Edited by N.M. Brown)
  5. Beware the Vultures (short story version)
  6. Anzu Rediscovered (Edited by Samie Sands)
  7. I do NOT Eat Candy
  8. Beware the Vultures (Drabble Version)
  9. Doughboy (Edited by Samie Sands)
  10. It’s the End

I know that many of these have been released in one way or another but many of these are out of print (“Anzu Rediscovered”, “It was Only Trick or Treating”, and “Doughboy” being the only stories still in print). “It’s the End” and “Beware the Vultures (Story version)” are previously unreleased stories as is the drabble “I do NOT Eat Candy”.  This gave me the opportunity to release the stories for those that didn’t get a chance to read them while they were in print.

Prior to announcing this release, I thought The Blood Cure was going to be my next release. I made an incentive that I will use for this release

  • If Demonic Bites becomes a number one new release, I’ll do a video on my YouTube channel with me in front of the camera once more (likely another thank you video)
  • If Demonic Bites becomes a number one best seller, I’ll do a ten minute Q&A video

I know cover reveals have been asked for but at this moment the only covers I have yet to reveal are going to remain that way for the moment. I’ll come up with a different incentive to replace a cover reveal


Thank you to N.M. Brown and Samie Sands for your contributions to Demonic Bites and it will be available on kindle JUNE 26

A new anthology #AcceptingSubmissions

Samie Sands

Beyond the Grave - High Resolution

I am looking for submissions for my new anthology. Here are the details:

Theme: Ghosts, Supernatural, Demonic, Beyond the Grave

Genre: Horror

Word Count: 500 – 15,000

Deadline– Julhy 31st

If this is something that you’re interested in, the nitty gritty details can be found in the sample contract posted below. If you would like to submit or have any more questions, my email is lockdown@writeme.com:


To see some of the other anthologies I have compiled, check out samiesands.com/books

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Keeping my word

This is a follow-up to my last post about Cindy’s Choice being my first number one.

Prior to the release of this novelette, I had one of my most ambitious goals to date, I wanted to see this release become a number one on kindle. Having a number one of any kind has always been a long term goal but I never felt it was reachable until this year. In January, I released the first novelette in my Chaos Fusion series titled Lucifer’s Lost Love.

I didn’t do a lot of promotion on it because I already know most of my readers are just waiting for the print releases (more than half of my book sales are from print books). I wanted to have something released because my planned 2019 releases are on hold for various reasons. To my surprise, Lucifer’s Lost Love peaked at number two in new releases and cracked the Top 100 in two different categories in best sellers. It even stayed there for a bit before falling. As mentioned, my digital sales are lower than most authors so seeing this was a surprise. I decided my next release, Cindy’s Choice, I would do more promotion in hopes of scoring my first number one.

Once everything was ready to go, I asked my readers what incentives they would like from me to convince them to buy Cindy’s Choice and I got two responses more than anything else

  1. A cover reveal for my next novelette, The Blood Cure
  2. A video on my YouTube channel with me IN FRONT of the camera

I agreed to the terms and I released Cindy’s Choice. A day after its release I wake up to this

cindys choice number one

Cindy’s Choice not only became my first number one, it was also my first Top Ten Best Seller (peaking at number seven). I told everyone later that day that Monday I would do a cover reveal for The Blood Cure and Tuesday I would upload a video with me in the video.

On Monday, I did my cover reveals!


The picture above is the cover to my third novelette The Blood Cure. Artwork done by my friend Kaylee Arnold

If you noticed, I said cover reveal(s). There is a second cover

2020 Sampler 2

I released a sampler book that was an unexpected success. It was one of my better sellers at comic con, people were seeing ads for it when I didn’t pay for any ads, and people genuinely liked seeing my fiction and poetry in the same book. Prior to COVID, I had a few events books that would’ve coincided with the release of The Blood Cure. I asked Kaylee if she could do an alternate cover with this cover being the cover for 2020 Sampler 2. This will likely be my next print release and will contain the following

  • The Blood Cure
  • Reveal and sample of the fourth novelette in the Chaos Fusion series
  • “Playing Games”
  • 10-15 select poems from my upcoming poetry book OMNI-
  • Short story connected to my fifth novella Tales from the Forbidden Forest

I’ll have the link at the bottom of this article for Kaylee’s Instagram page for anyone wanting to check out more of her artwork!

I was also asked to do a video. Here is the video of me thanking everyone for helping me get my first number one

Lighting sucks, I’m currently rocking the quarantine look, and it was shot on my android phone. However, it is now my most viewed video and I’ve gained subscribers from it.

To anyone that chooses not to watch the video, I give an incentive for The Blood Cure once released:

If I get another number one new release, I’ll do another short video (likely another thank you video)

If I get a number one best seller, I’ll do a longer video (likely a Q&A video)

Right now, The Blood Cure is still being edited so no concrete release date at the moment. The current plan is to release The Blood Cure and 2020 Sampler 2 will likely be released after by a few weeks.

Again, I cannot say THANK YOU enough for giving me my first number one. Also here’s Kaylee’s Instagram page if you want to see more of her art.


Cindy’s Choice NOW AVAILABLE! My FIRST NUMBER ONE!!!!!!!!!

This post is my usual “book now available go buy it” but it is also a special post too. The book being mentioned peaked at number one in new releases, my first book to do so!

When I was deciding how to release the novelettes for Chaos Fusion I went with Lucifer’s Lost Love first because it was already edited and ready to go. Cindy’s Choice was second because it needed less editing than The Blood Cure which will be the third novelette in the series.

Before deciding to do Chaos Fusion I had plans to release a short story collection of my previously released romance stories. This story, originally called Cindy’s Wish, was going to be in this collection. Before anyone asks, this collection isn’t coming out. Three of the stories are in Next Step Novella Collection and the short stories I’m working on at the moment are not romance stories.

When deciding a romance short story collection was not the best idea, I went back to how I was going to release Lucifer’s Lost Love and realized I had a few stories on my computer that were novelette length. With my second novel not being released any time soon, a request from my readers to release more of my own material over anthology appearances, I decided to put four of my novelettes together under one banner. Release one each quarter, with the print compilation coming out with the release of the fourth novelette in the series.

I chose the name Chaos Fusion. Chaos because there is no real order to these novelettes, there is no connection between these four. Fusion because I was putting four projects together under one banner. Three of them have been previously released and were no longer available as the publishers for each of these chose to pull the book once exclusivity was over.

I decided upon doing digital releases with a print compilation because I’ve needed to increase my input on digital markets. I know the majority of you prefer print releases but digital is a growing market. This is also how I released META- which is my best selling book.

After Lucifer’s Lost Love was released, I found out my short story “Playing Games” was being pulled from an anthology. I posted on my Facebook page that I needed an editor for “Playing Games” and “Cindy’s Choice”. I also mentioned needing covers for both projects.

Terri Wilson responded immediately! She offered to do editing and covers for both projects at a price much cheaper than I expected. I agreed to her terms and within DAYS she had both covers ready and both projects fully edited. I sent her a 5K short story and a 10K novelette. If you need something affordable and fast, I highly recommend Terri!

My original plan after “Playing Games” was to release the first half of my poetry book OMNI- then release Cindy’s ChoiceOMNI- didn’t get released because I was recently asked to contribute to a poetry anthology and it resulted in me needing to write more poems.

Lucifer’s Lost Love peaked at number two in new releases (kindle short reads). This showed me that not only are people interested in my longer form projects, getting a number one is something in my grasp! Due to an issue on my end, I can’t do preorders on Kindle at the moment so I asked my readers what they would want as an incentive to buy Cindy’s Choice because I know many of my readers are planning to wait for the Chaos Fusion print book coming later this year.

I was asked of two things

  1. A cover reveal for the third novelette in the collection, The Blood Cure
  2. Post a video on my YouTube channel with me in FRONT of the camera.

I agreed and put Cindy’s Choice on kindle!


5/29/2020 I put Cindy’s Choice on kindle. When I first checked its rankings it was at:

  • #31 in short reads
  • #76 in mystery/suspense
  • #3 in new releases (short reads)

I have a few friends that have a kindle or the kindle app on their devices that don’t regularly use it. They asked me to send the link once available and I obliged! The rankings were about the same before I went to bed. 5/30/2020 I woke up to this

cindys choice number one

I’ve appeared in anthologies in the past that have peaked at number one. As far as my own releases go, this is the first time I’ve had a number one of my own! THANK YOU to everyone for buying and sharing this release! YOU buying this book, YOU sharing the link with your friends and family is what drove this book to number one! This is not only my first number one, it’s also my first book to be a TOP TEN in best sellers! The rankings were:

  • #1 new release (short reads)
  • #7 best sellers (short reads)
  • #4 new release (mystery, thriller, suspense)
  • #25 best sellers (mystery, thriller, suspense)

Since the time of me writing this, it has dropped from the top spot however, it has remained in the top 5 in new releases and has also remained in the best sellers!

Again, I can’t say this enough. Thank you to everyone for your support!

Be sure to follow Terri Wilson on Facebook

Check out her website for her upcoming appearances and contact info should you be in need of an editor/cover designer!

And be sure to pick up your copy of my latest novelette Cindy’s Choice on kindle! It’s currently 99 cents because of quarantine. Get it now because price will go up once quarantine is over.

Wingreen Uprising, One of Us, and the creation of the #WingreenSaga

This post is normally the book is now available, go buy it post. The post where I tell you how I wrote a story, it’s appearance in an anthology, and the book cover/link to buy. This post is a little different because this story is part of a series of stories I’ve written or am currently writing.

Early 2019, after writing short stories for three anthologies compiled by Samie Sands (Evil LurksPandemic, and After: Undead Wars), Samie announced three more open calls; Love HurtsMalediction, and this one, One of Us

When Samie announced her next three open calls were for twisted romance, curses, and cults; I already knew I was going to send her my pizza warlock stories for curses (later titled Malediction), I was going to pass on twisted romance (later titled Love Hurts) because I had written a lot of romance stories; good and bad, and wanted a break. Cults anthology, I had an idea, but I needed to check before doing so.

When I saw the Cults anthology I knew right away that I wanted to write a prequel to my short story “Wingreen Possession” from Ghostly Writes 2018. However, I wasn’t 100% sure on rights. I contacted Claire (head of Plaisted Publishing, publisher of Ghostly Writes 2018) to make sure I could write a story connected to “Wingreen Possession”. She responded immediately letting me know it was ok. After checking with Claire, I contacted Samie to let her know my submission is a story connected to another story of mine released by another publisher.

I informed Samie that I was writing a story connected to another story. She was not only alright with this, she asked me to include a note at the beginning of the story letting people know this story was connected to another story and to include the anthology title as well. I did as she asked, sent her my story, and received my acceptance and contract a few hours later.

“Wingreen Uprising” gave me the opportunity to flesh out the Wingreen family, reveal their haunting words to the kids in “Wingreen Possession” were true, and it gave me an opportunity to revisit one of my favorite short stories I’ve written.


After completing “Wingreen Uprising”, I was asked to write a story for a secret societies anthology (this anthology was pulled after the publishing partners had a falling out). I planted seeds for another prequel story. This time I wrote “Children of the Circle” this story is the origin story of the cult and how a preacher turns on his faith and becomes a cult leader. The plan for this story was to be released Halloween 2019.

I can tell you this story will be getting released this year in the anthology Cult Classics from JEA Press.

I have one more Wingreen story currently available, “Wingreen Reprise” that appears in Dark Moments Year One from Black Hare Press. This is a drabble, timeline wise, it takes place between “Wingreen Uprising” and “Wingreen Possession”.

GW18 cover

Ghostly Writes 2018 from Plaisted Publishing House features my story “Wingreen Possession”

Ghostly Writes 2018 Kindle (This version is FREE!)
Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018 Print

BHP Year One

Dark Moments: Year One from Black Hare Press features my drabble “Wingreen Reprise”

Dark Moments Year One is available in paperback, hardcover, and kindle!

One of Us

One of Us compiled by Samie Sands features my short story “Wingreen Uprising”

One of Us Paperback
One of Us Kindle

One of Us is now available! Be sure to check out the other stories in the Wingreen Saga

Fifth novella title reveal!

Late last year, I announced I would be releasing four books in 2020:

  • Chaos Fusion (novelette series)
    • Lucifer’s Lost Love (available now!)
    • Cindy’s Choice (Coming VERY soon)
    • The Blood Cure (Coming June)
    • ???? (Coming summer/fall)
  • OMNI- (Totality)
    • OMNI- (Initial Phase) coming soon
    • OMNI- (Secondary Phase) coming July
  • Bed Bugs
    • Supplement book to the MMH Productions film of the same name. Book will feature Bed Bugs script, my short stories featured in the movie (“When the Cameras Stop Rolling” and “The Boogeyman”), and a few extra goodies
  • Untitled fifth novella

Prior to today, the only hint of my fifth novella is the drabble featured in my 2020 Sampler “Beware the Vultures”. Today, I can announce the title of my fifth novella!

My fifth novella, coming later this summer is titled Tales from the Forbidden Forest, it is a supernatural/horror story with some dark humor, and it will not just be my fifth novella, it will also double up as a short story collection.

The story is takes place in the forbidden forest, a place on Earth hidden from humans, where demons can be in peace. A few demons decide to share their most recent adventures of torturing the humans amongst one another to see who once and for all is the worst demon on Earth.

My drabble “Beware the Vultures” is not part of the story. One of the demons present is a Hell Vulture, a buzzard sent from Hell to cause havoc on Earth. At the time of compiling the sampler, I was not allowed to share the Vultures segment of the story.

The plan is to release this late August/early September (have it out by Halloween). It will be the novella itself and will feature at least five short stories (I’m currently contacting a few publishers I’ve worked with to see if it’s ok to add other short stories). I’ll confirm five stories will be in this book in addition to the novella but I’m hoping it’ll have more by the time it is released.

This summer, I’ll be releasing a second sampler that will feature one of the chapters and one of the segments from the novella so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

I’ll be handling the editing on the story, currently in talks with someone regarding the cover. Right now this is likely my next to last release of 2020 (Right now, I do the the Chaos Fusion print book will be my final release of the year).

Not sure if this lives up to the hype of me not announcing the title but when I was announcing my 2020 releases, there were a few legal issues preventing me from announcing anything (it was released as a short story through another publisher that had the rights at the time). Now the rights have reverted back to me and I can tell you the plan.

Here’s everything coming in 2020

  • Chaos Fusion (novelette series)
    • Lucifer’s Lost Love (available now)
    • Cindy’s Choice (coming SOON!)
    • The Blood Cure (coming June)
    • ???? (Coming summer)
  • OMNI- (Totality) (poetry book)
    • OMNI- (Initial Phase) (SOON)
    • OMNI- (Secondary Phase) (Coming July)
  • Bed Bugs (supplement book to MMH Productions film of the same name) (Will release when movie is released)
  • Tales from the Forbidden Forest (fifth novella) (Coming August/September)