Instagram Challenge for Writers

Snowflake (CC0 Creative Commons)

I’m right in the middle (or more like one third into it) of an Instagram Challenge called #IGWritersOct created by Cheyanne Young.

I haven’t done any Instagram challenges before but towards the end of September, I saw Caraway Carter, whom I’ve been in a few anthologies with, post that he’d take part and decided to join.

Every day there is prompt, so hop over to Instagram and follow me (@ofelia.grand) to see my *clears throat* beautiful pictures. Today the prompt is #TeaserTuesday and it reminded me that I earlier this year said I’d do a Teaser Tuesday post every now and then…and then I mostly didn’t. But today’s the day!

The Snowflake will be released tomorrow, so here’s a little snippet from it.



Silence filled the barn, making its walls belly out from the pressure of it.

“Still playing with ice?”

The chainsaw grew heavier in his hands. Theo searched for something to say, but, as usual, no words came to mind. “Sculpting.”

Dad snorted. “Still trying to be an artist?”

“I am one.” And soon, when he’d figured out what his next piece would be, his dad along with the rest of the world would be awestruck by his talent, his innovation, his…another good word that would make the masses bow in reverence.

“Theophile.” He tsked and shook his head. “The world has enough of queer artists trying to milk the stereotype. Grow up and get yourself a real job. You don’t have the grace to play the role.”

Theo couldn’t say what was happening. His mind clouded with black smoke, a roar sounded in his head, and in the next second, he pressed in the two start buttons on his chainsaw.

Blood splattered over the swan as the blade cut into his dad’s skin and continued through muscle and sinew. There was a small kickback as the nose of the blade severed the spine, but Theo gained control of the saw at the same time as the head thudded against the ground

The body collapsed, blood sprayed in pulses, turning the wood shavings almost black. Theo stared for a moment, unable to take it all in.

He’d beheaded his father.

For some reason, he’d always assumed death would be quieter, more…unique.

“Do you think the customer will appreciate the dye?” Cat tilted his head to the side as he watched the sculpture.

The ice was melting, no faster than it should, but talking to Dad had given it a few extra seconds. The blood glimmered like rubies around the swan’s neck and down its chest. “I think it’ll melt away.” Sadly.

Would it be more morally appropriate to bring out the other ice block and start over? But if they didn’t know the swan had been baptised in blood, did it matter?

Cat shrugged the way cats sometimes do and left the barn. Theo followed him with his gaze and then continued to look out through the open door after he’d disappeared from sight.

Filling his lungs with air, he looked down at his father’s head. He came across as so much nicer when he was quiet.


Nothing inspires art like love.

Theophile Lekas has spent the last seventeen years trying to build a name for himself as an ice sculptor. Ice is his world, but he lives for Dylan Mincer.

But loving from afar isn’t enough, and if Theo wants to win Dylan’s heart, he’ll need to sweep him off his feet. And what better way to do it than with a sculpture that will leave Dylan breathless and the world in no doubt of Theo’s genius?

After an argument leads to murder, Theo is hit with true inspiration. And he has the perfect block to begin his project. For Dylan, Theo will create his masterpiece. And it will be as unique as a snowflake.

Great art requires the perfect muse.

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Get to know the woman behind the Cold Fingers Series

A couple of days ago we got to meet Neptune Flowers, today it’s Amy Spector’s turn to Ruby Shoesguest my blog. Amy and I have talked daily for about four years time now.  We met through Beaten Track Publishing. We were both part of the Boughs of Evergreen anthology, and while we didn’t talk a lot during the process of writing it, we both latched on to Al Stewart. And later on Amy asked Al if he wanted to do a horror project with her and Al said she should ask me, and that’s how it all started.

Buried Desires was born, and the plan was for it be three stories. Al, Amy and I each started writing but life got in the way as it often does and Al was unable to finish his story. So Buried Desires #1 became a double feature.

The year after Amy and I wrote Buried Desires #2, and then last year life got in the way again, and there were no Buried Desires #3. This year there is, though. And this year we have three stories since we managed to persuade Neptune Flowers to join us.

But, just because I talk to Amy every day doesn’t mean you know her as well as I do. So here’s your chance to catch up. Once you’ve heard what she has to say you know everything there is to know about Amy Spector, the woman who brings people back from the dead.

Are you ready, Amy? One word answers only!

Paper or Plastic?


Superman or Batman?

Silver Age Batman

It’s the cape, right?

Fame or Money?


Puzzles or Boardgames?


Book or Movie?


Weird or Crazy?


Breakfast or Dinner?


Wrong answer, but let’s move on 🙂

Sunshine or Storms?


Christmas or Halloween?

Vampire in a Santa hat!


Boat or Plane?


Antique or Brand New?


Heels or Flats?


Music or Podcast?


Blue or Green?


Paintings or Photographs?


Scooby Doo or Tom and Jerry?


Of course.

Shower or Bubble bath?


Library or Museum?

You can’t make me pick!

I tried, didn’t I?

Stripes or Polka dots?


Zombies or Robots?


Really, I’d guessed zombies, considering…

Thank you for coming, Amy!

On October 10th Pretty Plastic (Cold Finger #3) will be released and if you haven’t read Amy’s Cold Fingers series, I suggest you get right to it because it’s awesome. If you’re a fan of classic horror, you should definitely read it, and if you’re not, you can read it as a paranormal series.

I love the Cold Fingers books, I love the perfect mix of funny and creepy. Christopher Minnick used to have an antique shop, but now he doesn’t really have anything except his boyfriend Victor Polidori, his brother, and a few friends…

Amy writes the best secondary characters. While you have to love Grant, Christopher’s friend and former colleague, no one beats Flora, Vic’s mother, in my opinion. Flora is a crazy old lady with a thing for tasty young men LOL.

Don’t miss this series!

Visit Amy on her website or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub or wherever you like to hang.

Pretty_Plastic.gifChristopher Minnick is still not a zombie.

Three months after his run-in with the vampire Marcus Gråsson, Christopher’s ankle has healed but his life is anything but perfect. There are people watching the house. Flora’s worried about the scarecrow. And after an unexpected tragedy strikes, Christopher will need to figure out how to deal with the loss without tearing a rift between his brother and himself.

When Victor accepts a job with Pretty, a prestigious private hospital, to work alongside the handsome Austen Poole, Christopher ends up with one more thing to worry about. While it might seem like a dream job, there’s something not quite right in paradise, and when Vic starts acting strangely, Christopher will stop at nothing to get his man back.

When striving for perfection, you sometimes need to get your hands a little dirty.

Nothing inspires art like love

October is here! And with October comes the one holiday we don’t celebrate in Sweden that I really wished we did – Halloween.  Luckily I have my buddy, Amy Spector, to bring some Halloween celebrations into my life, and we’re celebrating by releasing Buried Desires #3. This year we’ve invited Neptune Flowers to write with us, so instead of a double feature, we have a three-story anthology. Cool, ey?

SnowflakeI will talk more about The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer by Neptune Flowers and Pretty Plastic (Cold Fingers #3) by Amy Spector later, but now, it’s time to show off Theophile Lekas, ice sculptor extraordinaire.

Theo is amazing. He is fascinated by ice, he can create the most amazing sculptures, and he is willing to do just about anything to make life better for the love of his life, Dylan Mincer.

And if making Dylan’s life better means murdering a couple of people, well then Theo will murder a couple of people. You have to understand, Theo has loved Dylan since they were in school, he has – stalked is such a nasty word – kept track of him during the seventeen years that have passed since they left school, and now it’s time. It’s time to bring Dylan home.

Dylan needs him.

Dylan does need Theo. His life is not going well. He hates his job, his co-workers bully him, but he’s too insecure to leave. So when Theo steps into his life and shows him what love can be like he grasps on to it.

The Snowflake is a story about ice, it’s a story about art, and about hope. It’s also a story about a sociopath in love. I would definitely label it as romance, but it’s also horror. Don’t forget that it’s horror LOL. It’s October, there should be some horror, right?

Buried Desires #3, The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer, The Snowflake, and Pretty Plastic (Cold Fingers #3) will be released on October 10th, but you’ll find them up for pre-order here:

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