Announcing Book One: Reapers With Issues

by The Grim Reaper

Hey, how are you all doing? Awesome.  Me? Oh, hey, I’m great.  Listen – I want to announce the pending publication of the first book of four in the Reapers With Issues series.  This is the story of yours truly, and my buddies War, Pestilence and Death.  We have some adventures, and there’s a lot of laughter and tears.

I won’t bore you with details – go buy the damn book once H.E. Ellis gets it published through Smashwords.  And visit her page, too.  She deserves the love.  She put in a lot of effort documenting this part of the adventure, and no other author could have really done that like she did. 

Okay, okay, except for S. Quinn Shaw, Mikhail Vlakfeld, and Tom Elias.  Check them out too.  Hit their links on the home page here!

Anyway, for a sample of the opener, look up at the page banner and choose “Reapers With Issues – Book One.”  Or just click that link if you’re a lazy bastard.  That only moves your appointment with me sooner…


by Tom Elias

I will start this by saying that all of this is H.E. Ellis’s fault.

This all started in a writer’s forum.  I was (and still largely am) a wishful hack with vague notions of me handing out typed pages, and people giving me money back in return.  I had crafted some short stuff that had been universally rejected by the places I submitted, but beyond that, my portfolio was full of efforts ranging from one to twenty pages, all abruptly dropped and incomplete.

H.E. pointed out some things I might be doing wrong.  I suspect she was giggling, but eventually I saw the truth in her advice.  I sent a re-work of a short to her and got back what I think was an immediate marriage proposal.  But seriously, she decided I’d improved enough to write with her.  Yes, I understand this doesn’t just happen to anyone, and I’ve heard that most Penthouse Letters open with scenarios much like this.

Several weeks, a lot of dead electrons and two story outlines later, I waded into the new and improved pool of writing and found the water to be just great.  Now, you have by now noted that yes, the first two books of this quad written first will be the last two published.  This is H.E.’s strategy, not mine.

Along the way as I was sending sections of work to her for advice, she fired back an email to me that challenged: “I will bet you $20 that I don’t have that you will want to write a full novel after this.”  Actually, it was more of a questioning of the size of my certain appendages, but you get the idea.  She is nothing if not competitive.

So this post serves mainly as an elaborate Post-It note for H.E. whenever she comes up for air from deadline bloodletting.  I tried to call her, but I heard screams and her voice saying something about a ball gag and a reference to my questionable heritage.  She’s forgiven, of course.

So, H.E., let me how to get my $20 to you.

Check Us Out

by Tom Elias

I have to say this site is really cool.  I also have to give all the credit to H.E. Ellis.  I was attempting to make myself something for dinner the other night and was stupid enough to be away from my email / phone / thing on my computer for perhaps an hour or so.  Big Mistake.

By the time I got back, I had no fewer than nine emails wanting to get my thoughts on a piece of artwork or an idea.  Mainly I had requests for snippets of text.  All of these were from H.E.  I did my best to answer them all, and then a day later, one email with an imperative “Go here.”

Thanks, H.E., for this site.  The mysteries of this kind of thing are beyond me as you should know, and I for one am impressed.  I hope retyping this from email wasn’t a pain.  By the way, I have no idea what you mean about being a ‘digital immigrant.’  Should I be insulted?

The ugly secret here is that she is scrambling to finish writing Book One.  You will all enjoy it, trust me.

And to answer my last email question: No, H.E., I will not send you naked pictures of myself.  At least not until you’re done writing.

– Tom

Announcing Our Upcoming Work

Reapers With Issues is the upcoming and exciting new collection – collaboration, really – among four new but talented authors.  H.E. Ellis has teamed the raw talent of Mikhail Vlakfeld, S. Quinn Shaw, and Tom Elias into a four-work cycle that is definitely irreverent, often shocking, and always entertaining.

Expected to release digitally in September 2012, these stories will definitely shock and amuse, taking a twisted look at Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and all points in between.  Hold on to your hymnals, because none of these will be reading for the uptight or ultra-conservative.