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About Mark Leslie
Proudly adopting the term "Book Nerd" for himself, Mark is a writer, editor and bookseller and is most comfortable with a pen in hand, fingers on keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book.
His first book, ONE HAND SCREAMING (2004) collected mostly previously published short stories and poetry along with a few original tales. His other fiction includes I, DEATH (2014), EVASION (2014) and A CANADIAN WEREWOLF IN NEW YORK (2016). Mark's dark fiction is often compared to "Twilight Zone" or "Black Mirror" in terms of style, exploring "what if" themes with contemporary settings that include speculative elements, gently skipping around the genres of sci-fi, horror and urban fantasy.
He is also the editor of the science fiction anthologies NORTH OF INFINITY II (2006), TESSERACTS SIXTEEN: PARNASSUS UNBOUND (2012) the horror anthology CAMPUS CHILLS (2009) as well as FICTION RIVER: EDITOR'S CHOICE (2017) and FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR (2017).
Mark's first non-fiction book, HAUNTED HAMILTON: The Ghosts of Dundurn Castle & Other Steeltown Shivers (2012) is an appreciation of his hometown told in a combination of historic journeys combined with ghostly legends. His second non-fiction paranormal title SPOOKY SUDBURY: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained (2013) is co-authored with Jenny Jelen, about the city they both grew up in. TOMES OF TERROR: Haunted Bookstores & Libraries (2014) explores the types of places Mark most loves to haunt. CREEPY CAPITAL: Ghost Stories of Ottawa & The National Capital Region (2016) explores the eerie and ghostly tales from Canada's capital city. HAUNTED HOSPITALS: Eerie Tales About Hospitals, Sanatoriums, and Other Institutions (2017) is co-authored with Rhonda Parrish.
Mark continues to publish short fiction in small press horror magazines and anthologies and most recently had stories appear in TESSERACTS SEVENTEEN (2015), FICTION RIVER: SPARKS (2016) and 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush (2016)
Born in Sudbury Ontario, Mark has courted with a serious addiction to reading and writing his entire life. He has called both Ottawa, ON and Hamilton, ON home for about a decade each and currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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Michael Andrews seems to have it all. He's a successful author and a minor celebrity living in Manhattan. It's a pretty big step up from his humble Canadian upbringing. Of course, his lycanthropy poses a bit of a challenge.
After waking up from his latest night of howling at the moon, he's naked, he's got a bullet hole in his leg, and he has a sneaking suspicion he ran into another wolf last night. A wolf that was stomping all over his home turf.
If he's going to make an evening talk show appearance to promote his latest book, he'll need to figure out what happened the previous night without letting his occasional heroics sidetrack him. Standing in his way are an agent, an ex-girlfriend, a variety of goons, and a fellow wolf encroaching on his territory.
It's just another day in the life of a polite, small-town Canadian trying to stay alive in the Big Apple.
A Canadian Werewolf in New York is a humorous thriller about an ordinary man dealing with extraordinary circumstances. If you like seeing an everyman try to "do right" no matter the odds, then you'll love this suspenseful and comedic tale of a Canadian bumpkin who happens to be part wolf.
Do you want to increase your overall sales and visibility on Kobo? Are you having trouble gaining any traction or growing your reader base outside the Kindle store? Wouldn't it be empowering not to be dependent upon a single retailer for the majority of your eBook income?
If you want to tap into the mind behind the creation of Kobo's world-class self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life, to understand both the basics and some of the complexities of the platform, then look no further.
Mark Leslie Lefebvre was the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo for six years. Kobo Writing Life was born out of his own desire as an author to establish an author-centric free publishing platform. Drawing upon insights from his years at Kobo as well as his previous two decades of bookselling, writing and publishing experience, Lefebvre shares the challenges, quirks and tricks that are important for helping you leverage Kobo's strengths to your advantage.
In this book you will learn:
- How to navigate the Kobo Writing Life dashboard as well as Kobo itself
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Killing It On Kobo is an in-depth, heart-felt and eye-opening series of insights collected in a single volume to give you full access to information and proven strategies that you can use to maximize your own sales and ultimate success selling through Kobo.
Are you a short fiction writer wondering what opportunities are open to you?
Are you a long-form fiction writer wondering if short fiction is worth the investment of your time?
Short fiction is enjoying a resurgence and provides both independently and traditionally published authors opportunities for creating income and connecting with readers.
Matty Dalrymple and Mark Leslie Lefebvre will show you where those opportunities lie and how to take advantage of them.
Traditional Publishing Market
Anthologies & Collections
Mechanics of Indy Anthologies
CONNECTING WITH READERS
Offering Your Story for Free
Flash Fiction and Micro-Fiction
When the Reader Is an Agent
Editing and Proofreading
Links and QR Codes
Being an Active Member of the Community
Create Once, Publish Everywhere
A train bound for Vermont leaves Manhattan at 11:35 AM. It takes approximately 9 hours to arrive. Sunset at the arrival destination occurs at 8:20 PM. How does Michael Andrews, a man on that train who is afflicted with a werewolf curse, resolve the fact that the math just doesn't work out in his favor? Or in favor of the young girl who is trapped, and cornered?
Michael's unequivocal desire to help usually thrusts him into the middle of tight spots. And though he has never been good at math, he is consistently good at compounding the peril in his day. On an urgent and last minute trip to help a dear friend in need, he finds someone else to help along the way.
Can Michael figure out how he'll be able to protect his young, innocent traveling companion as she tries to make her own cross-country escape from the predator who relentlessly stalks her? And does this curious child hold her own answers that can, in turn, help Michael?
In a tale that has been described as Logan meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Mark Leslie has crafted a thrill-ride that explores Michael Andrews, Alpha Wolf and Beta Human as he embarks on a life-altering road trip that sends him hurtling towards his own psyche as it brings him miles away from his familiar home territory.
Any author can get their book listed in an online catalog. But what if you want more? What if you want to rise above the digital masses and be relevant to booksellers and librarians?
In today's digital age of publishing, it's easy to get your book listed on major retail and library sites around the world. But what about:
- Attracting the attention of the curators of these sales channels?
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- Having a bookstore or library actually order and stock your print book
- Being invited to either host or participate in a live event in a bookstore or library
- Standing out as a talented and relevant professional or subject matter expert
All of these things take a bit more effort than the average creative person is willing to invest. But that's where you come in; because this type of success is reserved for the truly dedicated author like you.
With the right amount of foresight, preparation, effort, and determination, you can rise above the digital slush to a place where you and your book can stand out to exactly the right people.
This book walks you through all that you need to know in order to leverage the tools available for successfully working with both bookstores and libraries. It is derived from the author's three decades of experience in the book industry as a writer, an editor, a bookseller, and a publishing industry representative.
If you want to leverage insights into the systems and logistics associated with print, eBook and audiobook distribution to retailers and libraries, to maximize your availability in these formats as well as your overall sales and earnings, then this is the book for you.
An Author's Guide to Working with Bookstores and Libraries is a no-BS overview of the publishing industry, bookstores and libraries. It outlines the basics of what authors need to know when navigating their way through the complex print, eBook and distribution options available to authors. Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, this book provides guidance and insights to help you maximize your sales, your earnings, and your author brand.
If New York is the city that never sleeps, then L.A. is the city where you have to sleep with one eye open.
Michael Andrews learns quickly that it's not just the cut-throat world of Hollywood you need to fear. There's something deeper, darker, and far more disturbing lurking just beneath the shadows of the city, waiting for any moment of vulnerability to grab you by the throat.
An extended trip to Los Angeles to be on set for the movie adaptation of his latest novel leads Michael into a twisted and macabre underworld where he becomes entangled with an intriguing, sexy, and mysterious woman. At times she seems just what he needs in order to finally get over the unrequited love of his ex-girlfriend; but at other times, she appears to be the gateway to a Pandora's box of B-movie nightmares.
Can he trust her? Can he trust himself with her?
Michael's supernatural wolf-enhanced powers and special abilities might not be enough to survive this particular harsh and gritty jungle and the unique and deadly predators that crawl out of the shadows.
The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in music history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.
Enduring stark dystopian struggles or testing the limits of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.
2113 contains stories by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Alan Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, John McFetridge, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and Brian Hodge, as well as many other authors with their imaginations on fire.
A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up sixteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
“The stories are all strong (not surprising when you have years of good stories to pick from) and show an off-kilter sensibility that I found very fresh even after all this time. If this is a taste of what’s to come, it’s worth giving Pulphouse a look.”
—Tangent Online on Issue Zero
“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed
“Flat Bernie Saves Stanley” by Johanna Rothman
“The Conjurer of the Canvas” by Phillip McCollum
“Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of)” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Sometimes Gramma’s Gotta Cut A Bitch” by Leah R. Cutter
“Blind Eclipse” by Rob Vagle
“Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason Adams
“Visage” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Used to be Your Victim” by Stephen Couch
“The Artist, The Engineer, and The Sleeping Dog” by Robert J. McCarter
“Drumbeats” by Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart
“Just Write!” by James Gotaas
“Role of a Lifetime” by David H. Hendrickson
“Sergei’s Swan Song” by C.A. Rowland
“Vamp Until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears
But what if it were actually true? What if there was actual magic emanating from a book itself? What if a book was sentient? What if a book could actually interact in our world? What if there is something a bit more evil or sinister lurking in the pages?
What if a book doesn't just open up a world of possibilities to a reader, but, instead, brings the reader into that world? And what about the people for whom books are a central part of their lives? How do they interact with, or perhaps, include books in their magic, their schemes, their lives? How do they protect the infinite possibilities that books store and provide?
This bundle of more than 260,000 words from 10 short stories and 2 novels includes explorations of books and the world of books that include magical, supernatural, science fiction or speculative elements. Book nerds will love these tales, but that enjoyment might also come with a twist that makes you think twice about the ultimate power held by that seemingly benevolent tomb sitting on your bookshelves or lurking in your Kindle reader.
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Table of Contents
1. "Active Reader" by Mark Leslie
2. "The Page Turners" by DeAnna Knippling
3. "Clockwork Lives" by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
4. "Invasion of the Book Snatchers" by Ryan M. Williams
5. "These Chains" by Dayle A. Dermatis
6. "Guardian of the Grimoire" by Karen McCullough
7. "Quest for the Three Books" by Dawn Blair
8. "Warning! Do Not Read This Story!" by Robert Jeschonek
9. "The Story for the Letters" by Kate MacLeod
10. "Petra and the Blue Goo" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Every reader who made the delightful acquaintance of Roger Mifflin in "Parnassus on Wheels" will rejoice upon finding him in this volume the proprietor of a bookshop in Brooklyn. So realistically does this story begin that one is almost impelled to take down the telephone book to get the address of the haunted bookshop.
While much of the charm of the book lies in the character of the whimsical, bookloving Roger Mifflin and his comments on all manner of things, a gentle love story runs through the novel and an exciting bomb plot of which the bookshop becomes the tragic scene.
If you have not yet had the great joy of reading this charming book, prepare now to partake of a real mental feast -- from appetizer of mystery, through meat of information, crisp salad of romance, to dessert of humor.
This special edition contains the complete and unabridged text from the 1919 classic novel as well as a special introduction and bonus material for book-lovers by Mark Leslie, author of the 2014 book Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries which IS about the supernatural and a celebration of bookish locales around the world.
THERE'S NO LEAVING TODAY
Not when the Big Apple comes under attack from an infectious worm threatening to rot it, and the entire nation, to the core.
Michael Andrews thought he'd found the perfect woman. A companion whose own powers neutralize his werewolf curse and bringing the balance he's always wanted. But his plans on settling down and giving up the vigilante lifestyle are fleeting.
The hatred, the fear, and the monstrous attacks on innocent civilians are growing and spreading as supernatural monsters roam the city streets at night. The neo-Nazi Proud Fighters for America, aware of the special abilities that Lex possesses, track her down and plan on leveraging her powers for their own nefarious purposes.
With Michael's powers nullified in Lex's presence, the couple is forced to divide in their attempt to conquer, and Michael turns to his ex-girlfriend and her knowledge of the occult world in order to understand how to fight this rising evil.
But will two supernatural forces of good operating separately and one paranormal scholar be enough to vanquish the growing legion of evil?
Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing, places of birth, and places of hope. But with all of the varying highs and lows that are experienced in these buildings, is it any wonder when echoes linger indefinitely? How about asylums, which house some of society’s worst offenders and troubled inmates, or sanatoriums, places where the mentally and physically ill find themselves trapped, even after death?
Journey inside the history of these macabre settings and learn about the horrors from the past that live on in these frighteningly eerie tales from Canada, the United States, and around the world.