Hugo Award Nominations Open!

Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy CoverThe 2012 Hugo Award nominations are open! If you’re able to nominate an author, editor or publisher for a Hugo award, I hope you take the time to do so. The nominations end on January 31st and there’s a lot of great categories to list your favorites.

This year, I have one short story that would be eligible for a Hugo award. “Tailfeather” appeared in Apexology: Science Fiction & Fantasy along with seventeen other fine tales this past summer.

Good luck to my friends and peers in the community!

Award Nomination for Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror! Vote!

Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly HororI am pleased to announce that Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror is up for an award. The annual Preditors & Editors award committee has honored this debut anthology from FR Press to be considered for a Readers’ Choice award.

Vote for your favorite anthology in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Awards! The voting ends on January 10, 2012.

Back in 2009, Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas, featuring my short story titled “Pie” won this award. I am thrilled that this year’s anthology was included in this list. It was a nice surprise!

Win a Copy of Strange, Dead Love!

Today I participated in Lori Devoti’s 30 Days of Vampire series by talking about whether or not vampires can love. This article was written for paranormal romance readers who may not be familiar with Vampire: the Requiem. I also included some insight into my thought process for my contribution, too.

Paranormal romance is filled with tales of vampires falling in love with humans. There’s something about a creature of the night that makes our pulse quicken and our hearts pound. Steamy passion is guaranteed in the works of many authors ranging from Anne Rice to Charlaine Harris. But what about love? Can a monster who’s not only dead — but feeds on the living to survive — love? — SOURCE: Can Vampires Love? on

Visit Can Vampires Love? for your chance to win a FREE copy of Strange, Dead Love! This new release was developed by Russell Bailey and Eddy Webb. Jess Hartley, Filamena Young, and myself were the writers. Christopher Shy was the artist who created the cover.

Curious about Vampire: the Requiem but not sure where to begin? Here are some other things for you to check out!

Girl Geek Week: The Freaking Fabulous Contest!

Since no week of geek would be complete without a fabulous and fun contest, I’m having one…with prizes!

Both and have offered to sponsor a prize and I’ve decided to provide one or two of my own.

Winners get to pick the prize they want!

The Freaking Fabulous Contest

To be a part of The Freaking Fabulous Contest, all you have to do is write a blog post about something you enjoy.

Doesn’t matter who you are or where you hail from, all I ask is that you speak up about what you’re passionate about. (And no, you do NOT need to be a girl geek, either.)

A link back to my website would be appreciated, but I am not requiring that you do so to win the contest.

When your post is live, please leave a comment on this post linking to your entry and indicate what prize you want to be considered for. To make it easier to find the post, the contest will be hyper-linked on my sidebar. Prizes, along with the nitty gritty details, are listed below. Winners will be chosen at random.

Contest Details

    Monica Valentinelli will be giving away one of the following prizes:

  • a twenty-five dollar digital gift certificate to be used on or
  • a signed copy of The Zombie Feed Volume One and a handmade necklace and bracelet she designed based on the story
  • a digital copy of The Queen of Crows and a handmade set of bracelets she designed based on the character of Mahochepi
  • Please read the fine print below to find out how you can win!

      1. One Entry Per Person – Please post one entry per person, so that your fellow geeks can have an equal chance of winning a prize.
      2. Entries That Will/Won’t Be Considered – By keeping these simple guidelines in mind, you will increase your chance of winning.

        What Will Be Considered – Only entries posted from Tuesday, June 28th through midnight, Tuesday July 5th will be eligible to win. There is no limit or restriction on topics, the only requirement is that it’s something you’re passionate about.
        What Won’t Be Considered – Previously-published posts and entries that are full of harsh or foul language, overly graphic/sexual depictions or discriminatory/slang comments will be disqualified.

      3. Valid Email Address Required – When you post your comment, there’s a field to enter your email address. In order for Monica to notify the winner, please include a valid email address. This email address will not be posted publicly. She will not use your email address for any other reason other than to notify you if you’ve won.
      4. Valid U.S. Mailing Address Required – Once she’s contacted you, she will need a valid U.S. mailing address to send you your prize if you choose the prize from her. Monica will pick up the cost of shipping. If you are located outside of the U.S. and still want her stories, she’ll be happy to figure out an alternate prize that can be delivered digitally.
      5. Prizes and Notification – Monica Valentinelli will provide whichever prize, as listed above, the winner chooses within two weeks of notification. Based on the number of entries, she may award random prizes as well. Contest winners will be notified via email within one week after the contest ends.

    Good luck!

    A Fun Contest for Zombie Stories

    The Zombie Feed Volume 1Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to drop by and mention there’s a really fun contest going on right now at The Zombie Feed. To win one of two rare proof copies of The Zombie Feed, Volume 1 delivered straight to your door, all you have to do is comment on The Zombie Feed Bad-Ass Contest.

    To enter, just tell Jason about which one of us (e.g. the contributors) you’d want to be in a zombie apocalypse with and why.

    Contest just went up today, so be sure to get your entry in as soon as you can.

    Happy Zombipocalypse!

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