Don’t read this! You can’t handle it…

Whatever could I be talking about?

Perhaps my newest release with Sean Hayden … Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales Vol 2.

Not only does it have the coolest cover ever (The other side of the faced used in Flashy 1) but the stories are more intense, more twisted, more… everything.

This volume also includes my very first psychological horror. Are you ready for that?


Whisperings by Jen Wylie

They come in the night. These wild things. Whisperings in my mind.

They disturb my sleep, make me restless. I wish they would disappear. They don’t. They have in fact, been growing stronger. I can’t remember when they first started, little tendrils in my dreams. Several nights ago, maybe more. I can’t think…I can’t remember…

Tonight they are worse; growing bold, taunting me in the darkness. Restless, I toss and turn as if fevered. I’m not sick, I know I’m not. This isn’t normal. They don’t feel like dreams. If I open my eyes they’re still there, dark shadows slowly invading my mind.

“Sleep,” they whisper.

Always the whispers. I hate them. They tickle almost beyond my hearing. Nearly silent voices murmuring words in menacing tones. I find myself straining to listen, forcing myself to stop and then trying all over again. It is a vicious cycle I can’t seem to stop. Perhaps that is their goal.

I’m so tired it hurts. I want to sleep so badly yet I find myself denying it to listen to the whispers. I need to sleep. I must force myself to ignore them. Though they whisper for me to do so, what they want is not the same. They aren’t asking me to sleep like I so wish to. To fall into the deep slumber which leaves you healed and rested and ready to face a new day. The whispers are too wicked. Too laced with dark intent. The sleep they ask for is the eternal kind.

Somehow they read my thoughts, sending shivers of terror streaking down my spine.

“Sleeeep,” the whisperings agree. “Just…let go.”

I’m not ready for death. I’m too full of youth and life and want to live. I want to wake up. Or am I already awake?

The whisperings don’t like such thoughts. Their mad mutterings increase, trying to drown out my treasonous thoughts. How many voices are there? I can’t even count them they are so intertwined. They slip together and away, delving into my thoughts and seeking out every corner of my mind. There is no escaping them…no escape…

A whispered growl erupts through my mind.

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Don’t you want to read more? Of course you do… if you think you can handle it…

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Another anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.

Unicorns, zombies, devils, dark whispers, teddy bears, and …fireflies? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash fiction stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories (both flash and longer short stories) from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to horror, sweet to twisted, there is something for everyone.

Interview with Author Olga Vannucci

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Olga Vannucci, author of  Travels With George. Please enjoy our interview and check out her book!

1)   Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Italy and came to the U.S. for college.  I’ve been here ever since.  I live in rural New Jersey with my son, George.  When he was seven years old, I realized suddenly that I hadn’t been back to Italy in ten years, and I went, and took him along.  Then I went four more times, and I wrote a book about those trips, a mix of travelogue, personal history, and little anecdotes:  “Travels With George.”

2)   Do you have a day job as well?

I have a full-time job that involves numbers rather than words.  I’m divorced and I write on Sunday afternoons when my son is with his father.

3)   When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing my one book in my late 40s and finished it two years later.  It takes a lot of personal discipline to write a whole book, and I did not have it when I was younger.

4)   How did you choose the genre you write in?

I wrote the type of book I like to read.  I love to read travel memoirs and books about exotic places.  I am inspired and awed by writers who put themselves out there, who are able to observe and interpret very different situations, and who can be funny too.  Two books I have loved recently are “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” by Alexandra Fuller, about growing up in Africa, and “Running Away to Home” by Jennifer Wilson, about Croatia.

5)   Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I went with self-publishing because I didn’t have the patience to pursue other publishers.  What I like about self-publishing is that it’s all mine, I created the book cover, I chose the font, I am doing all my own promotion, and it’s been incredibly fun and very rewarding.

6)   How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Early on, I had an opportunity to read from my book at a gathering of 150 women through an organization called New Act Women in New Jersey.  If you are as shy as I am, I would not necessarily recommend this large an event.  I was extremely nervous, but it went really well.  Once I realized it was working, that the audience was listening and responding, I relaxed.  I sold a bunch of books right there, and it was a great way to put myself out there and to get an instant response.  I realized that my book had appeal.

7)   How did you come up with the title?

It came to me suddenly as I was driving through Doylestown, PA, one day.  It’s based on Steinbeck’s book “Travels With Charley” about his travels with his dog, though I am no Steinbeck of course.  When I told my son about it (he’s the George in “Travels With George”), he said, “So I’m the dog?”

8)   What project are you working on now? Will you have a new book coming out soon?

I’m working on two new projects.  I’m working on a book of travels with my son in the U.S.  America is so varied, there’s so much to see and do.  The other project is around cooking with my mother.  She is a fantastic cook, and I can’t boil an egg.  I am building a book around her recipes, and around her and me.  I think it will be really cool.

9)   What has been the best compliment given to you as an author?

The best compliment is hearing from others about the things that spoke to them in the book, and they range from the more profound to the totally mundane situations.  Women will focus on the mothering aspects of the book, dealing with my son.  Men enjoy my description of how Italians give directions:  they start from a place you’ve never heard of, proceed vaguely, and stop well before your destination.  Apparently that’s happened to others…  They can relate, and I love when people tell me they can relate to something I wrote about.

10)Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t give up!  There are so many options today to publish and distribute and get the word out, and it can be done without a big financial investment.  All you need is the investment of time.  Given that this is your passion, you want to spend your time on it anyway.  And there are so many people who are open to help, don’t be afraid to ask.  Putting your thoughts out there to share with others is a gift, and people respond very kindly.



1)    If you were a superhero (or villain!) what would your power be? Would you wear a cape?

I’m the most curious person on earth, so my power would be … knowing things.  It would be so great!

2)    Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla?

Definitely chocolate!  With mix-ins.

3)    The light side or the dark side?

The light side, the airy side, the side of beauty and novelty and independence.

4)    Do you have deep dark secret? How about a shallow grey one?

I’d say shallow grey ones, multiple ones, and they’re not really secrets, just things I would just as soon not blurt out unprovoked.

5)    What sort of coffee would you order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?

Tall latte and it bugs me that it’s tall and not small.

6)    If you could live off of chocolate would you?

I kind of do, I live on chocolate ice cream, with mix-ins.

7)    Have you ever lost your wallet/purse? Did you find it again if so?

I’m a compulsive double and triple checker, so I would be very upset if I lost my wallet or purse or car keys or phone. I would have to switch to quadruple checking.  I could go mad altogether.

8)    When you rip out a page from a spiral notebook, do you leave the strip with the tabby pieces in? Or do you have to remove them?

I have to remove them because they tickle the notebook.

 Check out: 

Travels With George:  A Memoir Through the Italy of My Childhood

By Olga Vannucci

Don’t miss Olga’s website at with some pictures and some snippets from the book.

or her Facebook page that can be reached via

Her book is on Amazon, both the printed and the Kindle versions, at