News From Belinda A. Allen
June 17, 2017
Pre-order “Carjack Artist” e-story for release July 14, 2017. Only at Smashwords Use Discount Coupon Code TC68U to pay 99 cents through July 23, 2017.
Jackson, a young carjacker, sticks to his simple rules until he loses a lucrative Tijuana connection and an old woman cuts him off on the freeway. His outrage and arrogance compel him to execute a complicated plan involving a Balinese mask of Rangda, an evil spirit. Jackson hopes for more happy endings and gets one at great cost.
Best, Belinda A. Allen
May 11, 2017
So thrilling to see my book Road Noise Short Stories To Thrill and Chill just listed as a new release by members of Horror Writers Association
which issues the Bram Stoker Awards each year.
Softcover print version of Road Noise now available at Booksmart in Morgan Hill, California. I’m working on opening up more avenues for purchasing the hard copy version due to several requests. In the meantime, you ebook lovers can obtain it at Smashwords.com.
Best, Belinda A. Allen
May 1, 2017
Had the best time at StokerCon 2017 on the Queen Mary. Very inspiring authors on panels who provided great wisdom and advice. I had some great conversations with fellow dark literature writers. The Bram Stoker Awards ceremony was an eye opener. Had a dream that inspired me to write a short story about attending the convention on the Queen Mary. A ghost story. It’ll be fun to write and share.
May 11, 2017
Print version of Road Noise was released and will be available exclusively at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore table at StokerCon 2017 on the Queen Mary. I’m working on a giveaway with Goodreads. If you want to participate in the giveaway you’ll have to join Goodreads which is a worldwide online bookclub.
March 5, 2017
Tell your friends, Belinda A. Allen Road Noise Short Stories To Thrill And Chill is participating in Smashwords.com annual e-book promotion. Only at smashwords.com get 50% off from March 5 – 11, 2017. Use Coupon Code RAE50 at checkout.
In celebration of Women In Horror Month, JG Flaherty a fellow member of Horror Writers and Bram Stoker Awardee, offered women horror writers to post a promotion on his Facebook page. I’ve taken him up on his offer and posted a 50% off promotion code there with links to my various social media. Thanking him for his kindness and support of women who write horror and related genres.
My first book review was posted. The reader gave a great review which I appreciate very much. You can see the review here barnesandnoble.com
December 8, 2016
Today, my e-book can now be purchased. Yay! Only took me four years to finish seventeen stories. What really helped was going almost every week to my writer’s group. Great to see the final product on-line.
You can help me by posting a review of the book on Goodreads.com and on the site where you purchase it. Another way to help is to Like the book’s Facebook page
Hope you enjoy the book. E-mail me with any constructive feedback you may have about the stories and website.
Thanks! Belinda A. Allen
November 29, 2016
Corrected book release date is now December 8, 2016. The Smashwords.com 50% off Coupon Code DP97D can be applied until December 30, 2016. Thank you for your patience. My apologies to those of you who tried to buy my book thinking it was available a week ago. Yesterday, I learned that due to pre-order publishing algorithms, it takes at least ten days after publishing date to be available for purchase. This allows time for the distributors to accommodate for sales.
Last week, it felt great to beat the official date of release by one month. What I did not know is that the pre-order date had to also be manually changed, then ten days allowed to pass. Now I know. Best to you, Belinda A. Allen
November 21, 2016
Officially published Road Noise Short Stories To Thrill and Chill. It’s available at Smashwords for purchase at 50% off using Coupon Code DP97D from December 8 until December 30, 2016.
My adventures are many for reformatting the electronic manuscript for easy upload into Smashwords Meat Grinder. Its a classy name for their fancy algorithmn to convert my Word.doc file into different electronic formats. The myriad of e-reader devices on the market should be able to properly present this e-book. Road Noise may not yet be available through the retailers such as barnesandnoble.com, kobobooks.com, or iBook just yet. The Smashwords team evaluates the book further for publication in the Premium Catalogue for release to the big retailers.
At Smashwords, you can download a sample of the first 30% of the book for free. Additionally, you can email a friend a sample of the book. Lots of opportunity to read my first collection of short stories.
If you would like to share your constructive feedback with me, contact me by email.
October 28, 2016
Welcome to Belinda A. Allen’s blog. I’ll be parking random thoughts or cogent topics here mostly about my writing process and books. If you have a topic you’d like me to address, let me know. I’ll start this blog journey with a bit about the origination of my cover art for the book Road Noise: Short Stories To Thrill & Chill.
When I was considering options for the cover art for Road Noise, I took some freeway photographs as my son and I drove to San Diego, California. My hope was that I would find the perfect skid marks where a vehicle swerved off the road into guard rails. There were hundreds of these marks, each of which told a story of unexpected direction, but unknown consequence. Many of the most incredible marks could not be captured as a single image. They originated in the far left fast lane and traversed at an almost perpendicular arc across four to five lanes and up the concrete barriers as though the vehicle took to the sky. I’ll bet you’ve seen more than a few of these in your driving lifetime.
I also collected some images of long haul trucks thinking I could place the book title along the side of a truck as though a business name. The images were just too cold and lacked the emotional content that my stories are meant to convey to the reader. I drew the cover art myself, first easily in pencil and then not so easily using the open source software GIMP2. Looking at the cover art for other e-books, I quickly realized that none of the recent ones had graphic covers. Only the graphic novels did. Maybe, some day I’ll attempt to convert some of these stories into graphic novel format. Like when I have a spare 10,000 hours of time.
Here is a photo which combined both the skid marks and a truck side. Note the buggy windshield.
My Best to You on Your Journeys. And, I hope you come back for a visit.
Belinda A. Allen