OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Issue 44 ‘Can You Feel It?’ | #Horror #OpenCall #ReprintsWelcome #fiction @Sirens_Call

For all of you writers out there………a wonderful publication

The Sirens Song


For the forty-fourth issue of The Sirens call eZine, we want you to make us feel the horror!

Short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry are acceptable provided they fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or be flat out creepy as hell!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • The piece must be primarily horror/dark fiction.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be bold, show us what you’ve got, and if it fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to about 35,000 sets of eyes!


Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019

Circulation:Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)

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Weekly Refection #2

Well the week has not been as productive creativity wise, but perhaps strategy wise there is some progress. I submitted one drabble and signed up to review some books. I have been working on a short story and adding a few lines here and there to a romance novella I am developing. I added a few book reviews to my blog , but need to find ways to make them catchier, as I tend to be too brief. I have been reading a lot of other bloggers to see how they find the right balance. Still learning the ropes as far as ensuring links and images fit.

Twitter tends to be a blessing and a distraction, following a lot of new people and hearing about some amazing books and anthologies. My love of television and movies also generates a lot of ideas but can be distracting, especially the news. It is a bit like watching a combination horror show, soap opera and car wreck. I am contemplating another blog devoted to media, and  learning more about industry.

My burning question right now is about mugs, wondering if other writers have a favorite, and if it brings forth any creative magic? Does it vary based on what genre you are writing in? Should I fill it with coffee, tea, wine or grey goose?

Book Review-Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright

In honor of the recent Blood Red Moon-check out my book review on Goodreads

I haven’t read a shifter novel in a while and really enjoyed this book. I forgot all about the alpha male aspects of the pack and once I just went with it, had fun. The heat level was great, the chemistry palpable and the intimacy hot….

This was author was new to me and though I read the book out of sequence, still enjoyed her style and hope to check out the other books in the Phoenix Pack series.

Celebrate with a Chai Tea-first published story

I am thrilled to say that my first short story was published by CafeLit. It is called Black Socks on the Clothesline .

I came up with the idea a long time ago when I was out for a walk on my lunch hour. The neighborhood was made up of older homes and there seemed to be a lot of older and possibly retired couples, judging by home many seemed to be home tending to the yards during office hours. There was one clothesline filled with socks and work clothes, and it made me want to know their story, so I made one of my own. I often do that when I am out for a walk or go by on the bus, noticing the new red mailbox and imagining the happiness with the new purchase followed by the frustrating install. Everyday life is rich with stories, and I am always curious what is inside the mainicured suburban homes.

Audio Book Review-Charm Me by Tena Stetler

I listened to this book as part of my Audible Romance package and really enjoyed the quick pace and intriguing characters. I fell for the hero Devlin at the same time as the heroine Summer, but who can resist a man that cooks, bakes, loves dogs and owns a cabin in the mountains. The pacing was great, the tension between them built nicely, and their family secrets were intriguing. This was my first time reading the author @TenaStetler and I look forward to checking out her other offerings. I also plan to check out the Candy Heart Series at Wild Rose Press.

The magic and supernatural elements were well integrated into the story. This would make for a great Valentine’s listen to get ready for the upcoming holiday. Clocking in at just under 2 hours, you get enough time to enjoy the romance and the wonderful setting.

Student Nurse-schools books or romance novels?

When I was attending nursing school (many moons ago) I often needed a break from my studies. Luckily the nursing residence, on the grounds of the remote psychiatric hospital grounds, had a small reading nook filled with all kinds of books and magazines , including a large collection of romance paperbacks.

Needing a break from the school books, hectic days on the care units, and often sad stories of some of our patients, I was drawn to the allure of the romance novels and the happily ever after (HEA) escape. The copies were obviously well read judging by the tattered covers and ear-marked pages.

The stories were just what I needed to help me fall asleep in my unfamiliar surroundings and reminded me of my mom, an avid reader of romance, usually historical. I still made time for schoolwork but the break was a lifesaver. I still gravitate to a romance paperback when life and work builds up, augmenting it with a romance audiobook on my walks. I am glad the books found me and still do.

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