Monday, November 25, 2013

Come Little Children Virtual Book Tour

Come Little Children
D. Melhoff


The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home. When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

Excerpt 2

As Camilla Carleton rattled along in the back of the hearse, the first lines of an old song popped into her head: Oh never laugh as the hearse goes by, for you may be the next to die.

The rhyme brought back a sharp memory from almost a year ago. She was sitting in a pub called The Konnerkauhn on St. Patrick’s Day, chanting the song with a totally straight face, while Vickie—her lab partner—and Vickie’s roommate, Jasmine, leaned across the table and called out the most ridiculous garbage
they could think of: “Mister Rogers in a thong!” “Two ostriches making love!” “Shampooing your uncle’s chest hair!”

She tried blocking the hecklers—“Sneezing pandas!” “Hitler milking a cow!”—but her breathing changed and a forbidden smirk brimmed on the edge of her lips. Finally everyone burst into laughter and screamed,  "Drink! Drink!” while she downed the rest of her beer and watched them cackle through the bottom
of her heavy mug.

Leave it to two Funeral Services majors and a Dark Ages nerd to make a drinking game out of “The Hearse Song,” she thought. Of all folk tunes.

 Tips and Quotes for Aspiring Authors
By D. Melhoff

Nothing can make you feel more inspired than a good quote. Here are ten of my personal favorites that I’ve collected over the years and connected with tips for when I’m in need of some extra inspiration. If you’ve got a good one too, feel free to add it in the comments.

1. Silence your inner critic
“If you hear a voice within you saying “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint...and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh
2. Avoid distractions at all costs
“Close the door. Unplug the phone. Cheat, lie, disappoint your pals, if necessary, but get your work done.” –Garrison Keillor
3. Have a schedule and stick to it
“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” –Golda Meir
4. Learn your muse’s favorite activities
“Make friends with your shower. If inspired to sing, maybe the song has an idea in it for you.” –Albert Einstein
5. Don’t buy into writer’s block
“Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.” –Steve Martin
6. Avoid being dull at all costs
“No one ever sold anybody anything by boring them to death.” –David Ogilvy
7. Have precise goals, not just dreams
“All people dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are the dangerous people, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” –T. E. Lawrence
8. Write, write, and write some more
“What’s a writer? Someone who writes. Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” –E. L. Doctorow
9. Reading is important too, but don’t forget that the best education is hands-on practice
“Learning by reading is like making love by mail.” –Luciano Pavarotti
10. Toughen your skin, prepare for rejection, and don’t go into it for the glory
“There are fewer stars for writers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame than there are for animals.” –Aljean Harmetz

Thank you Mr. Melhoff for those inspiring quotes. I am adding them to my list of things to remember in the dark hours in the middle of the night when the light of the computer is my only company and I am hashing out my latest WIP. Write on. Write on...


 D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.

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  1. I really enjoyed the excerpt. This sounds like an awesome story.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Uber creepy!! andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  3. Sounds like a great read!!
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  4. Nice list

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