Halloween book sale

DamagedTeensAd1Happy Halloween everyone! Just a quick reminder that Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1), an 80,000 word paranormal Young Adult novel about teens in a facility handling people with behavioral problems, is on sale for only 99 cents this week. Now’s the perfect time to check out the Mad World series (we’ve had favorable comparisons to Kelley Armstrong’s popular YA novel The Summoning).

For more, check out our official website or head on over to Wakefield’s Amazon page.


Wakefield now on sale

Feel like reading an 80,000 word Young Adult novel but you don’t want to pay $5.95 for it? Then good news. From now until November 3, Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) from MuseItUp Publishing is on sale for only $0.99.

Wakefield Book CoverBlurb: Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.

Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.

At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I absolutely loved this book. Loved it. I can’t wait to read the second one” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ “The ending of this book blew me away and I’d definitely be interested in reading the next book. It was a pleasantly surprising read with plenty of action and suspense! And a book I would definitely recommend.” – TotalTeenFiction

Wakefield is waiting for you for immediate download at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iStore, and other major retailers. Happy reading!

Sylvanville Spirits lowered price

Hi all. I did some tweaking on the paperback version of The Sylvanville Spirits. Basically I adjusted the spacing (or leading for those in the biz), which resulted in a more professional look and less pages. Good news, since there’s less paper used to print it, I’m passing the savings on to you.


This YA mystery/horror is now available for the low price of $12.99. Let your friends know. You can find it here at Amazon.

New Mad World contract

Exciting news. I just signed the contract for Perfection (Mad World, Book Three), scheduled for release from MuseItUp Publishing Summer 2014. Much, much more in the upcoming months.

For those of you following the YA paranormal series (or are hearing about it for the first time), my co-author, Erin Callahan, and I have mapped out the series as a six book saga, so we’re officially half way there. For more, check out Mad World headquarters.

Mad World reviews and an interview

Hey all, a wonderful fan from the UK has reviewed Tunnelville (Mad World, Book 2) and interviewed Erin and me. Check out her site A Simple Book Blog From A Simple Reader!

Spoiler alert: she gives Tunnelville 4 out of 5 stars and mentions how much she hates one of our characters (in a good way!)

Here’s an excerpt: “Max, though. Max. I’m not sure about Max. He reminded me a little of a wet fish. I liked his voice and everything, and he interacted well, but he wasn’t as interesting as Astrid. I think its just a preference thing, but I wanted to slap him a few times, but that’s a good thing if you look at it from an optimists point of view, it means he’s lifelike and causes reactions.”

Control Room released

The Control Room, my 12,000 horror story is now available as an ebook!

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The Locked Door Series is MuseItUp Publishing’s version of the Twilight Zone. Each short story stands alone, is written by a different author, and is meant to make you keep the lights on when you go to bed. In this story, recent college graduate Bethany finds herself living back at home and facing a mountain of school loans.

To make ends meet, Bethany accepts a job watching live footage from a supposedly haunted building. The owner wants them to find evidence of the ghost he believes killed his daughter decades before.

As the days progress and Bethany spends more time watching the residents of the apartment, she finds herself drawn deeper into the history of the building and the lives of its people.

When strange occurrences begin stacking up, Bethany suspects something paranormal may be happening in the old apartment building after all. Can she distance herself in time, or has the watcher already fallen under the apartment’s spell?

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the iTunes bookstore, Smashwords, MuseItUp Publishing, and lots more.

Article on Editing

Erin and I co-wrote an article over at Young Adult author Katie L. Carroll’s blog.

Team Editing

by Erin Callahan & Troy H. Gardner

Q. So you wrote a book, now what do you do with it?
A. Edit, edit, and then when you’re done, you edit it two more times.

Writing a book is only the first act of the long process of having an idea grow into a final novel. Once the manuscript has a beginning, middle, and end (hopefully), then it’s time to go back and revise.

With the split narration technique employed in the Mad Word series, our editing process starts when we combine all of the chapters into one file. At this point, either Erin or Troy has the file and works on it before passing it off to the other. We now use the Track Changes feature of Word, which allows you to track changes (well named, isn’t it?) in the document. This tool is invaluable when editing with a partner, as it allows you to quickly see what changes and comments your partner has added to the draft. It also reminds you which of those changes you made, which can occasionally get confusing. We also save each version of the manuscript with a new date. This makes it easy to tell which version is the most recent and preserves all the old versions, in case we decide to revert back to an earlier draft of a particular scene.

For the rest of the article, check out Katie’s blog.