Social Media | Buttercup of Doom ep 15

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In this episode … I define and dissect social media— why we have it, how we use it, when to nuke it. I give a 101 on the various ways to advertise without spamming on the multitude of platforms, break down intention vs reality for the big three, look at the generational preferences, and have a thought or two on the red coffee cup.

(clarification note: the “at symbol” aka “@” is used for tagging people, rather than just “hashtagging” aka “#” ideas and general subjects)

Sponsors: Kealan Patrick Burke’s SOUR CANDY — plus his Website | Facebook | Instagram

Funny Ha-Ha: Llamas with Hats

Mentions/Shoutouts: Gunner Hansen • Robert Swartwood3 Guys with Beards • Brian Keene • Dave Thomas • The Horror Show with Brian Keene • Stephano • Bob Ford • TomoJoe • Matt Blazi • twitter mentions (go follow them!) @1tortured_soul   @manwhohasitall  @thatkevinsmith @womenshumor @menshumor @conanobrien  @danieltosh

Hashtag Hell: #starbucks #dunkindonuts #nocorninsoup #facebook #twitter #myspace #googleplus #livejournal #echofon #pinterest #ello #tumblr #linkedin #bebo #youtube #vimeo #vine #snapchat #periscope #meerkat #twitch #ustream #blab #ifunny #flipbook #medium #ego #briankeeneisevil #bobfordisgonnagethim #flaxseedgravyboat #1stworldproblems #basicbitches #superchristians #catshaming #buttercupofdoom #podcast #kelliowen

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xmasemail‘Tis the season…

Now that Halloween is over, we can start talking about the fat man in the red suit, and all the kindles, iphones with kindle apps, and amazon gift cards he’s going to give away this year.

To help the elves bring you goodies, I’ll be doing a couple sales during the holiday season… if you don’t want to miss out on a sale day when it happens, make sure you sign up for my emailing list asap…



This will notify you, via email, of new blogs when posted and help keep you in the loop during the season of too much spam, xmas popups from hell, and the rest of the deluge no human can possibly keep up with. And of course, you should follow my author page on Facebook for more frequent updates!

Hope you had a great Halloween… now let’s get the turkey ready and stock up on wrapping paper.

Scares That Care Weekend

scaresthatcareScares That Care Weekend
June 27-29
at the Doubletree by Hilton
in Williambsburg, VA

Not your normal horror convention…

From the official website:

The difference between our convention and the others out there is simple: all of our proceeds will go to the families that need our assistance. “Scares That Care!” is a charitable organization, designed to bring together the fans of “all things spooky” in order to give back to the families that need it most by providing money, toys and other items to help sick children.

Delighted to be invited to be part of this movement, I will be attending the convention’s maiden voyage this weekend as a guest writer. You can find me at a table in the celebrity room where I will have the items listed below, otherwise my schedule is:

PANEL — FRIDAY   9:00pm
The More Things Change – It is said that writing and publishing have changed in the advent of the digital age. But has it really, or do the same perils and pitfalls still exist? Veteran authors Thomas Monteleone, Kelli Owen and Mary SanGiovanni are joined by newcomers Kristopher Rufty, Jonathan Janz, and Chris Jensen for a discussion on writing and selling horror in the era of Kindle. Moderated by Jacob Haddon.

Kelli Owen and Mary SanGiovanni – Reading and Q&A

And what I’ll have with me? For the first time, I will actually have my entire library with me.

Novels: Six Days, White Picket Prisons, Live Specimens
Novellas: Waiting Out Winter, The Neighborhood, Grave Wax, Survivor’s Guilt, Buried Memories, Crossroads, and my newest release, Deceiver
Collection: Black Bubbles
as well as a smattering of magazines, chaps, etc. including Fresh Blood chap with Bob Freeman & Dave Alexander, New Dawn with Robert Ford, Nate Southard and Maurice Broaddus, Dust/Divorcing The Dead dual chap with Brian Keene, and the Halloween edition of Shroud Magazine

And  brand spanking new, being unveiled at this convention, I will have: Posters!

Each of my novellas has been turned into a readable piece of artwork for your wall (limited con supplies). Posters measure 14×25.5″ with a gloss cover and UV coating. Click individual poster for larger view.



I’m excited to check out a new convention for a good cause, and hope to see you all there!

A Rose By Any Other Name…

roseBut what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
~ “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones

Well, it seems my muse is trying to deal with shit. It’s used to bleeding on the page. It’s used to borrowing my keyboard to help me process things. But apparently, there’s no way I can process certain things with blood. I need tears. An ocean full of them—found on a lovely little vacation I was offered. And after a couple weeks of conversations with the surf, feet in Caribbean waters, and many evenings with a talkative moon, my muse has lost her mind.

So rather than working on the semi-sorta-not-really sequel to Live Specimens (Floaters), or the actual sequel to Waiting Out Winter (The Hatch), or even my coming of age, going home again, dedication to a lost friend that will teeter the line of thriller and horror in a whole new way, I’m playing dodge ball with a muse harboring a romantic streak. Stupid thing. And wicked aim. She’s been covered in blood and bandages for so long, she’s blinded and has no idea how much I don’t know what to do with this.

Which means I’m doing what I’m supposed to do—shut up and write. She speaks, I type. She whispers, I type. She screams, I get the headphones and type until she quiets down. I have no choice. I know this. I’ve tried ignoring her before. It never ends well…

So the question is, if a thriller/horror writer is suddenly taking a sabbatical from the creepy and cooky, does she do so under a different name? What say ye, oh faithful readers. Would you want to know and thus read or recommend the softer side of the Gypsy? Or should I hide this under a pseudonym like the dirty secret I’m still holding onto since second grade? (It’s okay, Mrs. Johnston, I’ll never tell anyone!)

Coming soon to a bookstore near you… a new Owen book. Sorta. With a severe lack of dead bodies, blood, and including ohmygodwhatiswrongwithme romance. And the burning question isn’t even WTF anymore, it’s whether or not to use my name or give this side of the muse a new moniker. A whole different genre, different feel, different audience, different pre-readers… so the name? Hmmm… Whatcha think?



“She makes me want to believe in heaven.”  Those actually came out of my mouth after reading this book, but we’ll get back to that…

Anyone that knows me, knows Audrey Hepburn has been my favorite actress forever…and by forever I mean since I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s one Saturday afternoon as a preteen. Those on my personal facebook page know she occasionally graces the page there as my profile pic. I’ve always loved her work, and I’ve always thought she was an amazing woman. She defined grace and style, and while she wasn’t the creator of it, to me, she is synonymous with “the little black dress.”

Then I got this book for my birthday. Best birthday present ever.

I couldn’t read it right away, because I made myself a promise—finish deadlines, get through certain tasks, and then reward myself with some downtime with Audrey. I finally started it. And finished it. And found myself in tears as I closed the book.

An amazing woman, who not only survived a helluva a childhood, but experienced quite the life. And she did it, ups and downs, with style. She had more grace in her little finger than most of us have in our entire body. If I could have just half her grace on my good days, that would be awesome.

And yes, I said—I told you we’d get back there—she makes me want to believe in heaven. That’s quite the phrase coming from a known dirty rotten atheist. Why would I say that? Simple. Because if there was a heaven, there’d be a chance I could meet her someday. And any time I’m asked “if you could meet anyone” or “if you could have anyone over for dinner” she’s the answer. This book only made me wish I could meet her even more.

I haven’t done a book review in a bazillion moons (since I sold that website, nudge nudge, you know, that website), but if you’ve ever adored her movies, or thought she was a great person, or admired her for any reason whatsoever, you need to read this biography. My words can’t even do it justice. But seriously, I cried when I finished it? That’s gotta hold some water (no pun intended). Amazing read that I’ll re-read.

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Horrorfind 2012

Horrorfind Weekend 14
Aug 31 – Sept 2
Gettysburg, PA

Another school year begins, another horrorfind convention to attend. Authors, actors, halloween haunters and dealers of everything that goes bump in the night… Full information available at the website… For my part, a readings and goodies at a table.

I will have White Picket Prisons and Black Bubbles (remaining stock) with me, as well as a handful of The Neighborhood and Waiting Out Winter (remaining stock of both)… and of course, this year’s goodie (which I’m working on this weekend and is plane-safe—I learned after the 6 Days’ nails got confiscated by BWI).

Readings (all listed as in Reading Room) are as follows:

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Russell James and David Bernstein
7:30pm – 8:30pm: James Newman and Charles Colyott
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Brian Francis and Norman Prentiss

10:00am – 11:00am: Thomas F. Monteleone and Michael Laimo
11:00am – 12:00pm: John Everson and Brian Moreland
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Ronald Malfi and Mick Ridgewell
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Damien Walters Grintalis and James Chambers
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Kelli Owen and Nicole Vlachos
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Mike Aloisi and Derek Muk
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Donna Mistek and Mandy DeGeit
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Jacob Haddon and Miranda Doerfler

Come hear a tale or ten, grab some books, get signatures, and make memories… hope to see you all there!!

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