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Monday, May 21, 2018

Anthologies are Fantastic!

If it wasn't for anthologies, Dani J Caile would have been lost in time with a few unrecognised cracked masterpieces and some collections of short stories.
But anthologies are fantastic! They're the lifeblood of many unknown writers including myself.
I have another novel coming out soon, a wait of almost 2 years, but hey, it's coming out, but before that, here's a short rundown of these fantastic anthologies.

Most Recent Anthologies
These are the ones which are up in the charts at the moment and keeping ol' Dani's Amazon Ranking up above 200k. I also edited 'Baby Shoes'.
https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Anthology-Written-Celenic-Publications-ebook/dp/B0769RKTDC
https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Shoes-100-Stories-Authors-ebook/dp/B0110ZA0RG
https://www.amazon.com/72-Hours-Insanity-Anthology-Games/dp/1539682285




Publisher Anthologies
These two anthologies are from my publishers, Line by Lion and Three Fates Press. 'Circuits & Steam' is only available in paperback and it's a fantastic Steampunk collection.
https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Bus-Line-Lion-ebook/dp/B01709WDTY
https://www.amazon.com/Circuits-Steam-3-Fates-Press/dp/1940938333



Other Great Anthologies
Here are some which I was able to get into, and these are also great! Unfortunately, 'One Star Reviews of the Afterlife' is out of print, but if you'd like to read the story, I can send it to you :-)
https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Lites-V-Amy-Eye-ebook/dp/B018O3SEP2
https://www.amazon.com/DISARM-Sense-Anthology-Digital-Anthologies-ebook/dp/B06Y4LX3WW
https://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Colorful-Collection-SmartyPants-Best-ebook/dp/B076HY5CKH
https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Need-About-Learned-Songs-ebook/dp/B01BK29INQ
https://www.amazon.com/FLASH-celebration-short-short-Jason-Brick-ebook/dp/B076BTN333




Ironology 2014-2017
There 4 titles are based on a competition which had challenges with elements, and I have tons of short stories in these. They are filled with stories from over a hundred different writers through the years, all 'Iron Writers'!
https://www.amazon.com/Ironology-2017-B-Y-Rogers/dp/1978482418



The Indie Collaboration
I have some stories in these anthologies put together by this wonderful group of writers, all trying to break into the market. These are cool.
https://www.amazon.com/Indie-Collaboration-Presents-Chilling-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00ODS3HQY
https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Even-Darker-Places-Collaboration-ebook/dp/B01N0A295E
https://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Spice-Everything-Nice-Collaboration-ebook/dp/B00VXP4M64
https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Shorts-Indie-Collaboration-Presents-ebook/dp/B01GZTSRBI
















Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spectrum! The Old Woman short story

Wow! I almost forgot I had a short story in this fantastic collection of short stories from Smartypants Publishing! A great story called "The Old Woman"...



Come and have a look inside....
https://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Colorful-Collection-SmartyPants-Best-ebook/dp/B076HY5CKH

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Blue Haze - available FREE on Smashwords

Yes, 'Blue Haze' is now available for FREE on Smashwords.com...
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/790166


It's been a while since I published anything, mainly because I've been waiting for my new book to come out - which, by the way, is very soon!
60k words of complete insanity about pirates, politics and zombies... "How to sink a Ship (in eight long, excruciatingly terrifying, stinkingly evil nights). Part two of the "How to" series :-) It'll have one FANTASTIC cover!
And you can help me. Yes, you can! You can become a Beta reader! (That's someone who reads the book and puts up a review once it becomes available online). Just put a comment on this post and I'll contact you about it! ...a journey always takes one first step...


Friday, February 9, 2018

Blue Haze available now... as used?!?!?! Without selling a copy?!?*!

I wrote a short story for a competition - it went a little off the parameters, but it's better for it!
After its rejection, I decided to publish it - only 6k words (34 pages), so it'll be available on Kindle too in a day or two...BUT...
...it's been available on Amazon for less than a day as a paperback and already it has a price for 'Used'... no one has bought it yet! How can it have a 'Used' price?!?!?!*/*!%!


It's over here on Amazon (the paperback - later the Kindle will appear)
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Haze-Dani-J-Caile/dp/1985201747


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Won the 2017 Iron Writer Annual Championship!

Yay!
After many years of trying, I've finally won the Iron Writer Annual Championship!
This is a big thing for me, the 4th championship, and I've been there since the beginning.
Here is my winning story  :-)
(Here it is on the Iron Writer website with the other contenders)


Elements: The Temple of Truth, a question, an answer, either a lie or a truth, you must not say which (500 words)

With Love and Admiration

Alex stood under the intricately carved gateway at the main entrance of the Sanctuary of Truth. Both herself and Morgan had gone to Thailand to see its splendors and the Sanctuary was the pinnacle of their tour together. There was definitely something intrinsically fine about the building, with each whittle unleased showing the sculptor’s skill and creativity, bringing a sense of awe and respect to whomsoever looked upon its beauty. But a worrying cloud of doubt and inquiry hung over the mood inside. It was certainly a great work of achievement on the part of all involved, but was it a ‘truth’? Alex couldn’t move from the thought that this place was nothing but a copy, a rich man’s folly filled with sculptured oddities and cultural adornments of his own design. Nothing here was real except as an object of its own aesthetic pleasing.
Morgan came over and touched Alex’s shoulder for one tender moment, only to disappear once more into the shadows of a mass of mythical figures fashioned from wood. Alex went back to the Naga guards standing over by the stairs. These snake-like female forms were nothing more than an example of the excellent worksmanship of the sculptor and the depth of a pocket. There was no truth in any of it. The website said it used art and culture as a reflection, a mirror of the ancient knowledge and philosophy and there was truth in that, but Alex saw a similarity with Plato’s cave. No matter how elegant the sanctuary looked, it would never rise above the magnificence of the real world some meters away lying under the blanket of the sun.
What was this place but a recepticle to hold all that was dear of the Eastern culture laid down in the mind of one, for the greater duty of his own heritage. There was no supreme categorical imperative at work here; the walls, the carvings stank of heteronomous reason and self interest misunderstood as a semi-educated autonomous motive. This construct was as aestheically pleasing as a masquerade mask with the grotesque self-satisfying ego showing through the facade of a false pride, revealing an empty shell made from paper mountains and shallow rationale.
Alex watched Morgan step from one sculpture to the next in a silent reverence, being completely enthralled by it all. They had come, they had seen, and Morgan was happy. In this alone, Alex found integrity. There was worth in their visit, purpose in their strides. Although tempted to turn and walk away from what she considered an opulent blemish on the face of the Earth, Alex calmed her angered morality of the impurity permeating deep in every grain of wood. Maybe she’d found the truth she had been searching for.
“How do you like it?” asked Morgan.
“I’ve never seen such a place like this before. Thank you for bringing us here, it’s given me a lot to think about.” She smiled and hugged her partner with love and admiration.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Going for a Guinness World Record! CEA Greatest Anthology Written

Yes, in one week I have two short stories out in two anthologies!
AND this anthology is going  for a Guinness World Record of the most authors in one anthology (108)!
To be recognised, it has to sell  1000 paperbacks... now that'll do something to my Amazon rank :-)
Go here to see it...
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0769RKTDC




Thursday, October 12, 2017

FLASH Anthology out now!

Yes, this is the 2nd anthology I've help Jason Brick with, 100 authors, 100 stories, maximum 100 words per story.
FLASH!
My story, Emily and the Box,  is an analogy for something else. If you can guess what the story is REALLY about, then you can see why it was rejected by a Women's Web magazine...
Go and have a peep! (A peep is free)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076BTN333