That was one hell of a finish!
The good news is we won the Inkshares Horror Contest by one pre-order (138).
My bro Michael Welch came in 2nd with 137.
The bad news is no one is getting a refund.
I’m in awe of all you wonderful people. Thank you for your support.
Big shout out to Amy who called Alyssa who tossed the Hail Mary at 4:56 p.m. PDT, and pushed Murder Happens to the top for, what was it, the 8th time today?
Thank you all so much for making this happen for me.
Userphoto9 original Ruth Liz Savage · Reader · edited 9 months ago · 1 like
Way to go, Dean!!! 😘

20 minutes to go...we’re tied at order can determine the outcome


This day has come at last. The final hours of the Inkshares Horror contest. My Facebook friends are exhausted. Sorry folks. It has been a carnival thrill ride and it’s almost over. You all have to be done with me by now too!

And whatever happens at the end, thank you all for your support. And to the other contestants, I’m proud to be included with such esteemed company. Thank you for pushing so hard…I guess. And best of luck…starting tomorrow.


Let the writing time arise again and the huckstering time scab over to a distant painful memory. Looking forward to burying my introverted self into the bowels of Murder Happens, as crappy as that sounds. Amen

The End is Near…
The competition for the top 3 spots in the Inkshares Horror contest is intense. I don’t anticipate this will sway you if you haven’t bought a pre-order for Murder Happens, but I said there would be a giveaway for Emil Ferris’ MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS. It will be Tuesday evening once the contest winds up. If you do decide to support MH, you will be entered onto the list. I really enjoyed the graphic novel, and wanted to share it with you all. $40 value. Just saying.

50 (Ink)shares of Grey

Mike’s V&D and Dean’s MH are clinging together at the top, but the bromance is under threat of being torn apart. We need your support to keep it together.

Pre-order Murder Happens to keep Dean as Mike’s wingman:

Pre-order Vampire & the Dragon to keep Mike in first because he’s the hero we all want to be:

Check this out, isn’t it the sweetest thing ever? 

follow @mikexwelch & @deanfearce for bromance updates!

Doing something really scary now!

I want to pass along this Halloween treat from Joan Reginaldo. It’s a FREE story download on Amazon this weekend. The Skin is super creepy in the way of things that threaten to obliterate ones self completely.

The scary part is Joan is my editor. She’s like a bright shiny jewel that’s my secret alone. Accepting that she’s not a finite bit of magic, but an unlimited fount of creative inspiration is a hard edge I’m leaning into. It’s said that when the student is ready to ascend to the next level, the teacher will come. Here’s to Joan, my teacher and friend. Happy Halloween!

Oh, and go pre-order Murder Happens NOW!  This is not your final warning, but we’re getting close...

Murder Happens scored the Staff Syndicate for October on Inkshares which propelled the project into 1st place and gave it some cushion. Many thanks for your support! Mike’s Vampire and the Dragon is likely going to catch us, but either way, right now we own the top 2 spots. Let’s keep up the momentum. If you have any inkling to support Murder Happens, don’t be shy and pre-order today.

If we hit 110 preorders, I will raffle off a copy of Emil Ferris’ graphic novel: MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS ($39.99 value). Sometimes you just have to throw money at a challenge.

And don’t forget to get your FREE copy of GLAMS vs RED PLAIDS. Free until Sunday midnight.

Userphoto9 original Ruth Liz Savage · Reader · added 9 months ago
Awesome! Thanks, Dean!

******* FREE STUFF AT THE BOTTOM! *******

Wow, that Launchpad Contest was a wild ride. Looks like this Horror Contest might get scary too!

Like when Mike’s Vampire and the Dragon blew past me into first place. Felt good at the top for a couple days. It’s okay being his wingman. I ain’t ashamed to admit there’s a little man crush going on. Who knows, maybe we could team up for a writing project. That might be interesting. 

What do you think?

If you’re so inclined to pre-order Murder Happens, now is a good time to step up. I’ll be forever grateful to all who have supported this project...and helping me work out my mommy issues.The excerpts of Murder Happens have been getting good reviews. If you haven’t had a chance to read them—the reviews and/or the excerpts—go check them out. Really appreciate getting feedback, too.

Spent the last week working on one particular chapter. It’s deep into the book, so unlikely I’ll post it, but I can share a bit of my process. 

My day job takes up a lot of time and the huckstering for pre-orders takes up the rest. That’s my process! Oh, and checking the leaderboard constantly, that’s the biggest time suck. 

BRB…okay, still in 2nd.

Murder Happens is a complete manuscript. I finished it a few years back. Using it more as an outline and rewriting all the chapters. I squeeze in an hour or so in the evening, a day off here and there. And the weekends as much as possible around my chores…like checking the leaderboard. 

Okay…still in 2nd. 

I use Scrivener. It’s great. Also capture notes and ideas with my phone when they hit. That’s usually in the middle of the night. Without the day job, I would probably get up at 4 a.m., put in 5,000 words or so, then call it quits and binge on Netflix. Okay, probably 500 words. 

Revising never ends. I spend a lot of time on one sentence or a paragraph until it rings true. I read aloud to myself or anyone else who’ll listen. Highly recommend it. Your ear hears what your brain ignores. Sure, I make stuff up all the time, but I’m reading this update out loud right now.

As a writer, I haven’t settled on a genre yet. I’m a genre bender. But what about gender bending? I wrote a short story called Glams vs Red Plaids. I wrote it with the intention of weaving it into the larger plot line of a novel. 

The story is FREE Thursday through Sunday so grab the Kindle version and download it. It’s what I have to give now to show my appreciation for your support. 

Joan calls it dystopian biopunk. It has gender issues with a battle of the sexes, all three of them.

Fun, right?

Go check it out, doesn’t cost a thing because I’m crushing on all of you.

If you don’t like my story, then check out The Dog of Jesus that pops up when I go to the page. It’s got 176 reviews. Glams vs Red Plaids has none, so there’s that...

One more thing,  a great big shout out to Mike Ostrowski because he’s an awesome dude. His book Lost in the Fog is a crime thriller the way it should be done.

Here’s a link to Glams vs Red Plaids, go download a FREE story:

Here’s a link to Murder Happens, go pre-order:

Here’s a link to Lost in the Fog, go buy a copy:

Here’s a link to The Vampire and the Dragon, go pre-order if you already pre-ordered Murder Happens.
A man crush only goes so far :o)

Now get outta here!

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