Free Story: “The Cruellest Month”

As I’ve been gearing up for the June 30th release of Waiting For A Star To Fall, I’ve been playing around with Wattpad. A sharing community for writers, it’s also a fantastic way to offer previews of your own choosing.

Currently, I’m posting the first 10 chapters of Change of Season there, one at a time.  It allows people to sample the book easily.  I’ll also be sharing the first 8 chapters of Star there very, very soon!

For now, I’ve dug a little short story out of the archives for fun.  I’ll let the link explain the full premise, but in brief:  what if Lewis Carroll was a monster?  What if Wonderland was a curse?

Check out “The Cruellest Month” at the link below, and don’t forget to add me on Wattpad!  I’m planning a few exclusives for that site.

“The Cruellest Month” on Wattpad

Original Story Contribution For Fundraiser: Support TWLOHA

Amanda Todd’s tragic suicide couldn’t have come at an eerier time.  In continued evidence that fandoms are filled with caring hearts, one of the latest fundraisers is Fandom For Suicide Awareness.

For a minimum donation of $5 to To Write Love On Her Arms, a wonderful organization I support, you will receive an extensive compilation of short stories and fanfiction from a group of talented writers.  I myself have contributed a dark mystery short story to the compilation, “The Cruellest Month”.  This story will not be available anywhere else to read for a good deal of time, and is inspired in part by the Neil Gaiman short story “October In The Chair”.  As an assignment for my students I tutored, I encouraged them to choose a month and tell a fitting story.  I chose April.

As someone who survived a suicide attempt and struggled with trauma, this is a cause that is truly important to me.  Even if you’re not interested in the entire compilation, $5 is the cost of a Starbucks latte.  If you can give more, I encourage you to do so.

To learn more about To Write Love On Her Arms, click here for their site.

To donate for the fundraiser, click here and then forward your emailed receipt to  The deadline for donations is November 1st, 2012.

More on Collide and the Change Of Season book tour will be forthcoming as well.