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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Another short story collection


I turned my focus from short stories to novellas and short novels a few years ago, but over time, I still wrote the odd short story. And this month I realized...I'd written enough for a new collection. So here it is--dark fiction in short bites. Most of the stories were published in short-term anthologies that didn't get much circulation and collections that are now "out of print." The title story is new.

It's available free on KU. You can purchase it here

Friday, March 3, 2023

I am struggling with a story...

 I used to write a lot of short stories. Sometimes I was really lucky and they just unspooled like gifts from the universe. Generally,  I have a starting point and an ending point and that's all I need. But I've been struggling with a dark little story since October.  I want to finish it so I can complete a new collection of short stories. It's the title story, so I can't just leave it out.

But I've been thinking about how lucky I am that I can still write. I know a woman, multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, creative writng teacher, would-be novelist. She's younger than I am, somewhere in her early 40s,  I think, although she might be younger. She's got an eye for photography. She can paint. But since contractng long covid, she can't hold a thought in her head. 

She's extremely frustrated and has simply quit writing until she has her memory back. And of course, she has that niggling fear--what if I never get it back?

Keep writing until then. 

In the meantime, I have to wait until I'm out of Amazon pre-order jail (next month). Once I am, expect to see a lot of books coming up. 

This cold, wet winter has been good for hunkering down and writing!

I'm starting to have moments when I grope for words. They always come but what if, one day, the words DON'T come. I banish that thought as soon as it comes into my head because I have no plan B. Writing is it. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Enter for a chance to win free books

 It's Women's History month. Enter for a chance to win these three books.

Want a free Gen Z zombie book?


Here's the blurb. 

Happy World Book Day! As a special treat After: The New Gen Z Book 1 is FREE for the next 2 days

A world once overrun by zombies...

Jenna grew up in the aftermath, in a broken world where people lived in fear. Now a corporation runs the country, using the Alliance soldiers to do their dirty work, under the guise of keeping the peace.

Alone in the world...

When her father commits suicide, Jenna is left to look after her mother. She feels completely alone in the world. Until the corporation comes knocking, convinced that her father, a lead scientist for them, has faked his death.

No way out...

Kidnapped and imprisoned, Jenna learns a horrifying truth. Along with her father's old lab tech, Wesley, she must escape and find someone who can help them expose the truth.

With Alliance soldiers hot on her trail, Jenna is on a race against time to figure out how she fits into all of her father's lies. Who can she trust? And are the zombies really gone?

Get it here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Newest Book on my TBR list. She is a Haunting.


One review I read of this literary horror novel is that it had serious Mexican Gothic vibes. And the cover of this book is just as gorgeous.  Check it out here.

Here's an interview with the writer. (I love interviews where writers talk about how they came to write their stories. 

The reviews promise a reader will be seriously creeped out, and that the book belongs on a shelf beside Rebecca and The Haunting of Hill House (my favorite horror novel ever. I read it so many times, I can quote the opening and closing pages by memory.)

Here's an excerpt of the first chapter to get you hooked.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Publication Day!! What If?

 What if there were no more happy endings?

My story was inspired by Peter Pan and features a fairy, some lost boys, and a wicked Queen holding sway over a kingdom. 

Buy your copy here.

Writing the story gave me an idea for a new trilogy of tales that re-imagines characters from classic children's lit in a far more sinister wy. No, I'm not going all agro on Winnie the Pooh, but there are a couple of characters that have always bothered me...I felt like there was a story behind them that we never knew. And Tinkerbelle is one. I've commissioned artist/designer Grady Earls to make the covers and I can't wait to share them with you. 

I have two other trilogies planned with his covers and looking at my schedule for the next couple of years, I am going to be busy!!!

Monday, January 30, 2023

MOnday is for giveaways!


Discover new authors and get a chance to win. Enter here.

But then there's LitRing's epic journeys giveaway that's all about fantasy and sci fi. Enter and you could be the lucky winner of a Kindle Fire and an Amazon gift card to get you started loadinng it up. Enter here

Sunday, January 29, 2023

re-imagined Fairy Tales


You probably have a favorite fairy tale and if you do, you probably enjoy reading new versions of them. I know I do. This anthology is full of fairy tales with a twist. Some of them are told from the villain's point of view, some of them turn out a little unexpected. My story (written as Katia Kozar) is a retelling of an old tale called "The Fish and the Ring." I set it in the present, and the story features a young working class woman, the wealthy young man who loves her, and his father's attempt to break them up. The title is, "Friday the Special is Fish."

You can preorder Wicked Ever After for 99 cents. Only on Kindle. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Cozy Mysteries for you!


I belong to a bunch of different anthologies and boxed sets and this one is offering a Kickstarter Campaign to go along with it. You can check it out here

In addition to the anthology, there are all sorts of goodies--rewards for the different levels. More books are better than no books, right? 

And we've blasted past our initial goals and are working on our stretch goals for this last day of the campaign. Check out some of what you'll get.

Don't wait!

Monday, January 23, 2023

Billionaire Fling is here.

 It's here!  My contribution is a modern retelling of Beauty & the Beast.



The Billionaire Fling

A Contemporary Romance Collection for Charity

Romance Café Collection Book 19


Hosted by DS Book Promotions







Available on Kindle Unlimited



Champagne, sports cars, private jets: these powerful billionaires can buy everything but love.

With the world at their command, how will they cope with the one person who wants their heart, not their money?

Strap on your red sole stilettos, pop open the champagne, and dive into our billionaires' glittering happily ever afters.

Over twenty titillating stories from USA Today best-selling and award-winning romance authors in a spicy billionaire collection curated by The New Romance Cafe, with ALL proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Participating Authors:

Celia J. Lisbeth
DL Gallie
Emmy Dee
Gabbi Black
Heather Scarlett
JA Lafrance
Jackie Paxson
Janie Grey
Kat Parrish
Kathleen Ryder
Keighley Bradford
Kenna Shaw Reed
Kristine Charles
Molly Lachaussee
Nikita Bloom
Susan Horsnell
TL Hamilton
Toni Denise
Whimsy Nimsy


About The New Romance Cafe

The New Romance Café is the place to get your daily dose of romance books.

Hang out with like-minded readers and authors at different stages of their writing journey, in a diverse and inclusive group.

Find out about new releases, take part in fun discussions, and recommend your favourite reads in the safe space of the Café.




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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Afterwitch Chronicles by Kat Parrish now on Channillo

 I have taken the plunge into serial fiction. I'm still thinking about putting something up on Kindle vella (I have two covers for stories I haven't yet written) but I think Channillo has a lot going for it. The story I've serialized is the first of my Afterwitch Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic story that was inspired by the covers I bought. Those covers turned out to be kind of a saga. I purchased them from Book Cover Design and Amazon refused to allow them, saying I'd violated copyright.

I contacted the designer, who sent me the original images and showed me what she'd done and her receipt from a well-respected stock site which clearly stated, the images were available for book covers. When that didn't satisfy Amazon, I tracked down the photographer who took the original images and he gave me permission to use the images. That still didn't satisfy  Amazon, so a friend made a trio of other covers for me. But this cover and its two mates always said post-apocalyptic witchiness to me and I love them, so I am using them with my story. You can find it here