PASSING TIME BY AUTHOR ELLIE GARRATT

Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre

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 Book Blurb

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

 A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

 In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

 A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

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 Excerpt from Passing Time

 We took death for granted, you and I. We spent our lives in quiet desperation, hoping the final call would arrive later rather than sooner. Yet even though we knew the end was coming, until we met the man with the briefcase, we believed there was nothing we or anyone else could do to stop it. We were wrong.

The first time I saw him, the man who would change everything, he stood at the entrance to my office building one week before my retirement. He wore an old grey raincoat and carried the same briefcase as I, though his appeared worn around the edges through a lifetime of misuse. His face bore a myriad of lines gained through hard living. Holes caressed every edge of his clothing, and I guessed by his silver-patched hair and gait he was in his eighties or nineties. I did not know it at the time, but he’d been waiting for me. I’d passed him twice a day for thirty years and never even noticed.

“Mr. Ashby?” he asked as he placed his sinewy body in front of mine, blocking my path. He stood the same height as I, and we stared at each other like two men preparing to fight.

“Yes,” I said after a few seconds of hesitation.

He reached out a skeletal hand and I took it, though I did not know why. His skin felt cool and ash-like–as if prolonged contact might simply rub it away–and I pulled my fingers free one by one, like peeling a band-aid I feared would rip away the top layer of his skin.

“Thank you,” he said, the timbre of his voice sounding more jubilant. He turned his back to me and, with tremendous ease for a man of his age, began walking down the steps I had just assailed.

“For what?” I called after him.

He stopped for a moment and looked back. “For passing time, Mr. Ashby. Passing time.”

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 A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.

 

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Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre

Book Blurb

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

 In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

Publication date: 11th February 2013

About The Author

A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.

 

 

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Please visit Ellie’s blog on Friday 11th February, when she will be interviewing Passing Time’s cover designer, me!

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AUTHOR STEPHANIE BEERDEN

 Here follows an interview with author Stephanie Beerden. I have been fortunate to design the covers for her 2 latest books! On her blog you can now read the first chapter of De Elementen -  Het Verloren Koninkrijk in English. Read here

 

 

Short bio

My name is Stephanie Beerden, I’m 22-years-old and I live in Belgium. I got into writing because of my love for books. Ever since I was able to read, I would walk around my house and school with a book in my hand. It drove my parents and friends crazy. And because I read so many books I started thinking, ‘Hey, why don’t I try my hand at writing?’. And that’s basically how it all started.

What genres die you write?

I write Fantasy, Young Adult and Science Fiction.

What inspires you to write?

Music. Every time I play music I can see scenes of battle, romance or mystery in front of me. Every note sends my imagination into overdrive and makes me want to open my laptop and start writing. I especially enjoy listening to Amethystium, Within Temptation and Nox Arcana, because their music seems to inspire me more than any other music.

Tell me about your latest books.

Well, on the 13th of April 2012 (which is also my birthday) my first Fantasy/Young Adult book, De Elementen – Het Verloren Koninkrijk (translates to: The Elements – The Lost Kingdom) got published by Jaylen Books, a fairly young publisher in the Netherlands.

 

My book is about a girl named Arima who discovers she’s the new Lady Spirit, one of the Five Ladies of Elements destined to rule over Ilendia and the Other Lands, after the previous generation was brutally murdered by a dragon demon named Ahriman, the main antagonist of my story. It describes her journey through Ilendia and how she struggles with her new life as a Lady and the Prophecy that tells her she needs to find the other four Ladies of Elements to defeat Ahriman and bring peace back to Ilendia and the Other Lands.

After book 1 was published, I immediately started writing on book 2. Now I can’t tell you much about it, but I do hope that people will enjoy book 2 as much as they enjoyed book 1. Book 2 is set to be released somewhere in the first trimester of 2013. Readers can look on my blog for updates on book 2. 

Do you have any favorite authors? And books?

Of course, I do! My absolute favorite author is Anne Bishop. And my most favorite books are The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling . 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully I will have finished ‘The Elements series’ and started on one of the trilogies I have planned for the future. And of course I hope to get my books translated to several other languages by then. And hopefully I will be a bit more well-known. 

How important do you think the book cover is?

Very important! I think that if you don’t have the right book cover, people will think twice about reading your book. Even though people say “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, people do tend to do just that. And it’s a shame really, because I’ve read so many books – both in English and Dutch – that didn’t have a really fancy cover but turned out to be one of the greatest stories I’ve read. And I myself had the same problem, my first book cover wasn’t ‘mature’ enough for my audience and it discouraged some from reading it. But ever since I posted my new book cover (made by Ida Jansson) on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. People have responded quite positive. I’ve even had several people asking where they could go and buy a copy of my book. So yes, I do believe a good book cover is important and it will help you when you’re trying to sell your book. 

Where can the readers find you and your books on the web?

Readers can find me on

 And they can find my book on many internet bookshops like Amazon, Bol.com, Standaard Boekhandel and others and of course they can find my books on my publisher’s site http://www.jaylen-books.nl/.

Thank you for the interview Stephanie, and I hope everyone will check out her books!

 

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WELCOME TO THE BOOK COVER DESIGN BLOG!

Welcome to the first blog post on my book cover design blog.  On this blog I will put the spotlight on different aspects of cover art. Some of the topics I will look at in future blog posts are:

  • Why is the book cover so important?
  • How can you draw your potential reader’s attention?
  • How to best promote your book.
  • What information you should have before hiring a cover artist.
  • Why you should keep the cover as simple as possible.
  • The importance of typography.

My company Amygdala Design specializes in book cover design and cover art. One of the reasons that I wanted to use my competence in Graphic Design and Digital Art to create book covers is that I love to read. I want to support aspiring authors in every way that I can, and at the same time do something that I love. Therefore, Amygdala Design offers cover design and promotional packages at very affordable prices.

 Another way I support authors is that I promote my customers books on facebook, twitter, my website, deviantART, Behance, blog and other places. Often I also purchase their books.

On this blog there will also be posts about some of the authors I work with, and maybe some interviews.

I will try to provide a new blog post every Monday, so I hope you will enjoy this blog, and check in from time to time.

If you are an author and want me to promote your writing on my blog, send an email to amygdaladesign@myopera.com

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On my facebook page I have a contest where you can win a free custom made book cover. All you have to do is join my facebook page and share the contest entry on your own site. Click on the image below to go directly to the contest entry.

 

I wish you all a great writing week!

 

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