Choosing to Stand Still has been accepted for publication—Again!

pexels-photo-94898Hello all,

I recently discovered that the website where my short story, “Choosing to Stand Still” was being hosted was taken down, as the literary magazine changed sites and didn’t move its archive pages. Seeing as it was without a home, and the rights to the story had long since reverted to me, I started shopping it out to see if I could find a new home for it on the web.

Mission accomplished! In August, “Choosing to Stand Still” will be published at Fiction on the Web.

I will follow up as soon as I have more information. Thanks as always for standing by me and for your unending support.

Oh, and I’m in a twitter competition—the most votes gets me further in the contest. If you like my pitch, you can vote by liking or retweet the tweet on twitter.

Thanks again for all of the wonderful things you do! You guys give me the strength to keep at it day after day.

“Blue Ice” has been accepted for publication!

martini-1117932_1920

I have some great news today! My latest short story”Blue Ice” has been accepted for publication!!

“Blue Ice” is the story of a woman forced to confront her sister’s abusive husband at the funeral ceremony being held in his honor. It’s one of my weirder stories, and I’m really excited about it.

I’ll give you a quick taste now. Here’s the opening line.

“Staring at the waxy figure resting within its polished wooden coffin, I had to wonder why the real bastards in this world always died a bit too late.”

The piece will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Corvus Review. For now, stay tuned for when the story goes up. I really can’t wait to share this one with you.

Thanks as always for remaining awesome and supportive!

“The Peace of Completion and Release” is now available! 

Hi all!

My flash fiction story, “The Peace of Completion and Release” is available at Twisted Sister Literary here. This one is very creepy and potentially triggery, so please read at your own risk.

Thanks again for all of your love and support on this incredibly packed and amazing week!

-Justine

One Headlight Has Been Published…and more!

Cover of Best New Writing 2017It has been a strangely wonderful week, and we’re only on Tuesday. 

Today, Hopewell Publications released Best New Writing 2017 for purchase on Amazon. A collection of short fiction, Best New Writing features finalists for the Gover Prize for Short Fiction. Though I didn’t  win that award, my short story, “One Headlight”, was awarded The Editor’s Choice award. 

“One Headlight” is the story of a group of high school friends coping with the loss of one of their own. You can read it and many other wonderful short stories, here.  The collection is on sale for a limited time at 99 cents. I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Thanks again for your support! 

Justine

“The Peace of Completion and Release” has been accepted for publication!

Hi all!

I’m just popping by quickly to announce that my new flash fiction story, “The Peace of Completion and Release” has been accepted for publication by Twisted Sister Literary Magazine! More details will follow as I receive them.

Thanks again, as always, for your continued support! 

With love, 

Justine

A Sad But Hopeful Announcement

Hello friends! 
Many of you may have noticed that The Order of the Key…well, it isn’t out yet. There are many reasons for that, some of which I take the blame for and some of which involved circumstances beyond my control. All of which lead me to today’s announcement. 
As of yesterday, I have ended my contract and my working relationship with Fantasy Works Publishing. It’s a very long story, as all of the really good ones are. But at the end of the day, FWP and I disagreed about the direction of my series and in the end, I had to stick by my vision for the art. 

That is not to say I don’t owe FWP and its staff and authors a huge debt, or that we end on bad terms. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the owner, the staff and the authors, and I will always be here helping to promote them. The books they produce are great books and my book is much better for knowing them. 

However, as Vince Lombardi said, “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” So, I’m rising. In the coming month, I will be tidying up the latest version of Order and putting it out there again. I’m excited about the road ahead. 

I hope to have good news for you all soon. Thanks as always for standing by me in this journey. Onto the next open door.

Justine

“One Headlight” Accepted for Publication

Four silhouettes against a sunset beach background

Hi all,

A few years ago, I wrote a short story, titled “One Headlight”, about a group of teenage friends forced to cope with the loss of one of their own.

It went through a series of edits and submissions, and I had a tough time with it. I felt it was the best short story I’d ever written, and the fact that I couldn’t find a place to publish it jabbed at my self-esteem.

But the little story that could kept going out to new publishers, kept changing, and eventually, with a little rework of the ending, it has found its place.

“One Headlight” has been accepted for publication in Best New Writing 2017, and it is a finalist for the Gover Story Prize. I will have further details on publication dates, as well as whether or not the the story takes home the big prize, but finalist is more than enough to put a big smile on my face.

More info to come! Thank you, as always, for following along with my career and for all of the love and support you send me!

Yours,

Justine