Monday, February 6, 2017

Virtual Tour - Edge of Night: A Collection of Short Stories by Ann Gimpel

Edge of Night
A Collection of Short Stories
by Ann Gimpel
Release Date: December 2016
Publisher: Dream Shadow Press
Genre: Paranormal and Horror w/a splash of romance and scifi

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Edge of Night: A Collection of Short Stories . . .

I do enjoy an anthology. It’s a chance to read new material, visit old shorts, and/or just see what new author has become available. Well this one had a bit of a twist, in that Ann Gimpel has given further glimpses into her workings as an author on various levels of the paranormal. This collection allowed for me to get a scare, a tingle, some goosebumps, a bit of romance, and even some encounters of the otherworldly kind, both alien and supernatural. Pick-up Edge of Night an see what other fantasy, nightmares or just variety of dreams that Ann has to offer:

The Call
The Wolf Next Door
The Oracle
Three Into Two Won’t go
The Benson Hut Ghost
Darkroom
Through a Glass Darkly
A Run for Her Money
Epiphany

BLURB
Here’s a roadmap to Edge of Night. Welcome to an eclectic collection of nine short stories.

You’ve done time at the edge of night. Nail-biting, stomach-churning time filled with hissing snarls, menacing growls, the whoosh of unnatural wings, and the flash of hellfire. Time that lasts forever, but is over within seconds because time becomes unpredictable in places like that. You don’t want to stay, but it’s too fascinating—in a grisly, macabre, toe-curling kind of way—to turn your back on.

You recognize it, though. The place just at the threshold of darkness where it’s not quite safe anymore. Evil broke its bounds at the edge of night, or maybe it always ran free and we’ve been deluding ourselves all along.

Join me for nine supernatural tales. Monsters, demons, gods—fallen and otherwise—ghosts, aliens. A touch of science fiction. More than a splash of romance. From magical lands to a chilling glance into the past, Edge of Night has something to tempt everyone. Everyone who craves danger, that is. It takes guts to read the stuff woven into nightmares.

It’s a tough job, but you’re up to it.

Welcome to my world. A world where magic holds court and the dude next door just might be a demon. Or a shifter. Or an alien.
Author Info
Ann Gimpel is a USA Today bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 45 books to date, with several more planned for 2017 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren, and wolf hybrids round out her family.
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Guest Post from Ann Gimpel
Thank so much for inviting me back to guest post on your blog! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve been thinking about all the bits and pieces that make up being an Indie author here of late, so that’s what I’m going to write about today.

During the years I wrote for various publishers, I mostly wrote and edited. I did some marketing. Probably would’ve done more, but like everything else in this crazy business, enhancing my discoverability as an author has been a journey as opposed to an event I can put my finger on.

Outside of reworking all the books I got my rights back to and writing new ones to build up various series, I’ve made a real push to teach myself how to market better these last few months. Toward that end, I’ve built up my newsletter, and I’m still fine-tuning FB ads. One of the very cool plusses about my growing newsletter has been one on one contact with readers. I encourage them to email me, and I’ve made bunches of new friends. Friends who also happen to enjoy my books.

During April and May, we took our motorhome on a cross-country jaunt. One of the lovely, but totally unintended, consequences was I ended up in many parts of the U.S. where some of my readers live. I think they got a kick out of sharing their little piece of the country with me. And I got lots of grist for the mill for my books.

I tend to be visual, so if I’ve seen something, I can write about it.

Back before I wrote longer pieces, I wrote short stories. Before the holidays, I thought it might be fun to put some of those short stories into a collection, so I selected a few. Some turned out to be the beginnings of longer works, and others started and ended their lives as short stories. In all, I picked nine. Because many of my earlier works had a horror slant, I picked the creepier tales and Edge of Night was born. It’s gotten decent reviews and as I’d hoped, it’s encouraged sell through to some of my other books. From the perspective of a marketing experiment, it’s worked well.

Thanks again for hosting me, and I hope 2017 is treating you well so far.
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