Seven Deadly Sins, A YA Anthology – Pride available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon and B&N

We are very happy to announce the official publication of the Pride Volume of Seven Deadly Sins, a YA Anthology as an eBook and a paperback!

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Our stories: A wish from the Fountain, In the Name of Art and Love, Commando & The Tasmanian Girl

A wish from the Fountain by Alisia Faust

Stevie is smart–smarter than any other girl in school–and cannot understand why Asher rejects her proposal for a date. Finding herself unusually confused, she travels to the edge of the school to seek advice from Stephanie, the spirit inside a forgotten fountain, but what Stephanie advises is not what Stevie expected.

In the Name of Art and Love by Sylvia Heike

Picture by Cristian Bortes

Ruby has always dreamt of having a love lock. Now with Jack that dream is finally coming true. They hang their love lock to a bridge only to discover most locks stolen soon after. How will Ruby and Jack reconcile with the loss? Meanwhile, Mona would do anything for her artist boyfriend Angelo. This includes boycotting Valentine’s Day and stealing other people’s love locks. But when Angelo only seems to care about his art, Mona comes to question the purpose of the theft they’ve committed and even their whole relationship. Has Angelo’s artistic vision turned into pride?

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Picture by Kevin N. Murphy

Commando by Willow Becker

It’s Jesse Malvino’s senior year, and, to him, that means only one thing – one last chance to take his struggling band into the spotlight. Fortunately, this year Jesse has a foolproof plan to get his band noticed by a visiting talent scout. But, when an unexpected wardrobe malfunction steals the band’s thunder, it leads to far more exposure than he bargained for.

The Tasmanian Girl by S. Sadedin

Andy’s no nerd, but he does know a thing or two about biology. So he leaps at the chance to help cat-eyed Lili on a science project with her geeky boyfriend Terence. And he’s even more excited when Lili reveals the secret laboratory in her father’s basement, packed with costly equipment and exotic samples. But as the project progresses, Terence seems increasingly unhinged. And there is something odd about these experiments. Even Andy starts to wonder: Lili is their muse, but what exactly is she inspiring them to create, and why?


Our stories: Great-Grat Aunty Edna & A Mother’s Pride

Great-Great Aunty Edna by Anita Russo

There is nothing more that Amber wants than to show off her beach-body and all-year tan in front of steamy Aaron Wilkinson. However, her mother has different plans for Amber’s day ­– cleaning Great-Great Aunty Edna’s revolting, hovel of a house. Amongst the mouse poo, dust mites, and mould, Amber’s pride takes an unexpected reality check.

A Mother’s Pride by Teresa Bassett

Shy Ruth can’t believe her luck when she is befriended by popular student Laura Mortoe. Laura appears to have it all: brains, beauty, and parents who dote on her. Before long, however, Ruth glimpses her new friend’s darker side. When the Mortoe family take both girls on a weekend trip to the coast, Laura’s behaviour spirals out of control—with tragic consequences.

Our stories: Quitter & Summer Rains

Quitter by Day Jamison

Colleen has never scored less than 100% on a test. When she makes a rookie mistake on a calculus exam, she’s sure it marks the beginning of a downward spiral. Her best friend Liv is tired of watching Colleen’s perfectionism create walls between them and gives her an ultimatum: learn to fail or learn to live without Liv. Colleen’s brother Roland, home for a surprise visit from his Ivy League university, might unwittingly show Colleen how to mend her friendship and her broken sense of self.

Summer Rains by E.N. Loizis

Joanna’s best friend Violeta has been growing distant over the past couple of years. Popular Violeta seems to have no interest in spending time with her shy bookworm of a friend and Joanna wonders if they still have anything left in common. When Violeta proposes a night out with Joanna’s not-so-secret crush, Joanna thinks their friendship might withstand the test of time. Or will Violeta’s pride get in the way?

Excerpt from Author Spotlight interview with E.N. Loizis at Jena Baxter’s blog

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think I ever consciously decided I wanted to be a writer. I kind of always wrote. I started as a kid with rhyming poems about flying or sailing away (which surprisingly was at the core of much of what I wrote as a pre-teen) and went on to more angst-ridden, heart-breaking prose poems and –what I now realize were– flash stories about unrequited love, which also seemed to be a recurring theme in my early scribblings. I also kept numerous diaries from age 12 through 21.
I stopped writing altogether during most of my twenties when sometime around my 27th birthday I realized I was deeply unsatisfied with something. It was the fact I wasn’t writing. So I decided to take it up again and here I am now!
What genres do you write, and why?
I don’t like restricting myself to just one thing, since I tend to get bored easily. So far I have written or started writing all kinds of stories: from creepy dark ones (like “The Bee Eater” due to appear in Apocrypha and Abstractions in October), to humorous supernatural ones (like “Till Death Us Do Part” which appeared in Stupefying Stories) to coming-of-age stories. I also have stories in the works that feature sentient robots, a retired superhero and a man who dies and comes back to life for a do-over. So I’d say my genre of choice is whatever seems to interest me at the moment.


To read the entire interview visit Jena Baxter Books



Our stories: The Hazel Crayon, Good intentions & Masterpiece

The eBook for the Anthology will be available to preorder soon. Until then you can check our website for a taste of what each of our stories is about. Today we present you with the first three.

The Hazel Crayon by Wendy White Lees

A headstrong young girl’s attempt to prove her oddball classmate is a pirate results in a playground wedding, and a friendship that sails smoothly through adolescence, but is knocked off course in high school.

Good Intentions by Michael Donoghue

A bored 16-year-old boy who has every genetic enhancement his mom can buy, sees a news story about plastic garbage building up in the Pacific Ocean. Proud of his abilities, he decides to engineer a solution. Unfortunately his good intentions lead to more than what he’d initially hoped for.

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Masterpiece by J. C. Davis

Avery is convinced she’s the best artist in her high school and she doesn’t need awards or her teacher’s praise to prove that fact. Unfortunately, her arch-rival Nora isn’t convinced and has come up with a plan to bring Avery down a notch or two. When Nora’s prank leads to Avery’s latest masterpiece being ruined, and a shocking revelation about the hot new guy in their art class, everything Avery believes comes crashing down.

Check back in tomorrow to read the synopses of our next two stories: Quitter by Day Jamison and Summer Rains by E.N. Loizis.

Cover reveal – Pride volume and interview with cover artist Luke Spooner

We are very proud to present the cover for the first volume of the Seven Deadly Sins YA Anthology: Pride, accompanied by the first part of our interview with Luke Spooner, a.k.a. Carrion House.

Pride Cover

Luke Spooner, a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ and ‘Hoodwink House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full-time illustrator and writer for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love is anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.

Luke can be found on Facebook, and at his Carrion House and Hoodwink House websites.

Interview with Luke Spooner

How did you come up with the central idea for the cover? What did you think of when you heard of the theme for the Anthology?

I really like the symbolism that surrounds the ideas of ‘the sins.’ It’s something that all humans can relate to, probably because we are nearly always somewhere on that spectrum at any given moment. There’s a very primal quality to the understanding of this particular set of emotions and thought patterns. Irrespective of language or culture, they seem to be universally recognised, and the opportunity to cobble that into some sort of visual interpretation is something that is both massive and rare.

Out of all the deadly sins, which one do you think you’re the most susceptible to?

I don’t really see myself in any of their respective symptoms except ‘envy.’ As an artist you’re automatically quite bespoke and alone in what you do, but to do it professionally and as a freelancer you are by the nature of what you do: incredibly isolated. This would be fine if I could switch off from the world completely. I can honestly see the attraction in secluding myself with my work for whole weeks at a time. But the modern age we live in has social networking and I am incredibly dependant on it as a marketing and publicity tool.

Being such a necessity for what I do, it also means that at times rest of the world can slip in without me realising. Quite often, a simple posting of a recent piece of cover art to Facebook has the added side effect of hearing about people I went to school with having kids, buying real houses with real money, committing themselves to partners that they’ve had for years – an endless list of social media cliché complaints really. But despite my own conviction of being a stand-alone individual pursuing a unique and creatively driven career that doesn’t exactly fit with the status quo, I still find myself comparing myself to these people. I wonder if perhaps I’m doing life wrong, if maybe one day I’ll suddenly realise I’m old and have gotten nowhere with my ‘colouring in,’ while those people who I started out at the same height are able to reflect on a life that all would agree has been full and proper in every conventional sense.

That notion could be viewed as ‘envy,’ and although I wouldn’t change anything about myself or the profession I’m pursuing, I do find myself very jealous of those people that are so sure of everything they do. Those people have job security and absolutely no scruples about floating through life in the most conventional way possible.

Did you read as a teenager and if so what did you enjoy most reading? Why?

I’ve always read a lot, from infancy onwards. I actually read ‘The Hobbit’ when I was eight years old and have been actively seeking out books as a source of knowledge, creativity and escapism ever since. During my teenage years I read a lot of horror, science fiction and fantasy, plus books on myths and legends. Thanks to people like my grandparents, I also read a lot of crime and mystery, both contemporary and classic. When I was eleven years old my youngest brother was born so during my teenage years I had the opportunity to revisit all of my old children’s favourites, this time with the advantage of hindsight. I took great pleasure in noticing subtle little messages and meanings that hadn’t meant anything the previous times I read them.

In my later teenage years I actively sought out the classics of horror and fantasy. I went after Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, then the ‘Invisible Man’, ‘Dorian Gray,’ ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ all peppered with Edgar Allen Poe works for good measure. I also got heavily into graphic novels.

The common thread in everything I seemed to seek out on my accord, regardless of age or format, seemed to be horror, primarily for the honesty it implores from those writing it. I respect nothing more in this world than straight up honesty. As a person that effectively gives physical form to other people’s stories and fabricates for a living, I can assure you that being honest is a lot more difficult than lying. Through darker subject matter, you get to explore the truly dark recesses of other people’s minds and often reveal things about yourself that you may not have realised were present in your character, your beliefs or even just your way of perceiving the world.

What advice would you give someone with a love for drawing/design who is maybe just starting out as teenager to experiment with it?

I’d simply be: be very conscious of yourself as an artist. There is absolutely no reward in trying to imitate others or try to be something you’re not. Learn to accept who you are and what it is that you do. Aim to forward that and explore it in any way possible while keeping your own artistic growth a priority. You’ll be able to survive a lot of things, purely because everything will be put into scale according to your desire to be creative and express yourself.

The second part of our interview with Luke is coming soon.

The first Volume of the Seven Deadly Sins YA Anthology is scheduled for release on April 1, 2015 as an ebook and a paperback. Join the release party on Facebook.